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Writing for Publication in Nursing and Healthcare: Getting It Right

Writing for publication is no longer a task for only the learned few, but getting started can be difficult and even more established writers can still learn new tricks.

Each of his wonderful book’s 16 chapters tackles a specific area of writing for publication, including turning conference papers into articles, reviewing papers for peer-reviewed journals; writing conference abstracts and turning assignments into publishable works.

The book also offers an overview of the on the editorial process, which includes one of my favourite quotes: ‘You can edit a bad page of writing, but you cannot edit a blank page.’

There is something for everyone here. The chapters vary stylistically, which makes for freshness without loss of a sense of flow, and there is none of the repetition that can sometimes be found in edited books.

The only downside to the book is that it limits itself to publishing by nurses and healthcare workers. It does not need to do this because most of its content is applicable to writers in other professions, especially those in the applied disciplines.

Nevertheless, there

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Each of his wonderful book’s 16 chapters tackles a specific area of writing for publication, including turning conference papers into articles, reviewing papers for peer-reviewed journals; writing conference abstracts and turning assignments into publishable works.

The book also offers an overview of the on the editorial process, which includes one of my favourite quotes: ‘You can edit a bad page of writing, but you cannot edit a blank page.’

There is something for everyone here. The chapters vary stylistically, which makes for freshness without loss of a sense of flow, and there is none of the repetition that can sometimes be found in edited books.

The only downside to the book is that it limits itself to publishing by nurses and healthcare workers. It does not need to do this because most of its content is applicable to writers in other professions, especially those in the applied disciplines.

Nevertheless, there is much that can be usefully extracted from this book by anyone wishing to publish, from first timers and more established writers. The publishing credentials of the editors are undisputed, and the contributors also have a wide range of publishing experiences. They have generously shared their insights into positive and negative experiences of publishing, and their descriptions of the lessons they have learned make for a thoroughly enjoyable and eminently practical guide to writing for publication.

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