Accolades to Authors
One of ILTA's most valued resources is our volunteer authors — knowledgeable and experienced legal professionals who come from the ranks of our member and vendor communities. It's the wealth of educational content that comes from folks in the trenches that is so valuable to our readers; and we are grateful to our authors for sharing the information and experience they've acquired.

If you'd like to contribute an article to ILTA, we want to help you get your idea approved and make sure your piece is published in the best possible light. It's truly a win-win proposition: You and your firm or company get exposure to the most attentive audience in the world — and we get to publish articles that keep our readers informed, educated and coming back for more.

Editorial Calendar

PEER TO PEER, OUR QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
To have your article considered for publication, send your ideas and pitches to Kristy Cole. Content should be original and have an educational focus around a strong thesis that supports the theme of the magazine.

Winter 2014 - Fewer Connectors, More Connections
Content will focus on all things mobile, virtual and cloud-based. We expect articles that address the current state of social media as well as the impact of “massive broadband.”
Articles No Longer Being Accepted

Spring 2015 - The Professional Evolution
The many professional roles within law firms are undergoing significant change. This magazines creates opportunities for collaboration with sister organizations as their members face significant transformation. Diversity in the workplace can be explored; and generational issues continue to garner interest.
Pitches Due by December 30; Articles Due January 13

Summer 2015 - Law2020: Business and Legal Process Improvements
Content for this sixth edition of our Law2020 magazine will focus on a variety of developments that cover people, process and technology. We’ll examine lean principles, including process mapping; statistical analysis; technology workflows; Six Sigma; collaborative processes between firms and corporate law departments, and more.
Pitches Due by February 23; Articles Due March 9

Fall 2015 - Our Mobile Workforce
Article topics should include various mobility-focused topics including the latest devices; applications and platforms that support the mobile workforce; “killer apps;” BYOD policies and more.
Pitches Due by June 8; Articles Due June 22

Winter 2015 - Security, Up High and Down Low
Security continues to be everyone’s business, and we’ll play against the successful publications of past years that take their cues from LegalSEC. The cloud (up high) and your inbox (down low) are risk-laden containers; and this publication will be able to bring in content from the three “hot themes” for 2015: “information governance,” “security” and “the cloud.”
Pitches Due by September 7; Articles Due September 21


DIGITAL WHITE PAPERS AND SURVEYS
To have your article considered for publication, send your ideas and pitches to Kristy Cole. Articles in our white papers are typically "deeper dives" than those published in the magazine, but shorter content is also accepted. White papers are published in digital format and provide an environment for multimedia files, so consider including audio interviews, videos, etc. as content linked from the article.

November 2014 - Technology Survey Results
This publication is produced internally and does not accept bylined content.

April 2015 - Information Governance
Topics will cover critical components of information governance and compliance issues including business continuity, conflicts, crisis management, data retention administration, ethical walls, new business intake, forensics, records policies and procedures, regulatory compliance and many more.
Pitches Due by January 19; Articles Due February 2

May 2015 - IT Compensation Survey Results
This publication is produced internally and does not accept bylined content.

May 2015 - Litigation and Practice Support
Topics for this publication can include litigation/e-discovery budgeting, business models and fees for litigation support departments, litigation/practice tools and products, litigation support, electronic discovery, corporate ethics and compliance, case/matter management, forensics, and much more!
Pitches Due by March 6; Articles Due March 20

June 2015 - Professional Services
Professional services within a law firm or law department are changing rapidly; a strong focus on client service, business acumen and alignment with an organization’s “big picture” strategy are key. This white paper examines professional services in many areas including: IT staffing/organization, technology leadership, competitive intelligence, experience management, portfolio and project management, professional development and certification, human resources management and many more.
Pitches Due by April 6; Articles Due April 20

July 2015 - Enterprise Content Management
Our ECM-focused white paper will cover a wide-range of topics of interest to professionals who support their firm’s content strategy. These will include applications and standards for the management of content across the enterprise, including document collaboration, matter/practice centricity, storage management, virtual deal rooms/extranets and much more.
Pitches Due by May 4; Articles Due May 18

October 2015 - Business and Financial Management
Finance directors, pricing professionals and other business strategists will find value in this white paper that will include topics around forecasting/budgeting, cost recovery, electronic billing, credit and collections, executive reporting, appropriate pricing, legal project management, matter budgeting and more.
Pitches Due by September 4; Articles Due September 16

October/November 2015 - Technology Survey Results
This publication is produced internally and does not accept bylined content.


Writing For ILTA (The ILTA Process)

All publications follow a similar editorial process. Please observe the steps below if you would like to contribute an article.

STEP 1: Send your article pitch.
A pitch is a few paragraphs or an outline that explains the article you intend to write. To have your article or other content considered for publication, please send your pitch to Kristy Cole.

STEP 2: Observe the guidelines.
If your pitch is accepted, we'll send you an email message that will include your deadline, word count and other relevant information. It's important that you observe ILTA's publishing guidelines noted below.

STEP 3: Submit your finished article.
Send your article in before the deadline as an MS Word attachment to an email message to Kristy Cole. Please consider this your final draft. 

STEP 4: Approve the final layout and sign the agreement letter.
Before we go to press, you'll see the article following iterative copyedit processes and final layout. You'll sign and return our Author Agreement Letter that outlines what we provide and what we expect from you. 


Things To Remember As You Write (ILTA's Publishing Guidelines)
It's important to keep the following guidelines in mind as you write your article.

  • Every submission should be an original work. We occasionally reprint an article previously published by the author, but only if it fits our theme and audience.
  • Start your article with a strong concept or thesis.
  • Consider including a short sidebar piece in your article, especially if you conduct an interview, want to include a list or have other related information that doesn’t quite fit in the article.
  • Consider using subheads and bullet lists. These make good "quick information" tools.
  • Do not include footnotes, diagrams or images.
  • Think education, not promotion. Do not spotlight specific products or companies; rather, write about challenges and solutions with technology or administrative procedures (we love case studies).
  • Keep your audience in mind. This is an audience of your peers; please consider their knowledge as you write.
  • Stick to the assigned word count.
  • Craft a strong closing.
  • Include an author bio of about 50 words that includes your title, job responsibilities, company and email address.
  • You write, we'll edit. We reserve the right to edit the article to fit the ILTA house style.

If you have questions, contact Kristy Cole at kristy@iltanet.org or (512) 795-4675.


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