An advisor can play a critical role in guiding students in the tricky path from thesis to book publication, and in helping students negotiate their initial steps in the world of publishing – but bear in mind that, for students considering academic careers - the PhD should always come first.
At least, this is the basic thesis of the book. And 'thesis' is an appropriate word here, as this book is obviously an expanded academic thesis. It is also fair to say that the transition from thesis to book has not been entirely successful, for the book has several flaws.
Here she gives tips on turning your thesis into a book.
The heart of the first edition was Olive Holmes's three-partpiece, an extremely practical, nuts-and-bolts guide to revisionthat appears in this new edition as one chapter: 'Thesis to Book:What to Get Rid of and What to Do with What Is Left.' All of theoriginal material appears. My only quibble is that the abundantexamples of the works and words of Great White Men – Emerson,Whitehead, Orwell, Einstein, Darwin, Dewey, et al. – remain. I'mthinking it might have been advantageous to update the references,thereby presenting a more diverse group. That criticism aside, theentire book is worth its price just for this sentence: 'Cutting amanuscript is not simply a way of reducing length; it is also a wayof strengthening communication' (51).
What follows is a series of questions to focus your thinking as you dig into the work at hand. While the questions specifically consider book reviews, you can easily transpose them to an analysis of performances, exhibitions, and other review subjects. Don’t feel obligated to address each of the questions; some will be more relevant than others to the book in question.Cassi Plate, 50, will be the first author published in a projectto transform the most interesting Australian university theses intobooks for the public. Behind the project is the editor andbest-selling author Drusilla Modjeska, who read Plate's PhD thesison her grandfather two years ago and chose it as the pilot for her"From Thesis to Book" idea.The "Thesis to Book" scheme harnesses the energy of newand burgeoning hybrid forms currently revivifying academic writingand non-fictional prose. The stereotype of the tired, unreadableacademic thesis is just that. There are many striking andinnovative works created as doctoral theses, and Cassi Plate'selegantly written pilot demonstrates the truth of the idea thatthese might have wider appeal than their traditional academicreadership.