Ideas on Fire

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Through my academic publishing and consulting agency Ideas on Fire, I help interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

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You have an awesome idea. Now let us help you make your argument shine with strong claims, clear organization, and a compelling narrative arc.

We offer developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading over the course of your project.


Index from Assuming a Body, photo (c) Cathy Hannabach 2014

An index is your book’s road map, ensuring it gets read, debated, and cited.

We craft indexes that orients your reader to your book’s stellar arguments, connects your scholarship to that of other authors, and helps your reader cite and build on your book in their own work.

Book Proposals

In today’s crowded academic publishing market, finding the right publisher and writing a captivating book proposal are vitally necessary to creating the change you want your book to facilitate in the world.

We help scholars craft book proposals that get noticed by the publishers in your field.

Grad School Rockstars

Grad School Rockstars is an online community of progressive, interdisciplinary scholars supporting each other online and off, within academia and beyond.

From the coaches to the community members, we help each other produce amazing work, enliven public conversations, and build the careers and worlds we all can be proud of.

Intro to Professional Academic Editing: The Course

Introduction to Professional Academic Editing is a self-paced course for those who want to learn the concrete skills, professional networks, and scholarly training to build an academic editing career. Focused on the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplines, this course teaches you how to help academic authors write and publish fantastic work.