Getting a qualitative article or book published involves more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. You also need to know how to navigate the social relations of presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher—and how to craft your message to them—if you want to be successful. Written by a highly-respected publisher of qualitative research, this brief, practical resource shows you how to identify the right home for your work. It also guides you through the publications process-- from crafting the abstract to writing, production, and marketing--once you’ve found the best publisher. The author -demystifies what publishers and journal editors do, how they make their decisions on qualitative articles, research studies, and methods books;-discusses edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications; and-includes case studies, appendixes, forms, and resources to help the aspiring academic.
Table of Contents
1. Inside the Black Box
2. Start with Your Research Project
3. Finding the Right Journal
4. Writing, Reviewing, and Revising Your Article
5. Finding the Right Book Publisher
6. The Book Proposal
7. Writing the Damn Thing
8. Understanding Publishing Contracts
9. The Production Process
10. Marketing Your Work
11. The Brave New World of Electronic Publishing
Appendix A: Key Resources About Publishing
Appendix B: Left Coast Author's Marketing Questionnaire
About the Author
"...Allen offers a precise, honest, kind, and humorous account of article and book publishing. Every academic--and soon-to-be academic--must own a copy of this book."...
--Tony E. Adams, Northeastern Illinois University
"As a new scholar trying to better understand the norms of qualitative publishing to develop a successful publication record, I found the directives in this book incredibly practical, applicable, and even a bit entertaining."
--Hilary E. Hughes, University of Georgia
"...Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research is a must for junior scholars. It is a wise, helpful, gentle guide, written by the publisher who literally shaped and defined the field of qualitative research for the past 30 years."...
--Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Reveals a behind-the-scenes look at publishing while providing a fun and pragmatic field guide to getting qualitative work published from articles to academic books."
--C. Deborah Laughton, Publisher, Guilford Publications