What is the point of an academic group blog, my co-managing editor Joe Spillane wants to know? It’s a necessary and pleasurable adjunct to an academic print culture that, while maybe not quite dead, can hardly be termed in the pink of health. The book I published last year on addiction and recovery appeared in a respectable hardcover edition, with copies priced “low” at $35 each. As I write, it’s hovering just above the 1-millionth most popular mark on amazon.com.
When the book was done, like a good academic I took some material that didn’t make the final cut and re-purposed it into an article. After four months on the editor’s desk at a peer-reviewed journal that shall remain nameless, I got a revise-and-resubmit request. I made the requested changes and returned the piece; after another four months, it was rejected by a different round of editors whose complaints were completely different from those of the first readers. That was my writing year.