Two academic editors share tips for getting published

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Dr. Julia Kostova

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Patrick Alexander

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…]

5 Key takeaways from the TAA webinar, ‘5 Ways to Use Your Dissertation for Publications’

Dissertation to publicationsJanet Salmons, PhD, mined every element of her dissertation to launch a publishing strategy that has resulted in five books and numerous chapters and cases, articles and blog posts. She created a typology of five options for drawing from, building on, or applying student writing, which she shared in the May 18 TAA Webinar, “5 Ways to Use Your Dissertation for Publications”. Here are 5 key takeaways from the presentation: [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…]

TAA once again stands up for authors in Google Books case

LegalscaleThinkstockPhotos-178999905More than a decade ago, in 2004, Google initiated a program, in concert with several university and large public libraries, to scan and digitize the entire contents of millions of books without regard to whether they were or were not still under copyright, ultimately making complete digital copies of more than 20 million books. Google’s goal was to expand its search business to include print works as well as online works. It spent hundreds of millions of dollars on this project, suggesting what Google believed to be its commercial potential. [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: David Lucander to appear on Travel Channel’s ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ tonight at 9 pm ET

Winning the War for DemocracyDavid LucanderTAA member Dr. David Lucander, an assistant professor of Pluralism and Diversity in America at Rockland Community College, will appear on the television show, Mysteries at the Museum, Friday, October 16 at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. This will be a special episode about the most famous protest that never happened: the 1941 March on Washington. As the author of a recent book about this subject, Winning the War for Democracy, Lucander was interviewed by the show’s producers for this episode.

Top 11 Reasons to attend TAA’s 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

Have you registered yet? Here are the top 11 reasons why you need to attend TAA’s 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference, June 19-20, in Las Vegas:

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See you in Las Vegas!

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: March 6, 2015

Wednesday was National Grammar Day.talk grammar to me, baby Twitter was abuzz with grammar haikus, pet peeves, and funny cartoons. It’s a day filled with fun to remember all we love, and maybe hate, about grammar. Why you ask is National Grammar Day different than say any other day? No one explains it better than Dennis Baron in his article, “Why is National Grammar Day different from all other days?”

So without going on and on, and in fear of making too many grammatical errors, I leave you to read all the great articles I’ve gathered for you this week. Happy writing! [Read more…]

Richard Filipink receives TAA Publication Grant

Dwight Eisenhower and American Foreign Policy in the 1960sRichard FilipinkDr. Richard M. Filipink, an associate professor in the History Department at Western Illinois University, received a TAA Publication grant to cover costs associated in publishing his book, Dwight Eisenhower and American Foreign Policy during the 1960s: An American Lion in Winter, to be published by Lexington Press, January 2015.

“The grant covered the typesetting costs for the book, which I was contractually required to cover, thus it reimbursed me for the final step in this process,” he said. “Thank you TAA for this assistance.”  [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: December 19, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." -Louis L'Amourhere and next week is Christmas. Which means not only the end of the semester for many of you, but also grading tests and papers for hours on end. I have many memories that involve my father sitting at our dining room table, stacks of papers piled around him, grading tests from the time he got home until late into the evening (I even got to help him from time to time). I know how crazy this time of year can be for academics, but hopefully amid the chaos you can still find a place of quietude for your writing.

Whether you just need a break from grading, are looking for ways to stay motivated or become a more productive writer, or want to learn more about the future of the monograph, you’ll find it here. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas. See you back here in 2015! And of course, happy writing! [Read more…]