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1

Discovery

Our partnerships begin with a discussion with an author candidate.

This ensures your goals as an author are in line with our capabilities.
Fill out the following form and we'll get in touch with you to schedule a discovery session.

 

Following the discovery session, we’ll determine whether Great River Learning is a good fit for your project. If so, we’ll create a publishing agreement and move forward with a project planning meeting. This meeting gives us a chance to brainstorm, conceptualize the publication’s goals, scope and create an editorial schedule. We’ll then compile the ideas and pedagogical structure into a blueprint. It’s at this point that we’ll both collectively have enough information to determine if it makes sense to proceed.

 

If the answer is “yes,” we’ll both sign-off on the blueprint and start development.

 

there are three major early development milestones: the agreement, the planning meeting, and the blueprint.

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Develop

We'll bring a number of resources to the table for you, and that starts with our experienced professionals.

From web designers and copy editors to programmers and developers, consider our team your team throughout the process. Each project is assigned a Project Editor. They will work with our entire editorial team to facilitate copyediting, permission clearance, design, layout, and the development of interactive exercises.

 

Once we have enough content, the Project Editor will present a chapter prototype to ensure we are all on the same page with organization and aesthetics. You'll also have the ability to program new functionalities during this phase.

 

 

GRL Team Members involved in the process

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Project Development Coordinators

Project Development Coordinators (PDCs) focus their attention on broader development oversight and ensuring projects launch on time. This includes monitoring submissions of content, offering advice to the author(s) as appropriate, and facilitating any necessary (mid-stream) adjustments to the project’s short-term scope.

 

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Project Editors

Project Editors (PEs) focus on the development of new projects. They work with our entire editorial team to facilitate copyediting, permission clearance, and the development of interactive exercises. Once enough content has been submitted, Project Editors present a chapter prototype to ensure we are all on the same page with organization and aesthetics.

 

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Web Designers

Web Designers shape the overall design of the publication- enhancing each project’s aesthetics while maximizing usability. They also work to weave various multimedia objects (images, videos, animations, and interactive exercises) into the fabric of the narrative. Web Designers run internal accessibility audits to ensure all GRL publications meet the stringent accessibility standards as outlined in the WCAG.

 

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Permissions Editors

Permissions Editors facilitate permission clearance of any copyrighted material for each project, as well as negotiate any applicable usage fees.

 

Copy Editors

Copy editing services guarantee professional-level delivery and management of original content.

3

Launch

Once all of the content has been collected and developed, we're ready to launch.

Students can purchase access to their print and/or online publication at the bookstore or directly through our website. We provide training and support to students as needed.

4

Enhance

We see your project as a long-term evolution, not just a one-shot event.

That's why even after launch, we'll continue to work with you to make enhancements to your publication to make sure we're achieving your goals.

 

We always encourage getting feedback from students to determine what's working well and what needs to be improved. We'll also conduct internal reviews which focus on instructional design, student interaction, learner support and resources, and usability.

 

As with the initial development, we'll work with you to assess any changes or updates, prioritize next steps, and establish a development and implementation plan.

5

Market

We start by using what we've learned through feedback and identity the top two or three "features" that differentiate us to create marketing material. Marketing materials may include print and/or an online ad piece plus a demonstration version available through our content delivery system.

A word from
our fans

"

Adam, I just wanted to let you know that I contacted your publisher, Great River Learning, about getting your book The Modern Communicator in an alternative format for a student with a print disability. They were wonderful!!! I have to say it was refreshing to deal with a publisher that doesn't make me jump through hoops to get what the student needs. Thank you for choosing a company that works well with us! "

Gina McGranahan

Assistant Director, Disability Services, at Youngstown State University, referencing The Modern Communicator by Adam Earnheardt and Dan O’Neill

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