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Margy Thomas
building new knowledge one post-it note at a time // tracing the parallels across scholarly, entrepreneurial, & creative work // she/her
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Laura Davulis Feb 15
It’s also fine to say “so-and-so’s work isn’t relevant to mine because [whatever.]” I haven’t read everything (it pains me to admit this) so don’t skip the explanation, but it’s okay to disagree with a reviewer. We don’t assume that a reader’s report is a ironclad to-do list.
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Laura Portwood-Stacer, PhD Feb 15
Yesssss! Emphasis on interpretive. Sometimes I see topic sentences that just describe the gist of a piece of scholarship, and that’s not super helpful for orienting the reader as to ~~why the author is including it.~~
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Replying to @lportwoodstacer
I could seriously spend all of Friday night talking about topic sentences w you, Laura. That’s how much I love them. 💗💗💗
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Replying to @lportwoodstacer
Exactly!! Paying attn to the first sentence of each paragraph - and getting each one to function as (1) distillation of the mini-arg of the para and (2) link to overarching argument - is the SIMPLEST strategy for making an argument of ANY length significant & compelling.
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Yes to all of this, Laura. Also, beginning *every single paragraph* with a good old-fashioned topic sentence goes such a long way. I define “topic sentence” as an interpretive, synthetic claim that captures the meaning *you (author)* are making of the info in the body of the para
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Yes! So much of the influence and conversation that shapes the formation of texts remains invisible in the published products - I’m glad people are working to shift this!
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Replying to @kelly_j_baker
The other day I told my kindergartener we were going on an errand to a copy shop (I had to bind a mss) and he was so confused when we got there and it wasn’t a coffee shop 🤣
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Margy Thomas Feb 15
Consulting is one of the most immediate ways to make a living from your knowledge outside of, or adjacent to, an ac job. (Thanks for sharing, ! I’d forgotten about this piece I wrote for & found my past self’s advice pretty helpful upon rereading😆)
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Katie Van Heest Feb 13
I must be punned out—all I can think to say is "happy Criti-cal-entine Theory Day!" It doesn't even make sense! But enjoy these free valentines, scholars. 💘
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Shit Academics Say Feb 13
Roses are red Violets are- [See below for full text options]
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Catherine Goldstead Feb 11
To demystify publishing, it's true that scholars should follow editors . Though it's not yet , I've decided to make my Publishing Twitter list public to help those of you who are interested find & follow publishing professionals.
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Kristin Purdy Feb 8
Ahhh, the cover design for an academic book! So many discussions, so much heartbreak and frustration, but often, when an author and publisher work together, some really amazing designs emerge! I humbly offer some advice.
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Margy Thomas Feb 6
I love this technique!
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Margy Thomas Feb 5
Replying to @MillennialProf_
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Kristina Killgrove Feb 2
Academics, scholars, and researchers! Give me 3 emojis that summarize your latest research, and I’ll write you a click-bait headline based solely on them. 😏
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Margy Thomas Feb 2
Replying to @a_h_reaume
Will you for real make PROSE BEFORE BROS swag?? Because I will buy all of it!! Been trying to figure out what sticker/decal I could put on my laptop to keep guys from interrupting me while I’m working at coffee shops & this would be PERFECT!
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Matt Dinan Feb 1
"[Plato] chose [the dialogue form], we say, because the dialogue is a kind of cosmos. For in the same way as a dialogue has different personages each speaking in characters, so does the universe comprise existences of various natures expressing themselves in various ways; [...]"
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Paula Clarke Bain Feb 1
An index is a structured map of a book. It weeds out insignificant mentions, shows relative coverage and context of topics, includes synonyms/cross-references to aid reader access, distinguishes between people with the same name, etc. Computers can't read nor index like a human.
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JSTOR Daily Feb 1
Replying to @megankatenelson
Yay, we're so glad the book is making its way in the world. Others working on books should pitch us ideas as well!
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Margy Thomas Jan 30
Replying to @AdamHDomby
The intro needs to not only communicate the book’s premises, context, & contribution, but also foreshadow *how* the arg will develop over the course of the book. Chapter by chapter roadmap can be an effective way to do this, esp if kept short & provocative (dev editor’s 2 cents)
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