It might have snuck up on you, but summer (at least for most US faculty) is right around the corner. Especially if you have a heavy teaching load right now, I bet you’re thinking two main things. First, summer will be your long-awaited down time to finally rest and recover from the semester’s stresses. Second, you are likely thinking “I can’t wait for summer so that I can finally get back to my research and writing!” With no classes to prep and grade, it feels like you will have endless amounts of time to write, distraction-free.
But long periods of unstructured time can be particularly troublesome. How many times have you found yourself making lofty goals for a break, only to find yourself scrambling in the final moments to get the bare minimum done?
So, how can you set yourself up to have a productive summer from the start? How can you plan your summer writing productivity now?
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Your brain tricks you constantly. You think you are a good multitasker. It never feels like your attention and focus suffer when you quickly answer a text message during a writing session. In fact, you’re able to get right back to your work.
The science tells a different story, one that will forever change how you see task switching and interruptions.
Continue reading “Interruptions Steal 23 Minutes: How to Protect Your Focus”
Whether it is three months or three years until you write your first academic book proposal, there are steps you should be taking now to ensure it is as strong as possible. The steps below will help you tailor your academic book proposal to target the best university presses in your field and create the strongest possible case for your book.
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Are you a first-time academic book author? Do you hope to publish your academic book with a university press, but don’t know much beyond that? Below, I give you the information about university presses you must know to find the right academic publisher and write the strongest academic book proposal possible.
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If you are publishing your first academic book for tenure and promotion purposes, you know you are on a deadline. And yet most resources for first-time academic book authors don’t discuss time at all. In short, nothing prepares you answer one of your most pressing questions: “How long does publishing an academic book take?”
Continue reading “How Long Does Publishing an Academic Book Take? My First Book’s Timeline.”
Are you interested in teaching with iPads, but wondering what’s the difference between an iPad and an iPad Pro? If you’ve owned or used an iPad in the past, the answer is not immediately obvious. Why should you pay almost double for an iPad Pro, when it looks pretty much the same as a regular iPad? Continue reading “What’s the Difference Between an iPad and an iPad Pro?”
From the outside, publishing your first academic book seems both straightforward and mysterious. Most first-time book authors associate one key moment–the book proposal with the entire process. Do it right? You’re good! But publishing your first academic book is much more than the proposal alone. This post breaks journey down into the seven stages of publishing your first academic book.
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Are you considering teaching with an iPad Pro, but are unsure of which size iPad Pro would be best for you? The iPad Pro currently comes in two screen sizes: 10.5″ and 12.9″. Which size iPad Pro is best for teachers? Well, a lot depends on how you plan to use it. Read on to decide for yourself whether the 12.9″ or 10.5″ iPad Pro makes the most sense, given how you will use it.
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So many junior scholars quickly find themselves in research “survival mode.” You might find yourself saying “I don’t have time to write, especially on teaching days! I barely have enough time to prep, teach, grade, eat and sleep!” Or, you might find yourself in an extreme cycle: you write intensely to meet a deadline, then crash after. You vow things will be different going forward. You commit to writing at 9am every day, but quickly find yourself back in the same cycle. It’s time to break out of survival mode! How? Committing one hour per week a weekly writing review.
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In previous posts, I outlined how to publish more articles by tracking your writing, how to use opening rituals to make each writing session productive, and how to use closing rituals to set yourself up for success in your next session. But those posts left out one key piece. How do you set actionable product-focused weekly writing goals? In this post, I break down goal setting for academic writing into manageable steps. Use the framework to make your large academic writing projects more manageable.
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If there is one question I was most confused about, and am now asked most often it is this: when should I write and submit my academic book proposal to university presses? Continue reading “When Should You Submit your Academic Book Proposal?”
We’ve all been there. You’ve been working on a project spread across multiple documents for months (like a dissertation or a book, or even multiple articles, job documents, CVs, etc.) and you’re finally ready to submit it. You’re putting the finishing touches on it, and you go for what you think is one final read. Then you notice it.
Continue reading “Set These Tech Tools up Now to Save you Time and Avoid Headaches Later (or, How to Keep your Phrase Formatting Consistent in Large Projects)”
This post is the last in a four-part series that helps you identify academic publishers for whom your book would be a good fit. This post walks you through the questions you should be asking to rank university presses. Continue reading “Academic Book Proposal, Preparation #4: Ranking University Presses”
Interested in teaching with an iPad Pro? Wondering what iPad Pro apps you’ll need? In this post, I review the 6 apps for teaching with the iPad Pro you’ll want to use regularly to deliver presentations, create and annotate documents, and use the iPad Pro as a mobile whiteboard in your classroom. Continue reading “The 6 Apps You Need for Teaching with the iPad Pro”
This post is the third in a four-part series that helps you identify academic publishers for whom your book would be a good fit.
Continue reading “Academic Book Proposal, Preparation #3: Assessing University Press Fit”