Thursday, March 28, 2013

On Getting Published


An essay I published on this blog will appear in an upcoming volume of Greenhaven Press's Perspectives on Modern World History.

Greenhaven Press's Perspectives on Modern World History series is collection of research books for high school and early college students.  There have been previous volumes on topics such as Martin Luther King's assassination, the Chernobyl disaster, 9/11, and the end of Apartheid, to name a few.  In August, they will be publishing the book you see above, on the Challenger explosion of 1986.

I'm happy to say that "The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies," an essay that I wrote for my AP language students in 2009 and published on this very blog in January of 2011, will appear in the volume on the Challenger.  The book comes out in August of this year and, like any other book, will be available for purchase online.  More importantly, though, it will be available for browsing in high schools, neighborhood libraries, online databases, and wherever else students do research.  

This is the first time I have been published (not including college publications, self-published books/zines, or blogs), and I must say the feeling is not unpleasant.  Indeed, the prospect that a high schooler may someday struggle with citing my essay in MLA format fills me with mirth.  (Hey kid: here's the answer!)

Here is a link to the essay, "The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies."


And here's some praise for the series:

"These titles are a high quality collection of essays centered around a  specific topic.  The books are well-organized and visually welcoming to student researchers." 
-Library Media Connections, October 2010

"This collection of excerpts and essays provides a solid foundation in the history of one of today's most complex and controversial situations."  
-School Library Journal, March 2010

UPDATE: This publication has been pushed back until December of 2013.

12 comments:

  1. Great news, congratulations! There is nothing like seeing your own work in print.

    Sarah
    (Renee's knitting friend)

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  2. Well deserved and completely wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, you authors of Best Book of the Month!

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  3. Excellent! Be sure to put this on your next grant application to the NEH or whoever. Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks! Is there another Yale seminar coming up? I'm jonesing for some Ashley's ice cream right about now!

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  4. Just read the linked essay. Wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, man. That means a lot to me. I know you heard the story about a thousand times.

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  5. Thank you! And thanks for posting the awesome Richie Havens song.

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