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July 15, 2019

Meet the New IoF Team Members!

We've been expanding our editing and indexing team here at Ideas on Fire. Meet the new developmental editors, copyeditors, and indexers.

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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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May 8, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Dennis Norris II on QTPOC Literary Worlds

Cathy Hannabach talks with author, editor, and podcast co-host Dennis Norris II about the writing process, making publishing more accessible, and difference as a source of strength.

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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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November 13, 2018

How to Put Your Interdisciplinary Training to Work in an Editing Career

Interdisciplinary scholars often make fantastic academic editors. Here’s how you can get started building an interdisciplinary editing career.

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October 16, 2018

Footnotes, Endnotes, and the Authorial Conversation

Whether poetic, snarky, informative, or scandalous, footnotes forge complex social bonds between readers, authors, and editors.

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August 7, 2018

When to Hire an Academic Editor and Indexer

So you're ready to hire an academic editor or indexer. Here we explain how far in advance this happens and how to know which kind of editing you need.

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June 26, 2018

Understanding Conference and Journal Article Rejection

Rejection is never fun. But understanding how conference and journal article rejection works lets you give your research the best chance possible.

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April 30, 2018

Cultural Studies Careers: Becoming an Academic Editor

Professional training for one of the many cultural studies careers that let you harness your interdisciplinary superpower: academic editing.

April 26, 2018

Harness Your Interdisciplinary Superpower

Learn to harness your interdisciplinary superpower to connect with diverse communities, translate across difference, and build a vibrant career.

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April 16, 2018

Editing Careers: Breaking into Academic Editing

Academic editing is one of the most fun of the editing careers. Learn what makes academic different and how much specialization you need.

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April 5, 2018

Writing for Research: Writing Strategies for the Long Term

Writing strategies to employ across the whole arc of a project, including note taking, outlining, compiling first drafts, and editing.

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April 2, 2018

Writing and Publishing Your First Book

How to identify your audience, craft a strong frame, revise the argument, and find the best publisher for your first book/tenure book.

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March 27, 2018

How to Write a Peer Review Report (without Being a Jerk)

Writing a useful peer review report requires approaching reviewing with respect and care, recognizing there is a human behind the work.

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October 30, 2017

Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

Learn the step-by-step process for revising and turning your dissertation into a book--one that people will actually buy and read.

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October 19, 2017

Revising Seminar Papers into Publications

How to turn those seminar papers into publications of various sorts, where to publish them and when, and how to tell when a paper is worth the work.

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August 29, 2017

Meet the New IoF Team Members: Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, & Christopher Persaud

As you might have heard, we've been hiring here at Ideas on Fire. We're excited to welcome three new folks to the team and introduce them to you!

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July 25, 2017

How to Write Public Scholarship

How interdisciplinary scholars can identify the best outlets for their public scholarship and make their writing accessible to diverse audiences.

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May 23, 2017

Responding to Reader Reports: The Nitty-Gritty

How to respond to reader reports: deciphering conflicting advice, figuring out which reviewer suggestions to follow, and claiming easy wins.

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May 16, 2017

Responding to Reader Reports: The Big Picture

The first in our two-part series on how to tackle the reviewer comments you received on your academic book or article. Here's big-picture advice on approaching the process generously.

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April 20, 2017

Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.

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March 28, 2017

How to Start a Writing Group (and Why You Should)

Writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Academic writers need community support to thrive. Learn how to use a writing group to finish your big writing projects.

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March 27, 2017

Dissertation Writing Tips: Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Dissertation writing tips on organization: what goes in each chapter, what order things need to appear in, and how to create a strong narrative arc.

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January 26, 2017

Weekend Reading: Building Community in Trying Times

How can we promote intersectionality, inclusivity, and fair labor practices? Here are some resources on finding community, assuring the safety of those marginalized by this administration, and garnering the strength to keep moving (and writing) when it feels all but impossible.

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January 10, 2017

Writing Routines and Rituals to Get Those Projects Done

How to fold writing into your daily life through writing routines and rituals that fit where, when, and how you think and write best.

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December 13, 2016

Build a Strong Dissertation or Book Structure

How to build a strong and compelling dissertation or book structure that ties all your ideas together into a cohesive whole.

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December 8, 2016

Weekend Reading: Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty in Divisive Times

This week, we've been reading practical tips to fulfill the research, writing, and productivity expectations that come with academic work. But alongside these resources, we've also come across vital guidance on how to actualize diversity in our workplace, and how to support students, staff, and faculty in divisive times.

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November 1, 2016

Brainstorming: Where to Begin When Lacking Inspiration

Interdisciplinary research requires a tremendous amount of creativity, mess and play, especially in its early stages. Here's how to start brainstorming.

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June 15, 2016

Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Grey on Food as Community Building

Sarah Grey talks about using food to create community, editing for social justice, socialist feminist approaches to child care, the tastiness and challenges of food writing, and her weekly radical dinner party Friday Night Meatballs.

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June 9, 2016

How to Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

Stories make academic research come alive. Here's how to incorporate more storytelling into your academic book, article, or dissertation.

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April 21, 2016

How to Trim Down a Manuscript to Meet a Word Limit

Meeting word or page count requirements in scholarly writing can be difficult. But part of being a professional academic and a good writer is knowing how to edit. Here are several ways you can trim down a piece of writing to make a stronger argument and a clearer text.

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April 27, 2015

Four Editors and a Paragraph

Apart from differences in content, writing across newspapers, magazines, and books tends to be consistent in style and mechanics because of professional editing. Watch the editors on this panel as they describe and justify their edited versions of the same text.