1. Indexing is an editorial function. You own a spellchecker, so why do you continue to work with editors? That’s…
The writers’ workshop at work
When I first went back to graduate school in creative writing, after a lifetime in the publishing ‘hood, I told my friends that if they ever heard me use “workshop” as a verb, they should shoot me.
But now, with one foot in the academic world and the other in the muck of teaching creative writing, I think the writers’ workshop is an appropriate model for academics who want to make their manuscripts better. Creative writers have been “workshopping” each other’s stuff for a long time. The workshop model can lead to tears, to bruised egos, and, occasionally, to black eyes. But the right group can produce better work.
The advantages of working with a small textbook publisher
Small textbook publishing houses offer author some distinct advantages that may be worth considering. According to Linda Null and Julia…
10 Steps to revising your academic article or book chapter
Many novice writers imagine clean, clear prose springing off of the fingertips of accomplished writers. Most writers will assure you that it does not work this way. We first write, and then, revise, revise, and revise some more.
Trying to write perfectly the first time around has three central problems. 1) It takes a long time; 2) It can be a waste of time, as you often can only see at the end of a paper what needs to be cut; and 3) Your writing will not be as good in the end because the best writing comes out of revising.
How to create titles for textbook chapters and sections
Assigning titles to chapters and sections is an important part of the craft of textbook writing as titles draw readers…