2016 TAA Conference was a huge success!

2016 TAA Conference attendeesThe 2016 TAA Conference was a huge success! Attendees from across the country representing a variety of writing disciplines gathered to discuss the latest information and trends in the field of textbook and academic authoring and publishing.

TAA thanks all those who contributed to the program as well as the attendees who enriched the discussions throughout the conference. [Read more…]

New 2016 Fall Webinars – Improve Your Skills

TAA fall webinar seriesWhether you are interested in learning how to create a publication strategy; plan, propose and publish an edited book, become a more productive academic writer; or how textbooks can support deeper engagement and more effective learning, 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…]

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 Kim.Pawlak@TAAonline.net.

[Storify] Tips, strategies, takeaways & fun-filled tweets from #2016TAA

2016 TAA Conference

“A must-attend conference for newbie writers like me!” – Claire Resilla (bottom right with a group of attendees from SHSU)

The 2016 TAA Conference in San Antonio Texas, June 24-25 was a huge success!

Here are some tips, strategies, takeaways & fun-filled tweets from the meeting. [Read more…]

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.

Prepare to be inspired at TAA’s June conference!

2016conf_website_graphicIt’s time to register, make your travel plans, and prepare to be inspired at the Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s 29th Annual Conference, which will be held June 24-25, 2016 at the beautiful Hotel Contessa on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Early registration rates end on May 1. All rates increase by $50 after that date.

TAA’s conference features sessions presented by veteran authors and industry experts who will share their knowledge, tips, and strategies to help you increase your publishing success. You will have opportunities for hands-on instruction, interactive Q&A, one-on-one mentoring, and peer learning on a wide range of authoring and publishing topics.  [Read more…]

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

Tips of the Trade ImageTAA 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…]

TAA President: Publishing consolidation has consequences

Steven BarkanMany trends are affecting the academic and textbook publishing industries. TAA regularly examines and reflects on these trends in its newsletter, during its annual conference, and in webinars and other communications with TAA members.

One of the trends currently affecting the industry is consolidation, as corporations purchase academic and textbook publishing companies and consolidate them under large corporate umbrellas. [Read more…]