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Publish, don't perish

How to get published

About the author

Photo: Rachel Singer GordonRachel Singer Gordon (rachel@lisjobs.com) is Consulting Editor, Information Today, Inc., Books Division, webmaster of the library careers site Lisjobs.com and editor/publisher of its associated Info Career Trends electronic newsletter. She is the author of The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication (Scarecrow, New York, 2004), The Accidental Library Manager (ITI, 2005), The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide (ITI, 2006) and What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros (ITI, 2008), and has published widely in the library literature on issues from systems librarianship to library management to alternative careers.

So many librarians have worthwhile ideas to contribute to the profession, yet many unfortunately refrain from writing for publication. Common reasons include fear of rejection, concern about the quality of their writing, and the perception that they have nothing to say. "Publish, don't perish" banishes some of the mystique surrounding the library publishing process, giving practical tips for improving your writing, improving your odds, and breaking through the self-imposed barriers that keep too many of us from writing and submitting our work.

Written by experienced librarian author and editor Rachel Singer Gordon, "Publish, don't perish" encourages all librarians and information professionals to think about what they want to say and what they have to contribute.

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