Help your users publish their first book

Last year authors Dr Komang Ralebitso-Senior and Dr Caroline Orr from Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK put together a First Time Authors blog series on Elsevier's SciTechConnect site to give insight into the academic book publishing process from start to end.

View the articles below and then share them with your users to give them insight into the books publishing process.

Read Elsevier's #FirstTimeAuthors blog series on publishing an academic book:

  1. Getting Started: What it Is Like to Publish Your First Book
  2. Coming Up With a Book Idea and Creating a Proposal
  3. First Contact With Elsevier and Responding to Reviewers’ Comments
  4. Getting the Contract
  5. Waiting for Confirmation from Authors/Contributors and Coping with Suggested Changes
  6. Writing Our First Chapter
  7. Keeping Up with Contributors
  8. The Process of Co-Editing
  9. Balancing Writing with Other Obligations
  10. Revealing the Book Cover
  11. Proofing Process
  12. Publication!

About the authors:


Dr. Komang Ralebitso-Senior

I am an early stage academic with a keen interest in research, and research-led teaching, on how microbial communities are studied and then exploited in different environmental biotechnologies. My senior lectureship with Teesside University in 2006 was my first academic post following postdoctoral fellowships in Singapore and Oxford. I really enjoy working in successful partnerships with different colleagues especially where we do research across disciplines, share ideas and learn from each other. So co-editing a book with Caroline will go down in my memoirs as one of my career highlights.

Caroline Orr

Dr. Caroline Orr

I am a relatively early stage researcher whose area of expertise is in molecular ecology specifically looking at functional microbial communities within the soil. I first joined Teesside University a couple of years ago as  my first lectureship position following my PhD and a small amount of postdoc work. When I first joined the University I was keen to establish myself as a researcher not just a member of teaching staff but struggled initially to juggle the two. I was quickly introduced to Komang who was interested in  research similar to my own area.