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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 29, 2016

As an author you have to have a thick skin. You have to be rejected pieces aren't failures_blogboth patient and persistent. You have to be brave. Lacking in any of those qualities is sure to leave you feeling inadequate and even paralyzed to get words on to the page. It is imperative that you remember, as Greg Daugherty reminds us, “rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are.” If you finished a marathon but didn’t win, are you a failure? No. You put in the hours, you showed up, and you finished. If you fall, you get yourself up, dust off, and continue—just as you should with any rejection you receive in your writing career. The only sure way to fail is to not try at all.

Happy writing!

How to write a blogpost from your journal article in 11 easy steps
“Perhaps they also think that publishing a blogpost takes the time and hassle involved in submitting to journals, trekking through box after box of obscure electronic publishing bureaucracy, and then waiting weeks or months before seeing a proof, and months more for publication. But publishing a post is not like that at all” says Patrick Dunleavy. In this article he gives a step-by-step process for writing a blog post from your journal article.

5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published
Whether you are trying to get published for the first time or the tenth time, you are bound to find something in this article helpful.

things to do during the PhD – publish articles on the side
This is a guest post by Marianne Hem Eriksen on Pat Thomson’s blog, patter. Eriksen describes publishing during the PhD and the benefits that can be realized by doing so.

The importance of narrative
Here you’ll find an interesting approach for how to write and convey your research.

The Tug-of-war over Manuscripts
Co-authorship and collaboration can be worthwhile and even delightful. Sometimes, however, trying to get a response from a co-author is (seemingly) impossible. Yet perhaps it isn’t their fault. For a necessary reminder for anyone in a co-authoring or collaborating position, read this post.

Don’t Take it Personally When I Tell You “No.” I’m Using it On Everyone This Year
“A well-timed yes can expand our world in beautiful and unexpected ways. But I am writing now to espouse the power of another simple word: no” says Lena Dunham. Although not specific to academic and textbook writers, I think you’ll find this article beneficial for gaining back control of your life—especially if you say ‘yes’ too often!

Academic Writing series #AcWri2016
This is a round up of useful posts by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), covering the complexities of academic writing. Check back regularly for more articles being added to this #AcWri2016 series.