2017 Fall Webinars – Improve your skills

TAA fall webinar seriesWhether you are interested in learning how to publish in scholarly journals, develop a website, use podcasting to promote your scholarship, manage your writing projects, or how to use your research and insights in ways that contribute to the social good, TAA’s fall webinar series for textbook and academic authors has you covered. Join us as various industry experts share their expertise on academic and textbook writing topics. Sign-up early to reserve your spot! Not a TAA member? Learn more about member benefits and join today. [Read more…]

Special offer on TAA books on textbook authoring

Guide to Textbook Publishing ContractsWriting and Developing Your College TextbookTake advantage of special pricing on two TAA books, Writing and Developing Your College Textbook and Guide to Textbook Publishing ContractsWriting and Developing Your College Textbook is now $43.95 (regularly $53.95) with free shipping. You’ll also receive a coupon code for $5 off your membership renewal! Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts is now $14.95 for the print book (regularly $19.95) and $9.95 for the ebook (regularly $14.95). You’ll also receive free shipping on the print order and a coupon code for $5 off your membership renewal! [Read more…]

Major educational content providers and distributors join together to fight counterfeit textbooks

Cengage, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson have joined forces with distributors Ingram and Chegg, Inc. to have them adopt and implement a set of Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices designed to address the growing problem of counterfeit print textbooks. The Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices are intended to assist distributors with combating counterfeits of print textbooks that hurt students, educators, publishers and distributors. [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: William H. Koenecke

Write Well Right NowWilliam KoeneckeTAA member William H. Koenecke recently published a new book, Write Well Right Now: A Guidebook on English Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing. “It’s a simple book for anyone who wishes to improve his/her grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills,” he said. “It’s not written for people who are proficient in these areas; however, I believe this book will and can be of benefit to all people of any age and occupation.”

Koenecke, a retired university professor from the Department of Adolescent, Career and Special Education at Murray State, understands the need for improving the writing skills of tomorrow’s teachers. He has over 40 years’ experience in the field of education.

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TAA Council passes resolution on textbook counterfeiting

Don't buy counterfeit textbooksThe TAA Council has passed a resolution on textbook counterfeiting that details a variety of actions the association will be taking to combat the issue, including educating the public about the problem, and broadening understanding of the negative ramifications of the use of counterfeit copies.

Counterfeit textbooks are “affecting the textbook marketplace and causing substantial losses of revenue for publishers and of royalties for authors and driving up the price of textbooks,” the resolution states. “Appropriate compensation for the work of textbook publishing is essential to ensure that both publishers and authors can continue to deliver excellent educational resources.” [Read more…]

Kathleen King inducted into the TAA Council of Fellows

Kathleen KingKathleen King was inducted into the TAA Council of Fellows during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the TAA annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island June 9.

The TAA Council of Fellows honors distinguished authors who have a long record of successful publishing, whose textbook or other instructional materials have established his/her presence in the market place over time, and who has been innovative in the presentation of material. Induction into the Council of Fellows is the premier honor bestowed by TAA. [Read more…]

TAA recognizes members who have made exemplary contributions to the association

Several TAA members were recognized for exemplary contributions to the association over the past year during an awards ceremony held at the 2017 TAA Conference in Providence, RI June 9.

Karen MorrisThe President’s Award was presented to Karen Morris in recognition of her exceptional service to TAA. The award was given by TAA Council President Steven Barkan. In honoring her, Barkan said: “Not only was Karen a wonderful leader of the organization while she was president, but she was a terrific advisor and ‘wise counsel’ for me as we faced new questions during my tenure. Over the past two years, Karen has continued to chair and serve on key committees of TAA, leading the Council of Fellows Committee, and establishing the Awards committee that determines our Council Award winners.” [Read more…]

Meggin McIntosh to present 2-hr webinar on marketing for academics

Meggin McIntoshImagine having people read your writing! Imagine having others interested in your work and talking about it! Imagine your efforts receiving recognition! Guess what?! You have to market yourself and your work and you don’t have to spend a lot of money or hire a PR firm.

Join us Monday, May 8 from 2-3 p.m. ET, for this two-part (the first part will be available on-demand here) focused and practical TAA webinar, “Marketing? You’re Kidding Me! I’m an Academic! Marketing that Matters (Lessons from a Puffin)”, where you’ll learn: [Read more…]

2017 TAA Council election results announced

Five TAA members have been elected to the TAA Council, the association’s governing board. Laura Frost has been elected Vice President/President-Elect, Juli Saitz has been elected Treasurer, and Claudia Sanchez has been elected to a second term as Secretary. Robert Christopherson and Dave Dillion have been elected to Council positions. This will be Christopherson’s third term. [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: Sabrina Switzer-Wareing

Sabrina Switzer WareingTAA member Sabrina Switzer-Wareing has received a Spotlight Award from the American Association of Community Theatre.

She is the Director of Drama for the Herberger Young Scholars Academy which is affiliated with Arizona State University. She directs innumerable performances the most of which involve an interaction with the community at large. In addition, she writes the majority of her performance plays and Podcasts. Recently, she directed an interdisciplinary performance and STEAM experience in celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s seminal masterpiece, Frankenstein, as part of international recognition of the work. She will be presenting at the NAGC in November. Switzer-Wareing has worked in community theatre in Arizona, Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, and South Dakota. She has won several awards for her work. She is working on developing a collection of her works as part of a textbook on directing and acting. She has also worked professionally as both an actor and director in various professional theatrical companies.