Join us in San Antonio for TAA’s 29th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference!

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Join us in San Antonio for TAA’s 2016 Conference!

Mark your calendars, the Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s 29th Annual Conference is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this valuable two-day writing conference where you will gain inspiration for your writing projects, network with veteran authors, and learn strategies to help increase your publishing success. The conference program is ambitious, offering a wide variety of session topics for both veteran and novice authors. Register soon to take advantage of early registration rates. [Read more…]

Top 10 gift ideas for writers

‘Tis the season for thinking (or struggling to think) of andChristmas wrapping paper drawer giving the perfect gift to give the writer in your life. Luckily for you I have done the thinking for you and compiled a great list of gifts for any writer. Fair warning, the gifts below range from practical to wacky, but you’re sure to find at least one that the writer in your life will appreciate! 😊

Happy holidays! [Read more…]

How to publish an article in an academic journal: Avoid rookie mistakes

publishingI have reviewed an insane amount of articles this past year and have noticed that many of these articles should never have been sent out for review, because they were missing key components.

The authors of these articles thus waited three months for someone to tell them that they do not have a clear argument, that there is no literature review, or that they need to describe their ethnographic methods. Sometimes they waited this long or longer only to hear other fairly generic advice.

I frequently am in the process of submitting an article to a journal. As such, I was inspired to write this article both to make sure that I practice what I preach, and to offer some examples from my own writing that might be useful as you prepare your own article. This article is primarily directed at authors of empirical social science articles, but I believe the main points may be applicable to other fields as well. [Read more…]

10 Gifts for writers this holiday season

It’s the time of year to seriously think about the gifts to Gift Boxgive this holiday season. I’ve complied a great list of gifts for writers, where you are sure to find a last-minute gift for that special someone, cross that always hard to buy for friend/relative/loved one/colleague off your list, or, just maybe, you are like me, with hardly any shopping done and feeling slightly overwhelmed that Christmas is a mere two weeks away (yikes!). The best part of Christmas–besides spending time with family and eating cookies–is giving gifts.

Whether you are looking for a practical gift (or a wacky gift) for the writer in your life, you’re sure to find at least one on this list. [Read more…]

Host a textbook or academic writing workshop at your institution

Writing treeDuring 2015 TAA will help sponsor a limited number of writing and publishing workshops at universities and colleges across the country. TAA’s sponsorship covers the majority of the cost of bringing a presenter to your institution. The host institution is responsible for a fee of $1,500, which includes up to 100 TAA faculty memberships, available to faculty whether or not they attend the workshop. TAA provides an online institutional membership application process which makes joining TAA easy for both the institution and faculty.

These workshops will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis until the program funding has been exhausted. The workshops must be open to all faculty on campus.

For information on TAA sponsored workshops please email

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 3, 2014

Quote by Gerald Brenan, “It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.”This is a new series in which I will post the most useful articles I come across every week on our social sites. The topics will cover a mix of academic and textbook writing tips. Some weeks my list may be quite long while others may be short (it depends on the great content others are putting out!). I encourage you, in the comments section below, to include articles you’ve found useful. As always, happy writing!

30 Tips for successful academic research and writing
Deborah Lupton offers a brilliant list of tips for successful academic research and writing. Lupton covers everything from planning your research schedule to handling rejection to inspiration and collaboration. Shared over 1,700 times on Twitter alone, this is a must read.

How to Turn a Lab Notebook into an Academic Manuscript
Practical and easy to follow tips on how to maintain a lab notebook that will help you when it comes time to write your manuscript. [Read more…]

7 Tips for effective scientific writing

Did you miss Kristin Sainani’s TAA webinar last week? Well, here are a few tips Kristin shared. You can listen to the full podcast, plus over 100 other information-packed podcasts, by joining TAA today!

TAA announces call for proposals for 28th annual conference

2015 TAA Conference LogoThe Text and Academic Authors Association is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference, which will be held at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, in Las Vegas, NV, June 19-20, 2015. A highly interactive event, the conference is attended by authors of textbooks, journal articles, and other academic works, as well as by industry professionals from across the country.

TAA invites the submission of presentations relevant to authoring and publishing textbooks and academic works (monographs, journal articles, reports). Click here for more information and to access the online proposal submission form. [Read more…]

7 Focus management strategies for more productive writing

Magnifying Glass To FocusIn order to be a more productive writer while juggling many other duties in his career, William Weare, Access Services Team Leader at the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, developed strategies that help him hone his focus management skills. Following are seven strategies Weare employs that have resulted in a more productive writing practice.

1. Set goals and make them public. Determine what you want to accomplish in your career and then decide what needs to be done to achieve those goals. Weare recommends writing these goals down—and writing them in the present tense to have a more powerful impact—and then making them public. For example, Weare lists tasks related to his goals on a whiteboard in his office. By revealing his plans to his colleagues, it gives him a sense of accountability. “Telling other people creates some obligation because they’ll ask, ‘How’s that article coming along?’ And I hate to be embarrassed, so I want to be making progress,” Weare said. [Read more…]

5 Tips to get the most out of your TAA membership over the summer break

Maximize your summer break and optimize your writing efforts by accessing the authoring resources available to you through your Text and Academic Authors Association membership. Here are five tips to get you started:

1) Ask questions and get answers on TAA’s E-list discussion forum. This member tool allows you to send messages to all of the members subscribing to the list with a simple email to the list address. [Read more…]