Share your knowledge as a BrainDrain Author!
A BrainDrain Author is a skilled professional who has knowledge that they wish to share with others. If this is you, and you are interested in sharing what you know with the world, this could be for you.
- already have a large amount of training and talks you have delivered over the years to peers, clients or students living on your hard drive
- are now retired, and would like to contribute some of the knowledge you gathered over the years to others in your field worldwide?
- are a professor, teacher or trainer who would like to share what you know with a wider audience than your current role allows
- are a specialist, who would like to pass on the deep knowledge and skills you have mastered to those others in the world who are focused in the same field of pursuit
- someone who is a combination of any of the above, but who just simply doesnâ€™t have the time, IT, or course creation skills to do it yourself, but would be able to with assistance?
How do I become an author?
First, you email usÂ or complete the form below and tell us about yourself, and what area you would like to teach about. It can be a once off topic relevant to a narrow field of people worldwide, or perhaps a fresh look at an aspect of your profession whichÂ you feel is often overlooked.
Next, we will have a short discussion with you on your idea (could be by email, Skype, etc. depending where in the world you are), to see how involved you wish to be in creating it (apart from writing the content), and then we will send you a copy of the Author Agreement.
The agreement is simply an outline of what is expected of us, and you, in order to get the course or module to production and publication online. In short, the more work required by us to produce, the less the author royalty percentage. If an author wishes to do voiceover, or deliver a piece to camera themselves etc, it is a larger percentage. (Again, if you are someone who is very busy, but has lots of content on hard drives doing nothing, getting several small percentages of passive income is very attractive!).
Don’t worry, we try to keep the terms simple, however the main area with the agreement we want you to be aware of is to show it to any other third parties who they feel may have an interest in what you are going to write about. This is especially important if you want to discuss research you have done at a University, or if you want to create a course based on areas you have already had published.
Once this formality is done, the first steps are for us to create a first draft of the module or course, and then send it to you to review. After review, we agree a list of areas that may need to be amended or changed etc, and it goes back to another version. It continues in this manner Draft/Review, etc. until we are happy that it is ready for publication online.
We do ask our authors to be aware of, and routinely visit our forums and feedback areas so that you have the opportunity to answer any questions learners may have, or to participate in any discussions. It is a great way to increase your own knowledge, and to get ideas for other areas which people have an interest in knowing more about which you may be able to help with.
How does it work?
There is a wealth of information that could be of genuine help to people across the globe locked up in expertâ€™s heads (and hard drives) who simply donâ€™t have the time, or resources to create it themselves. Unlike other Online Course sites where the author is expected to create the learning themselves, and then it may (or may not) be accepted onto the system, at Brain Drain we want to ensure useful information and learning makes it to the wider community, even if the author may have busy schedules, or is not very comfortable with IT.
These are the three broad categories which we look at with authors:
The author may have a course, article, entire manuscript, or presentation already on their hard drive which they have given a few times (or even just once) in the past that may be relevant to a much wider audience then they imagined. This author may not have the time, or wish to involve themselves in turning this from 1s and 0s on their hard drive to a living, breathing online course. This is the entry level for a course, and we will review the content with the author up front, and if interested, and we see there is a wider need for it, we will agree to create the course.
This is very much like the â€˜Walkâ€™ level, however if there is additional work required on the presentation discovered during production, or if we need assistance in producing by the author on such things as technical terminology, or further clarifying the material, we will offer a slightly larger royalty level in return.
This is the place we prefer to work. The author and Brain Drain work together on taking the authors course material and turning it into an online training activity. This option gives the author the largest royalty level and most creative control. It does also, however, take the most time commitment from the author.
Any individual author could have several courses in production with us at any one time, each on one of the above 3 levels depending on which ones the author wants to have more, or less involvement with.