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Academic Writing for Social Good

Academic Writing for Social GoodAcademic writers want to disseminate their research for many reasons. Many are motivated by university requirements for certain kinds of publications. Others want to contribute to their fields by communicating with other researchers. Some of us want to communicate with professionals or practitioners, entrepreneurs or activists, makers or inventors who work outside the ivory tower. We hope our findings can be applied to make a difference. How can we use our research and insights in ways that contribute to the social good? In this one-hour webinar, textbook writer Janet Salmons and environmental non-profit leader Lynn Wilson explore this question and share examples and suggestions for socially beneficial ways to think about our publication strategies. Watch

Promoting Your Scholarship via Podcasting (It’s Easier Than You Think!) (Two Part)

Promoting Your Scholarship Via PodcastingPodcasting is becoming an increasingly popular method of sharing content, but many authors don’t know how to get started. In this two-part webinar series facilitated by book author and podcaster Katie Linder, you’ll learn about the tools you need to launch a podcast as well as tips and strategies for how to promote your work through this creative medium. In the first webinar, Katie shares her strategies for promoting scholarship through podcasting and covers topics such as choosing a show topic, creating regular content, building an audience, connecting with the podcaster community, and attracting sponsorship. In the second webinar, Katie focuses on the logistics of launching a podcast including recording equipment, editing software, audio hosting, website design, and social media management. She also shares tips and strategies for time management when recording regular podcast episodes. Watch

The Academic Juggle: Managing Your Writing in a World of Commitments

The Academic JuggleDo you ever feel like you’re working on a million tasks at once, but not making progress on any of them? As an academic, it’s likely that you are juggling multiple commitments and projects. Even the most determined of us can find ourselves overwhelmed at the scope of our responsibilities. If you find yourself struggling to keep track of your writing amidst all your other professional obligations, then this webinar is for you. Dr. Jane Jones, academic editor and productivity coach at Up In Consulting shares tips for making (and sticking to) a writing schedule, working regularly (instead of binge writing) so your projects stay fresh in your mind, and managing multiple deadlines. You will learn strategies you can employ immediately to make sure that your projects stay on the front burner no matter how busy you are. We’ll also discuss how to combat procrastination, feeling overwhelm, and distraction. You’ll leave the webinar with a plan for maintaining steady progress on your work. Watch

Designing a Web Presence for Your Book (Beyond the Publisher Website) (Two-Part)

Designing a Web Presence for Your BookYour book’s website is the only tool that works around the clock to promote your book, but sometimes the web presence provided by a publisher is… underwhelming. In this two-part webinar series facilitated by book author Katie Linder, you’ll learn how to create a web presence for your book that highlights its key features, bonus materials, purchasing options, and more. The first webinar focuses on the content and strategy of book websites, and the second webinar focuses on the back-end logistics of creating and designing a website. Watch

A 30-Step Guide to Publishing in Scholarly Journals (Two-Part)

A 30 Step Guide to Publishing in Scholarly JournalsThe overall goal of this two-part webinar is to provide a meta-framework for publishing that contains steps that are continuous, iterative, interactive, holistic, dynamic, and synergistic. Specifically, in the first webinar, presenter Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie will summarize 30 steps to publishing. In the second webinar, he will outline strategies for helping authors secure impactful publications—which represent publications that advance the field. Both these webinar sessions are applicable for all emergent scholars—including doctoral students—who would like to learn how to secure quality publications. Also, these sessions are useful for beginning faculty members and experienced faculty members alike. Watch

32 Ways to Promote Your Book & Increase Sales

32 Ways to Promote Your BookAcademic authors are often not used to promoting their own work and publishers may not offer much more than a flyer and discount code. In this session, Katie Linder offers guidance for working with your publisher to build a promotion plan and timeline and shares over 30 strategies for book promotion that can increase both pre-sales and overall sales once the book is released. Topics include building momentum for the book before its release, effective social media engagement, creating a book website, designing bonus materials, how to find and promote directly to the right audiences, leveraging your personal and professional networks, and more. She shares examples her recent book launch as well as templates for audience members to create their own materials. Katie, who promoted her book while also working full-time, also share her experiences regarding time saving strategies for promotional activities. Listen

