A helpful list of tips from the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies blog.
From Dissertation to Book: Advice for Indigenous Studies Scholars
- The bookâ€™s conclusion should serve, in part, to lay the foundation for future research (your own or othersâ€™). So, if there is anything you werenâ€™t able to adequately address in the book, you can raise those issues in the conclusion and highlight opportunities for additional research.
- Limit your historiography and literature analysis in the bookâ€™s introduction. Instead, focus on what contributions your book will make. Along these same lines, several of the mentors warned authors not to â€œoversituateâ€ themselves in the literature. As mentor Kevin Bruyneel put it, â€œDonâ€™t situate yourself, situate them,â€ meaning that the work should support your argument rather than the other way around.
- Over all, claim authority over your own voice and tell a story. Going into the revision process with these goals in mind will help you be a better writer and should help provide structure for the book.
The blog also recommends From Dissertation to Book by William Germano. Looks like a must read.