File this one under stupid but simple, wish I would of thought of this . . .except I’m not finished with the dissertation yet so . . .
At the very least, do a search and replace of your document so it says ‘book’ instead of ‘dissertation’. That way, people reviewing your proposal (as I am) will be more likely to think you actually put some effort into rewriting it or at least thinking of it as a potential book. </blockquote>