Project Management for Real Life - Parent works on a laptop with a small child next to them
September 9, 2020

Project Management for Real Life

How to build a project management system that fits your real, messy, and embodied life—including how to stop doing what isn't working.

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August 26, 2020

Last Checks to Do Before Submitting a Book Proposal

Last checks and confirmations to run on your documents before submitting a book proposal to an academic publisher for consideration

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August 22, 2020

Our Revamped and Expanded Professional Academic Editing Course Is Here!

Check out the revamped and expanded Introduction to Professional Academic Editing course to build your academic editing career.

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August 12, 2020

Refreshing Your Courses to Avoid Burning Out

Tips for refreshing your courses semester to semester to keep things compelling, improving, and relevant to the current moment.

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August 4, 2020

Preparing for Fall, the Pandemic Edition

Tips on preparing for fall semester during a pandemic, including accessible online teaching and public engagement during social distancing.

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July 24, 2020

Reviewing Your Index Draft

How to review your book's index draft: what to check, how to evaluate quality, what can be modified, and how to request changes

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July 1, 2020

Imagine Otherwise is back in August

The Imagine Otherwise crew is taking a much-needed July break but will be back in August with awesome new episodes.

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July 1, 2020

How I’m Writing During the Pandemic

Strategies for writing during the pandemic that foreground radical self-compassion, creativity, and resourcefulness in the face of change.

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June 15, 2020

Public Engagement and Impact: Course Enrollment is Open!

Public Engagement and Impact is a self-paced, online course that teaches you how to take your work to new audiences and make change beyond the academy.

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May 11, 2020

How to Start an Academic Podcast: Enrollment is Open!

How to Start an Academic Podcast is a self-paced, online course that helps scholars go from a great idea to a published show.

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May 6, 2020

Coauthoring and Collaborative Writing

Best coauthoring and collaborative writing practices, including finding partners, setting and reaching goals, and anticipating and navigating challenges.

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April 22, 2020

Setting Up Virtual Writing Accountability Systems

How to set up virtual writing accountability systems that give you the social support, inspiration, and accountability to finish your writing projects.

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April 8, 2020

Publishing Pipelines and Productive Procrastination

How to set up a publishing pipeline and productive procrastination plan to reach your professional goals over the long term.

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March 11, 2020

Finding Abundance Beyond the Academy

Catherine Fung shares how leaving academia let her find abundance, creativity, and a fulfilling and intellectually vibrant career.

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February 25, 2020

Finding the Right Publisher for Your Second Book

Why the publisher of your first book might not necessarily be the best fit for your second book and how to find the press that is.

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January 14, 2020

How to Design Better Office Hours

How faculty can reframe office hours to ensure a transformative effect on students, faculty, and the culture of academia more broadly.

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January 10, 2020

Things to Consider When Starting a Writing Group

From choosing a meeting frequency to figuring what kind of feedback members would benefit most from, here's what to consider when starting a writing group.

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January 2, 2020

New Year Resolutions for Writers

How to set holistic, compassionate, and social justice-oriented new year resolutions for writers that help you get your projects done.

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December 16, 2019

How Are You Prioritizing Self-Care Over the Winter Break?

It's tempting to view winter break as a chance to catch up on everything you didn't get to in the fall. But what if you used it to *actually* rest?

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December 9, 2019

2019 Year in Review: A Year of Expansion

A celebration of our 2019 projects, including client books and articles editing/indexed, new team members, podcast episodes, and more.

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December 6, 2019

Thank You to University Staff

Thank you to all the department coordinators, procurement staff, vendor managers, and administrative assistants we've worked with in 2019.

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December 3, 2019

Congrats to IoF Clients Who Published Books in 2019!

Client books in transgender studies, cultural studies, art history, sound studies, political science, communication, queer theory, and more.

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November 18, 2019

Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare

Learn strategies to manage the end-of-term crunch with energy to spare, avoid burnout, and lay the groundwork for a relaxing and productive winter break.

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October 21, 2019

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests

Learn how to articulate academic service priorities to yourself and colleagues and say no and yes in ways that align with your values and support your career.

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October 15, 2019

How to Clean and Organize Your Computer Desktop

Tips on how to organize your computer desktop, including building a file system that works for you, and utilizing your task bar and trash folder.

