Facilitating the creation, submission and organization of content.
A content organizer and checklist for publishers to manage the content creation and development process. Authors and project managers use this visual dashboard to ensure that all of the required elements/objects for their submission are accounted for. Missing items are identified and annotated via the dashboard.
BENEFITS: Expedites the development and production process by automatically tracking and tagging all manuscript elements, providing project transparency to all. Facilitates global updates and edits when changes are required. Greatly improves current workflow efficiencies.
A template-based authoring tool coordinated with the Book Map. Provides authors with an efficient way to create and submit content and associated elements such as illustrations, charts, graphs, photos, references, etc. Project managers have access to a Dashboard that highlights progress, missing elements/objects. The publisher can run preliminary grammar and style checks (including reading level assessments) via WordSword.
BENEFITS: Provides a level of transparency not typically available or actionable for publishers. Improves time to market by greatly reducing existing communication and manuscript handling procedures.
Provides authors with virtual help in creating and submitting their content including access to resources (photos, illustrations, contributors, expert reviews/insights). Also provides access to professional resources such as journal articles, scholarly publications, and industry/specialty publications. Notably, authors can launch their own private peer reviews using the VEA. There is a VEA for seven specific authoring scenarios.
BENEFITS: Improves author engagement, productivity and motivation. Provides the publisher with greater visibility into author productivity. Increases product quality and utility.
An organized community and open marketplace for role players in the publishing ecosystem. Those seeking production or publishing assistance can align their needs with the skills/expertise of others and even commission them to participate in one or more parts of the workflow. Also facilitates identification of vetted subject matter experts to review, contribute, or collaborate on a project.
BENEFITS: Leverages the sharing economy. Reduces costs. Improves workflow efficiencies.
A commercial repository of open source and proprietary content that can be licensed for use and/or adaptation in other publications and products. On the one hand, it is like a Home Depot for myriad types of content, objects, and assets from which to build new kinds of content. On the other hand, it is a place where existing content can be monetized (or shared openly).
BENEFITS: Leverages the sharing economy. Expedites content development timelines by using or adapting content that may already be available.