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Below are the notes from my workshop at this weekend's THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy, along with a Storify of notes and tweets from the entire unconference.

Publishing Outside the Academy

Created for: THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy, October 2012
Google Doc: http://bit.ly/publishingoutsideac

Workshop Description: Although many traditional academic presses are struggling to stay afloat, it’s actually easier than ever for academics themselves to publish their work — outside the academy, that is. This workshop will address how and why scholars should write for publications outside “traditional” academic ones. This can include both writing about one’s scholarly research as well as writing about the academy itself. We’ll discuss some of the practicalities of doing so — blogging versus freelancing versus self-publishing, for example — and the technical, financial, rhetorical, political and licensing questions these raise. The workshop will also talk about promoting your work through various social networks (again, academic and otherwise).

The workshop will cover (what participants want to cover, most likely... but that could include):

The How:
Blog / Personal Website
Anonymity/Pseudonymity
Social Media Self-Promotion
Freelancing
Licensing
Blog-to-Book


The Why/What:
The case for (and against) academics speaking publicly -- about their scholarship (open access), peer review, about academia
Public digital humanities (outreach)
#Twittergate
Politics of Publishing: Higher Education
Politics of Publishing: K-12

Some resources:


Why / Why not publish outside the academy:

How / Where (Platforms):

How (Form):

Syndication and Social Media

Pseudonymity:

Licensing:

Self-publishing:

Freelancing:

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