How To Do A Citation For An Online Learning Brief With An Author

Here is what you need to know to earn your citation.

How To Do A Citation For An Online Learning Brief With An Author

How do you think a Higher Ed author might like to teach online? Online grading is a great way to bring authors out of their cocoon and allow them to connect with students in an authentic way. Many authors (you know, the self-proclaimed “Master Storytellers”), now understand the value of online grading as a way to increase engagement with readers and increase readership.

Imagine reading the novel The White Darkness, starring Robert Smith and Brenda Wolfe. You’re an avid reader and absolutely loved the book. You particularly liked the first half of the book, with the Big Tomorrow developments and narrative threads.

But then during class, you were struggling with the plot description that included over a dozen (!!!) examples of monster sequences. You got a little frustrated, searching online for help. When you saw the author had written an instruction manual and a teaching manual, you were furious. You would have given a gold star if they weren’t both a separate book.

Now imagine if you were the author in front of a classroom of students from Project LEAD. Instead of explaining each monster sequence with a murder mystery spiel, you could simply show them each of the examples and students would certainly prefer the easy answers to their questions.

So yes, some authors are pretty angry and hate online grading. One book author even actually wrote an entire sub-genre of infelicitous titles, including Hardcore Punctuation Curses!

Keep in mind, authors may not get a Grade Point Average (or a star) on their online module. There’s some language they have to wade through to get the text right and they will see how written interpretation affects reading comprehension.

There’s still an amazing deal of freedom online with author-reader interactions. Though book owners and authors have different ways of communicating through digital platforms (read: password-protected and monitored forums), there are still a number of opportunities to make contact with authors.

Link to the author’s work on Amazon

Likelihood you’ll make contact with an author if you see their work featured on Amazon: Double. Though authors tend to create metrics for their books on Amazon, they are not always fully cognizant of how their work appears online. I was looking for an Author of the Year title last year and only saw excerpts from the book The Rage of Jews! (I clicked on the links and saw a percentage indicator. I reached out to the author and was never followed up on). There is one online gradebook that allows authors to name how much the content on their website does and how well they do on Amazon. Get the author’s URL and copy and paste the info into a blog post about your book.

Bizzmark

There’s a massive internet publication called Bizzmark where authors and others in the industry discuss books, authors, publishing, and book reviewing. They also provide frequent email contacts for authors.

Trunkrack

Trunkrack is a free service that catalogs and indexes titles. It is the official reader’s website for book reviews, news, and profiles. You’ll be able to look at the reviews, read reviews of the author and even follow up with reviews.

Local Talk Radio Network

Local Talk Radio Network is a site for people who live in the same location as the author. You can identify the author and find them through their phone number or a customizable e-mail address.

Obviously some will see your interactions with authors as annoying and intrusive. There’s nothing wrong with showing someone the “saved links” and questioning them about how you might use their work in your next creation. If you can’t work together on these issues, you may want to stick to writing for the Book Title Blog or R&D Hub rather than IMDB or Amazon’s online message boards.

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