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Teachers Writing for Publication: Tips from a Teacher, Author, and Editor

By: Louann Reid
Date: April 25, 2008

Summary: The former editor of NCTE's English Journal provides tips for writing professional articles, a list of appropriate journals accepting professional writing, examples of "calls for manuscripts," and an inside look at the manuscript review process.

 

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Lou Ann Reid provides a dozen tips to help teachers write for publication:

  1. Teach with an inquiring mind.
  2. Keep a teaching log.
  3. Set writing goals for yourself.
  4. Maintain a file of ideas for possible articles.
  5. Form or join a writing group.
  6. Read journals, especially those you want to write for.
  7. Consider classroom activities and conference
    presentations as sources of articles.
  8. Target the journals for your article, considering
    readership, acceptance rate, reputation, and your
    publishing goals.
  9. Know the readers.
  10. Write for themed issues.
  11. Revise and resubmit if invited to do so.
  12. Learn from rejections; celebrate successes.

Copyright © 2008. Reprinted with permission from Louann Reid.
Reid, Louann. 2008. Teachers Writing for Publication: Tips from a Teacher, Author, and Editor.

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