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!

Creating a Mindful Schedule

Here’s the nice thing about teaching a F2F class: You know exactly when it’s going to happen, and you’re not going to be doing anything else during that time. When it’s time to teach, it’s time to teach. When I have taught F2F classes, or even hybrid ones, my schedule was clearly marked off in …

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 …

The Organization of Online Teaching

As I started teaching my online class this fall, I quickly became aware of the level of organization it would require. Obviously I need to have structures in place to support students. They need to know what they are doing, when, how, etc…I have those in place in a number of ways including: a calendar …

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 …

Going Fully Online

It started. This week I began my year-long adventure into teaching a 100% fully online class for the first time ever. Up to this point I had only taught hybrid. So….what happened during my first online week? Well, other than being excited here are some things I learned: Tip #1: Calm Down Already I mean …

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 …

My Teaching Notebook

I realized that for all the years I have had this blog I am pretty sure I have never shared my teaching notebook with you. And that’s just crazy because it’s a fundamental part of who I am. My teaching notebook is nothing fancy, and there’ not right way to use one. I hope you …

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? …