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Writing and Developing Your College Textbook

 Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts

Texts Plus: Ancillary Materials & Companion Sites

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Presenter: Janet Salmons, an independent researcher, writer and consultant with Vision2Lead, Inc.

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 critiques examples of companion websites from major publishers and individual authors. She evaluates the types of materials posted, including media, instructional or student resources.

Janet Salmons

Janet Salmons is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through her company, Vision2Lead, Inc. She wrote Doing Qualitative Research Online (2016) Qualitative Online interviews (2015). Online Interviews in Real Time (2010) and edited Cases in Online Interview Research (2012) for SAGE Publications, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is an active blogger on www.vision2lead.com, and for the Academy of Management The Ethicist Blog. Janet is an editorial reviewer for SAGE Research Methods database, reviews textbook manuscripts and serves as a peer reviewer for academic journals. Janet is a Dissertation Mentor for the Walden University PhD program in Educational Technology.


Other Resources and Websites Mentioned in the Webinar

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1) Authors’ sites-linked from the publisher’s page for the book:

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Will the publisher agree to including a link that takes the viewer away from the publisher’s website?
  • Are you committed to creating and maintaining the page? Do you have the technical skills needed to do so?


2) Password-protected resources on the publisher’s site (note that you may not be able to view all materials on these sites):

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • Can you as author give input into the site design or format, organization, or presentation of resources?
  • Can readers who are not instructors gain access to the site?

3) Companion sites with interactive features on the publisher’s site and third-party applications:

  • Doing Research in the Real WorldNote: If you create an account in VitalSource, you can request electronic review copies of texts and view interactive features.

Add-on subscription to access technical feature and apps:

4) Special features that won’t work on a page

Key questions to discuss with the publisher:

  • What is the author’s role in designing and producing these features?
  • Can you as author act as the subject matter expert for technical or media features? If not, do you have final approval?
  • If your visuals, diagrams, etc. are being used, can you retain your intellectual property/copyright?
  • If a third party or additional subscription is involved, do you receive payment or royalties?


Other TAA Webinars by Janet Salmons

Six Strategies for Using Social Media to Promote Your Writing

You 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, Salmons will share 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 will help you evaluate whether you should start your own blog, page, or group, or contribute as a guest.

Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book

Want to publish a book, but lack the content for a full manuscript? Consider creating an edited book! You can include your own material, as well as chapters by other scholars.
 
In this one-hour webinar, writer and editor Salmons shares strategies she learned by creating edited books, contributing chapters to numerous edited books, and serving on editorial review boards. She will provide an overview of the entire process, from proposal through final review.

5 Steps to Creating a Publication Strategy

You have research. You have academic papers, a thesis, and/or a dissertation. You may have written reports or social media posts. Now what? The tasks involved with moving forward towards developing publishable articles or chapters seems overwhelming. Where do you start?
 
In this one-hour webinar, Salmons will share practical tips and a step-by-step process for evaluating your current status, and making a plan to achieve publication goals.

5 Ways to Use Your Dissertation for Publications

Doing Qualitative Research OnlineYou spent a lot of time conducting research and writing a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project. You are well aware of the pressure to get your work published, in order to get hired or advance in your academic or professional field. Where do you start? Salmons mined every element of her dissertation to launch a publishing strategy that has resulted in five books, numerous chapters and cases, articles and blog posts. She created a typology of five options for drawing from, building on, or applying your student writing. This webinar is relevant those who have graduated recently as well as to people whose dissertations have been sitting on the shelf for a while.

 
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