Help me get published
June 22, 2012 6:37 PM   Subscribe

Help me make a name for myself in the education publishing world.

So I'm a teacher. You may know that based on the fact that I talk about it here a lot. Well, recent I started to flip my class and discovered that I'm only one of five people who is flipping in English in the US.

Now I'm starting to explore presenting at conferences, but I also want to start getting published in education journals and websites. How do I go about that? Do I write something first then send it or do I ask them before I write it so I can tailor it to their specifications?

I currently blog about my experience and it's been fairly well received in the flipping community, mostly because no one else is doing what I'm doing, much less writing about it. I don't really care about the money side of things; I just want to get the information out there, ideally quickly.

I also know that I'm a strong writer with a USP. I just don't know how to get my foot in the door. Help?!
posted by guster4lovers to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I think flipping is very cool! it's starting to become more familiar to people.

Just pitch, Ed Week, and the rest. You can join the Education WriTers Association for lots of advice and guidance. Membership is free.
posted by jgirl at 7:41 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

This writer is on an error-facilitating iPad.
posted by jgirl at 7:42 PM on June 22, 2012

For journals, usually they have the submission information on their website. It may just be a simple guide to formatting or it may be more detailed, like their calendar or what they're looking for at certain times of the year. Or you can write in and ask if you have a specific question.

Normally, you'll want to write something up and then find the right journal for it, especially if you haven't made a name for yourself yet, then pitch or submit according to their submission requirements.

It's usually a good idea to look through a couple issues and make sure your submission would be a good fit, and it'll help you get a feel for their idiosyncrasies.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:48 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

You should sign up to H-NET so you can see CFPs.
posted by spunweb at 1:28 AM on June 23, 2012

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