This is the second post sharing information from our local San Diego Published Authors Brunch. Today’s topic is the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how this affects you as a writer.
Educational standards are goals set by educators to ensure that their students are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Author/Educator Virginia Loh explained that there is a movement to have all states adopt a common core of standards for their educational goals. You can read more about CCSS at corestandards.org and commoncore.org. According to the corestandards.org site over 45 states and territories have already adopted these standards.
How does this affect you as an author? In the past if an author wanted to increase the chance that their book was used in the classroom they had to make sure that they met the standards for each state. This was a sometime difficult and time consuming process. CCSS would make it easier for an author to make sure that they met those educational standards and use that information to help market their book.
Commoncore.org has developed curriculum maps, documents that suggest topics and units for every grade level. You can find links to these curriculum maps here. Authors can use these maps to find inspiration for their stories, confident that teachers will be looking for these topics and will be more likely to buy them for their classroom.
Today’s author needs to do more than write their story, they need to know how to sell it. The publishing industry today is more cautious than ever before and knowing that your book could be used in a classroom or school setting can be a great selling point. These standards can also be used to develop curriculum or a school visit program that will coordinate with your book and help meet the academic needs of the school. This translates into more book sales and school visits for you. Sounds like a great deal to me.
Tomorrow I will be discussing the increasing role of ebooks and how authors can take advantage of this new technology.
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