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Time-Saving Tech Tips: Optimizing Your Production

Time Saving Tech TipsLearn small actions that can make big differences in your day-to-day writing. Eric Schmieder introduces you to some simple - and often free - apps for editing, organizing, and creating your next manuscript; show you how to make small adjustments to your routine with tools that you are probably already using; and offer some on-the-go techniques for efficient communication, development, and general accomplishment as an author. Get time-saving tech tips that you will want to put into practice right away! Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

What Big Data Could Mean to You

What Big Data Could Mean to YouIf you think Big Data is a phenomenon mainly of interest to scientists studying genomes or weather patterns, think again! It has grown to influence nearly every discipline, across the sciences, social sciences, and even the humanities – for instance, literary scholars recently used data analysis to determine that some of Shakespeare’s works were likely co-authored with other Elizabethan playwrights. Big Data also has positive and negative implications for broader society, as it finds its way into algorithms effecting marketing, business, public policy, and political campaigning. CCC’s Christopher Kenneally shares his perspective on how researchers and publishers are confronting the Data Dilemma. Learn about the challenges in collecting, curating, maintaining, and analyzing data; how CCC is developing solutions to support searching and analysis of published data; and how the push to analyze large datasets is sparking new copyright questions in the US and Europe. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Weeding and Harvesting the Most Appropriate Journal for Your Work: Successful Strategies from Novice and Experienced Academic Writers

Unsure about how to weed through over 22,000 journals to find the right outlet for your manuscript? Frustrated with the time-consuming process? Learn about the systems developed by both novice and experienced researchers in dealing with the challenges surrounding the weeding process. Presenters Laura Jacobi, Dannelle Stevens, and Kristin Eis Cvancara share strategies they have found useful in searching for the right journals and staying organized in such searches. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

10 Tips to Enhance Your Writing & Take the Stress Out of Polishing Your Work

10 TIps to Enhance Your writingWriting successfully is the core of being an author. To write successfully, we need to communicate information effectively. The key to effective communication is to focus our writing on our reader's interests and needs. Learn ten basic tips you can use to help you communicate effectively and polish your work at the same time. This session, presented by Robert Barlow, the author of 10 legal and business studies textbooks, covers: How do you overcome writer's block? What simple strategies can you use to finesse your writing so that you submit the best possible product? What are different writing genres and text types? What language and style should you use to enhance your product? What techniques can be used to cater for readers’ interests and needs? Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Creative Self-Help for Textbook Authors

Creative Self Help for Textbook AuthorsMary Ellen Lepionka, author of Writing and Developing Your College Textbook, has developed practical suggestions for textbook writing through her experiences working for publishers and their authors, troubleshooting their print and online textbook projects. Her aim in writing this book, in addition to helping you succeed in the textbook publishing industry, was to help you develop textbooks on your own when development help from publishers is not forthcoming for any reason. In this session, Mary Ellen shares practical advice and models a creative problem solving approach that you can customize to create your own useful tools for success in your textbook enterprise. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

So You Want to Write a Textbook? Lessons Learned and Advice Sought

Moderator Laura Frost, a veteran chemistry textbook author, interviews three novice writers, Brent Blair, Dave Dillon, and Rick Mullins. Frost asked each of them to describe how they got interested in writing a textbook, and the three things they wish they had known, or learned, about textbook writing. Listen

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Wanna Get Away? Maybe Now You Can: Parting with Your Publisher

Parting with your publisherAre you interested in learning your options regarding parting with your publisher? In this session Stephen Gillen, an intellectual property attorney and partner with Wood, Herron & Evans, talkd about buyouts as a strategy for separating from a publisher that you are frustrated with or just plain tired of dealing with. He demonstrates how to calculate what your contract is worth and explains how to find leverage in your negotiation, what to expect from your publisher, and what to watch out for. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference


