Writing the academic paper: from proposal to publication

Writing the academic book: from proposal to publication

This one day practical program looks at the process of academic publishing from the proposal to publication, launch and review processes. In addition to advice on selecting the right publisher for your work, you will gain a practical understanding of how to develop a proposal that will interest a publisher and introduce a wide audience to your research. By the end of the day you will have a draft book proposal that can be sent to the publisher that is right for your work.

The second part of the day examines the writing process. Using project management techniques the program will strengthen your capacity to write and deliver your book on deadline and using many of the resources you have already developed in your academic career. The program will also provide strategies for the promotion of your book to the widest possible audience.

Target Audience

Academic staff interested in writing an edited or sole authored academic book.


In this program participants will:

  • Develop an effective book proposal
  • Pitch a proposal to the most appropriate publisher
  • Develop different types of books for publication (monographs, edited books, professional books)
  • Develop a sustainable academic book project
  • Manage the writing and editing processes


Associate Professor Michael Anderson teaches and researches in media, drama and education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Michael appears regularly in the print and electronic media discussing elements of his research and teaching.

In 2009 he co-authored Teaching the Screen and in 2006 he co-authored Real Players: Drama, Education and Technology (Trentham, 2006) which was the first publication of its kind in the field. This research monograph emerged from his doctoral thesis which was a winner of the AATE distinguished dissertation award.

Michael has an M.A. (Hons) in Journalism and is a Chief investigator on Accessing the Cultural Conversation (Large ARC Grant 2007-2010) and The Role of the Arts in Academic Engagement (2009-2011).


9.00am - 4.30pm


Ground Floor, Bligh Building (L03B)
90 Carillon Avenue, Newtown
Sydney University Village
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