A free online webinar for scholarly authors from

Laura Portwood-Stacer

Manuscript Works

November 9, 2022

10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern

This webinar is now closed. Please sign up for the new and improved version here!

What's covered in this webinar?

This 60-minute webinar will:

  • Decode what publishers mean when they say they don't publish dissertations
  • Explain what scholarly book publishers are looking for in new projects
  • Identify key changes you may need to make to your dissertation to turn it into an appealing book manuscript
  • Point out red flags that may signal to acquisitions editors that your dissertation is not ready to become a book

There will be a Q&A period after the presentation to address any lingering questions you have.

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is intended for anyone who would like to publish a book based on their dissertation. It will focus on publishing with a university press or other academic publisher.

The presentation will not explicitly cover trade publishing or seeking representation from a literary agent, which is not necessary to publish with a university press or other academic publisher. However, I can answer questions about trade publishing during the Q&A if you are trying to decide which path is right for you.

When will the workshop take place?

The webinar will be held live via Zoom on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 10am PST. Registrants will be provided with a recording and supplementary handouts. You can register even if you don't plan to attend live. You will then get lifetime access to the recording and materials.

If you register on or after November 9th, 2022, you will be granted access to the recording and supporting materials.

Hi, I'm Laura Portwood-Stacer.

I'm a publishing consultant, developmental editor, and the author of The Book Proposal Book: A Guide for Scholarly Authors (Princeton University Press, 2021). Through my Book Proposal Accelerator and other programs, I've helped hundreds of academics craft book proposals and connect successfully with editors at university presses and other publishers. You can find out more about me and what I do at