After last week's post clarified whether your work is worth publishing as a monograph, this week's reflects on how you might convince a publisher of that - especially if you have very little to offer on your CV yet. When I started to contact publishers for my own "Being Muslim and Working for Peace" in 2010, my publication list was meagre: one refereed article on a different topic in a local South Asian journal, two German book reviews, and a string of conference papers. I had just enrolled for my PhD and started working as a lecturer at a not-well-known university in Germany. Even though I could boast my Associate status at Oxford and a splendid record as a student, there was little in my CV to reassure publishers that I know what I am doing. A good student is not necessarily a good writer and author.