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Leading a Great Discussion Section

January 23, 2018 Blog

Discussion sections are an important opportunity for students to build on their understanding of course lecture content. How can you lead a great one?

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Setting Your Writing Routine

January 22, 2018 Blog

Finding time to write is a challenge for many of us academics, even though it is ostensibly our main job. This webinar will discuss practical strategies for setting writing routines that actually work to get words on the page.

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How to Create Realistic Writing Deadlines

January 9, 2018 Blog

So much of academic writing lacks the deadline that pushes us to get it done. Learn how to create realistic short and long term writing deadlines to help meet big writing goals.

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Getting the Most Out of Writing Groups

January 3, 2018 Blog

Learn how to design and run writing groups that build the accountability systems, intellectual communities, and editorial support groups you need.

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2017: Our Year in Review

December 19, 2017 Blog

2017 was an exciting year at Ideas on Fire. Learn about our 2017 accomplishments, including 4 new team members, 79 articles, 70 client projects, 27 podcast episodes, 23 webinars, and more!

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Questions for the New Year

December 12, 2017 Blog

Although many people set New Year’s resolutions, spending some time reviewing this year ensures you can set smart ones that reflect your real-life needs and situation.

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Congrats to IoF Authors Who Published Books in 2017!

December 11, 2017 Blog

Check out our fantastic editing and indexing clients who published books in 2017! They also show how interdisciplinary, progressive scholarship really does have the power to change the world.

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Money Management for Graduate Students

December 6, 2017 Blog

Learn the basics of money management for graduate students, including managing anxiety about money, saving when there's not enough to save, figuring out loans and ways to pay them back, and planning for taxes.

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Small Changes to Refresh Your Routine

December 5, 2017 Blog

When things get overwhelming, sometimes you want to start over. But this isn't always possible. Here are some small changes you can make to your day-to-day life to help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on whatever you’re facing.

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Organizational Tips to Get You Through the End of the Semester

November 28, 2017 Blog

No matter how organized you are, things tend to pile up at the end of the semester. In the era of bullet journals, Google calendars, spreadsheets, and phone apps, here are some surprisingly simple suggestions for how to stay on top of your workload.

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Dealing with Rejection

November 22, 2017 Blog

Learn how to navigate the inevitable waves of rejection that accompany academic life—including rejections from publishers and editors, possible mentors, fellowships, postdocs, and jobs—as well as how to decide what role rejection will play in your decisions about work and life.

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Caring While in Academia

November 21, 2017 Blog

What does it mean to care while when in academia? Caring for our bodies, our families, our communities, our time, and our careers can be quite the juggling act. It means consciously asking ourselves, what do we need? How do we carry all of what life has given us? How do we adapt to that which we carry?

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Get Your Book Ready to Send to Publishers

November 16, 2017 Blog

Want to submit your book proposal or manuscript to publishers in the new year? Our team of Ideas on Fire editors can help you craft a strong and well-supported argument to knock your readers’ socks off, a compelling narrative arc to tie all your chapters together, and an impact that reverberates through your community of readers and beyond.

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Rethinking Your Relationship To Reading

November 14, 2017 Blog

Despite the fact that reading takes up so much of our time, we rarely stop to reflect on or nurture our relationship to the written word. Is the act of reading pleasurable for you or does it feel like work? How do you like to read and do you often get to read that way? When do you know you’ve actually finished reading something—and understood it?

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Finding the Right Publisher for Your First Book

November 7, 2017 Blog

Publishing your first book is both exciting and daunting. Working with the right publisher can make all the difference though. Here's how to identify the presses that can best help your first book to shine.

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Creating Passion Projects

October 31, 2017 Blog

Academic life is demanding on your time and resources, and even the most ardent scholars and activists feel like they’re running on empty sometimes. In the face of busyness and stress, true passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy, not just one more thing added onto your plate.

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Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

October 30, 2017 Blog

Learn how to revise your dissertation into your first book, including finding a new frame for the project, how to identify your audiences and use them to guide the revision process, what needs to be cut and what needs to be added, and how you can construct that strong narrative arc necessary to turn it from a dissertation into a scholarly book.

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Open Access Publishing

October 24, 2017 Blog

Deciding where and how to publish our work is not easy. Open access publishing makes our work readable by everyone, for free, but does it "count?" How should we decide whether to publish in an open access journal, and what questions should we ask before we make that decision? Here's some advice from Ideas on Fire.

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Revising Seminar Papers into Publications

October 19, 2017 Blog

Writing seminar papers can feel like the busywork of graduate school, but they are a whole lot of work. Join us for this webinar to learn how to revise those papers into publishable work.

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Finding Non-Academic Mentors

October 17, 2017 Blog

Non-academic mentors bring a wealth of career expertise and life advice. Here's how to build and nurture the relationships that will sustain you in whatever careers you end up pursuing.

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