Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Coming To An Academic Bookstore Near You . . . In 2009/10
Moving from academia to industry has meant a number of changes, not least of which is that there are fewer opportunities to publish research. (Did you think I was going to say something about my lack of blogging here on Blogademia? Well, I will admit that this did cross my mind, but this is a kind of publishing so I felt it was adequately covered.)
I always meant to carry on with my blog studies, because I'm still very interested in the area, but the most I've been able to do recently is review for various conferences (I hope some of you made it to ICWSM this year) and journals. However, by the power of "it's not what you know but who knows about what you know" this activity brought me an offer I found hard to resist.
One of the editors that I've reviewed for is putting together a collection of new works to publish as a book. Since it's in the area of pragmatics and computer-mediated communication, and they know this is exactly what I do, I was asked to consider putting in a proposal for a chapter. It's one thing to find an opportunity like this, but it's quite another be directly invited. Both honoured and excited at the possibility, I accepted. Writing a chapter about the language of weblogs (now that sounds good ... I might have a title there :) ) should be right up my street, and would be a great way to immerse myself back in my role as a blogademic.
This was a little while ago, but I just got the decision email the other day. Now it's not the case that I wouldn't be blogging this if the answer had been "thanks but no thanks", but I think you can probably guess what that decision was. And so you find yourselves with the very exciting possibility that you will be able to go to a book store and actually buy a little piece of my wisdom. I'm so excited for you :)