Academic grant writing tips from a pro (and lessons from a rookie)

GrantsA grant is a great tool to help you build or enhance your project or program, said Erin Comeaux (the pro), formerly a professional grant writer for Lone Star College System, and now a grants coordinator for Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, Texas, and Jennifer Travis (the rookie), a professor of mathematics at Lone Star College-North Harris, during their presentation at the 2016 Conference in San Antonio in June. The two recently partnered to write Travis’ first grant proposal. [Read more…]

Changing educational publishing industry fraught with ‘disruptors’

5 Forces Affecting the Educational Publishing Industry

5 Forces Affecting the Educational Publishing Industry based on Michael Porter’s 5 Forces model.

In today’s fast-evolving e-publishing market, both publishers and authors must continually evaluate and reposition to retain relevance in the academic markets, said author, educator and digital book pioneer June Jamrich Parsons. “The traditional textbook publishing business model has been besieged by disruptors, such as MOOCs, used book dealers, consumer advocates, and content pirates,” she said.

In her 2016 TAA Conference session, “Digital Book Report 2016”, Parsons, co-author of the 2012 TAA McGuffey Award-winning textbook New Perspectives on Computer Concepts, outlined some of these trends and how they affect authors, instructors, and students. [Read more…]

7 Reasons academics should blog

an academic bloggingBlogging can be an effective tool for promoting your academic works and establishing yourself as a voice of influence within your academic discipline, said Kevin Patton, author of several anatomy and physiology textbooks including the 2016 Textbook Excellence Award-winning Anatomy & Physiology 9e.

“A blog provides a virtual ‘home base’ to share information about your writing, teaching, and academic interests,” he said. “It provides you an effective outreach tool to network with your peers and students, and allows you to tailor your messages to the specific audience you wish to reach.” [Read more…]

On Demand Webinar: 20 Tips & 20 questions for your next textbook deal

Stephen GillenIn this webinar, recorded at the 2016 TAA Conference on June 25, Stephen Gillen, a partner at Wood Herron & Evans, takes you on a tour of a typical textbook publishing contract, pointing out the highlights along the way – what’s usually negotiable; what’s often not negotiable; what questions to ask; and when to ask them.

The webinar is adapted from his book, Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts.

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2016 TAA Conference was a huge success!

2016 TAA Conference attendeesThe 2016 TAA Conference was a huge success! Attendees from across the country representing a variety of writing disciplines gathered to discuss the latest information and trends in the field of textbook and academic authoring and publishing.

TAA thanks all those who contributed to the program as well as the attendees who enriched the discussions throughout the conference. [Read more…]

[Storify] Tips, strategies, takeaways & fun-filled tweets from #2016TAA

2016 TAA Conference

“A must-attend conference for newbie writers like me!” – Claire Resilla (bottom right with a group of attendees from SHSU)

The 2016 TAA Conference in San Antonio Texas, June 24-25 was a huge success!

Here are some tips, strategies, takeaways & fun-filled tweets from the meeting. [Read more…]

TAA’s 2016 conference early registration discount ends May 1

TAA's conference early registration ends May 1Don’t miss out on the early registration discount for TAA’s June conference!

Early registration rates for TAA’s 29th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference end May 1. All rates increase by $50 after that date.

The conference will be held June 24-25, 2016 at the beautiful Hotel Contessa on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Visit the conference website for program and registration information.

TAA Vice President’s Message: What TAA means to me

Mike KennamerI am excited for TAA’s upcoming 29th Annual Conference in June! In just a few short months I will join fellow textbook and academic authors at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio for two full days of connecting, collaborating and being inspired by fellow TAA members. This will be my fourth conference since joining TAA in 2012.

Last year at the conference I shared with some colleagues what TAA means to me, and how being a part of TAA has advanced my writing career and helped me to become more successful. I compared my experience, prior to joining TAA, as being born with three eyes. While having three eyes could be a positive attribute, I felt isolated, misunderstood, underrepresented. Different. As a textbook and academic author in a community college in Alabama, I had no method of connecting with other authors. [Read more…]

Prepare to be inspired at TAA’s June conference!

2016conf_website_graphicIt’s time to register, make your travel plans, and prepare to be inspired at the Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s 29th Annual Conference, which will be held June 24-25, 2016 at the beautiful Hotel Contessa on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Early registration rates end on May 1. All rates increase by $50 after that date.

TAA’s conference features sessions presented by veteran authors and industry experts who will share their knowledge, tips, and strategies to help you increase your publishing success. You will have opportunities for hands-on instruction, interactive Q&A, one-on-one mentoring, and peer learning on a wide range of authoring and publishing topics.  [Read more…]

Join us in San Antonio for TAA’s 29th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference!

San Antonio Riverwalk

Join us in San Antonio for TAA’s 2016 Conference!

Mark your calendars, the Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s 29th Annual Conference is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this valuable two-day writing conference where you will gain inspiration for your writing projects, network with veteran authors, and learn strategies to help increase your publishing success. The conference program is ambitious, offering a wide variety of session topics for both veteran and novice authors. Register soon to take advantage of early registration rates. [Read more…]