This rather short guide, only 149 pages, won't overburden your already overworked schedule. As an academic, we need to write. Write a lot. And publish a lot. But what book is there out there that speaks to our needs? Thankfully, now this one by Silvia.
He covers all major categories, so in that regard this book is like all the others. However, he gives this same advice in a much swifter writing style that makes it easy to actually finish reading the book, unlike many manuals out there. The advice that jumped out to me as the most unique point was that he shows that we need to schedule in time to write just like we schedule in time to teach classes. We wouldn't let anything keep us from showing up for our class, so what is keeping us back from putting a fraction of the amount of time each day to write? All of chapter 2 talks about getting past the excuses we use for not writing academically. I know I'll be referring to it now and again!
I like how he talks about he started his own writing group among fellow professors. Having been already familiar of journal article reading groups among professors and librarians, I think his idea of a Agraphia Group is a valid and effective one.
I also like how he talks about all the extraneous uses of words in academic writing. Too often the books that tell us how to write theses, dissertations, journal articles, and academic books ignore the rather pompous writing style often found in such publications. Silvia spends an entire chapter identifying all the missteps in pompous writing and uses examples to illustrate how one can fix and avoid such mistakes.
Like me, you'll probably be happy to add this to your collection of "books on writing" because it's brief, relevant to academic professionals, and quite useful.