Join us 11/3 for the TAA webinar, ‘Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book’

Janet SalmonsWant to publish a book, but lack the content for a full manuscript? Consider creating an edited book! You can include your own material, as well as chapters by other scholars.

Join us Thursday, November 3 from 3-4 p.m. ET for this one-hour webinar, “Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book”. Writer and editor Janet Salmons will share strategies she learned by creating edited books, contributing chapters to numerous edited books, and serving on editorial review boards. She will provide an overview of the entire process, from proposal through final review.
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International Forum for Teaching and Studies journal seeking papers

American Scholars PressThe International Forum of Teaching and Studies (IFOTS), a journal that focuses on the development and improvement of teaching within international contexts, has announced a call for papers for future issues.

IFOTS publishes articles, essays, and scholarly studies about education, teaching, learning, and culture studies within themes, including 21st Century learning, distance learning, K-12 education practices, faculty development/professional education, and more.

For more information on submitting a manuscript, visit the IFOTS website.

TAA members can submit their call for papers for inclusion in a new announcements page we are developing. Information should be sent to Kim Pawlak at

Two academic editors share tips for getting published

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To have a successful career, faculty members must publish books or articles in keeping with their institution’s expectations. Unfortunately, many have received little training on navigating the publishing process. In a TAA webinar entitled “Ask the Editors: What Publishers Want and Why”, Dr. Julia Kostova, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Oxford University Press, and Patrick H. Alexander, Director of The Pennsylvania State University Press, provided strategies to help academic writers get published. The pair focused on the following four topics: identifying and approaching a publisher, writing a successful book proposal, turning a dissertation into a book, and publicizing your own work. [Read more…]

Register your own copyright: When, why, and how?

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Zick Rubin and Brenda Marshall Ulrich, copyright attorneys, Rubin & Ulrich, LLC.

As textbook and academic authors, your copyrights are your livelihood, and the value of your copyrights is often enhanced by registering them in the U.S. Copyright Office – something that you can easily do for yourself.  Yet, as publishing and copyright attorneys, we find that many text and academic authors know less than they should about copyright registration.

Here’s our sample Q&A conversation with an author who wanted to know more about when, why, and how to register the author’s copyrights: [Read more…]

Tips of the Trade: What is the best way to handle pre-contract communication with a prospective publisher?

Contract ReviewTAA Member Kamalani Hurley from Leeward Community College asks: “What is normal in the timeline between an acquisitions editor expressing interest in publishing my material and the written contract?”

Textbook author Mike Kennamer, who is director of Workforce Development at Northeast Alabama Community College, and Julia Kostova, an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press, share their advice: [Read more…]

Why you should write a private and public purpose statement for your book

purposeBy taking some time to really think through the purpose and scope of your book project and why you are really doing it, you will not only be happier with the process and product, but when you are ready to start writing, you’ll be more successful, says faculty and productivity coach Susan Robison, author of The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness.

Start by writing a private purpose statement that spells out your reason for writing the book and that will guide you on a day-to-day basis, she says. Your private purpose statement might be something like, “I want to declare my expertise in… [fill in the blank].”

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PODCAST: TAA webinar, ‘How to Write a Book When You Don’t Like to Write’

Susan RobisonMany academic book authors love writing while others want to write but are reluctant about the writing process, the work load, and the sacrifice. Susan Robison, a self-professed reluctant author, addresses those issues and other practical topics such as defining the purpose and scope of the project, managing the tasks and the time during the writing, improving your writing as you go, and when to ask for help, in this recorded webinar now available on the TAA website. [Read more…]

20 Ways to get published in an academic environment

Writer's BlockMoney, establishing tenure and a passion for ideas are just a few of the many primary and secondary motives for publishing, said sociologist Mark Schneider and linguist Joan Friedenberg, both of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Many of these motives, they said, can be fulfilled by different types of academic publishing. They have come up with 20 ways to get published in an academic environment. They are: [Read more…]

Treat authoring like a business: Keep your authoring separate from your full-time job

Treating your authoring like a business means keeping your authoring separate from your full time job as a college or university professor, said Charles Williams, professor of sport management in the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management at the University of Florida, and author of Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good.

Because many institutions have conflict of interest policies and other guidelines that could affect your ability to either author a textbook or academic book as a separate activity, or limit it in some way, he said, it’s important to know where to find that information at your institution, and to learn what the rules are, so that you can protect your book income. [Read more…]

Forge your own trail with small presses

For authors who aren’t the regular, follow-the-crowd type, and feel they’re not suitably recognized by traditional publishers, there are alternatives, said media researcher Donna Besser.

One alternative, Besser said, is the small press. Small press publishers, she said, range from an individual poet publishing a personal book for selling at readings, to a small corporation with a dozen employees that publishes 50 books per year. For authors who want to self-publish, Besser offered this advice:

  • You most likely will not get rich and you’ll have to work twice as hard without any guarantee of recouping your time.
  • Learn about marketing and public relations. Read a book, take classes or attend a conference on marketing.
  • View book publishing as a business.
  • Find your niche.
  • Protect your product legally by copyrighting it.
  • Sell your book in many markets, not just one, in spite of a seemingly limited academic universe.
  • Develop a business plan, a set of goals and a mission statement but remain flexible to deal with ambiguity in the marketplace and fickleness of the audiences — faculty/adopters, students and readers/collectors.
  • Keep a fixed, small overhead. Working with freelancers or any outside services are fine if the price and quality are suitable.
  • Don’t bet the farm on one book. Longevity is the goal. You don’t get experience, contacts and reputation with early shut down.
  • Look for rich content, derived from intense involvement in the topic that generates a compelling text.
  • Hire a professional book cover designer. Graphics and photography are not expenses — they help sell the product.
  • Test the cover, even on family and friends.
  • Think about and plan details of each developmental stage in creating and producing seamless content-title-subtitle-cover design-interior-weight of paper-font-format-color-back cover for a total harmonious end product.
  • When selling the book, the objective is generating exposure, telling as many people about your book as possible, and making the book readily accessible.