Author Recruitment and Product Management
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The “Author Recruitment and Product Management” module focuses on identifying, recruiting, and managing authors through the publication drafting phase, negotiating and drafting author agreements, and planning product supplements.
At the end of this module, the CLE professional will be able to:
- Identify and recruit authors with appropriate expertise in an area of practice
- Create standard writing and style guidelines for use by an author
- Draft, negotiate, and interpret a publishing contract or informal literary rights agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of each party
- Create an author submission plan and deadline strategy that includes target dates for reminders
- Communicate submission expectations to authors
- Monitor author progress to ensure that content delivery will comply with the schedule and complies with writing and style guidelines, giving support and motivating authors when necessary to keep to the schedule
- Review and evaluate an author’s submission to ensure it is acceptable and provide timely feedback
- Develop a supplementation schedule appropriate for the content, product format, and market to ensure the publication remains current and accurate
- Recognize when an author relationship should be terminated and how to terminate the relationship while minimizing potential impact to the Association
The following learning activities and resources support this module:
- Morrison, D. and Russell, L., et al. (2016). ACLEA Guide to Best Practices in Legal Publishing. Presented at ACLEA’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
- Munro, S. and Reilly, C.(2011). Managing Authors & Editors to Get Books Done. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2011 Annual Meeting Boston, MA.
- Sandle, S. (2013). Five Proven Strategies for Finding and Retaining Authors. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
- Carroll, M., Ruppert, R., and Wagan, C. (2011). Learning From Our Mistakes – Part II. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
- ACLEA Pub Buckley McGovern Editors on Authors 2011 Boston, Editors on Authors PDF (112.31 KB), 2011 Annual (Boston)
- ACLEA Pub Kay Parins Bailey Author Guidelines for Digital 2015 Chicago, Tues Wkshp D Bryan Kay Claire Parins Kevin Bailey Digital Transformation Have Your Author Guidelines Been Rewritten for On PDF 2015 Annual (Chicago)
- ACLEA Pub Linz Elisha Heinen Communicate Effectively to Lawyers and Librarians 2012 Denver, Communicate Effectively to Lawyers and Librarians PDF (340.79 KB), 2012 Annual (Denver)
- ACLEA Pub Munro Reilly Managing Authors and Editors 2011 Boston, Managing Authors & Editors PDF (319.07 KB), 2011 Annual (Boston)
- Develop a list of potential authors and their areas of expertise to whom you can reach out to for authorship opportunities.
- Create a standard author communication and deadline strategy that can be adapted for specific publication projects.
- Attend conference(s) that will build your skills and knowledge of the publishing environment.