Peer Review Week 2019. Theme: Quality in Peer Review. September 16–20, 2019
September 17, 2019

Happy Peer Review Week 2019!

How we're celebrating Peer Review Week 2019, which showcases the importance of peer review in scholarly publishing and knowledge production.

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September 16, 2019

Tips for Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence

Tips for teaching toward inclusive excellence, including writing the syllabus, planning the first day of class, and leading classroom discussions.

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August 20, 2019

Practical Strategies for Taking Notes

Practical techniques for taking notes that ensure you can find, understand, expand, and use them later in your various projects.

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August 19, 2019

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace

Learn how to foster intellectual community in academic workplaces using reading and writing groups, engaging mentorship, and other strategies.

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August 6, 2019

Jumpstarting an Interdisciplinary Oral History Project

How to get started with interdisciplinary oral history, including researching formats, finding training, and critically reflecting on power dynamics.

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July 22, 2019

Writing a Student-Centered Syllabus that Saves You Time

Strategies to write a student-centered syllabus that also saves you time as an instructor—from day one until the end of the term.

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July 16, 2019

Dismantle Magazine Interviews IoF Founder Cathy Hannabach

Dismantle Magazine's interview with Ideas on Fire CEO Cathy Hannabach about building a feminist editing and indexing agency.

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July 9, 2019

Diversity, Plain Language, and Scholarship at Editors Canada 2019

Major themes at the 2019 Editors Canada conference included diversity in editing, the importance of plain language, and sensitivity reading.

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June 25, 2019

The Benefits of Creative Writing

How creative writing techniques can deepen classroom discussions, improve academic texts, and expand your own scholarly thinking.

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June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

Learn how to move to a new city, settle in, and make any place feel like home—no matter how contingent the position or temporary the stay.

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June 11, 2019

The Brave New World of Remote Online Teaching

An overview of online remote teaching opportunities for PhDs seeking more flexibility and options in their teaching careers.

Your Public Voice - Multicolored books on shelves. Text reads: Dismantle Magazine presents an online workshop co-sponsored by Ideas on Fire on Your Public Voice. July 8–31, 2019"
June 7, 2019

Your Public Voice: An Online Writing Workshop by Dismantle Magazine

3-week online workshop for scholars wanting to build their public scholarship profile, reach wider and more diverse audiences, and get paid for their work.

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May 20, 2019

How to Do Meaningful Community-Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

Learn best practices for doing community-engaged scholarship and teaching, including answers to those thorny ethical questions often provoked by this work.

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May 14, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Footnotes at ACES

Tips on editing footnotes and endnotes, helping authors decide between them, keeping up with citation style changes, and curbing overcitation.

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April 30, 2019

Mental Health in Academia: How Departments Can Support Faculty, Staff, and Students

Strategies and tactics for improving mental health in academia by providing resources to students, faculty, and staff and prioritizing wellness.

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April 22, 2019

Resisting Academic Busyness and Taking Weekends Off

Strategies to avoid the siren song of academic busyness, preserve your time, and finally take those weekends off—for real.

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March 25, 2019

Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond

Strategies for surviving job burnout in the academy and beyond, including continuing on when you'd rather do just about anything else.

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March 19, 2019

Using Recursive Outlines for Writing

How to use recursive outlines for writing projects to keep your writing on track while also making room for your ideas to evolve.

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March 11, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Endnotes and Footnotes at ACES

Part instructional session, part love letter to literature's favorite hangers-on. How to edit, use, and love footnotes and endnotes.

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March 5, 2019

Turning a Side Project into a Career: Behind the Scenes with Dismantle

A behind-the-scenes look at how Dismantle Magazine co-founders Elise Chatelain and Sara Tatyana Bernstein are turning their side project into a career.

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February 19, 2019

Teaching Students How to Use Archival Sources

How archival sources can enrich the learning experience and tips on creating assignments that show the political and intellectual stakes of the archive.

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February 18, 2019

Making Career Decisions in an Era of Uncertainty

How to make career decisions in an era of uncertainty and with limited information, and learn to live with those choices even as circumstances change.

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February 5, 2019

How to Write a Great Speaker or Author Bio

How to write a great author bio or speaker bio that introduces you to specific audiences and brings in professional opportunities.