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Book Launch

I have a huge announcement and a little gift I want to give you.

My new book: Mastering Academic Writing in the Sciences: A Step-by-Step Guide has finally been released today!

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If you have been following me for a while now, you know about my work with Academic Life and how I have been helping hundreds of PhD students and early career researchers from around the world to showcase their research with effective writing.

Yet, every time I launch my online training courses and programmes some students get back to me and say: “Marialuisa, not everybody can afford £200 training courses or £500 private mentoring programmes. Could you just bring it down and synthesise what you know and put it in a book available for everyone?”

And I finally did that! With Mastering Academic Writing in the Sciences: A Step-by-Step Guide.

This book is all about giving you an easy framework to follow when you need to write up your thesis or research paper.

How many times have you put off making a start? How often have you felt anxious, overwhelmed and unsure on how to summarise years of research and hard work into a self-contained thesis or paper?

Maybe you want to stay in academia or maybe you don’t. Either way learning how to master writing skills is an asset that will serve you for life.

The reality is… you now have an opportunity to learn those skills.

And I’d like to show you how to do so by taking you through a simple yet effective step-by-step approach and by sharing with you everything that I have learned about academic writing in the last decade.

If you know my story, you know that I have been struggling a lot with academic writing when I was a student and it took me a great deal of effort and dedication to learn to write well. I have read tens of books on the subject and attended various workshops and seminars.

And just in the last decade I have been able to offer expert advice to students like you, drawing from my experience of publishing nearly 100 research papers in my field, chairing the editorial board of an international collaboration and now publishing a book about… writing!

How do I do it? How do I help other scholars achieve the same level of proficiency and confidence with their writing? How do I support students to get published even if they have little or no experience with writing a paper?

That is really broken down in this book in a way that everyone can understand and apply and, importantly, that you can do too.

I am truly excited about this book. The time has come for it.

So, here is the deal: I want to give you a £10 Amazon voucher for you to spend on anything you like.

The reason I do this is because I would like to ask a simple favour from you.

The book has officially been released today, Monday April 9th 2018, and when I look on Amazon this morning I discovered that it has already sold out!

But wait!

You can still get a copy directly from the publishers at CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group and if you act quickly you may still benefit from the promotional discount they are offering at the moment.

If you get this book and you love it and it inspires you, I ask you that you go on Amazon and post a review about it.

Just talk about the book.

Get the buzz out there, so that when other people who find out or hear about this book go to Amazon, they’ll see reviews out there.

Positive or negative. I am not asking for an endorsement from you. I am just asking that if you get this book (and my gift) you post a review for me.

Of course, if you want to blog about the book or share the message with your friends to help me get my own message out there, I’d be deeply grateful.

So, here is how my deal works:

  1. Click here to order a copy of the book from CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
  2. Email me your receipt
  3. I send you a £10 Amazon voucher
  4. You post a review on Amazon

But please note: I will only be able to fulfil the first 10 orders, so you need to act quickly.

And if you do not manage to be among the first 10 people to email me, I will send you my 3 Free Bonus Videos on Writer’s Mindset, Tips and Strategies to Avoid Procrastination, and Weekly Check-up to help you get going with your writing project and staying on track. These are the same videos that I share with my private clients on my Hands on Writing online course.

So, here is the link again. Click here to order your copy and I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

To your successful academic writing!

 

 

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The Academic Writing Kit

The Academic Writing Kit

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that from time to time I post announcements of upcoming events, free webinars, and other offerings.

This post is one of those.

I just wanted to let you know of my new FREE 3-part Video Series The Academic Writing Kit.

The series is aimed at aspiring and ongoing PhD students and is meant to give you some advice on issues that most people seem to struggle with when it comes to questions such as:

  • how do I apply for a PhD program?
  • how do I write a research proposal to finally embark on my PhD project?
  • what does a PhD really entails?
  • what are the main challenges I’ll be facing?
  • what skills do I need to develop to succeed?
  • how do I write my PhD thesis?
  • how do I write a research paper?

If you also find yourself asking the same (or similar) questions, then you may want to register for The Academic Writing Kit.

The first video will be out tomorrow.

Look forward to connecting with you!

 

Reading About Writing: 7 Books You Should Have

Have you ever run a search for ‘Academic Writing’ books on Amazon?

I just have! And there are well over 15000 titles in the Paperback section alone!

No wonder you may get a little overwhelmed in case you want to buy one to improve your writing skills (a great idea, by the way, which I totally support).

So, I thought I’d give you a quick list of some of my favourite books on the topic.

I hope you’ll find the book that suits your needs. And if you have other titles to recommend, just post them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Here is my list:

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H Glasman-Deal: Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press (2010)

A very clear and well-designed book that will take you step by step into the process of structuring the various sections of chapters in your research paper of thesis. Lots of useful tables with frequently used phrases of academic writing.

 

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A Greene: Writing Science in Plain English. The University of Chicago Press (2013)

A little gem of a book! A must-read for all (students and staff) who want to improve their writing by applying some simple and practical strategies. Plenty of examples (and ‘solutions’) for you to practice your skills.

 

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P Goodson: Becoming an Academic Writer – 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful, Writing. SAGE Publishing Ltd (2013)

If you are short of ideas on practical things you can do to improve your writing, here you’ll find plenty of suggestions and examples.

 

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H Sword: The Writer’s Diet. Pearson New Zealand Ltd. (2007)

I just love the analogy between writing and eating! If you take the Writer’s Diet Test, but don’t get too disappointed with the results… It’s good fun to see at once where your writing is going wrong.

 

 

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AM Koerner: Guide to publishing a scientific paper. Routledge (2008)

If you are new to publishing a research paper, this book will take you through every step in the process from choice of journal, to manuscript submission, to response to reviewers’ comments. Excellent advice even if you are not new to publishing!

 

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W Strunk: Elements of Style. Dover Publications Inc. (2006)

A classic that never seems to go amiss. Some advice is probably outdated, but plenty is still valid today as it was almost hundred years ago, when the book first came out.

 

 

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I Atkinson: Copy. Righter. LID Publishing Ltd (2011)

Not exactly a book on academic writing. But there’s nothing wrong about borrowing some of the best tactics that highly successful copywriters use to hook their readers!