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Writing for professional publication: keys to academic and business success

Author: Henson, Kenneth T. Publisher: Allyn and Bacon, 1999.Language: EnglishDescription: 330 p. : Graphs ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0205283136Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary
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Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary


Writing for Professional Publication Keys to Academic and Business Success Contents Illustrations Preface xv xiii Acknowledgments About the Author xvii xix 1 Why Write? 1 Reasons to Write 3 A Time and Place for Everything 10 When Is the Best Time to Write? 11 Tooling Up for the Job 12 The Best Place to Write 13 Perennial Excuses 19 Taking Inventory 19 A Final Word 20 Recapping the Major Points 21 References 22 2 Finding Topics 23 The Dissertation: A Source of Topics 24 Grants as a Source of Topics 26 Your Job as a Source of Topics 26 Other Occupations as Sources of Writing Topics 27 Reference Books as a Source of Topics 27 Forecasting the Future 29 Using Speakers to Predict Future Topics 29 Using Journal Editors to Predict Future Topics 30 Using Professional Association Yearbook Editors to Predict Future Topics 30 Recapping the Major Points 31 Reference 31 3 Getting Started 32 The Right Title 32 Choosing Titles for Nonfiction Journal Articles Writing the First Sentence 36 34 vii viii Contents Paragraphing 37 Go Ahead and Write 38 Profile: Arnold and Jeanne Cheyney Recapping the Major Points 40 References 41 4 About Style 42 Writing Clearly 44 Write Concisely 45 Write Positively 46 Treat Genders Fairly Recapping the Major Points References 56 39 50 56 5 Organizing Articles 57 Organizing Nonfiction Articles 58 Organizing Skill No. 1: Establishing Credibility Organizing Skill No. 2: Achieving Substance Organizing Skill No. 3: Paragraphing 61 Organizing Skill No. 4: Using Flowcharts to Organize 66 Putting It Together 68 Recapping the Major Points 68 References 68 6 Using journals, Libraries, Surveys, and Action Research 69 Using Journals 69 Physical Characteristics 69 Article Length 70 Reading Level 70 Guidelines for Authors 72 Call for Manuscripts 72 Coming Themes 73 Reviewers' Guidelines and Rating Scales Using Libraries 75 Identifying Topics 75 Identifying Target Journals 76 Using Your Own Expertise 79 Using Surveys 79 Using Action Research 84 Recapping the Major Points 85 References 86 58 59 73 Contents ix 7 Common Errors in Writing for Journals 87 The Nature of Writing 87 Mistakes and Recommendations 88 Mistake: Lack of Familiarity with the Journal and Its Readers 88 Mistake: Wrong Style 89 Mistake: Failure to Check for Grammatical Errors 92 Mistake: Failure to Include Substance 92 Mistake: Failure to Write Simply and Clearly 94 Recommendation: Select Your Target Journals in Advance Recommendation: Identify Coming Themes 97 Recommendation: Find a Good Title 97 Recommendation: Focus on the Opening Paragraph 97 Recommendation: Avoid Provincialism 97 Recommendation: Review Your Manuscript 101 Recapping the Major Points 103 References 104 8 Communicating with Journal Editors The Author­Editor Relationship 105 The Telephone 106 The Query Letter 108 The Cover Letter 111 Guest Editing 112 Recapping the Major Points 114 References 114 105 96 9 Questions Writers Ask 115 Why Do You Write? 115 What Suggestions Can You Give to Aspiring Writers? 116 Have You a Favorite Success Story? 117 How Do You Handle Rejection? 118 What Distinguishes Highly Successful Writers from Less Successful Writers? 120 Is It O.K. to Send a Manuscript to Multiple Publishers? 120 Are There Advantages in Collaborating? 121 Should I Collaborate Long Distance? 122 Should I Write Articles before Writing Short Stories or Books? 123 What Is a Refereed Journal? 123 Is It Wise to Use Vanity Publishers? 124 What about Self-Publishing? 125 If Asked, Should I Pay a Journal Publishing Expenses? 127 Should I Be a Specialist or a Generalist? 128 x Contents Questions about Copyright 128 How Can Authors Learn to Use the Library More Effectively? 