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Turn your MA or PhD Research Into a Best-Selling Book

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PhDs and MAs have interesting research that the public needs to know about. That is why I have designed these course to help academics use their knowledge to write best-selling books and publish them on Amazon. I’ve used these exact steps to start a publishing company while still a PhD student that has generated over six figures of income.

I believe there is much more we can do with our research than simply producing the thesis itself. In this course, I’ll show you how to turn your MA or PhD thesis into a popular book.

What Will I Learn In This Course?

  • How to transform your research into a best-selling book. You will learn how to take your research, repackage it into something anybody would want to read, upload it to Amazon, and begin selling it on the world’s largest bookstore.
  • The best-seller book launch sequence. Make your book dominate any Amazon category.
  • The easy way to turn your book into a print-on-demand paperback. A physical copy of your book is the world’s best business card.
  • How to translate your book into multiple foreign languages for free. Enter global book markets by partnering with translators.
  • Why you can turn your book into an audio book for free. Find voice narrators to bring your book to audiobook markets
  • How to create an online course of your book. Easily create a course that you can sell on Udemy, an online course marketplace with millions of customers.
  • How to create a webinar and advertise your book for free to thousands of potential customers

What Do I Get With This Course?

  • 35 video lectures totaling over five hours of content.
  • 10 pdf books totalling over 100 pages, featuring how-to guides. Print them out or read them online
  • Access to a private Facebook page. Talk with other academics-turned-authors and work out any issues, problems, or questions with the group
  • Lifetime access to all the content

Your Instructor

Scott Rank, PhD

Scott Rank, PhD

Scott Rank is the lead instructor at the Scholarpreneur Academy. He is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. He received his PhD in 2015.

Beyond research and teaching, Scott does plenty of non-academic work. He is a publisher of popular history, a podcaster, an online instructor, and an entrepreneur. Before going down the academic route he worked as a journalist in Istanbul and reported on human rights issues.

After starting a successful online publishing business while doing his doctoral research (and while raising two daughters with his wife Melissa), he is focusing on what he loves most: helping academics find ways to connect their knowledge with people who want to learn outside of the walls of a university.

This mission comes from his own experiments in using his doctorate outside of academia. In the middle of his PhD program he started self publishing history ebooks. Since then he has written 12. He still writes them but also teaches academics how to turn their research into a popular book, self-publish it, and market it.

Scott hosts two podcasts. The first is History in Five Minutes, which to date has over 130 episodes and 1.5 million downloads. The second is the Scholarpreneur Podcast, where he features interviews with academics who are turning their MAs and PhDs into businesses.

Lastly, Scott helps MAs and PhDs finish their thesis. He speaks at universities, telling grad students how they can go from writer’s block to finishing their MA thesis in three months or their PhD thesis in six, even if they haven’t finished their research. If you would like to see a sample of Scott speaking and have him at your university,

Scott is currently a postdoc in Istanbul and working on publishing his dissertation.

Class Curriculum


 

Transform Your Research Into a Best-Selling Book

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    1. Section Overview

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    2. Why I Got Into Self-Publishing

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    3. How to Make Your Academic Research Interesting For Anybody

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    4. Deciding Your Book’s Topic

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    5. How to Format Your Book and Publish It to Amazon

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    6. How to Market Your Book

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The Best-Seller Book Launch Sequence

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    1. Section Overview

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    2. How to Write Every Day

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    3. Three Ways to Create an Unbreakable Writing Habit

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    4. Launch Teams: The Secret to Early Book Sales

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    5. Setting Up a Launch Team on Facebook & Amazon Promotions

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    6. Using Paid Email Lists

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    7. Section Wrap-Up

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Turn Your Book Into a Print-On-Demand Paperbook

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    1. Section Overview

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    2. Why You Should Have a Print-on-Demand Book

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    3. An Overview of Createspace Formatting

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    .4. Formatting Your Book the Easy Way

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    5. Publishing Your Print-on-Demand Book

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    6. Resources For This Section

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How to Create an Audiobook

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    1. Turn Your Ebook Into An Audiobook

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    2. How To Find The Perfect Narrator

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    3. Getting Reviews For Your Audiobook

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Translate Your Book Into Foreign Languages

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    1. Translations: An Introduction to Babelcube

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    2. Finding the Right Translator For Your Book

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    3. Getting Your Translation Launched Into Foreign Markets

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Creating an Online Course

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    1. Section Overview

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    2. How To Turn Your Ebook Into an Online Course

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    3. How to Make Videos For Your Online Course

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    4. Uploading Videos to Udemy And Creating Your Course

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    5. Resources For This Section

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Using Webinars to Promote Your Book

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    1. Section Overview

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    2. What Your Webinar Needs

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    3. How to Set Up a Free Webinar on Google Hangouts

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    4. Resources for This Section

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Guest Post: How to Turn Your MA or PHD Thesis into a Popular Book

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This guest post comes from Hamideh Iraj, an MA in Information Technology Management from Iran. She has a background in software and has learned data science through studying about the possibilities of MOOCs (Massive Open Online courses).

This year Hamideh took her master’s thesis and turned it into a book aimed at a massive audience. It is the first book on data science of its kind in the Persian language. Here is her story about how she took her academic research and made it accessible to lay readers. She has great tips for academics who want to reach a wider readership. You can reach her here.


