Writing is such a solitary enterprise. Working with Ideas on Fire was an oasis, an opportunity to receive affirming, consistent, and constructive feedback on my writing from a knowledgable but impartial source. As someone who has experimented (and benefited from) multiple sources of writing accountability in the past, working with Ideas on Fire on my first book was one of the most rewarding experiences because of the consistency and feedback I received.
— Ronak Kapadia, author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Race, Security, and the Sensorial Life of Empire
Handing over my book’s index to Ideas on Fire was one of the best decisions I made. Knowing that the index was in the hands of professionals allowed me to focus on my page proofs without the additional stress of compiling one on my own. The Ideas on Fire team really understand the value of a well-crafted index and the role it plays for readers. But more than this, they know how to compile one that is detailed, comprehensive, and academically robust.
— Lynn Comella, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work, how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career, and how teaching kids how to make stuff is how Elizabeth imagines otherwise.
Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.
Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.
Before working with Ideas on Fire I felt good about my project but knew it needed the keen eye of outside readers who really had time to consider its merits and weaknesses. After getting developmental editing by Ideas on Fire, I feel much more confident about my project. The questions, suggestions, and probes are so helpful that I feel a sense of buoyancy about my project. I have more direction and clarity.
— Shanté Paradigm Smalls, author of Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City
I can’t overestimate how helpful it was for me to work with IoF as a first generation scholar of color in particular. Even though I knew the main problem with my book proposal (it was about two different books instead of one), Ideas on Fire’s confirmation, guidance, and publisher report—as well as affirmation—were key. I’m now revising my book proposal to focus on one book, which has shed a lot of light on my revision plans. I also plan to work with IoF again on the manuscript.
— Tala Khanmalek, author of Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire
Semesters often start with big goals and plans to reach them. And then the semester gets in the way, and we can find ourselves falling behind and losing steam. Learn how to keep the mid-semester slump from derailing those semester plans.
Check out the 2018 Author Meets Critics sessions that we're organizing for the 2018 Cultural Studies Association conference. Come meet and learn from four fierce cultural studies scholars whose recent books have shaken up the fields of public policy, media, and design.