We’ve all been there. You have the perfect photo . . . verse . . . song lyrics . . . vignette . . . you name it . . . to open your book or a chapter within it. Having labored long and hard to locate just the thing, you are now certain that nothing else will do. There’s only one problem. It’s not yours and either you can’t determine who owns the rights, or you can’t figure out how to reach them, or they’re dead or out of business, or they won’t answer you. [Read more...]
Once you have delivered your textbook manuscript to your publisher, the book production process begins. What should you, the author, do after the final manuscript has been submitted to ensure the book starts—and stays—on the production schedule?
Three textbook authors share their advice:
“In order to ensure that your book adheres to the production schedule, keep in constant contact with your editor and respond to all queries as quickly as possible.”
Dr. Kimberly Collica, Associate Professor, PACE University, Co-Author of Crime and Society with Dr. Gennifer Furst, Associate Professor, William Paterson University
For most writers, whether they need to start a new project or pick one up that’s been left on the back burner for a while, their biggest writing challenge tends to center around getting started, says Margarita Huerta, Assistant Professor of English Language Learning/Early Childhood Education, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Huerta, who will be presenting a 30-minute webinar entitled, “Writing With POWER” for TAA’s September Virtual Dissertation Writing Boot Camp, shares her strategies for getting past the “block”:
1) As Peter Elbow says, “Write when you are not in the mood”. Just sit down and do it.
2) Dump. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and just write out everything and anything that comes to mind without worrying about editing or grammar. Later, go back and refine/edit/parse out the good stuff that came out. This is the whole “separate generating from editing” idea. [Read more...]
If you are thinking of writing a textbook, an important step in the process is to research other textbooks in the field. This information will not only be helpful to you as you develop your textbook, but will be an important part of the process of developing a book proposal and securing a publisher.
Three textbook authors share their views on the importance of researching other textbooks in the field when developing a new textbook, and suggest some sources for finding out which textbooks are already available on the market for a particular field:
Q: Why should someone thinking of writing a textbook research other textbooks in their field? [Read more...]
Picture this: You’ve just finished up the last paragraph of a section in your dissertation. Now comes the time to read over the whole chapter and edit it, even though you feel that you’ve been over it a million times, so maybe you’ll be fine without editing—right? Wrong. Editing your dissertation is one of the most important things you’ll do before submitting it and earning your doctorate, so here are some do’s and don’ts of editing your dissertation. [Read more...]
By 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].”