I have the opportunity to be published! I has submitted a manuscript of my presentation: "I've completed a read-aloud: now what can I do with it". I like the idea of seeing my writing being made public, so I jumped at the chance to do it even though I don't have much experience yet. TALE publishes a yearbook annually. Presenters from TALE conferences are asked to write a manuscript to submit to be a part of the yearbook.
I decided to submit. I consider this opportunity a good way to get some writing practice done to prepare for dissertation writing. My goal is to write something that I can use later in actual dissertation writing. It would be a good feeling to be able to cite myself in my research. (big dreams, I have them; you should too)
So, I begin writing. I started by outlining the order of the slides in my deck of the presentation. It took a while because it was always an afterthought and course work and work took precedence. I finally finished and submitted it for review. It was accepted, but with revisions needed. I do mean a lot. I had to rewrite the abstract, add a keywords list, change the conclusion, change the whole manuscript from first person to third person, and redo the entire reference list. I as still very excited that they did not say no. I did get some good feedback and that was very encouraging. One reviewer said that my paper had great potential.
I have learned that my first mistake was thinking that my manuscript was just a transcript of my presentation. Once I realized that it was truly and indeed an article for a publication it was just a bit easier to understand the revisions that were needed. The organization also gave me a contact person to go to if I needed help. I have made all the requested edits and just resubmitted. I am excited about the next steps and I am looking forward to becoming a published writer. The yearbook is going to be published in October.
Thank your for reading. I'd love your feedback..
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she drops "pearls' of literacy and chronicles her pursuit of her Ed. D in Supervision-Curriculum and Instruction- Elementary Education. Just know that these are the ramblings of a doc student and a lot of what you read is a first draft and will go through some rewrites.