Writing with open ears

listeningIt’s time for a new edition of Doing Qualitative Research Online! I previously wrote how I began the process of updating and enhancing this book. Every time I write or update a book, I promise myself that I will do better next time and not end up with chaotic versions or incorrectly-labeled figures. I was approaching this project in a systematic fashion, reading through the 2016 edition with fresh eyes, making minor changes, and taking notes about steps to take for more significant additions to content.

I was confidently moving along, and then…boom! The world changed! Whether we’re grappling with school closures, isolation, illness or spending our time cancelling all the travel we had planned, it is hard to escape this pervasive pandemic. And for researchers, the impact is nothing short of profound. [Read more…]

First steps for a second edition

Doing Qualitative Research OnlineIt’s time for a new edition of Doing Qualitative Research Online! At SAGE, that decision isn’t an automated step. The decision is thoroughly considered and vetted. I had several meetings with my excellent acquisitions editor, then created a proposal which was sent out for review. Comments from reviewers were discussed in further conversations, and we came to an agreement.

Now I have to do the work. How should I start? Every time I write a book, I am determined to avoid problems encountered in past projects. No matter how hard I try, I end up with some degree of frenzy at the end. To lay a positive foundation, here are the questions I am exploring and the steps I am taking: [Read more…]

Q&A: Can you renegotiate your textbook contract when going into subsequent editions?

Shaking hands over a signed contractQ: “Can I renegotiate my book contract when going into subsequent editions?”

A: Steve Gillen, Attorney, Wood, Herron & Evans:

“If you are the original and sole author and they really need you to prepare the next edition, and they acknowledge that, your leverage is to say no to writing the next edition if they don’t improve the offer. However, you need to be prepared to walk away, and they need to believe you will.

You get what amounts to a right of first refusal on subsequent editions. If the publisher realizes that it needs your special talents and reputation for the revision, your threat to decline the opportunity to revise may buy you some improvements in your contract. But if you say no, they can find a replacement for you and charge the cost of your replacement against your royalties, which would step down in subsequent editions.” [Read more…]