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.

2014 Editorial Calendar

PEER TO PEER, OUR QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
To have your article considered for publication, send your ideas and pitches to Kristy Cole. We accept pitches for various types of articles: features, case studies, "smart moves," "lessons learned" and others. Content should be original and have an educational focus around a strong thesis that supports the theme of the magazine.

Summer 2014 - Law2020: Future Horizons
Content for this fifth edition of our Law2020 magazine will focus on a variety of developments that cover people, process and technology. We’ll want to leverage content from Rohit Talwar and other futurists who are watching the trends. More grounded content focused on innovative projects will be important.
Articles No Longer Being Accepted

Fall 2014 - Security Is Everyone’s Business
Article topics should include various security-focused topics, including content related to information governance, privacy and risk mitigation. We’re hopeful to have many contributors from the LegalSEC® advisory team.
Articles Due June 16

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 Due October 14


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.

June 2014 - IT Compensation Survey Results
This publication is produced internally and does not accept bylined content.

June 2014 - Litigation and Practice Support
Content should explore litigation and practice support trends and issues, and it will include the impact of data analytics in influencing outcomes/reducing costs. Leveraging our law department members would be a bonus!
Articles No Longer Being Accepted

July 2014 - Knowledge Management
The KM Peer Group will spearhead their annual publication to include current topics of relevance in the KM space, with an emphasis on collaboration with other peer groups. As ever, improving the business process and delivering greater client value is central.
Articles Due May 27

October 2014 - Business and Financial Management
The BFM Peer Group will spearhead this publication project, and their anticipated content will include topics on year-end collections; the variants in approaching legal project management; the metrics that provide value to the individual and the organization; capturing and leveraging experience at all levels; best practices in solving visualization problems; and the strategic advantages in pricing.
Articles Due August 11

October/November 2014 - 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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