Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Peers and Publishing: The Sun Also Rises

We've all been here...
Finding peers with whom I could share my ideas wasn't too difficult. Luckily for me, I am in another English class with some pretty smart people. I spoke with one of my classmates from the class. The two of us meet weekly to discuss certain topics that pertain to the class. On Friday, I reached out to her to see if she would mind listening to my ideas about Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. The experience was a good one for me because I was able to organize my ideas more and present them to someone who was interested and knowledgable about the topic. I got some feedback that helped me narrow down my results a little more, but I was still torn between two ideas.

It wasn't until I spoke with Adam and Kimberlee that I made the decision to stick with my original thesis about how environment (setting) leads to a search for identity that ultimately ends in a loss of innocence. I feel like this thesis has a clear connection to Alice, and I think that I could find plenty of support for my ideas.

I did not receive the feedback for which I was hoping from my English major peers in Colorado. I had hoped that they would have been more knowledgable on the subject, but they were not very interested in Hemingway. Nevertheless, I was able to run my theses by them and get some practical feedback regarding organization and strength of argument.

After reading a from a few of my classmates' posts about venues for publication, I became interested in how I could publish my paper. I think that it is a helpful tool to have publication in mind because 1) it gives me a realistic goal, and 2) it provides me with the motivation to produce my best work.

On Jose's post I saw a few venues that looked promising for publication. The BYU Scholars Archive and Book Riot piqued my interest and I plan to look into those with greater depth. Kimberlee's post mentioned the International Journal of English Language and Translation Studies. I think that this would also be a good idea to try. Finally, Kristen suggestion to submit to Criterion is a great idea. The criteria for publication meets that of our assignment perfectly. I'm glad I was able to read the ideas from my classmates in order to get a better grip on the publication process.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you felt as though running past your peers helped you think through the argument and its organization. I had not heard of Book Riot and began to check it out. It looks like an interesting book-centered site with a pop edge to it. I noticed that they have a section devoted to guest posts, though it looks as though these are solicited from experts and there appears to be no open call for them. Still, worth getting into that community and feeling it out.