Fall 2018 Webinar Series

TAA webinar certificate of completionTAA webinars are one-hour live, interactive sessions that connect you to experts discussing a variety of topics designed especially for textbook and academic authors. Members can also access 150+ presentations on demand.

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What You Need to Know About Rights Clearance and Permissions

Date: Monday, September 17, 2-3 p.m. ET


Presenter: Stephen E. Gillen, Partner, Wood, Herron & Evans

Guide to Rights Clearance and PermissionsYour contract provided by your publisher will probably put the burden of securing permission for the use of third party material solely on you. How much of this is negotiable? What are the possible compromises? And regardless of whether you end up doing it or the publisher does it, under what circumstances do you need permission and how do you best go about getting it? Get answers to these questions from Stephen E. Gillen, a lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in and around the publishing business, and author of the forthcoming book, Guide to Rights Clearance and Permissions in Scholarly, Educational, and Trade Publishing. Learn more

The Joys and Agony of Co-Authoring: Practical and Legal Tips from Two Author-Lawyers

Date: Thursday, October 11, 3-4 p.m. ET


Presenters: Karen Morris, Lawyer, Textbook Author; Sten Sliger, Lawyer, Textbook Author

Coauthors Karen Morris, a seasoned author and lawyer, and Sten Sliger, a new author and lawyer, will share best practices for finding, vetting, contracting, and working with coauthors. Learn more




Make "Collaboration" More Than a Buzzword

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 3-4 p.m. ET


Presenter: Dr. Janet Salmons, author of Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn: Practical Guidance for Online and Classroom Instruction

Janet SalmonsLearning to CollaborateThe term collaboration is sometimes used casually to describe almost any situation that involves more than one individual. If we define the term as "an interactive process that engages two or more participants who work together to achieve outcomes they could not accomplish independently" (Salmons, in press), then it is clear that more is involved than simply joining forces. How do we decide what kind of interactive process will allow us to achieve outcomes more significant than what we could do on our own? What steps will improve collaborations when some or all of our interaction occurs online? These are questions Dr. Salmons will explore in the context of co-research, co-editor or co-author collaboration. Learn more

You Got This: Marketing Strategies to Build a Signature Platform

Date: Thursday, November 15, 12-1 p.m. ET


JoNataye PratherPresenter: Dr. JoNataye Prather, Social Work Program Chair, Union Institute and University

This one-hour webinar will empower you with resources to discover your signature brand, provide social media tips and Internet marketing strategies to engage students, and build an audience to publish scholarly content inside and outside the classroom. Get the resources you need to develop a marketing mindset, including:
  • Branding tools and social media secrets to attract followers and build an audience.
  • Internet marketing techniques to engage students and deliver your message to the masses.
  • Technology tips to automate, produce creative materials, stay organized, and deliver consistent content to build your platform. Learn more

Video Creation for Textbook Authors and Instructors

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 1-2 p.m. ET


Presenter: Sasha Vodnik, Computer Programming Textbook Author

Videos are increasingly integral to the learning process. As a textbook author, you can increase the value of your book for both students and instructors by creating and publishing videos linked to your content. As an instructor, videos you create to supplement your course can help students review and retain material outside the classroom. In this session, we'll survey free tools for recording and production, as well as popular paid alternatives, and we'll examine the tradeoffs. We'll also walk through the steps to record video and audio, put it together, and publish it online. 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 discusses the arguments on both sides of these cases and the reasoning of the previous court decisions in them. He also offers 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

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

Royalty Disputes webinarDavid Slarskey, a Litigator with Slarskey LLC, and Juli Saitz, a CPA and Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group, 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. Watch

Taxes and Authors: What You Should Know

Taxes and AuthorsWhile 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. Robert M. Pesce, a partner with Marcum LLP, covers 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. Watch

Making Textbooks Accessible to Students With Disabilities

Textbook Accessibility

As 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.

Robert Martinengo, Publisher Outreach Specialist for the CAMI project at AMAC Accessibility, covers 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. Watch

How to Structure and Write an Article Abstract

Abstracts webinarWhat 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. Mark Pedretti, Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, Claremont Graduate University, discusses 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. He also looks at several examples of abstracts from different disciplines and genres in order to consider the strategies that each uses to accomplish its rhetorical ends. Watch

Demystifying the Literature Review

Demystifying the Literature ReviewLiterature reviews are one of the more challenging genres of academic writing. Dr. Daveena Tauber, Founder of ScholarStudio, helps you understand not only what it means to synthesize the literature, but also gives you tools for doing it. She talks 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. Watch

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