writerly, readerly and strategic – practices for getting published

Because I want to save this for my own reviewing, and since I figure readers may appreciate this:

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Last week I had to give a very short talk about my top tips for early career publishing. In very abbreviated form, here are the first three things I said about some important scholarly practices that underpin successful writing and publishing.

  • Be writerly. By this I mean to say that you need to think of yourself as a writer. Writing is not an add-on to the “real” academic work of research and teaching. It is the work. Writing is an integral to research and to teaching. Seeing yourself as a writer means:
  1. making time for writing as part of your usual, average work week – that is, seeing writing as an ordinary everyday activity, not something to be squeezed in around the edges of everything else.
  2. setting yourself up for writing. Do it and do it often. Practice. Find the right time. There will be a space and…

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