The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: December 22, 2017

"All writing is rewriting." ~John GreenJohn Green says, “All writing is rewriting”. Nearing the end of the year, you may be considering what still needs to be written (both literally and figuratively) or rewritten for the year. As your writing continues into the holidays, our collection of posts this week begin with actions you can take to balance work with the holidays, effectively brainstorm ideas, and to gain more influence in academe.

We then explore some of the topics impacting textbook and academic authors including net neutrality, OER adoptions, free textbooks, qualitative research methods, and author perspectives on academic journal publishing in 2017. We close this week in the holiday spirit of gift giving (both literally and figuratively) with book ideas for the academic on your list and an article titled, “10 reasons self-publishing is the best gift you can give your book”. Whatever your holiday plans, we hope that you continue writing (and rewriting) toward an even better new year ahead. [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…]