Now that I can think about it without succumbing to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it's time to do something with the dissertation. I'm printing out a cover letter, two sample chapters, and miscellaneous required materials to send to a university press editor-in-chief I met at the American Studies Association conference who seemed genuinely interested in the work.
I don't have my hopes up that I'll place the book with the very first press I send it to, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Would you mind doing so as well?(working dog photo by Natalie Downe)
My fingers are crossed.
Oh, good luck!
I am, of course, fascinated by each step you're taking in this new career path, since it may be that I'm trotting along behind you.
Now, my sense had been that publishers wouldn't care about an academic book from someone who was no longer in the academy. But perhaps I'm wrong? Or perhaps your ongoing affiliation with a university, albeit in a different role, makes you "legit"? Or maybe it's just that I'm overly dependent on a particular job title for my own sense of being academically viable.
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