If you’re an MA or PhD, you’ve written at least one thesis. You know how much time and energy it requires. You spend hundreds of hours in libraries and at conferences, and seminars. Once you defend it, the thesis becomes the ticket for the next step in your academic career. Then you strip mine it and use it for articles or a monograph.

But have you ever wondered if you could do more with your thesis? My role model for this is Umberto Eco , who wrote a novel based on his PhD dissertation and won the Nobel Prize. I believe there is much more we can do with our research than simply producing the thesis itself. In this post, I’ll talk about how to turn your MA or PhD thesis into a popular book.

This isn’t actually that hard to do. Here’s why. You had to do original research in your discipline to receive your degree. You spent months or years researching a topic that was under-represented and under-researched. You wrote thousands of words and pored over every fact. Your supervisor and referees jumped on every vague point and made you clarify them. In the end you know more about this topic than anybody. Nobody is better positioned to write a popular book.

But few ever utilize their research this way. Here’s what usually happens with a finished thesis. It gets defended, then bound, then sent to the library where it sits on a lonely shelf and starts to collect dust. At best it is submitted to an ETD database and published online. At best a few peer-reviewed papers might come out of your thesis.

Doing it this way makes you miss out on an incredible opportunity. A wider audience who might be interested in your work will never find your thesis. They aren’t familiar with university libraries or ETD databases.

Since they won’t come to you, you need to come to them. You need to jailbreak your research from the library and make it accessible to the largest potential audience. The best way to do this is to write a popular book.

Here’s how you start. First, ask yourself who this wider audience is and why they would be interested in your research. They might be industry leaders, managers, researchers, students, university professors, or self-learners. To make your research accessible to them, you might need to reconfigure the main theme of your thesis. For my masters I researched different types of data scientists in my country. I asked what could be done in academia and industry to cultivate this professionals. When it came to publishing the book, I focused more generally on the field of data science.

Publishing your research for the masses is an opportunity that exists in any field of study if you know how present it for a mass audience. (Remember Umberto Eco?) If you know how to do this and have a specific audience in mind, finding a publisher is not too difficult. Simply look for a publishing house that serves this type of audience. They will likely be interested in your work.

After deciding to write a book, the second question is how to write it. When you are beginning your MA or PhD program, should you set out to write the thesis and the popular book at the same time? Or should you write the thesis first and then convert it into a popular book? It depends on your situation. I chose the first method and had both in mind when I sat down to write my thesis. I wrote it in a simple and intuitive way from the very beginning to be used for the book later. If you follow this route make sure to double check writing guidelines for your thesis. With enough planning you can find a way to do both tasks with minimal effort.

There are other advantages with writing a thesis with a book in mind. First, time spent on research feels more productive. You know that you are getting two publications for the price of one. This is a huge confidence boost in times when your research isn’t going well. It will motivate you to get through road blocks.

Second, your supervisor, consultant and referee are helping you write the book as well as the thesis even if they are not collaborating in your book project. Any problem they bring up with the thesis will also improve the quality of the book. Instead of feeling frustrated with their revision requests, you feel grateful that they are reviewing with a double purpose. If they say a concept is not clear, you know that it also isn’t clear to a reader. By doing this they are serving as both advisor and book editor.

Third, if you have already defended your thesis, you can refer to your thesis in your book. When readers see that you are a published academic, they understand that you researched the topic thoroughly, a university has approved it, and it was not written in haste.

There are a few more issues to consider when writing a book based on your thesis:

  1. Language:

A thesis uses different language than a non-academic book. Thesis texts are written for a narrow academic audience in mind. It uses formal, rigid language that – if not controlled – can become meaningless and unreadable. Your book needs to be written in simpler terms. Hard data and literature reviews can be swapped out with storytelling, case studies, and anecdotes. These changes make your text accessible for a wider audience.

  1. Structure:

A thesis is highly structured and hierarchical – both not suitable for a book. Flatten your narrative to make it more readable.

  1. References:

Popular books use more diverse reference types than a thesis. An MA or PhD thesis refers almost exclusively to scholarly sources. A popular book has any and every sort of reference – up to and including YouTube videos, tweets, conference videos, and websites. Think of it this way – a mobile app is more likely to be known by an average reader than a peer-reviewed academic paper. But don’t throw out all academic references. They bring a measure of credibility to your book.

  1. Your voice:

Books have a personalized, informal voice that would be completely inappropriate in a thesis. You can freely insert your opinions in a book, whether they come from your final results, preliminary studies, or even from pure conjecture. A thesis rarely allows for anything more than direct conclusions based on data analysis.

Here’s how I repurposed my thesis into a book. My original thesis was titled “Data Scientists’ Archetypes Detection by Clustering Their Skills.” I turned it into the book “Data Science: Concepts and Skills” It is the first Persian-language book of its kind.

The book carried over some parts of my MA thesis, specifically a literature review and a summary of the data analysis section. I wrote additional chapters for the book itself. These include teaching data science skills in university, creating the data science programs in university, and the status of data science in Iranian academia and industry. I used 129 sources in the book, far fewer that those in my thesis.

Language was originally a barrier for both my thesis and book. I had to write my thesis in Persian, which made it inaccessible to an international audience. I was unhappy with this at first, but I decided to turn this liability into an advantage. I branded my research as a pioneering work in Persian.

You can do more with your grad school research than a thesis or dissertation. All you have to do is repurpose it.

Please share your ideas in the comments section. Your ideas are worth spreading!