130 Are Colloquialisms and Clichés Acceptable? 131 What Should I Do When an Editor Keeps Holding My Manuscript? 131 Whose Name Comes First? 132 Who Is Listed First If the Collaborators Are Professors and Graduate Students? 132 If I Furnish My Dissertation or Thesis for a Collaborator to Shape into a Manuscript, Is That an Equitable Exchange? 132 If I Share a Book Idea with a Publisher, How Can I Be Sure It Won't Be Turned Over to a More Experienced Author? 133 What Does It Mean When an Editor Asks the Author to Rewrite and Resubmit a Manuscript? Should I Do That? 133 Should I Use a Computer? 134 Profile: Vance Wisenbaker 135 What Should I List on My Résumé as Publications? 136 A Few of My Colleagues and I Have Been Talking about Getting Together on a Regular Basis to Discuss Our Writing. Do You Recommend This and, If So, Can You Give Us Some Advice? 136 Recapping the Major Points 137 References 137 10 Getting Book Contracts 138 Choosing the Right Book to Write 138 Writing Professional Books 139 Writing Books for University Presses 139 Developing a Prospectus 140 Content Outline 141 Sample Chapters 145 Book Description 145 Market Description 146 Description of the Competition 146 Author Description 147 Selecting a Publisher 148 Send Query Letters 150 Negotiating the Contract 150 Recapping the Major Points 152 References 152 11 Planning for Success 153 155 Managing Each Manuscript 155 Step 1: Identify Topic Areas Contents xi Step 2: Identify Two Sets of Journals--Specialized and General 157 Step 3: Assign Priorities to the Journals You Listed Profile: Bonnidell Clouse 158 Step 4: Refine Your Journal List 159 Develop a Tracking System 159 Getting Mileage 161 Maintain a Current Résumé 161 Write Book Chapters 163 Apply to Daily Work 163 Recapping the Major Points 163 Reference 164 157 12 Grant Proposal Writing 165 Make Your Proposal Timely 167 Learn How to Develop Fresh Ideas 167 Identify and Use Your Assets 167 Gather the Necessary Materials 168 Match Your Strengths with the Funders' Goals 169 Deadlines 170 A Format for Proposals 171 Profile: Donald C. Orlich 173 Foundation Proposals 174 Guideline 1: Match Your Expertise with the Needs of Various Audiences 175 Guideline 2: Add a Unique Angle 176 Guideline 3: Make a Convincing Commitment 177 Guideline 4: Be Flexible 178 Guideline 5: Use Every Opportunity to Gather Information about Available Money 179 Guideline 6: Make Your Request Economically Responsible 180 Guideline 7: Make the Proposal Easy to Read 180 Guideline 8: Follow the RFP Guidelines Precisely 181 Guideline 9: Develop a Project Evaluation Process 182 Guideline 10: Test the Budget against the Narrative 182 Recapping the Major Points 183 13 Using the Computer 185 Introduction 185 What Type of Computer Do I Need? 185 Should I Write My First Draft by Hand or Type It on the Computer? 186 xii Contents If I Write My First Draft in Longhand, What Advantages Are Derived from Typing This on a Computer? 186 How Do You Use the Computer to Edit Your Work? 186 Is the Spell Checker Helpful, and What Advice Can You Offer for Its Use? 187 How Can/Should Authors Use Databases? 188 How Can I Use the Web to Enhance My Writing? 188 Profile: Rosemary Skeele 189 Recapping the Major Points 191 Final Note 191 Appendixes A Preferences of Journals in Various Disciplines 193 B When Signing Book Contracts, Scholars Should Be Sure to Read the Fine Print 218 C All the Right Reasons: Writing for Publication 222 D Paragraphing Exercise Solution 227 E Sample Publication Guidelines 229 F Sample Call for Manuscripts 234 G Sample Announcement of Coming Themes and Requests for Manuscripts 237 H Sample of Article Written Using Systematic Research Method 240 I Sample of Survey Questionnaire 245 J Articles Based on Questionnaire: The Status of the American Middle School Teacher 257 K Attending Writing Workshops 259 L University Presses 261 M Sample Proposal for Funding 265 N Sample Proposal Rating Form 275 O Profile of an Article 278 P Teachers as Researchers 286 Glossary Name Index Subject Index 314 319 323

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