Developing Your Dissertation into a Book, Part 2: Jump-Starting Your Revisions

In my previous post, I suggested strategies for overcoming common challenges to developing your dissertation into a book. If you are just getting started in this process or have run into some roadblocks along the way, here are six steps for jump-starting your book revisions. Step 1: Be realistic about your timeline for revising & …

Developing Your Dissertation into a Book: Making the Transition

For many scholars, turning the dissertation into a book manuscript is a long and difficult process. In the first of this two-part series, I discuss how to start making this transition. In my next post, I will provide some concrete strategies for jump-starting your revision process. Let’s be honest, most dissertations are not written as …

Finding the Right Academic Editor

In my previous post on “Why Scholars Should Never Write Alone,” I discussed the option of working with a professional editor as one way to improve the quantity and quality of your academic writing. One major advantage to finding the right academic editor over sending work to a colleague or joining a writing group is …

It’s Not Too Late to Gear Up for a Productive Summer!

I used to have a colleague who every spring submitted their final grades and printed out their syllabi for the fall semester while I was still slogging through blue books. Although I was impressed by their organization, it always made me feel like my summer was doomed before it even began. Chances are if you’re …

Why Scholars Should Never Write Alone

For most of my years as a graduate student, I clung to the image of the solitary scholar. You know the one--huddled over her laptop in a drafty library with a cup of coffee at the ready. While I'm not promising that reading this post will mean the end of lonely nights or early mornings …

How to Overcome Academic Writer’s Block: Writing a “Zero” Draft

It's 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning--your designated time for academic writing. You've just gotten back from class and your newly refilled cup of coffee is sitting next to the keyboard. The sun is streaming in your small window, and the smell of a spring rain is wafting in. You've closed your office door to indicate …

Clarity in Academic Writing

Welcome to the inaugural blog post for MargaretEdits. I thought it made sense to start off with an issue that I find absolutely critical in good writing yet doesn’t receive a whole lot of attention: clarity. Let’s face it, what is the point of writing if your readers are going to struggle to understand what …