Most useful textbook and academic posts of the week: August 2, 2019

“Great things don’t come from comfort zones.” ~ Roy T. BennettLet me warn you. This week’s collection of posts from around the web has several topics that may not be comfortable for textbook and academic authors. We begin with articles challenging the status quo for academic bios, the value of disability inclusion in the publishing industry, and the approach you take to turn your PhD into a book. More hot topic industry changes, specifically in light of recent announcements of Pearson’s “digital first” initiative and the Cengage-McGraw-Hill merger, also make this week’s list.

The changes to the publishing industry are not new, but in the recent months seem to be coming at a faster pace with greater impact to authors. That said, as you review the articles linked below, remember the wisdom of Roy T. Bennett who said, “Great things don’t come from comfort zones.” In the coming week, I encourage you to reach beyond your comfort zone in your pursuit of greatness. Happy writing! [Read more…]

Most useful textbook and academic posts of the week: July 19, 2019

"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." ~Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein once said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” This week’s collection of posts from around the web may challenge your thoughts about academic and textbook writing and processes.

Included in the collection are ways to change your thinking when publishing journal articles, completing a dissertation, or reading over the summer. There are articles on open science, open educational resources, and Pearson’s announcement of a “digital first” textbook publishing model. We close the list with articles on retaining perspective and developing new skills. This week, I challenge you to change your thinking to improve your writing practice. Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 16, 2015

I have had an awful cold since Monday. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.When I’m this sick I can barely function as a human—or at least that’s how I feel. My healthy eating habits are replaced with soup that’s high in sodium and grilled cheese sandwiches. And although I try to get in my daily exercise, instead I end up sleeping curdled up in a ball  and calling that exercise. Habits and routines fall to the wayside. As much as I dislike that this happens, I have to allow myself to accept that when I am sick, that this is okay. All of this peaked my curiosity as to what all of you do, as avid daily writers, in a similar situation. Do you still sit and write even when your head is pounding—when you are sick and nothing but sleep sounds appealing? Or, do you allow yourself to rest and be okay with not moving your writing forward for those few days? If you are able to still write on those days, I admire and applaud you. But, if you are like me and allow yourself time to rest, remember: soon enough you’ll be back on track and ready to tackle your writing with renewed motivation—or at least without a pounding headache.

Happy writing! [Read more…]