Category «Writing Academia»

Interested in learning how to improve your academic writing? Need tips on getting published? This is the spot.

Find a Mentor Text

When working on a manuscript, it can be helpful to identify several mentor texts from the journal you hope to publish in. These texts can serve as models for how you think about writing your piece. In the following video, I explain the benefits of using mentor texts:     Watch Another Tip!

How to Publish With Others

Publishing with others can be an amazing experience. Not only do you share the work load, but you have people around you who can push you and make your work better. Because you want it to go well there are some general guidelines to put in place up front that can make the process run …

Find a Good Reader

Let’s face it. When you are writing there comes a point when you need feedback. Good feedback. And what you need is someone who is willing to tell you what you need to hear (which is not necessarily what you want to hear). So how do you find that person and how do you help …

What Do I Do With a Revise & Resubmit?

When you submit a manuscript for publication, you’re two most likely outcomes are: (a) reject and (b) revise and resubmit. Ideally, you will find yourself in a revise and resubmit situation more often than not. Do you know that it is extremely rare to get an accept/accept with revisions based on your initial submission? You …

Writing for Revisions

It’s really easy to get caught up in thinking that writing for publication means writing to get accepted. In reality, our two most likely choices are: Reject Revise & Resubmit So when we write, and when we submit something for publication, what we should really be working to do is not get rejected. This means …

Saying No to Revisions

There are times when it’s appropriate to say no to reviewers. It doesn’t happen all the time (sorry, you’re gonna have to do 99.9% of those revisions requested), but it does happen. But how do you which one (or maybe two) revisions to reject and what do you say back to the editors and reviewers? …

Make Time NOT to Write

Yeah…you heard me. I’m hear telling you to find time NOT to write. Does that sound strange? Well not writing is just as important as writing. The trick is that you have to not write in mindful ways. The idea of not writing is (unfortunately) not accomplished by simply putting your writing off for another …