Getting the Best Index for Your Book

Getting the Best IndexStephen Ingle, founder and CEO of WordCo Indexing Services, provides an overview of how indexes are created, as well as how to evaluate indexes for quality. Topics include: What factors affect the quality of an index? What are the steps involved in creating an index (including publisher workflows)?; What kind of indexes do different types of books (including digital books) require? How can one evaluate the index manuscript received from the indexer? Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Grants 101: The Basics to Getting Your Project Funded

Grants 101Do you want to get your project funded and would you like to learn how to go about it? Then this presentation is for you. Whether you are interested in a project development or a research grant, and whether you are considering a government agency or a private organization as potential grantors, join us for an introduction to the world of grant writing! Learn strategies that will support the successful completion of the five stages of a typical grant writing process: planning a grant proposal, writing it, learning from rejection, re-submitting, and getting a project funded. Stemming from the published literature and the presenter's experience (both as a grant writer and reviewer), these strategies demystify the grant writing process and portray it as a systematic, dynamic, and fulfilling undertaking. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Increase Your Writing Skills and Publishing Success: Tips, Tricks, and the Secret Sauce

Increase your writing skillsThis interactive and practical workshop introduces proven and powerful strategies to infuse new approaches and success into faculty's writing skills and publishing records. Gleaned from presenter Kathleen King's more than 15 years of coaching and teaching faculty and doctoral students, this motivating and informative session includes specific techniques, strategies and templates to accelerate faculty writing productivity. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

The Life Cycle of a Textbook: Psychological and Legal Challenges

Lifecycle of a textbookTextbooks have their own life cycles, from conception to first editions, to (if the book is successful) later editions and versions. Textbooks are characterized by both continuity and change, as they adapt to (and sometimes shape) developments in the field and the market, new authors are added, and senior authors retire. These passages involve not only psychological issues but also legal challenges, including the development of collaboration and succession agreements among co-authors and the negotiation of revision, step-down, and retirement provisions in agreements with publishers. What psychological and legal issues should be addressed at different stages of a textbook's life cycle? What potential pitfalls should be avoided? Veteran publishing lawyers Zick Rubin and Brenda Ulrich focus on these issues in this session , addressed to a wide range of textbook authors, whether they are in the early, middle, or late stages of their textbooks' life cycles. Veteran textbook publishing executive and consultant Sean Wakely serves as moderator and commenter, with special attention to the way that changes in publishing models and digital platforms affect the life cycle of textbooks. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book

Plan Propose and Publish and Edited BookAn edited collection allows you to publish your own writing together with material from other thinkers in your field. Pulling examples from her experience as an editor and as chapter contributor, Janet explores strategies for creating a focus and proposing it to a publisher, calling for chapters and selecting the ones to include, and coordinating a review process. Janet has edited two very different books: a 2-volume handbook of research and a collection of cases. While she and co-editor Lynn Wilson used a conventional strategy for the handbook of research, for the second book she took a hands-on, collaborative approach. She invited researchers to develop case studies that highlighted research methods, and asked each author to offer critiques of other cases, creating rich dialogue within the book. In addition to drawing on her own lessons learned, Janet shares success strategies from other editors. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Choices, Time, Timing, and Consequences: Selecting Types of Academic Writing Spanning Your Career

Selecting Types of Academic WritingGiven that academic writing is central to your career and given that there are many different venues for academic writing, how do you choose where to spend your time and energy at different stages in your career? This session, presented by Dannelle D. Stevens, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the Portland State University, Oregon, is designed to illustrate a typical academic writing career path that accounts for the upsides and downsides of each writing type from journal articles to book reviews to books. Watch

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Academic Self-Publishing: No Longer a Pioneer's Path

This presentation by Daniel Berze, Senior Vice President of Academic Publishing, Lulu Press, provides information to academic authors as to how they can self-publish, without having to charter unknown pathways that self-publishing has previously been associated with. Focus will be on bibliometric indicators, peer review and social media tools. Listen

*Recorded at the 2017 TAA Conference

Marketing? You're Kidding Me! I'm an Academic! Marketing that Matters (Lessons from a Puffin)

