In preparing to write for TD at Work, it is important to be familiar with the product. Each issue has a similar structure that includes a table of contents with the author’s biography, an introduction, the main text (with sidebars, case studies, charts and graphs, and worksheets), references and resources, and at least one job aid. Most authors find this structured approach helpful in the writing process.
TD at Work is a concise how-to publication and your writing should reflect this fact. You should be able to explain what your TD at Work is about by completing the following sentence: "This TD at Work will show you how to..." If you find that you need more than this one sentence to define your manuscript, you may need to re-evaluate or narrow your focus.
Please feel free to contact us for a sample copy to help you during the writing process.
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 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.
ATD neither pays a fee, nor provides authors with a royalty check for their TD at Work.
Table of contents: You do not need to worry about this; our staff will create it. We do ask that you provide a brief autobiography, approximately 50 words.
Introduction: This part should run approximately 450 words.
Main text: Your running text should run 5,500 words. This word count does not include sidebars, case studies, tables, graphics, and so on (see below). It is helpful to break up your text with headings and subheadings.
Sidebars or case studies: A typical issue contains six to seven sidebars and/or case studies. A single-column sidebar runs approximately 325 words, and a two-column sidebar runs about 600 words. Sidebars longer than that should be avoided as they begin to “eat up” a 16-page publication.
Tables, charts, graphics, or worksheets: You also have the option of including any of these in place of sidebars or case studies. The total of both case studies and graphics should be six or seven. If you’re struggling to narrow down your selection, include them, and we’ll select which ones to include on the basis of editorial layout. Please provide an introduction to the figure that explains its relevance to the main text. Even a single sentence will do.
References and resources: If you have references that you used to prepare your manuscript, please include these citations. If you used no sources in the preparation of your manuscript, please provide a selection of 10-15 additional resources for readers to refer to (books, blogs, websites, and so on.).
Job aid: This is a reproducible element (and not under copyright) to help readers accomplish specific tasks associated with the topic covered in the issue. The job aid is a how-to and should be approached as such when you are putting it together. Please see job aids in previously published issues for examples. Each issue includes at least one job aid and may include as many as three.
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:
Send completed materials to Patty Gaul, Editor, TD at Work, firstname.lastname@example.org
The easiest way for us to receive your manuscript is via email. Send us your files electronically as email attachments to email@example.com. We will notify you if we have any trouble opening the attachments.
We require TD at Work author(s) to obtain permission to use previously published material, such as figures and charts, taken directly from other sources.
If you are citing experts or other sources, be sure to include complete bibliographic information.
TD at Work’s written tone is non-academic. Short sections, bulleted information, and sidebars allow readers to digest information quickly and easily. The following tips may help you during the writing process: