Practical strategies for becoming a successful medical book author

Robert E Hales, John J. McDuffie, Glen O. Gabbard, Katharine Phillips, John Oldham, Donna E. Stewart

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Objective: The authors, all senior editors in the Books Division of American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., provide practical advice to authors who may be considering writing or editing a medical book. Methods: The authors summarize strategies for developing a book proposal and outline an approach to developing a focus for a book. They also list a number of common errors that authors frequently make when they develop a book proposal. The authors provide guidance on publishing research and discuss how authors can collaborate with a publisher's marketing department to publicize their book. Results: By employing a systematic and well-considered approach to preparing a book proposal and writing or editing a book, authors may achieve professional success and personal satisfaction. Conclusion: Writing or editing a medical book requires a different series of steps than authoring a journal article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education


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