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October 20, 2015

Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (4)

Here are two final questions in my series (see here and here and here) of questions that scholars should be asking about publishing.

What about self-publishing?

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:56 AM

October 13, 2015

Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (3)

I've been writing (here and here) about questions scholars should be asking about publishing, but often aren't. Here are a few more.

What about academics writing for a general readership?

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:57 AM

October 8, 2015

Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (2)

In my last post I offered a few questions academic authors should be asking before they start thinking about a manuscript. Here are some more.

Aren't simultaneous submissions taboo?

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:53 AM

October 6, 2015

Questions Academic Authors Should Ask (1)

Sometimes academic authors come to me as an editor with questions about book publishing. Too often they do not. They simply have their proposed manuscript to present. As a result, they sometimes make missteps on the road to publication. As we approach the season of academic conferences where I will be meeting dozens of prospective authors, here are some questions they should be asking.

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May 30, 2013

Stylish Academic Writing 1: Good News, Bad News

Helen Sword rips the veil off one of the worst kept secrets in all of academia: Most academic writing is just plain awful. Jargon-filled, abstract, impersonal, sleep-inducing.

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November 28, 2012

A Theological App for That

Say you're at lunch and someone starts chatting casually about the aseity of the Son. Well, you don't want to be caught short. No, you want to be part of the conversation. You want to act like you know what's going on by doing more than making knowing grunts of approval. But you really haven't a clue what aseity (uh-SEE-i-tee) is. What do you do?

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April 12, 2011

Merchants of Culture 5: Not All Digital Is Created Equal

The online subscription model has worked wonderfully for academic journals, as John Thomson summarizes in Merchants of Culture, because

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:48 AM

February 1, 2011

Students Hate/Love Print

Everyone thinks they know where digital publishing is going. Everyone, that is, except for all of us. Take Exhibit A and Exhibit B, brought to my attention by fellow blogger Dan Reid.

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November 17, 2010

The Importance of What You Don't Publish

Sometimes what a publisher doesn’t publish is just as important as what it does publish.

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 7:32 AM

January 11, 2010

Francis Schaeffer: Fifty Years after Time

Fifty years ago today, Time magazine published an article on Francis Schaeffer, who with his wife founded "one of the most unusual missions in the Western world." What made their ministry, nestled in the Swiss Alps, so different? They focused on intellectuals--artists, musicians, students, atheists, Jews, Catholics and Protestants--an eclectic mix of people that in 1960 the church tended to neglect.

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November 5, 2009

Mashup Mishap?

Creativity usually isn't concocting something totally new. Mostly it is combining two or more pre-existing things never joined before--or never in quiet this way. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is an example to chew on. Or consider the printing press--five hundred years ago it was a delightful combination of books and a wine press. And that's still a good combo.* Today, we have a name for such inventions--mashups.

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June 1, 2009

What Students Want in Used Texts

What do students look for in used textbooks? Well, it's often more than just paying less money--as important as that is.

Further to my blog about Kindle DX and textbooks, Clive Thompson notes the work of Microsoft researcher Cathy Marshall on this topic. She "found that university students carefully study used textbooks before buying them." Are they hoping to learn about biology while drinking their triple-shot latte without having to pay for the book? No.

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May 27, 2009

Saving the Textbook--or Not

We know the problems with textbooks: stratospheric retail prices that have put the used book market into hyperdrive that has forced publishers to put out new editions more frequently that has pushed retail prices even higher. Who will save us from this cycle of futility?

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