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TAA 2019 Spring webinar series for textbook and academic writers

webinarsWhether you are interested in understanding your royalty agreements, managing your time, curbing procrastination, using visual elements to enhance your manuscript, managing multiple projects, collaboration and branding, TAA’s 2019 Spring webinar series for textbook and academic authors has you covered. Join us as various industry experts share their expertise on academic and textbook writing topics. Sign-up early to reserve your spot! Not a TAA member? Learn more about member benefits and join today.

Your Royalties: The Devil is in the Details

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2-3 p.m. ET

Juli SaitzPresenter: Juli Saitz, CPA, Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group

After a brief overview of key clauses in publishing agreements, Juli will discuss specific contract clauses that affect royalty calculations and payments. She will examine the same clause with slightly different language for two hypothetical contracts and then present how the royalties differ under each scenario.

Creative Scheduling For Those Who Have “All of the Time in the World” and “No Time At All”

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2-3 p.m. ET

Katy PeplinPresenter: Dr. Katy Peplin, Coach, Editor, Thrive PhD

Whether you feel over-scheduled or are desperate for a little structure in your day, a more intentional approach to managing time can be a writer’s secret weapon. However, it can seem impossible to add time into an already packed schedule, or restrict flexibility when that feels integral to the writing process. This session aims to provide a collection of tools to think about time, how you spend it, and how that does or does not align with your life writ large.

Beyond the Blank Page: 9 Proven Strategies to Help You Stop Procrastinating and Write Your Manuscript

Date: Thursday, February 28, 1-2 p.m. ET

Mary Beth AverillPresenter: Mary Beth Averill, PhD, MSW, Academic Coach and author of How to Become an Academic Coach

For some people, staring at that first blank page is the hardest part of the writing task. Others have good start up energy and ideas but struggle to maintain momentum. Finally, are those who wrestle with completing a manuscript and sending it out. Mary Beth Averill, PhD, presents nine strategies to help you with organization, motivation, time management, and editing from start to finish whether you are writing an academic book, journal article, or dissertation.

Show Me! The Art of Using Visual Elements to Enhance a Manuscript

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 11 a.m. -12 p.m. ET

Eric SchmiederPresenter: Eric Schmieder, author of Web, Database, and Programming: A foundational approach to data-driven application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and PHP

Visual elements, such as tables and figures, can improve the readability and overall quality of a manuscript when used properly. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words, right? But poorly developed images can be more distracting than helpful. In this webinar, Eric Schmieder will highlight ways to effectively incorporate visual elements into your journal articles and textbooks. He’ll also share some important tips for maintaining accessibility guidelines in the process.

How Trello Can Transform Your Life as an Academic

Date: Monday, March 25, 1-2 p.m. ET

Rose ErnstAngelique DavisPresenters: Angelique M. Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Global African Studies, Seattle University; and Rose Ernst, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, Seattle University

Do you juggle multiple teaching, scholarship and service projects and worry about ‘dropping the ball’? Do you wish you had one place to easily organize your life as an academic? Then Trello might be for you. In the first half of the webinar, Angelique M. Davis and Rose Ernst will provide an overview of the magic and logic of Trello. They will show you how to use it to masterfully manage multiple projects in one place—without having to switch between paper and multiple digital programs! In the second half of the webinar, they will show you how to use Trello to move your scholarly projects forward. This will include a demonstration and template of a Trello board based on Erin Furtak’s publishing pipeline. You will leave this webinar with a plan to set up your Trello account so you can become a master juggler and calmly manage your academic life.

Mentor, Coach, Supervisor: Collaborative Ways to Work with Writers

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

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

Writing is deeply personal. But unless we are writing research memos or journal entries, we will have to cooperate with reviewers, editors, and others to get our work published. As faculty supervising students, writing program staff, trainers or consultants, we have the opportunity to help aspiring writers to work more collaboratively. Using the term collaboration to describe “an interactive process that engages two or more participants who work together to achieve outcomes they could not accomplish independently” (Salmons, in press), we will explore ways to develop skills valuable to writers. We will look at ways to use review exchanges, writing circles, support teams and other approaches to improve writing while learning to work collaboratively. Practical strategies will be offered for classroom, committee, or informal learning settings.

How to Secure More Media For Your Book and Brand

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET

brian feinblumPresenter: Brian Feinblum, Chief Marketing Officer, SVP, Finn Partners

Learn from a veteran of over 1,000 book publicity campaigns — the mistakes to avoid, the myths to debunk, and the proven strategies to execute. Understand what book publicity in 2019 consists of – it is not all about social media, but it cannot be ignored either. In this one hour webinar, you will come to understand how to see yourself as a brand, how to market yourself, and how to recognize where you need support.