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Recommended Resources for Academic Writers 2017-10-03T08:20:33+00:00

Recommended Resources for Academic Writers

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.

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

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

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.

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

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