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

September 6, 2017 Podcast

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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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences (the webinar)

May 30, 2017 Blog

Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski will share the power of public writing, what it entails, and how it can help us in our careers. Join us to learn what happens (and how to handle) when our public writing gets read, and even how to get paid for our words!

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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: Refusals

April 13, 2017 Blog

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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Weekend Reading: The Power of Storytelling

March 9, 2017 Blog

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.

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IoF Team Favorites: Books on Writing

February 21, 2017 Blog

Writing builds new worlds and tears down old ones, challenges the status quo, and urges us to do better. Here are our favorite books on writing—what to read when your pen needs a little inspiration, the writing guides that help us think, move us, and embolden us to imagine otherwise.

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Crafting an Academic Book Proposal

February 15, 2017 Blog

What makes for a great academic book proposal? What are publishers looking for and how can you make your proposal stand out from the crowd? Focusing on interdisciplinary academic monographs and edited collections, we’ll discuss finding the right acquisitions editor, submission timelines, cover letters, and the proposal itself.

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Imagine Otherwise: Vince Schleitwiler on New Directions for the Public Humanities & Afro–Asian Activist Coalitions

February 8, 2017 Podcast

Vince Schleitwiler talks about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of neoliberalism, and how contemporary activists draw inspiration from what he calls "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels & Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era & How Librarians Save Lives

December 28, 2016 Podcast

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, and how those scholars and activists can expand public access to scholarship.

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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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Imagine Otherwise: Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis on Asian American Mental Health Activism & Parenting in Academia

December 14, 2016 Podcast

What does wellness and unwellness look like in the context of Asian America? In the context of academia? Mimi Khúc and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis discuss how academia can better address parenting, mental health, and wellness, as well as the forthcoming special issue of the Asian American Literary Review.

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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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Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

November 24, 2016 Blog

In a time of fear and uncertainty, we need to acknowledge that this holiday is steeped in colonial erasures that are not relegated to a distant past, but alive in our US present. This week, we grapple with how to teach, write, work, support, and resist in precarious times.

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On Sale Now: Book Marketing for Academics

October 19, 2016 Blog

You conceptualized, researched, wrote, edited, and published an academic book that has the potential to have a huge impact on the world. But to have that impact, your book needs to get into the hands of the right people. Book Marketing for Academics teaches you how to do just that.

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