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December 3, 2019

Congrats to IoF Clients Who Published Books in 2019!

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

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July 31, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Emilly Prado on Making Space for Creativity

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews journalist and educator Emilly Prado about writing across genre and Black and Brown artivism in Portland.

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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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January 8, 2019

Why and How to Write a Book Review

How to write a book review that works for your own research and goals, as well as why scholars should write them to build intellectual community.

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November 21, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Craig Santos Perez on a Decolonial and Demilitarized Pacific

Craig Santos Perez talks about poetry as a social justice practice, communal storytelling, and the movement for a decolonial and demilitarized Pacific.

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October 30, 2018

5 Things Professional Book Indexers Wish Authors Knew

A great index is a work of art, helping readers find what they need. Here are 5 things professional book indexers wish authors knew about the process.

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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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October 10, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Imani Perry on Love as an Ethic

Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.

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September 12, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Francesca T. Royster on Writing Courageously

Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster discusses the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.

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September 10, 2018

Happy Peer Review Week! Love for Academic Publishing

Peer Review Week 2018 celebrates the importance of peer review in scholarly publishing and knowledge production.

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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.

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 10, 2018

Myths and Misconceptions about Academic Peer Review

Here we debunk several of the stubborn myths out there about the academic peer review process and clarify the role of peer review in the publishing process.

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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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February 27, 2018

Collaborative Research for Junior Faculty: Finding Projects

Once you've decided on your partners for collaborative research, you'll need to find projects that meet your collective goals. Here's how to identify such projects and navigate them over time.

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February 13, 2018

Collaborative Research for Junior Faculty: Finding Collaborators

Academic collaborations can help you meet your career goals if approached right. Learn how to choose the best partners to work with on projects.

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December 11, 2017

Congrats to IoF Authors Who Published Books in 2017!

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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November 7, 2017

Academic Book Publishing: Choosing a Press

Academic book publishing offers an array of press options. Here's how to identify the publisher that can best help your academic book reach your goals.

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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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September 6, 2017

Imagine Otherwise: Nia King on Supporting Queer and Trans Artists of Color

Nia King shares how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves, the racial politics of the publishing industry, how she has put her ethnic studies training to work beyond the academy, and why getting queer and trans artists of color paid fairly for their work is a key part of how she imagines otherwise.

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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 13, 2017

Weekend Reading: Refusals

Refusal—to offer your time and labor, to accept superficial diversity efforts, or to hide work behind a paywall—should be recognized as both a necessity and a right. Weekend reads on parenting in academia, the myth of flexibility, setting boundaries, and diversity in higher education.

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March 9, 2017

Weekend Reading: The Power of Storytelling

We are always telling stories. Stories shape the direction of movements and the flow of resources. And stories help us reflect on our lives and the lives of others. These resources focus on the stories we tell, narrative challenges, and importance of representation in building a more equitable world.

February 21, 2017

Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Books on Writing

Our favorite books on writing: the writing guides that help us think critically, move us, and embolden us to imagine otherwise.

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February 15, 2017

Writing a Successful Academic Book Proposal

What makes for a great academic book proposal? Learn what publishers looking for and how to make your proposal stand out from the crowd.