From Dissertation to Book, Second Edition, Germano
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In the case of a dissertation being reworked into a book, please bear in mind that writing a dissertation differs from writing a manuscript. A manuscript has a different audience, purpose and structure from a dissertation, in that you are now writing for a larger group of scholarly peers that you are not in direct contact with, and should be focusing less on the research process and more on the actual results. In general, manuscripts thus require less descriptive text. Guidelines for the reworking of a dissertation can be found in William Germano’s From Dissertation to Book (2013, 2nd edition; Chicago University Press).
From Dissertation to Book - Gayle Sulik
Getting length right is only part of revising the dissertation. Moving from dissertation manuscript to book manuscript involves finding within the thesis what can be of value to a broader readership. It also means finding what will interest you, the author. This process is neither magical nor mysterious. It involves taking that interesting material you wrote and shaping it, lopping off the boring bits required to demonstrate how well you know your subject, and assessing the utility of all those different scenarios in which you apply your particular insight. It also involves stretching your interesting material in ways you may not have originally foreseen. Remember how Silly Putty, that venerable semisolid entertainment, lifted a cartoon image from the newspaper so you could stretch the figure into new and unintended shapes? The stretching was the fun part. In rethinking your dissertation, imagine your subject in terms of its plasticity. Revision offers a kind of freedom. Try to have some fun with it.