I'd like to continue discussing the book publishing process (see my first post here) by saying a few things about one of the most common questions I have encountered: when should you think about publishing a book?
I have encountered a bunch of different answers to this question. On the one hand, I've heard some say that because you should aim to publish with a top press (OxfordUP, CUP, etc.) and top-presses tend to publish well-established people--people with a good publishing record in top-rate journals--you should wait until you're well-established. On the other hand, I've heard other people say that you should write a book whenever you think you have a really great book idea--an idea that would be best expressed over the course of an entire book, rather than a series of journal articles. And I've heard many things in between.