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Where to begin

Thinking about transforming your dissertation into your first book? Hardly any dissertations are published as books without significant work on the author's part to refocus the manuscript for an audience beyond the dissertation committee.

Here are a few resources to help you understand the process of reworking a dissertation for publication as a monograph:

In reading some of the resources listed above, you might encounter discussions of how having your dissertation available online (for example, in the UH Institutional Repository) could negatively impact a publisher's willingness to look at your manuscript. Some authors assert that you should not put your dissertation online if you hope to sign a publishing contract. However, please note there is very little evidence to support this view. In fact, research has shown that publishers will indeed consider manuscripts that are revised versions of openly-accessible dissertations.

Get help

The dissertation to monograph process is particular to the individual and their field. UH librarians can help talk through the process that is common to your field and how you can get started. Please contact the Director of the Digital Research Commons, Taylor Davis-Van Atta to schedule a consultation.