Two types of university friends you may have never thought of (part 1)

librarianGraduate students on the road to doctoral Oz often feel more isolated than a vegetarian at a barbecue. Especially if you have a laissez faire chair and committee, you may believe you’re abandoned and unloved. You’re not. In my work as editor and coach for struggling dissertation-writing students, I know well that many other people in the university community can comfort, calm, and care for you. Here I’ll remind you of two types who can help ease your dissertation traumas. (Next post: two more.)

Librarians Love You  

Even in this age of access to many online databases, librarians can help you greatly as you plow through the dissertation. Once you recognize the immense resources at their keypads, you can enlist their aid to save yourself time, effort, and digital runarounds. [Read more…]

Join us 9/24 for the TAA Webinar: ‘Designing Your Online Presence to Communicate Your Academic Brand’

Lee Bessette

Lee Bessette

Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson

Increasingly, PhD students and junior scholars are creating an online presence to promote themselves and their work. Academics are also designing an online presence to assist in their transition to a career outside of academia or a different academic path within the university. But, there are so many platforms to choose from. How do you evaluate which ones to use, given the number and variety of options? Join us Thursday, September 24 from 3-4 p.m. ET for “Designing Your Online Presence to Communicate Your Academic Brand”, presented by Lee Skallerup Bessette, a Blogger and Social Media Advisor, and Paula Thompson, an Academic Coach, both from Academic Coaching & Writing, for an introduction to the most popular platforms and tools to help you decide which ones might be right for you. [Read more…]

How to publish an article in an academic journal: Avoid rookie mistakes

publishingI have reviewed an insane amount of articles this past year and have noticed that many of these articles should never have been sent out for review, because they were missing key components.

The authors of these articles thus waited three months for someone to tell them that they do not have a clear argument, that there is no literature review, or that they need to describe their ethnographic methods. Sometimes they waited this long or longer only to hear other fairly generic advice.

I frequently am in the process of submitting an article to a journal. As such, I was inspired to write this article both to make sure that I practice what I preach, and to offer some examples from my own writing that might be useful as you prepare your own article. This article is primarily directed at authors of empirical social science articles, but I believe the main points may be applicable to other fields as well. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 7, 2014

"The secret of it all is write...without waiting for a fit time or place." -Walt WhitmanBy now your semester is in full force, but has your writing been on the back burner? Whether you are looking for a little motivation to help you set your writing goals, tools to help you find sacred writing time, or inspiration to help you get words on the page, the following posts will help you. Did you come across any stellar motivational or helpful posts this week? Share them in the comments below. Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 31, 2014

As promised, I’ve gathered a long list of You would rather pack book than clothes when you go on vacation.most useful posts for your must-read list this week. This week’s list is full of great writing tips and tools to help you move your writing project forward. Although only a month into this weekly series, I have to say these are some of my favorite and (hopefully) most useful posts yet. These are never in a particular order, just randomly placed, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom as they are no less important! Happy Halloween and, as always, happy writing! [Read more…]

Higher education publishers’ aspirations to become software developers

Expanding upon an article in the September-October 2014 issue of TAA’s print newsletter, The Academic Author, Sean Wakely, Founder and Principal Adviser at Academic Author Advisers, posted an article on his blog that covers the topic of higher education publishers’ aspirations to become software developers.

In his post, Wakely examines publishers’ digital solution to declining print sales and used books and whether publishers are ready to meet the challenges posed by the “digital transition”.

In future posts, Wakely plans to cover publishers’ changing product vision and the acquisitions editor’s evolving role.

Tweetable tweets from 2014 TAA Conference attendees

Thank you to everyone who tweeted or shared tweets at the 2014 TAA Conference!

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Look who’s keynoting at the 27th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

Bob Mankoff

Bob Mankoff

Bob Mankoff, nationally renowned cartoon editor for The New Yorker, will keynote the Text and Academic Authors Association’s 27th Annual Conference with a presentation entitled “Taking Humor Seriously”. Mankoff will share his engaging and informative analysis of how and why humor works for making academic subjects come to life.

Recently profiled on CBS 60 Minutes and in Entertainment Weekly, and a frequent guest on network morning shows and on syndicated radio programs, Mankoff is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and in life. Come for a laugh, and walk away with a tool for your own writing and teaching.

For conference information or to register please visit 2014TAAConference.net

TAA offering discount conference rate to graduate students

2014conf_logo_squareTAA’s 2014 Conference on Textbook & Academic Writing in Baltimore, MD, June 20-21 is offering graduate students a discounted registration rate of $75. The discounted rate is available to TAA members and non-members and applies to both the one-day or two-day registration options.

TAA’s June conference features authoring sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions that are designed to jumpstart your writing projects and boost your publishing success. Participants will have the opportunity to meet on-on-one with a veteran author or an authoring attorney and network with fellow authors at the evening hospitality events.

Visit the 2014 TAA Conference website to learn more about the conference program and to register at this discounted rate.