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You have an awesome idea. Now let us help you make your argument shine with strong claims, clear organization, and a compelling narrative arc.

We offer developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading over the course of your project.

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An index is your book’s road map, ensuring it gets read, debated, and cited.

We can craft an index for you that orients your reader to your book’s stellar arguments, connects your scholarship to that of other authors, and helps your reader navigate your book so that they can cite and build on it in their own work.

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Book Proposals

In today’s crowded academic publishing market, finding the right publisher and writing a captivating book proposal are vitally necessary to creating the change you want your book to facilitate in the world.

We help scholars craft book proposals that get noticed by the publishers in your field.

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Grad School Rockstars

Grad School Rockstars is an online community of progressive, interdisciplinary scholars supporting each other online and off, within academia and beyond.

We believe in a holistic, intersectional approach to graduate education and careers—community building, creativity, self-care, and overall wellness are prioritized just as highly as producing great scholarship and teaching.

From the coaches to the community members, we help each other produce amazing work, enliven public conversations, and build the careers and worlds we all can be proud of.

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Intro to Professional Academic Editing: The Course

Introduction to Professional Academic Editing is a self-paced course for those who want to learn the concrete skills, professional networks, and scholarly training to build an academic editing career. Focused on the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplines, this course teaches you how to help academic authors write and publish fantastic work.

Whether you’re an academic wanting to transition to an editorial career, a freelance editor seeking more academic clients, or an in-house press editor keeping your skills sharp, this course can help you ensure your clients’ work shines.

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Book Marketing for Academics: An Author’s Guide

You conceptualized, researched, wrote, rewrote, and published a kick-ass 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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We offer workshops for academic departments, community organizations, and scholarly associations on topics such as “How to Survive Your First Semester of Grad School,” “Rock Your Qualifying Exams,” “How to Finish Your Dissertation,” “Writing Routines That Actually Work,” “Book Building Bootcamp,” and “Rock Your Sabbatical.”

Inderpal Grewal

Working with Ideas on Fire was terrific. They were very incisive and clear, and could identify strengths and weaknesses in my manuscript. The book got much better because of their editing and very helpful comments. I was able to trust their judgement and comments and know that they understood the project and was making it better. IOF was also prompt in their responses, and also flexible around my work schedule. That was also important in our working together. All in all, a very positive experience.

—Inderpal Grewal, author of Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First Century America and Transnational America

Mary Ebeling

Before working with Ideas on Fire, I felt very adrift about my abilities to pull off my book project. I needed a second pair of neutral eyes to look at my writing. I needed someone who could stand outside of it but also who could guide me with empathy—someone who was on the “same page” with the concept. The valuable suggestions on books and articles that Ideas on Fire gave me informed my arguments and gave me more nuanced and critical ways of thinking about my writing. IOF is very professional, bringing fresh and critical ideas to the project, but also knows a lot about the publishing industry as well, so they are able to hold the shaky hands of someone like me through the whole process.

—Mary Ebeling, author of Healthcare and Big Data: Digital Specters and Phantom Objects

Marita Sturken

My and Lisa Cartwright’s co-authored project was a bit out of control when we started and were worried about it being too long, too repetitive, and too wordy. Now our book is trimmer, more concise and clearer.

—Marita Sturken, co-author of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture

Michelle Yates

I felt like my article was pretty good but needed some detailed editing and I know I’m not very good at that. I really like Ideas on Fire’s proofreading services, as well as being able to get help with my writing developmentally in the early stages. I’d recommend Ideas on Fire to other colleagues looking to get help with their writing.

—Michelle Yates, Assistant Professor of Humanities, History of Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago

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