How Boot Camp Jumpstarted My Book

You guessed it, I’m not exactly talking about a hardcore workout boot camp, but I am talking about this “Dissertation-to-Book Boot Camp” to get you on your way to writing on your book and hit major milestones in the revising process!

Why enroll in this Dissertation-to-Book Boot Camp?

Let me lead with this:

  • Have you ever felt like you do not know where to even start writing your first academic book?
  • Have you read all the books about turning your dissertation into a book and still had questions?
  • That you just want to toss your old dissertation out of the window, but wait, you can’t because you need that tenure book?

Yes, to all of these feelings and more probably, am I right? All of these I felt when I started my appointment as an assistant professor started at NCSU. I was thrilled to have had a tenure-track job at such a reputable institution and yet, I was having such issues trying to even get anything done.


After Boot Camp, I had a clear vision on what the book was going to do and how it was going to do it. I found out how to craft my narrative arch and foreground my voice. I discovered my claims and how each chapter will serve this overall claim. I figured out who my audience was, which model books to try and emulate.


All of this changed, when I found out that Katelyn Knox, PhD was offering a boot camp called “Dissertation-to-Book Boot Camp”. I knew of Katelyn first from her outstanding research and her first book Race on Display. While looking her up, I found out that she designed these boot camps for junior faculty. I signed up and I have not looked back since!

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