Katie Glorieux and I am a senior
Writing and Linguistics
major at Georgia Southern University. I have been involved in
Georgia Southern Student Media for the last four years of my collegiate
career. I am currently the editor-in-chief of the Georgia Southern
University Student Magazine, The Southern Reflector.
Links of Interest
Calls for Papers
events accounted here did not actually happen. This is a way to
illustrate the process that goes into getting a paper or article
published. The Manchester University Press does publish a book entitled
James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader,
but I have never been published in it, nor have I sent anything
in for publiction at The
Manchester University Press.
March 15, 2007
who is a published writer.... ME!
I got an email
today from my editor at the Manchester University Press telling me the journal has been printed
and my copy is in the mail! Soon– so soon– I will have a
physical copy of my work in my hands. I am so excited and proud! It has
been a long, hard process, but so worth the work and the wait!
|January 12, 2007
This is the most tedious thing. I
sent my paper off, made the final corrections given to me by the
editor. They sent me an email back telling me that they got the final
revision and that they have all been approved.
Now I am waiting. Again. This time I am waiting on getting my final
This whole publishing process is just one long waiting game.
|January 9, 2007
Revise, revise, revise
Sorry about the gap in the updating
here. Really, the title says it all. All I have been doing is revising
my paper over and over and over again. Today the editor
sent me back the artical, asking that I make several MORE revisions to
Wow. I almost feel
like saying to them, "What is the point in me even
writing this? You want to change everything!"
It is crazy how
much this article has morphed into something so
different from the original. I have to admit, it sounds so much better,
but I still feel like I have lost some of my own style of writing in
all of this. I guess the orginal content is still there, just not as I
I keep telling
myself that they mean well. I have been an editor and I
know they want it to fit the style of their publication. But I also
can't let go of the idea that if they liked my paper so much, why did
they want to change it so drastically?
I think I am
making to big of a deal out of this. As a writer though, I
thing my writing is perfect.
I am just going to
have to develope a tougher skin.
|November 29, 2006
Now I am really
They accepted it.
They want to publish my paper.
I am so happy and yet, so scared all at the same time! What if it isn't
good enough? What if I write it and they don't like it and decide to
cut it? What if I make myself look like an idiot? How am I going to
live up to their standards and still preserve my own?
Well, as far as living up to their standards, they sent me a pretty
detailed list of "Dos and Don'ts" for this whole thing. How it should
be formatted, how long it can be, how many images I can put in it, font
style, font size– I think there was even a line in there about the
proper way to sit when I type.
Okay, I was just kidding about that last thing. There really are a lot
of guidelines to follow though. But I see this as a good thing, because
now I know how it needs to look and sound, and that will help me with
Got to get to work!
|November 17, 2006
Finally, some news!
After TWO MONTHS
of waiting, I finally heard something back from Manchester University Press.
Turns out that after much debate, the have decided they want to see an
outline of my paper. I am taking this as a good sign.
I bet my lack of a CV, the fact that I have never presented at a
conferance and I am still an undergrad are all playing into why they
want more details. Or maybe this is standard proceedure. I know that a
lot of publishers want to see more detail before they will commit to
Either way, it is a good thing that I started working on this a while
back. Cause now I have two months worth of continuous research, rough
drafts, and many edits under my belt. I also have gotten one of my
teachers to read over the paper and try to give me some pointers on how
to make it sound more academic.
Taking the risk
Though I have otherwise convenced myself that I won't get it, I have
sent in my proposal to the Manchester University Press.
After I wrote it, I gave the proposal to one of my professors. She said
that it sounded very informal, and I had to rewrite it. Twice. I
guess I don't have an academic voice to my writing. I didn't realize
how different this would be from writing a paper for class.
Even though I am not sure of the status of acceptance (and I am sure it
will be a while before I do know something), I have started the paper.