Part 1: Watch Now
Part 2: Watch Now

Marketing for academics clipImagine having people read your writing! Imagine having others interested in your work and talking about it! Imagine your efforts receiving recognition! Guess what?! You have to market yourself and your work and you don’t have to spend a lot of money or hire a PR firm. In this focused and practical web-based workshop, you’ll learn: Ways to create awareness of and interest in your work (with the right people); Strategies to obtain your MWR (Most Wanted Response); Tools to use to strengthen your relationship with potential readers; and Means to gain “mindshare” in the very crowded space that is your reader’s brain. You may not realize that the puffin has much to teach you as an academic marketer, but metaphorically, this bird does!  Expect to learn and laugh in this 2-part, content-rich webinar, presented by author, workshop leader, and coach Meggin McIntosh. Watch

Texts Plus: Ancillary Materials & Companion Sites

You have completed the textbook manuscript, now what? Some publishers expect you to develop ancillary materials for companion sites they host. If not, you might want to create your own.

In this one-hour webinar, textbook writer Janet Salmons shares and critique examples of companion websites from major publishers and individual authors. She evaluates the types of materials posted, including media, instructional or student resources. Watch

Screencasting for Academic Authors: How to Create Instructional Media on a Budget

screencastingWith the rise of e-books, online learning, and mobile technology, the demand for instructional media is exploding. Textbook authors, academic authors, and instructors are being called upon to design and deliver instruction in multimedia genres like screencasts and videos. Fortunately, authors and teachers today can produce effective screencast videos without going to film school or hiring expensive professional help. This webinar, presented by Michael Greer, walks you through a sample screencast project to show how you can get started today, even if you have no experience using video editing software. He demonstrates a simple step-by-step process you can use to create an instructional screencast and offer additional resources for authors who want to learn more about designing and producing educational media. In short, this webinar offers everything you wanted to know about screencasting but were afraid to ask! Watch

Author Q&A: Writing and Developing Your College Textbook

WDYCT QAThe authors of Writing and Developing Your College Textbook share insights into the higher education publishing industry, textbook contract negotiation, and textbook development. Learn the two-three key trends in the higher education publishing industry about which an author or prospective author should know; what leverage authors have to negotiate changes in a publisher’s standard agreement; and various aspects of textbook development, including writing to your audience, developing an authorial voice, the importance of learning objectives; and much more. Watch

Tips and Techniques for Enhancing Your Approach to Visuals

VisualsIn this one-hour webinar, author and illustrator Bethann Garramon Merkle shares tips and hands-on techniques for enhancing your approach to visuals by using illustrations in publications and presentations. Specifically, you’ll learn about planning ahead for working with an illustrator, some tips about addressing copyrights and licenses, and ideas for helping your illustrator navigate your institutions procurement procedures. And, you’ll enjoy hands-on practice with illustration shortcuts used by pros. Don’t worry! No previous drawing experience is necessary. These techniques will help you get started, and will help you transform a physical drawing into a digital one. Watch

Six Strategies for Using Social Media to Promote Your Writing

Social mediaYou can spend (and waste!) a lot of time on blogs and social media. Be strategic and use these tools to complement your academic writing, textbook authoring, and related consulting services.

In this one-hour webinar, writer and blogger Janet Salmons shares six ways you can use blogs and social media, including: developing credibility, building a network, reaching new readers, sharing resources, encouraging textbook adoption, and disseminating findings outside of academia. She helps you evaluate whether you should start your own blog, page, or group, or contribute as a guest. Watch

Becoming a Productive Writer: Strategies for Success

productive writerWhy does it seem like there’s never enough time to write? One of the key challenges of academic life is balancing the many demands on our time; while writing is generally key to professional success, finding time to write is consistently challenging. Most academics realize that they need to protect their writing time but still struggle to do so. Rather than seeing not-writing as a simple failure, it can be helpful to see it as a reflection of the inherent difficulties of writing and time management. In this webinar, Associate Professor Rachael Cayley discusses how and why academic writing is so hard and looks at some strategies for establishing a productive writing practice. Watch

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