In 1976, I was hired as a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta after finishing my doctoral work at the
University of Texas. As a graduate student in Texas, I had the good fortune to work with two wonderful academic mentors—Joanne Sweeney and O. L.
Davis—who provided both encouragement and opportunities to write and publish. I was fortunate to begin publishing so early in my academic career.
Over the past 35 years, I have published more than 200 academic books and articles. This paper offers a number of practical tips that reflect my learning over the past 35 years. I trust these tips might help young academics write and publish more fluently. I have included “reading” in the title of the article because I see reading as an integral part of the experience.