The uneven U

Publishers often send me academic writing books to review. I happily look through every book, but if I think I can't wholeheartedly recommend it, I just don't write a review. I don't want to crush a fellow author's soul. The rejected titles sit sadly, in small piles of guilt, on the bottom of one of … Continue reading The uneven U

The wildcard of examination

In Australia, your PhD thesis is examined by a blind peer review process. This can produce mixed results, as we will hear in this story. Joanne Doyle is a PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba, Australia. Joanne's research explores academic perspectives on the impact of higher education research. Prior to … Continue reading The wildcard of examination

How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

This is part three of my series on academic book publishing. The aim of this series is to take you through the process of turning your PhD into a book - or perhaps writing a new book in the early part of your career. Not all academic disciplines are interested in book publishing and look … Continue reading How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

How to turn your PhD into a book – part two

A couple of weeks ago I published part one of this series on academic book publishing, where I covered identifying the opportunities, contacting a publisher and pitching the idea. In part two I talk about how to negotiate the deal. In part three I will talk about what to expect in the book writing and … Continue reading How to turn your PhD into a book – part two

How to turn your PhD into a book

Turning your PhD into a book is a mark of success in many disciplines, especially the humanities. Many people pursue this goal immediately upon finishing their PhD as part of an overall academic career strategy. I didn't have to, because I already had a job and I wanted to start building a research reputation in … Continue reading How to turn your PhD into a book

Are there only four kinds of writers?

Self-help books are my secret shame. I can't resist them, especially if I find myself in an airport bookstore. The siren call of the self-help section means I inevitably board the plane clutching two more paperbacks (which I have no room for at home). My latest secret shame is Gretchen Rubin's 'The four tendencies: the … Continue reading Are there only four kinds of writers?

Using oral feedback to complement written feedback

Dr. Daveena Tauber is a consultant who specializes in working with graduate students and programs in the U.S. and internationally. Her work includes individual writing consulting, workshops for students and faculty, and program consulting. Find more information and resources at scholarstudioblog.com.  Anyone who teaches or advises writers has experienced the infuriating déjà vu of reading a … Continue reading Using oral feedback to complement written feedback

Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know.

This blog post is another in a series towards developing ideas for the new book I am writing with my ANU colleague Shaun Lehmann and Katherine Firth of the Research Voodoo blog. "Your academic writing trouble and how to fix it" was born of our frustration at reading the strange comments supervisors sometimes write on … Continue reading Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know.

How to make an index for your book or dissertation

Dear Readers. Shaun Lehmann, Katherine Firth (of the Research Voodoo blog) and I are currently in the process of writing a new book for Open University Press called ‘Writing Trouble’. ‘Writing Trouble’ will help you diagnose and treat your thesis writing problems. The proposed book evolved out of our work on the Thesis Bootcamp program, … Continue reading How to make an index for your book or dissertation

Sins against the comma

Do you struggle with commas? I certainly do. In my defence, the 70's was not a great decade for grammar education. I was taught commas were 'where you breathe' in a sentence. Wrong, wrong mc Wrongtown! If you're as confused as I am sometimes, Dr Janene Carey is here to help. Before taking up her … Continue reading Sins against the comma