Furthermore, sharing your work publicly can build awareness of you and your project among series editors, acquiring editors and others who are in a position to help you meet your publishing goals down the road.Get feedback about your project from objective sources.
So what should you do if you find yourself flailing about, looking for a way to feel “productive” while giving yourself a necessary vacation from your dissertation research? Or you’ve had a seminar paper that you were encouraged to publish but has been languishing on the back burner for a few years, waiting for you to collect more data.
Turning your attention to new research can help you stay active while giving the dissertation some breathing room.
It’s the moment when you truly have no more revisions to make and are really, finally done. D., and whatever else happens on the job market or in your writing career, no one can take those three letters away from you.
I’m sure you’ve been receiving a lot of well-meaning advice, such as “Take some time to relax” and “Don’t think about work for a while!
” This could be your opportunity to check out the stuff you couldn’t incorporate into the dissertation but might want to integrate into your book.
I particularly recommend looking at monographs and anthologies related to your topic or methodology that have been published in the last year or two.Between finishing my dissertation and landing a contract for my book on the political lifestyle practices of anarchist activists, I started conducting interviews for my article on people who abstain from Facebook.While I didn’t consider them to be overlapping projects at the time, I eventually was able to reflect on the common threads between them to construct a narrative about the research questions that interested me.Those kinds of narratives are helpful when you’re on the job market, whether you stay in academe or not.If you do stick around the academy, such narratives can also help you extrapolate about your research trajectory over the next five to 10 years, which might come up in interviews, annual reviews and ultimately when you go up for tenure and promotion.While it’s easy to dwell on your dissertation’s shortcomings and the mistakes you might have made on your way to earning the Ph.D., know that the book will be your chance at a do-over.It wasn’t until I taught a senior seminar on subcultures and social movements that I figured out how to articulate a key theoretical insight that came out of my book.Unfortunately, the book was already published at that point.Read recently published books related to your dissertation topic.At some point during the dissertation-writing process, you probably had to cut yourself off and say, “No more reading!