Publish, don't perish
How to get published
About the author
Rachel Singer Gordon ([email protected]) 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.
What's in each section?
- Instalment 1: Publish, don't perish: introduction
- Instalment 2: Identifying and overcoming your self-imposed obstacles
- Instalment 3: Banishing rejection
- Instalment 4: Where do you get your ideas?
- Instalment 5: To niche or not to niche?
- Instalment 6: Online is fine, Part I
- Instalment 7: Online is fine, Part II
- Instalment 8: Time keeps on ticking...
- Instalment 9: Oh, the places you'll publish...
- Instalment 10: Selling your work, selling yourself
- Instalment 11: Library literature and the gift economy
- Instalment 12: What if: overcoming writer's remorse
- Instalment 13: Presenting and publishing
- Instalment 14: What I've learned as an editor
- Instalment 15: Getting a handle on academic writing
- Instalment 16: Why library literature is important
- Instalment 17: Read a little, write a little: getting started as a book reviewer
- Instalment 18: Getting back on the horse: on breaks and breathing
- Instalment 19: Well, don't just take my word for it...
- Instalment 20: Open access archives
- Instalment 21: Write what you know?
- Instalment 22: Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
- Instalment 23: Writing a book
- Instalment 24: Improve your writing, step by step
- Instalment 25: Amazing abstracts
- Instalment 26: Spinning straw into gold
- Instalment 27: NaNoWriWhat?
- Instalment 28: Working with co-authors
- Instalment 29: Writing a column
- Instalment 30: Persistence of print
- Instalment 31: Online tools you can use
- Instalment 32: Download this!
- Instalment 33: The editor connection
- Instalment 34: Marketing your book
- Instalment 35: Why write?
- Instalment 36: Getting in the habit
- Instalment 37: What editors really want, Part I
- Instalment 38: What editors really want, Part II
- Instalment 39: So long, and thanks for all the tips