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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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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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New IoF team members, Summer, Emma, & Christopher

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

August 29, 2017 Blog

As you might have heard, we've been hiring lately here at Ideas on Fire. We're excited to welcome three new folks to the team and introduce you to Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, and Christopher Persaud.

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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

July 25, 2017 Blog

Want your work to make an impact on the world? Looking to engage in conversations beyond your discipline or university? Public writing has the potential to spark change and to better the world we live in. Learn how to make your work accessible to diverse, non-academic audiences.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 2

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 2

May 23, 2017 Blog

You’ve got reviewer comments back on your academic book or article. How do you decide which ones to incorporate? In this second installment of our two-part series on reviewer comments, we talk you through how to read the sometimes conflicting advice reviewers give on manuscripts and how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 1

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 1

May 16, 2017 Blog

In this two-part series, we’ll talk you through how to approach revisions on your academic book or journal article (part 1) as well as how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow (part 2). Think of this first post as the big-picture strategy and the next one as helping you implement that strategy for the specific, detailed feedback you receive from reviewers.

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Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017 Blog

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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How to Start a Writing Group

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

March 28, 2017 Blog

Academic writers need community to thrive. So how do you find support and accountability to help you stick with it and create awesome scholarship? One of the best ways is through writing groups—a small collection of writers who meet regularly, support each other, and get writing done.

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Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

March 27, 2017 Blog

You have an awesome dissertation topic. You’ve assembled your team of advisors. You’re even rocking the writing process. But how do you put it all together? Come learn how to organize your dissertation chapters—both big-scale (across the dissertation as a whole) and small-scale (within each chapter).

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Weekend Reading: Building Community in Trying Times

January 26, 2017 Blog

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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Establishing a Regular Writing Practice

Establishing a Regular Writing Practice

January 10, 2017 Blog

More than just sitting down at the computer, writing regularly is a skill involving time management, creativity, self-awareness, and discipline. Cultivating a writing practice that works for you is challenging but achievable. Here are some targeted tips for how to regularly fold writing into your life.

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2016 Year in Review

2016: Our Year in Review at Ideas on Fire

December 27, 2016 Blog

December is a time for reflection, when we look back at what has happened throughout the year and make plans for what we want in the new one. For us at Ideas on Fire, 2016 has been a whirlwind. Here we offer a brief "year in review" highlighting some of the most exciting things to come out of IoF in the last 12 months.

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Structuring Book or Dissertation

Structuring Your Dissertation or Next Book

December 13, 2016 Blog

You’re sitting on pages and pages of notes, potential outlines, and paragraphs on various topics but have yet to find the big, overarching structure or framework that ties all that stuff together into a cohesive manuscript. Here’s how to create a framework for your book or dissertation.

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

December 8, 2016 Blog

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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Brainstorming

Brainstorming: Where to Begin When Lacking Inspiration

November 1, 2016 Blog

Research requires creativity, mess, and play, especially in its early stages. It takes effort to cultivate ingenuity, especially if you are undertaking progressive, interdisciplinary work. So what can we do when we are lacking inspiration? Here are some brainstorming tips to get the wheels turning.

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Imagine Otherwise: Sarah Grey on Food as Community Building & Editing for Social Justice

June 15, 2016 Podcast

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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Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

How to Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

June 9, 2016 Blog

Academic writing often gets the bad rap of being tedious and dry. Storytelling often gets the bad rap of being fluffy and only for children (or, alternatively, only appropriate for ethnography). Let’s change the narrative on storytelling in academic writing, shall we?

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Trim Down an Article

How to Trim Down a Chapter/Article that is Too Long

April 21, 2016 Blog

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. Below are several ways you can trim down a piece of writing to make a stronger argument and a clearer text.

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