Eight Tips on Writing Efficiently while Overloaded with Teaching, Service and Kids (A Guest Post)

A reader wrote asking for a post on how to write a book while working at a teaching-intensive university.  I put out a request for a guest post on the subject on Facebook, and Steve Engler responded with this account … Continue reading

Writing Your Book While Juggling Teaching and Kids (A Guest Post)

A reader wrote asking for a post on how to write a book while working at a teaching-intensive university.  I put out a request for a guest post on the subject on Facebook, and Katherine Vukadin responded with this account … Continue reading

Of Cover Letters and Magic (A Follow-up Post)

There is some advice I give that I believe in fiercely and will defend to the death (ref: Should I Do an Edited Collection?).   And then there is some advice I give that I am very willing to concede … Continue reading

How To Write a Journal Article Submission Cover Letter

Today’s post is a special request post for several clients who have written to inquire how to write a cover letter for the submission of an article manuscript to a journal. ****Addendum (4/29/13):  Please read the follow up to this … Continue reading

Should I Do an Edited Collection?

  No.   Let me say it again: No.   Let’s put it a different way:   You: But, it’s just the papers from a conference panel. Is it ok then? Me: No.   You: But, I’m co-editing it, so … Continue reading

Should I Send Out a Book Proposal Before the Manuscript is Completely Finished?

This is a Q and A that arose on the blog this week, following the blog post, How To Write a Book Proposal. I’ve been asked this question many times.  This is my answer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q:   Karen, can I ask … Continue reading

How To Pitch Your Book to an Editor at a Conference (Super-Special Request Post)

Today’s post is a Special Request for many, many readers who have written over the past year asking how to pitch their book to potential editors while at disciplinary conferences. I confess, I’ve been kind of avoiding writing this post. … Continue reading

What To Do Now in Grad School (Special Request Post)

Apologies for missing Tuesday’s post and then delaying on Thursday’s post. I had a family health crisis (thankfully, fully resolved) that kept me away from the computer this week. Today’s post is a Special Request post for K, who asks, … Continue reading

How To Write A Book Proposal

This week’s post is a Special Request post for The Universe, which has informed me that countless junior scholars are fretting over the question of how to write a book proposal. This post is exhaustive and detailed, and endeavors to … Continue reading