The following publications and websites offer helpful advice on writing and publishing a book in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
As your personal writing coach, Herr guides you through every step of the writing and publishing process: constructing a table of contents, preparing a proposal, finding a publisher, negotiating a contract, drafting the manuscript, and marketing the finished product. Throughout, she offers proven strategies for producing a book that highlights your authoritative knowledge and writing skills.
Germano begins with the criteria for deciding whether or not to transform a dissertation into a book and goes on to explain the basic structural and textual changes required for this transformation.
Resuming where From Dissertation to Book ends, Germano walks the reader through the publishing process: choosing a publisher, submitting a proposal, facing the review process, understanding a contract, and preparing the manuscript for publication.
When you sign a publishing contract, you make decisions which directly affect your book's availability. In order to decide which rights to retain and which to transfer to a publisher, you need to understand U.S. copyright law and the author-publisher partnership. In the article, The Rights Provisions of a Book Publishing Contract, the veteran editor and experienced author Melody Herr discusses copyright ownership and describes the ways in which copyright's components apply to scholarly books. After enumerating the benefits and drawbacks of allocating specific rights to a publisher, she highlights contract wording to watch for and suggests the rights an author may wish to retain by negotiating an addendum. She then explains how an author may reclaim rights granted to a publisher through reversion or termination of transfer.
Because this article was published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, in the conclusion, Herr addresses library and information professionals and recommends that outreach programs target scholars at critical moments when they face decisions regarding publication of their work.
Article Hyperlink: https://jlsc-pub.org/articles/abstract/10.7710/2162-3309.2273/
Article Citation: Herr, M. (2018). The rights provisions of a book publishing contract. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 6 (General Issue),eP2273. https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.22873