9 Ways to improve your academic writing style

writingWhen it comes to academia, the quality of your writing has a lot riding on it. Whether you are in university or are employed as a teacher and/or researcher, the work you produce can make or break your academic career.

Strong writing (and empirical content, of course) is a major factor in whether a paper you write will be published in a reputable journal. So before you begin drafting your next article, consider these 9 ways to improve your academic writing. [Read more…]

8 Tips: The art of being interviewed

Amy DeLouiserealpeoplerealcameraYou’re stepping up to the microphone for a podcast interview, or the cameras are about to roll on a video interview. What do you do to make your case? How do you promote your personal brand without coming off as too egotistical? How should you prepare? What should you wear? Not everyone is an interview natural, but as someone who works on the other side of the camera and microphone as an interviewer, I’d like to share a few strategies and tips that will make you more comfortable and more effective. [Read more…]

PODCAST: The Four Paths to Publishing

Keith OgorekRecently, publishing has undergone an indie revolution similar to what occurred in the film and music industries. While these changes have made now the best time in history to be an author, they have also made it one of the most confusing. In this TAA podcast, recorded at the 2014 TAA Conference in Baltimore, Keith Ogorek, self-published author and industry thought leader, outlines four clear paths authors can now follow to reach their publishing goals; addressing each path’s advantages and disadvantages and what authors should consider as they look to publish.


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Nathaniel LambertPublish & Prosper: Strategies for Becoming a More Productive Scholar

Podcast now available in TAA’s Podcast Library

Intended to help you succeed in academia by increasing your scholarly productivity, this webinar provides strategies for getting articles published quickly in reputable research journals. Rather than focusing on the basics of writing about results, this unique webinar, presented by Nathaniel Mark Lambert, Ph.D., author of Publish and Prosper: A Strategy Guide for Students and Researchers provides tips on how to approach research, maintain motivation, maximize productivity, and overcome common pitfalls so as to become a productive scholar. Register [Read more…]

Tweetable tweets from 2014 TAA Conference attendees

Thank you to everyone who tweeted or shared tweets at the 2014 TAA Conference!

Ode to TAA

As part of TAA Council member Ron Pynn’s “Ode to the Book”, which he recited during the 2014 TAA Awards Luncheon, was this little ditty about TAA:

Now there is an organization known as TAA
to belong you must pay.
Their advice is most wise
for they know how to advise.
Workshops they provide
far and wide.
If to write you want to learn
then a mentor you should yearn.
With a contract to negotiate
a TAA lawyer you contact.
Their conferences you must attend
so your practices you can amend.
For 25 years they have been sound,
protecting author rights all around.

Self-publishing workshop offered at TAA’s 27th annual authoring conference

2014 TAA Conference logoTAA’s 2014 Conference on Textbook & Academic Writing in Baltimore, MD, June 20-21, will include a new track on “Self-Publishing”. The track will feature a workshop designed for both novice and veteran authors who want to experience a hands-on approach to marketing their book to readers and buyers. Attendees will learn how to raise money to get a book printed and marketed, what to look for in hiring an editor, and how to find a publisher for a manuscript. [Read more…]

New TAA Publication Grants awarded

Dr. Amy Rebecca Gansell

Dr. Gansell

Dr. Amy Rebecca Gansell of St. John’s University, Drs. Jan-Willem van de Meent and Chris H. Wiggins, and doctoral candidate Sakellarios Zairis of Columbia University were recently awarded a $1,000 TAA Publication Grant to help cover the cost of photos for their forthcoming article, “Stylistic Clusters and the Syrian/South Syrian Tradition of First-Millennium BCE Levantine Ivory Carving: a Machine Learning Approach”. The article, which was published online in November 2013 in the Journal of Archaeological Science, will be published in print in the spring of 2014.

“I am very grateful for TAA’s grant, which subvents the costs of publishing color illustrations of scientific diagrams and five previously unpublished ancient sculptures,” said Gansell. [Read more…]

PODCAST: TAA webinar, ‘How to Write a Book When You Don’t Like to Write’

Susan RobisonMany academic book authors love writing while others want to write but are reluctant about the writing process, the work load, and the sacrifice. Susan Robison, a self-professed reluctant author, addresses those issues and other practical topics such as defining the purpose and scope of the project, managing the tasks and the time during the writing, improving your writing as you go, and when to ask for help, in this recorded webinar now available on the TAA website. [Read more…]

Tax tips for authors: Understand foreign taxes, tax credit and tax certification

Robert Pesce

Robert Pesce

Tax Tips for AuthorsIf you have sold your textbooks in foreign markets, foreign publishers may withhold foreign taxes at the source before the money is paid to your agent and before it is paid to you. If they are doing that, and you earned, for example, $10,000 in a foreign country, 10 percent, or $1,000, will have been withheld from your payment. Your agent would have received $9,000, and withheld his 15 percent commission on the $10,000 you actually earned. So you would end up getting about $7,500. [Read more…]