In 2016 I started collating, revising, and updating material first published in the Library to create and publish Short Guides. These short books on key topics make it easier to get an overview of my approach to particular areas of your academic life.
I’ve also worked with Amy Crook to produce an illustrated guide to juggling your myriad responsibilities. They can be ordered into store or on most audioboook formats.
If you prefer an audio-visual introduction to my books, click below:
My Short Guides act as personal coaching in book form. They combine explanations of how things work with questions to guide you through your work. You might read the whole thing when you first get one, but the idea is that they are permanently and repeatedly accessible; you can use the section you need, whenever you need it.
Illustrated coffee rings are pre-applied, so you don’t feel bad about using them as coasters.
To give you a taster of the Short Guide content, I have typed up and recorded short excerpts and introductory parts of some of the books.
The Scholarly Writing Process
Scholarly writing involves both using writing to articulate your own ideas and get clarity on what contributions you could make, and writing things that will communicate those contributions to other scholars (and perhaps those beyond academe). Getting stuck is a normal part of the writing process, even for experienced writers. My aim in publishing this Short Guide is to help you generate new writing projects, keep your writing projects moving forward, and ensure that your writing process results in publications. Designed so you can refer to it whenever you get stuck, this Short Guide breaks down the scholarly writing process into stages and provides both a description of that stage and writing prompts to help you get unstuck.
Finding Time for Scholarly Writing
Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing addresses the problem of juggling writing alongside your other responsibilities. I identify three kinds of time: full days, longish sessions, and short snatches. In this Short Guide, I explain what kinds of writing you can do in each, and suggest ways of combining the three to ensure that you make the best use of the time available at different points in the academic year.
In Scholarly Publishing, I focus on the big picture of publishing for scholarly audiences. After discussing the purpose of publishing for scholarly readers and what is meant by making a contribution to the advancement of knowledge, I look in detail at the main types of scholarly publication: books, peer reviewed journal articles, and various types of work-in-progress publishing (conference papers, working papers, etc) to help you decide which type of publication will best suit your purposes. The concluding chapter discusses how you can improve discoverability of your publications. Each chapter has questions to help you apply the information to your own situation.
This Short Guide provides an overview of what peer review is and why it’s important, along with practical advice for both authors and reviewers. Guided by the principle that peer review supports academic writing, topics include the emotional work involved in writing and receiving reviews, and advice on finding time to review.
The Principles of Juggling: A Picture Book for Academics
Stress and overwork are rife in academia. Balancing teaching and research is hard enough. Work life balance seems an impossible dream.
Replacing the metaphor of balance with juggling, The Principles of Juggling sets out some basic principles that you can use to make practical changes and reduce the energy you spend juggling, so you can focus on the work.
Designed and written in picture book style, though more wordy than a typical children’s picture book, The Principles of Juggling is suitable for early career researchers and experienced academics.
Paperback (8″ x 8″; 30 pages; 12 illustrations) ISBN 978-1-912040-71-1
Buy the paperback here.
Do you want a whole pile of these to give to colleagues? Or a bulk order to put in the orientation packs for new academic staff or post-graduate students?
This is possible! I can even do it for e-books.
Contact me and we’ll work it out.