Your Writing Roadmap®

All career stages

12-week online program

Navigate helps tenure track womxn and nonbinary professors double their publishing output in a year by implementing 10 essential time and project management/productivity systems with weekly support/ accountability of coaching and peers.


Scholar’s Voice Retreats

All career stages

Virtual (full-day/6 hours) or In Person (2 Days)

Scholar’s Voice Faculty Retreats is a professional development experience designed to inspire womxn and nonbinary faculty with the mindset and strategy to take control of their time by centering their writing and publishing.

Episode #112

Avoiding Desk Rejection with Anna Clemens

Have you experienced the pain of desk rejection? What are some of the ways you can avoid this? And how does storytelling play a role in science writing? 


Today I get into the nitty gritty of desk rejection with science writing expert and academic writing coach, Anna Clemens. 

You will enjoy hearing the way that Anna describes the things you should be paying attention to, especially in your science based articles, so that you don’t get a desk rejection. We also talk about the writing process and what you need to do to get over procrastinating because you don’t know how to start. 


Key points discussed:

  • How she got started in science writing
  • How she got into teaching academics about science writing
  • The main reason for desk rejection
  • What your approach should be to avoid getting desk rejected
  • How to package your science writing
  • Storytelling in science writing
  • Writing process without reinventing the wheel
  • Workshop opportunity


Key Quotes:

“I loved it (writing)… and I also saw that my colleagues didn’t love it.”

“In the end, we are always communicating to non-experts.”

“Nobody knows your research as well as you do and it’s really useful to understand how you can break things down to a level that others can understand.”

“Desk rejection really is normal.”

“Is this something that the world needs… and do they need to know this now?”

“It’s so much easier for us to understand and care about what we read when it’s written as a story.”

“The most important thing is that you have a process that works for you.”


Join us for the workshop to learn Anna’s step by step system that will make your writing process efficient, clear, concise, and compelling. Plus learn the three common mistakes that researchers make that keep them in the desk rejection mode. 


Connect with me:

Facebook Page
Follow me on Clubhouse: @cathymazak


Stay current in Academic Publishing

Subscribe to our newsletter:

In the Pipeline

writing tips, publishing trends, reading recomendations, free workshops

In The Pipeline Newsletter

Send me Writer's Retreat updates by email!

Send me Writer's Retreat updates by email!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Get Your Cheat Sheet!

Get the PDF Cheat Sheet right to your inbox!

Check your email to find your cheat sheet!

Skip to content
We use cookies in order to give you the best possible experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies.