TD at Work authors have a variety of backgrounds. Some authors have written extensively for other publications, while others are first-time authors who wish to share their expertise or practice with other workplace learning and performance professionals.
ATD neither pays a fee, nor provides authors with a royalty check for their TD at Work. However, ATD does send authors 20 complimentary copies of their published work. Most authors use their status as TD at Work author to enhance their credibility and/or market awareness of a training and development practice, approach, or model. Others view TD at Work authorship as a way to give back to the profession. No matter what your reasons for wishing to be a TD at Work author, the experience can be rewarding and interesting.
In addition to the 20 complimentary copies, authors may purchase up to 100 copies (total; thereafter, a bulk discount is available) of their issue at the cost of $5 per issue. Authors are allowed to sell their issues at whatever cost they wish.
The following guidelines will help you create a proposal to write an issue of TD at Work.
TD at Work Submission Packet
Some authors prepare a short proposal (one to two pages) for an issue of TD at Work after discussing the suitability of a topic area with the CoP manager or acquisitions editor. Other authors prefer to get their thoughts down on paper before communicating with the editor. Either approach is acceptable. Answering the following questions will help you develop a formal TD at Work proposal or prepare you for a conversation with a TD at Work editor:
• What is the working title of the proposed TD at Work?
• Will you be the only author, or is the proposed TD at Work a multi-author issue?
• Describe your issue of TD at Work in a two or three sentence summary and include the primary and secondary objectives of your proposed issue. Make sure to clearly indicate if your proposed issue is a how-to or trend issue. If your proposed issue seems similar to another TD at Work, please explain how your issue is different.
• Describe your qualifications (briefly) for writing the proposed TD at Work.
• Provide an estimated completion date.
• Create a brief outline describing the contents of each section of the issue.
Send Completed Materials to
Editor, TD at Work