What is the Value of 35 000 Words?

As some of you are aware, part of this blog is dedicated to the issue of Public Relations and Values Systems. If you search for it, or look at the Values Systems category, you will find a few posts about the theme.

Simply put, my dissertation puts into question what are publics and how we can identify publics online. This theoric basis is made complete with a case study using the website for the British Olympic Association. There is an executive summary available as well, and you can find the presentation on slideshare.

With a bit of extra work I believe that my research could be made into part of an Online Communication Course.

Recently I have been giving some serious thought in making the whole dissertation available. The problem is “How”. For personal and professional reasons I don’t feel I can afford to simply share the file on the blog for all to read and use.

But I don’t have a publisher interested on my work and I have never really looked into self-publishing options.

The reason for this post is to know two things:

  • If you are a PR professional / academic, looking at the executive summary of the book would you buy it? And if so, is it something that you might recomend to others?
  • If you have any experience with self-publishing services, would you mind sharing it so I know where to begin?

What's on your mind?

  • I can’t help you on question 1 but I have a friend that recently self published a book so he can surely help you. Let me know if you want me to make the introduction.

    • Things have been a bit busy, but thank you for putting me in touch with your friend. :)

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  • Causa das Regras is a non profit association that can help you to publish on demand. That is the edition is prepared and you order a few copies (I think the minimum is 100) and them it is printed according with customers orders… you can find it in my FB.
    if the work is in english why don’t you try CIPR, Routledge, Sage and ECREA publishing services?

    if it is in portuguese I can recomend it to my students…

    • The main version is in english, although there is a translated version.

      Either way I doubt that any of the publishers you mentioned would be interested in the work of an MA student. But I will look into “Causa das Regras”, thank you! :)

  • Derek Hodge

    It would be worth more brought down to a couple of thousand words and published as a paper.

    • Really? Why is that?

      Maybe it can be brought down to 3 or 4 smaller papers, but I would prefer to keep it as a whole.

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