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How do I become a resource Author??

Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by slingshotsally, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Hi All,

    Please could you advise me- I need to find out more about creating resources for other teachers.

    I have occasionally posted a couple of items, but have never charged for them. I understand that most teachers are under pressure, and sometimes it's really difficult to create new resources from scratch. It saves time if you can find them already done on TES.

    Would you please advise me how I might be able to create resources which will be sought after by other teachers?
    Do I need to get new software- eg promethean, smartboard, adobe?

    I have come to a very difficult point in my life and I need to find ways of developing new income streams. One of the things I love is creating resources.

    Any advice would be gratefully received- I am close to losing my teaching job.

  2. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about your situation and I hope you make positive headway soon.

    No new software is needed, other than what you would normally use. For example, I swear by PPT - so all my resources are PPT based, with the odd word document here and there. It might be useful to have the newest version of adobe if you want to create PDF worksheets, for example.

    A few 'author rules' (and I'm sure others would add more):
    • all content is your own;
    • it is a complete resource - as in someone purchases it and hopefully wouldn't need to do anything (ideally) or much to it in order to be able to use the resource;
    • all images are available to use in products for sale - I used creative commons to find the majority of mine and other people create their own;
    • Perhaps target 'new' curriculum resources in your specialist area;
    • something that you find useful for your own teaching!
    Failing all of that, the TES have loads of information about how to go about becoming an author. There are some blogs somewhere on here too that may be useful.
    Landofla, marlin and mathsmutt like this.
  3. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    You can get software to do this for free. You don't need to buy any software - not even Word or PowerPoint - other software will create these for free.
    You just need to find a gap and fill it. You are likely to earn more from more popular subjects.
  4. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Hi @slingshotsally ,
    Here is the TES FAQ page, which is on the US site.

    This page gives guidance on finding usable free materials:

    This page has some links to software:-

    There are some other links on the "Help Needed" post :-

    Finally, just in case you haven't seen it, here is the link to the post where @Charleei has uploaded her "New Authors" presentation:-

    Good luck!
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