Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Getting Published: Preparing the Book Proposal

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

DESCRIPTION This workshop is intended for doctoral students who are in the final stages of their research or who may have recently submitted their thesis for examination.

The workshop is spread over two sessions. The first part of Session 1 provides an overview of current and changing trends in academic publishing in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and Malta. It moves on to consider the place of the scholarly book, or monograph, within contemporary academia.

Publishers’ expectations concerning a book proposal will then be discussed and workshop participants helped to identify those aspects of their thesis that they might need to revise as they go about adapting it to a form appropriate to the academic book. Participants will be alerted to the timeline management required when preparing a book manuscript, and will be advised about the importance of fair, credible and effective pitching of their project.

An important aspect of the workshop is close analysis of different book proposal forms across various academic publishers and presses, and the factors to bear in mind when filling in one of these forms. Matters of good practice and professional ethics within academic publishing will also be discussed.

Session 2 will take place three weeks after Session 1, allowing participants to have prepared a draft book proposal document in the meantime. Feedback on the proposals submitted will be provided, with areas for improvement identified and addressed.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should be:

- more informed about realities of academic publishing across a range of contexts, particularly relating to monographs and critical collections;
- able to identify the ways in which their thesis will need to be adapted for consideration as a monograph, in view of the different genre expectations concerning the doctoral thesis and the academic book;
- better placed to assess the appeal and viability of any book project that might emerge from the doctoral thesis;
- better placed to assess the ways in which the project can be effectively pitched to publishers;
- aware of aspects of timeline management that need to be borne in mind when drawing up a book proposal;
- aware of the factors to bear in mind when filling out the different parts of an academic publisher’s book proposal form;
- able to identify aspects of broader research (beyond the thesis) that might need to feature in the book proposal to make it appealing for publishers;
- able to put together solid book proposals for a single-authored volume and for an edited collection of essays;
- aware of forms of good and ethical practice in book publishing.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This workshop is split into two parts – Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance is required in both parts.

Registration for this workshop is only open to candidates who are in their final year of studies.

Participants are kindly requested to email a short description/abstract of their doctoral research (approximately 200 words) to the lecturer, one week ahead of the first seminar. The email address is

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Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Ivan Callus

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