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Dissertation to Book Network

The Dissertation-to-Book Network brings together faculty who are working on a book-length manuscript for workshops, write-in sessions, and exchange of tips and experiences.  Register here if you would like to join the network and be notified of upcoming meetings and workshops.

Fall 2021 Programming

Writing a book proposal is a necessary step toward publication.  Yet, for many faculty, proposal writing is an unfamiliar professional genre.  This program familiarizes faculty with the genre through two linked workshops. 

Workshop:  What’s in a Successful Book Proposal

Condensing a book-length project into a few-page sales pitch is no easy task.  How do you make it compelling enough to hook a press?  What are the various sections to include?  What do publishers want when they ask you to “identify a market” or “explore competing works?”  What are the genre conventions of proposal writing?  When during the process of writing your manuscript should you draft your proposal?  Join the Dissertation-to-Book Network, through the Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship, for one of two 1 ½ hour-long sessions this semester to answer these questions, analyze samples, and pin down key elements of successful proposals. 

Register here for the Zoom invite for the workshop Tuesday, Sept. 21, noon - 1:30.

Register here for the Zoom invite for the workshop Wednesday, Sept. 29, noon - 1:30.

Feedback Forum: Book Proposal Exchange

Article manuscripts often undergo numerous reviews before being accepted for publication.  Book proposals often get only one ‘shot’.  This workshop gives you the opportunity for a peer review so that when you submit to a publisher, you have honed your pitch, crafted a compelling description of your book, and improved your chances of securing publisher interest. 

We invite you to submit a complete draft of your book proposal to participate in our end-of-semester feedback forum.  Participants will be guided through a structured program of peer-feedback:

1)      Register to participate by October 1, 2021;

2)      You will be placed into an interdisciplinary group with two other faculty;

3)      Submit a complete draft of your book proposal to our institute at virs@villanova.edu by December 1, 2021;

4)      You will receive the two proposals to review via email by December 8, 2021

5)      You will review the proposals written by the two other faculty in your group by January 4, 2021;

6)      Groups will gather for the half day forum and feedback exchange the first week in January (day and time to be determined).

7)      The workshop will culminate with discussion to share experiences and tips for approaching publishers.  Lunch will be provided.