Navigating the academic press

Political scientists write three kinds of books: 1) disciplinary, scientific books written primarily for some part of the profession; 2) books that are primarily for class use; and 3) books for a broader audience that either cross disciplinary lines or are for a lay audience interested in some public policy question.

All serve an important purpose. But there is far less overlap among these three types of books than authors—and sometimes editors—think. Why is this?

An excerpt from Charles Myers’ Short Tour of Book Publishing for Political Scientists.