Attentive followers of the blog may have noticed I did not post last week–one of the very few times since the blog has started that this has happened.
I didn’t post because I had to announce a change to the blog, but I wasn’t clear in my mind what exactly the change would be.
To cut to the chase: I’m actively writing a book proposal for the first Professor Is In book, and in working with agents and editors in a preliminary fashion (I haven’t yet settled on a final agent yet), I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that the book has to include at least 50% new material, material not previously published on the blog.
That means that I have to sit down and do some writing! All my usual bursts of inspiration that hit me each week and inspire the week’s blog post have to be saved up and set aside to go into the book manuscript instead.
Last week I was about to write that I’d be ceasing all new blog posts entirely, but I’ve changed my mind.
I’m going to use the blog to announce and promote upcoming webinars and events, re-post old posts that are pertinent to the cycles of the job market, and perhaps occasionally provide some new advice if anything seems particularly urgent.
But by and large I’ll be holding my new material for the book. (This also has the advantage of freeing my weekly blog-writing time to devote to the book project.)
This is very painful to me because I’m the kind of person that, if I have something I want to tell you, I want to tell you NOW! I don’t want to hold my latest brainstorm about your job documents or interviews to have to sit in writerly limbo for a year… But alas, sacrifices must be made. I know that this book will be valuable and helpful–a far better reference and source for many than navigating a cumbersome blog. And I’m very excited to finally get it done.
And when that happens, I’ll be back here in my favorite writing spot just as soon as I can. And in the meantime, I am still writing on a bi-weekly basis for the Chronicle Vitae site.