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.

Editing, photo by John Donges, (c) Cathy Hannabach 2014


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 can craft an index for you that orients your reader to your book’s stellar arguments, connects your scholarship to that of other authors, and helps your reader navigate your book so that they can cite and build on it in their own work.


Grad School Rockstars

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

We believe in a holistic, intersectional approach to graduate education and careers—community building, creativity, self-care, and overall wellness are prioritized just as highly as producing great scholarship and teaching.

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.

Whether you’re an academic wanting to transition to an editorial career, a freelance editor seeking more academic clients, or an in-house press editor keeping your skills sharp, this course can help you ensure your clients’ work shines.


Book Marketing for Academics

In today’s publishing world, presses expect authors to be the primary marketers of their books but often don’t offer much practical guidance for what that actually means or how to do it. Book Marketing for Academics teaches you how to harness your resources, skills, and time to build your author platform and community and get the word out about your awesome new book.