librarian's guide to writing for publication

Published Jan. 2004
ISBN 0-8108-4895-3

About the Title:

One of the ways librarians maintain the integrity of their profession is through the creation of a robust body of professional literature. In The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication, Rachel Singer Gordon speaks to the hidden genius in each of us.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to: queries and proposals; increasing your odds of publication; networking and collaboration; marketing and promotion; and the particular demands of authorship in an electronic environment. An appendix contains interviews with several library publishers and editors, covering the gamut of publication outlets. This is a one-stop guide for librarians at any stage of their publishing career.

See the online table of contents, read the book's introduction (.pdf format), or read the Online review (scroll down).

Presentation Links:

  • Download the handout (MS Word) for the Nov. 7, 2006 SLA webinar.
  • CIL 2006 attendees (or anyone else!) can listen to a podcast with writing advice from Searcher's Barbara Quint.

About the Author:

Rachel Singer Gordon is the webmaster of library careers site, "Computer Media" review columnist for Library Journal, and author of several books for information professionals. Read more about Rachel.

Book Contents:

Introduction (.pdf format)

Chapter 1 - Getting Started in Library Publication

Getting started - handling rejection - finding ideas - association assistance - professional advantages

Chapter 2 - Submitting Your Work

Choosing an outlet - familiarizing yourself with journals - familiarizing yourself with publishing houses - finding and following guidelines

Chapter 3 - Queries and Proposals

Query letters - book proposals - following up

Chapter 4 - Increasing Your Odds

Increasing your odds of acceptance - working with your editor - defining your audience

Chapter 5 - Writing and Editing Your Work

Time management - organization and research - details, details, details - editing your work - cultivating clarity - getting help

Chapter 6 - Networking and Collaboration

Collaborating - conferences and workshops - surveys and interviews - advice and feedback

Chapter 7 - The Academic Environment

Peer review - research articles - research funding, support, and awards

Chapter 8 - Related Opportunities

Speaking and presenting - related library writing opportunities - opportunities outside the library literature

Chapter 9 - Writing a Book

Developing a topic - choosing a publisher - the acceptance process - the writing and editing process - the publishing process

Chapter 10 - Marketing and Promotion: Yourself and Your Work

Working with your publisher - marketing through professional activities

Chapter 11 - The Electronic Environment

Communicating professionally online - publishing in e-journals and newsletters - self-publication online - research, reading, and peer review - electronic ethics

Chapter 12 - The Business of Publishing

The book contract - taxes and accounting - copyright and permissions

Appendix A: Writing for Publication Survey

Survey questions used as source of quotes and information throughout

Appendix B: Publisher Interviews

Interviews with: Leonard Kniffel, editor & publisher, American Libraries; Heather McCormack, assistant managing editor, Library Journal Book Review; John B. Bryans, editor-in-chief, Information Today Books; Gloriana St. Clair, managing editor, portal: Libraries and the Academy; Dan Marmion, editor, Information Technology and Libraries; and William Hann, founder and managing editor of Free Pint.


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