In other news, a publishing house contacted me about publishing my graduate thesis. Given that they haven't even read the work, I'm not too sure what to expect, but the publisher does seem to be legitimate and the offer sound should it actually go through. However, the choice to actually submit my thesis is fraught with several considerations:
- the thesis needs work before it's really ready to be published and am I ready to let it go out into the world just yet?
- what are the implications of giving over partial copyrights to the work if I ever decide to pursue the idea further?
- do I have the time and self-discipline to edit the work or do I really want to do the work and open those academic insecurities up for examination again?
- there is a whole debate about publishing before you're ready and it being detrimental to your career... would this be me doing that?
I secretly always envisioned reworking the thesis, expanding the idea, and trying to publish it, but I guess I always thought it would be my PhD topic when I was ready. And although the offer is sweet for a graduate level body of work, could the project ever be more? I think it could. I don't know if I'm the one to write it per se, but I think that the research field is fresh, relevant, and totally ready to be explored in the field of Indian literature/poetry. The fact that no one has done so already sort of surprises me.