“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.”
Writing & Style Guides:
Useful Tools for Scholarly Writers:
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
Note: UNT has an institutional membership, so faculty can join for free. You can also sign up for individual memberships. Includes free webinars, writing boot camps, and "Monday Motivator" emails with guidance or self-reflective exercises.
Author's Alliance--membership organization for authors interested in protecting authors' rights and in the potential digital networks have for the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture.
Join a writing group or dissertation group. Membership includes daily check-ins, free webinars, interactive online writing, etc.
PhD2Published.com--"an academic writing and publishing support community" for writers at various phases of their career, from graduate school through professional life; includes blogs with tips and strategies, article and book recommendations, conference and grant opportunities, and other publishing resources.
Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA): Resources for Writing & Publishing Success--membership organization that provides resources to academic writers, including trainings & tutorials, a blog and online community, and access to grants and other opportunities.
Directory of freelance copyeditors (Copyediting-L)--search for freelance copyeditors.
The EFA Job List lets you post a free advertisement seeking a freelance editor or search their member directory.
Similar organizations abroad:
Editors' Association of Canada online directory of editors
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (UK) lets you search their member directory (free) or post a paid advertisement seeking a freelance professional editor, proofreader or editorial project manager.
Editorial Services Directory (Australia)
“Developmental Editors and Writing Coaches” list (Emory University, Center for Faculty Development & Excellence)
Freelancer, Elance, and Fivrr match freelancers of all types with those seeking services.
Editage and Cambridge Proofreading LLC can also find you an editor.
The American Society for Indexing --search for an indexer or post an advertisement for a project.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers--search for indexers down under.
Academic Writing Librarians
A blog for academic librarians who wish to write for publication
Academic Writing Month (November)
Inspired by the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it caters to the specific needs of academic writers at all stages of their career (from undergrads to distinguished of professors). It’s hosted by PhD2Published.com.
The Chronicle of Higher Education Advice
Offers columns on a variety of topics in academia including writing, research, teaching, and professional advice.
Explorations of Style: A Blog About Academic Writing
Offers readers an ongoing discussion of the challenges of academic writing. The ability to formulate and clarify our thoughts is central to the academic enterprise; this blog discusses strategies to improve the process of expressing our research in writing.