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Recommended Resources for Academic Writers 2017-10-23T09:56:55+00:00

Recommended Resources for Academic Writers

(This page is in progress as of 27 November 2016 and will be updated regularly.) Berkshire Publishing has had the privilege and pleasure of working with thousands of scholars, some of them famous for major books, and others at early stages of their academic careers. They sometimes come to us with book proposals or to ask for advice about bringing a book back into print. Some of our international contributors are interested in publishing in English-language academic journals. This page is a collection of books, websites, organizations, and other resources that we recommend to our authors and academic colleagues.

We work with thousands of contributors, scholars and other experts who have between them written hundreds of thousands of books and academic papers and articles. Sometimes one of these authors comes to us with a book idea that just isn’t a fit for Berkshire, or asks for advice on finding a mass-market publisher. We also have colleagues who specialize in working with academics who want to get published. This page consists of recommended resources for academics, graduate students, and other researchers who would like to write more easily and publish more widely.

Simply click the links in this table of contents:

Books for Academic Writers

Write No Matter What

Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics by Joli Jensen (University of Chicago Press 2017) – and there’s a Berkshire Bookworld interview with the author. Order at Amazon or order from the publisher, the University of Chicago Press.

Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato (Norton 2003)

Stylish Academic Writing, Helen Sword (Harvard University Press) http://amzn.to/2y546jV

Writing Tools : 50 Essential Strategies For Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark

The Sense Of Style : The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, Steven Pinker

Telling True Stories : A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide, Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

Advice on How to Get Published for Non-native Writers



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The Berkshire Manual of Style for International Publishing includes sections about writing for a general audience. Click here for free chapters.

Online Information about Writing & Getting Published

When we are asked for advice on getting published, our invariable answer is to check JaneFriedman.com You’ll find a great variety of free information at this website, as well as various services including webinars and manuscript review. Jane’s explanations of how commercial publishing and self-publishing work are excellent, and she includes realistic charts and checklists to help you decide if your idea makes sense as a book or might be more effective as a blog or other type of publication.

Editors and Other Experts

Jim McCue is a meticulous editor, whose experience ranges from journalism on The Times and many other papers to scholarly articles and monographs, and the monumental edition of The Poems of T. S. Eliot which he edited with Christopher Ricks. The New York magazine The Smart Set declared “McCue is regarded as a model of prose style.” Jim specializes in academic works and the transformation of doctoral theses into books.  For more details, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmccue1/.

What is a Public Intellectual? (and why you should be one)

Books on the subject


Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, With a New Preface and …



Joli Jensen final chapter



Public Intellectuals Program https://www.ncuscr.org/pip

Presentations and Speeches

Joan Detz – in English and Chinese!

What to do about your older books

Reclaim your rights

Tips from the Authors Alliance

Foreign rights

“Selling Your Books Internationally” by Jane Friedman

Copyright basics



Authors Guild (USA) – especially valuable for legal advice and webinars, with a focus on trade/general books and professional authors (that is, people who make a living as writers)

Authors Alliance (USA) – new organization with a focus on Creative Commons and Open Access, relevant to academic authors who are not concerned about income from their writing

Society of Authors (UK) – great legal advice, with an academic authors group