8 Academic blogging questions answered by veteran blogger Mark Leccese

The Elements of BloggingAcademic authors can reap many benefits from blogging, says Mark Leccese, author of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of Journalism, and the blog The Elements of Blogging, in his recent TAA webinar, Blogging for Academics: A Journalist Turned Academic Offers Tips, Techniques, Inspiration and a Few Warnings”. Here are 8 questions Leccese answered during the webinar that illustrate not only the benefits of blogging, but how academics can best reap those benefits.  [Read more…]

Featured Member: Embracing change in an evolving textbook industry

K.Patton, Anatomy & Physiology book coversKevin PattonKevin Patton, the author of 10 anatomy and physiology textbooks or manuals in over 40 editions, shares his views and strategies on how to adapt and remain relevant and successful in the fast evolving textbook industry.

TAA: At this stage in your writing career, where do your developmental interests lie in terms of your current text projects?

Kevin Patton: “Presently I am passionate about using current learning theories to adjust the construction of my textbooks, including text, illustrations, and learning enhancements. There is an ongoing explosion of research helping us better understand how people read and learn. Classrooms and textbooks need to keep up with best practices. [Read more…]

10 Reasons why academics should blog [Infographic]

How can you improve your writing and productivity, collaborate and network more easily, find new and unexpected experiences, disseminate your research more widely, and build your reputation? Start a blog. Academics can realize many benefits from blogging. This infographic shares ten of those benefits: [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: February 5, 2016

“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it W. Somerset Maugham — 'I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.'strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”
—W. Somerset Maugham

Do you sit and write religiously at the same time every single day? Disciplined like a marathon runner is to running every morning? Sometimes discipline and routine come easy. We have a goal that we want to achieve or a passion we are pursuing. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes we have to force ourselves to be disciplined. We have to force ourselves to show up every day. Rewards and fast approaching deadlines do this well. Even frequent breaks and a change of scenery can help. But what other strategies do you use? What do you do on those days when anything at all seems more appealing than sitting to write?

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 13, 2015

This week celebrated University Press Week. TAA_#ReadUPEven if you missed most of what this week offered, you can still join in on the live panel discussion It’s Not Scary: The Art of Getting Published with a Scholarly Press, today, Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. ET, to gain “tips and strategies for working with scholarly presses on every step of the publication process—from proposal to sales and marketing.” You’ll also find a few articles highlighting university presses below (and of course other great articles on writing and publishing!).

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 23, 2015

It's a dream until you write it down, and then its a goal.Have you ever heard of an inspiration or vision board? It’s a collage of images, quotes, and affirmations of your dreams and goals. Creating a vision board that illustrates what you want to achieve in your writing career could motivate you and inspire you on days when you need it most to get you writing. Use it to gather quotes from authors that inspire you, journal covers that you wish to be published in, or positive comments from reviewers. Learn more about how they work and how to make one here: The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One. If you do create a board, or if you already have one, post it in the comments below for all of us to see! Happy writing and happy visioning! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: September 11, 2015

I’d love to write a light-hearted opening paragraph, American flagbut my mind is too consumed by the thought of what today represents. Instead, all I’ll say is, take a moment to remember and reflect on the events of this day in 2001—the horror we felt and how we came together as a nation. I encourage you to take a moment of silence in honor of all who lost their lives, lost a loved one, or were otherwise impacted by the events of this day.

We will never forget. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: June 4, 2015

I spent a good 40 minutes writing this week’s lead in paragraph. keep calm it's only a first draftIt was slightly witty (or at least I’m telling myself that it was) and related to one of the articles highlighted this week. In the end, it was crap. There was simply no point. I was trying to explain the stress June brings and how it is a struggle to fit everything into my day and how that relates to you, as a writer, with a job and a life trying to squeeze in writing time. Alas, there was no amount of editing that could save it. Had it been written on paper it would have been crumpled up and tossed in the direction of the garbage can only to, as if in one last laugh at me, land a full foot away on the floor. Instead, it’s forever going to sit in a word document highlighted in awful yellow (something I do with text I wish to change before finalizing a post). All I can say this week is, I hope your writing endeavors have been more accomplished than mine. And whether they have or haven’t been, the articles below will at least give you advice and encouragement that tomorrow is a fresh start. Or, if nothing else, that you aren’t alone in this struggle.

Happy writing! [Read more…]

6 Excellent blogs about academic writing

WritingWith all the demands on your time, you might think that you don’t have the time to read about your craft because you are too busy working on your craft. However, spending some time everyday reading about academic writing best practices, tips, and strategies can actually help you save time in the long run.

So that you don’t have to spend your valuable time searching for them, I have gathered together a list of 6 excellent blogs about academic writing: [Read more…]