Spring 2018 Webinar Series

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Royalty Disputes: Legal Strategies in Pursuit of Information and Payments Due

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2-3 p.m. ET


Presenter: David Slarskey, Litigator, Slarskey LLC , and Juli Saitz, CPA, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group

Juli Saitz

David SlarskeyIn this one-hour webinar, David and Juli will discuss the challenges associated with getting reliable information from publishers, the state of the law for authors seeking access to data, and negotiation and legal strategies for pursuing recoveries while protecting relationships. Learn more

Taxes and Authors: What You Should Know

Date: Monday, March 19, 3-4 p.m. ET


Robert Pesce

Presenter: Robert M. Pesce, Partner, Marcum LLP

While it is understandable that most writers would prefer to concentrate their time on their writing, writing is a business and you need to make sure you're taking care of all of the tax deductions that you should be. In this one-hour webinar, Robert will share the basic tax information you should know as an author, including: What type of entity should you be?; Are you keeping good records on your business deductions?; Income from Royalties and other sources; Tax deductions; Home Office Deduction; Self Employment Tax ("SE Tax"); Pension Plans, SEPs, and IRAs; and Foreign Tax Credit. Learn more

Making Textbooks Accessible to Students With Disabilities

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2-3 p.m. ET


Presenter: Robert Martinengo, Publisher Outreach Specialist, Director, CAMI project, AMAC Accessibility
Robert MartinengoAs digital technology continues to redefine the market for instructional materials, one thing remains constant: students with disabilities must not be left out. While products evolve, the concepts of equal access, and the legal obligation of educational institutions not to discriminate, remain.

In this one-hour webinar, Robert will cover three main topics: 1) What authors can do now to make their manuscripts more accessible, and how to plan for an accessible final product; 2) What can happen during the publishing process that can negatively impact accessibility, and what to do about it; and 3) How to assess whether or not the final product is accessible, and what can be done to improve the situation if it is not. Learn more

How to Structure and Write an Article Abstract

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 3-4 p.m. ET


Presenter: Mark Pedretti, Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Claremont Graduate University

Mark PedrettiWhat makes for a strong article abstract? How much is too much, not enough, and just right? What goes in and what stays out? The abstract to your article is often the first thing that readers and reviewers see, and setting the right tone up front can influence the way the rest of your text is received. In this one-hour webinar, Mark will discuss the basic structure of abstracts, the adjustments you need to make to them in different publication situations, and the rhetorical purposes that abstracts serve in relation to other parts of your text. We will look at several examples of abstracts from different disciplines and genres in order to consider the strategies that each uses to accomplish its rhetorical ends. Learn more

Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 3-4 p.m. ET


Daveena TauberPresenter: Dr. Daveena Tauber, Founder, ScholarStudio


Literature reviews are one of the more challenging genres of academic writing. In this one-hour webinar, Daveena will help you understand not only what it means to synthesize the literature, but will also give you tools for doing it. We will talk about strategies for reading, making sense of, and writing about the literature. Whether you're writing a literature review for a dissertation, an article, or the introduction to your book, you won't want to miss this rare opportunity to get clarity on this important part of your project. Learn more

2018 Spring Webinars - Watch On Demand

The Anatomy of a Royalty Audit

The Anatomy of a Royalty AuditBy now, you’ve probably heard of a royalty audit and like the many people, may not have the most positive perception of the word “audit.” On the other hand, you may have friends or colleagues that have been through the process and recovered additional royalties that they would not have otherwise been paid.
Juli Saitz, CPA, Senior Managing Director of Ankura Consulting Group, dissects and explains the entire process. Addressing questions you might have about the time and effort involved on your part, the documents needed from you, the information your publisher will provide, what steps an auditor takes to ensure your royalties are accurate, and how long the entire process takes. Watch

Fair Use or Infringement in 2018, and Other Current Copyright Issues

Fair Use and InfringementWhen is your (unauthorized) use of copyrighted content 'fair use" and when is it copyright infringement? Ken Norwick, a lawyer and author of The Legal Guide for Writers, Artists and Other Creative People, will discuss several important pending cases, including the case challenging the practice of public universities in Georgia of including without license excerpts from textbooks in student course-packs and the case in the District of Columbia asking whether privately-created standards and procedures that are incorporated into government regulations can be owned by the private creators or become "public domain" when they effectively become "law." Norwick will discuss the arguments on both sides of these cases and the reasoning of the previous court decisions in them. He will also offer some suggestions that authors can follow when deciding whether and how to use the copyrighted works of others.
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Get Your Stalled Writing Project Back on Track

Get Your Stalled Writing Project Back on TrackSometimes writing projects, no matter how worthwhile or necessary, lose momentum. Stalled projects can become albatrosses, draining our energy and keeping us trapped.

Learn structured techniques to figure out the best way to deal with your stalled writing project, as well as strategies and support for recommitting to, reframing or appropriately relinquishing your stalled project, from presenter Joli Jensen, author of Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics. This makes it possible for you to move forward with a project you truly want to write. Watch

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