I watched the newest 007 movie and reread the book it is based on,
taking notes the whole time. I already have a lot of stuff to work
with! Now I need to go back and watch a few of the older 007 movies and
compair them to the books and storylines they are based. Then I will
compair the success of the movies to each other based on how closely
they followed the books. After that, I plan on writing out a draft and
taking it to my teacher to look over.
I am glad that I have picked a topic I am interested in. I am going to
be working with this paper for a LONG time. I don't know how I would
get through it if I wasn't interested in the topic.
I found it! The
The Manchester University Press is looking for essays for their second
edition of The James Bond
Phenomenon: A Critical Reader.
So how perfect is that for my idea on writing a paper on the most
recent James Bond movie and how it is more intense than the previous
and follows the books better?! It seems like an awesome
too. Check out the rest of the guidelines and a description of the book
Part of their submission guidelines state, “Potential contributors are
encouraged to consult the current edition of the book to avoid
duplication/overlap… Please email [a] one page proposal, together with
a full academic CV, by April 9 to Christoph Lindner
(clindner_at_niu.edu), Department of English, Northern Illinois
University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (CFP:
James Bond and 007).”
I had to look up what a CV was, and that part makes me a little
nervous. I don't have anything under my belt for one of those! For
those who don't know, CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online,
a Curriculum Vitae is "the
course of one's life; a brief account of one's career." I
am gathering that this is something scholars want and need to have on
hand at all times. It is like a resume of all of your scholarly work;
from publications that you have been in, to your own books that have
been published, to any extra work that you might do (if you are a
I have none of those things! I want to build one of those. I will have
to be honest with them, let them know that I don't have a CV, and
that my proposal wows them. I will get one of my teachers here to look
over it for me. Even if they don't like the fact that I have no CV,
maybe they will give me a chance anyways.
I mean, you have to start somewhere, right?
|September 5, 2006
This is harder than I
I am still looking for a paper topic. There are so
many options out there, but most of them are for presentations at
conferences. I know that would still look really good, but I am going
all out. I want to get PUBLISHED. I was checking out some sites on the
internet and I found something that stuck with me.
PublishingQuestions.com says that,"The
very first step in getting published is to write
something that others will want to read (and will pay for, if your goal
is to make a professional career out of your writing). Even though you
may have a natural talent for spinning a good story on paper, this step
isn’t nearly as easy as it appears to be."
Though I am not writing a story, I find this to be a very true
statement. Why should I write about
something that I don't even find interesting? I
don't want to write
about something that I am only partially interested in, or that I don't
know much about. If my name is going to be in print, above an article,
I want it to be good! So I want to write about something I am
passionate about! I have found a few websites
that have long lists of calls for papers
(which is exactly what it sounds like, just lists and lists of groups
that need or want papers on certain topics). However, nothing has
struck my fancy. Maybe I am being to picky.
I have linked some of the sites that I have been visiting under my
Links of Interest sidebar. The best one so far has been the Calls for
Papers at University of Pennsylvania site. I have found the widest
range of topics there, many that I would consider writing on. However,
I would say a large amount of them are just for papers to be presented
|August 30, 2006
So you want to be a
Well, I have
finally decided that I want to go on in school, I want to get my
Master's Degree and maybe, eventually, my Doctorate. When I was
discussing this with my advisor, she suggested that I get published in
some scholarly journals as soon as possible.
I have never considered trying to get a scholarly paper published
before. I can see the benefits of it, it looks good to anyone who maybe
reviewing your application into a graduate or doctorate program, but
how do I go about doing it? I mean, I am still not even sure what I
want to do with my graduate degree! I may not want to be a professor!
But I am getting the impression that even if I don't go that way, it
will look very good to have been published.
So I am starting the search for something good to write on. I have so
many interest, I really can't pick just one thing to focus my attention
on. I thing I will start looking into topics dealing with popular
culture (movies, music, video games, etc). My advisor says she will
keep an eye out for some publications she thinks I might be interested
in, based on my previous papers.
It would be really cool to say that I am a published writer. :-D