In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Amanda writes:
So what are everyone's thoughts on writing a book as a Junior (non-tenured) scholar, particularly when you are not from somewhere fancy? So here are some things I have either seen or heard:
- If you do write a book, even if it is very good and published with a very good press, or even the top press, it is likely to be ignored.
- If you are searching for research jobs, then *maybe* a book with Oxford, Cambridge, or Routledge might help, but other presses likely not. And even with the aforementioned presses great articles are probably better.
- For tenure at a research place, books with the above presses can help but you better have had great article publications as well.
- For teaching schools books are more competitive with articles? Maybe? I am really less sure on this.
Good questions - I'll be curious to hear what readers think! Here are a few of my thoughts.