Companion Sites & Ancillary Materials

Writing a book doesn’t end with the manuscript!

See Resources and Websites Mentioned in the Webinar. These links offer examples for different kinds of materials and book sites.

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 World 
Note: 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?

Visit SAGE Methodspace for an article: “Reimagining Ancillary Materials for Texts and Academic Books.” Visit the Textbook and Academic Authors Association site for a webinar recording. (Not a member? Consider joining this community of writers!)

Creating a Culture of Inquiry in the Classroom

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It is essential in this time to change the ways we teach– whether we work with children or adults. They need the opportunity to develop skills needed to scrutinize, dig deeper, and ask hard questions! In the process, perhaps they avoid taking information they receive at face value, and can better understand the importance of scientific, evidence-based approaches. And these skills and mindsets prepare them to be future researchers!

See this post on SAGE Methodspace: http://bit.ly/2kQXgUA

Join me for a free webinar, part of the Connecting Online conference: Friday February 3 at 11 AM EST 4 PM UTC. No registration needed! Just log in http://bit.ly/2iTJWBg

6 Strategies for Using Social Media to Promote Your Writing

The webinar recording is online and available for Textbook & Academic Authors Association members. Not a member? Join this vibrant community!

In the webinar I discussed creating podcasts, communicating visually, and creating a cross-platform strategy.

Here are some resources related to topics covered and questions raised in the webinar:

Here are some resources in response to questions posed in the discussion.

Online resources and books about social media and academic life:

Resources for TAA Members:

 

 

 

Social Media or Social Web?

I contributed an article, “Social Media or Social Web?” As part of a special issue of a UK online magazine called Discover Society. The special issue is about “Social Science & Social Futures: Fast Scholarship, Emerging Technologies & The Future Of Inquiry.” You might find the editors’ article of interest: Mark Carrigan is a prolific writer and one of the leading thinkers about social media and academic life.

Research in Action Podcast

The University of Oregon Research in Action project offers great resources, and opportunities to hear and learn from diverse researchers. The 2016 list includes some excellent reads– thanks for including my books, Doing Qualitative Research Online, and Cases in Online Interview Research! You can listen to my podcast:  and access the Instructor Guide here: .

Here is the full list of 2016 podcasts: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/research/podcast/episode-guide/ and Instructor Guides: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/research/podcast/instructor-guides/.

Path to Publishing: Create Your Strategy

You spent a lot of time researching and writing a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project. How can you convert your academic work into a career asset? Registration is open for the course starting February 13, 2017!

Everyone knows we should publish something based on the dissertation- but where to start? While some people are on a scholarly track and want to publish in peer-reviewed journals, others would benefit from publishing practical guides or how-to manuals. These events will offer ideas and strategies for a wide range of publication options that align with career goals.

What are the best options for you, and how can you turn your aspirations into reality? If you want to walk the Path to Publishing, but need a plan, this 6-week course is designed for you! We’ll be with you every step of the way, with two live webinars, discussions, and constructive suggestions about how to improve your writing and maximise your chances of publication. You will work through weekly lessons and exercises, and generate a publication strategy. Learn more and register here

 

 Visit Helen Kara’s blog for more about the course and our collaboration!

Find registration and payment information at www.path2publishing.com.