My dissertation will soon be published in book form. I wish I could take more credit, but there was a quite a bit of serendipity involved. I wasn’t shopping for a publisher and had decided to let the dissertation rest for at least a year. Since my career direction has changed, I haven’t been too anxious to publish, enjoying my freedom from the ‘publish or perish’ mantra that permeates academia. Nevertheless, I still think my dissertation is a valuable contribution to the subject, so I had hoped to see it published someday.
Luckily for me, a small academic press came across my dissertation on the internet and offered to publish it. They also offered a generous contract which gives me a royalty and retention of the copyright. Both of these conditions are important to me. Too often, academic work isn’t considered ‘real work’ for which the author deserves payment. Also, academic authors often have to give up ownership of their work to get it published. Publishing houses then own the work and profit from unpaid academic labour. So it’s refreshing to do business with a publisher that offers royalties and respects authors’ intellectual property rights. Needless to say, I’m quite happy with the arrangement. I’ll keep you posted and let you know when you can buy a copy if you’re so inclined.