Join us 11/3 for the TAA webinar, ‘Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book’

Janet SalmonsWant to publish a book, but lack the content for a full manuscript? Consider creating an edited book! You can include your own material, as well as chapters by other scholars.

Join us Thursday, November 3 from 3-4 p.m. ET for this one-hour webinar, “Plan, Propose & Publish an Edited Book”. Writer and editor Janet Salmons will share strategies she learned by creating edited books, contributing chapters to numerous edited books, and serving on editorial review boards. She will provide an overview of the entire process, from proposal through final review.
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Promoting a book? Making a career move? Join us 10/14 for the TAA webinar, ‘The Art of Being Interviewed’

Amy DeLouise producersplaybookFor many of us, conducting an interview is easier than being interviewed. But when promoting a book, or even making a career move, you may be the interviewee. What does it take to deliver a “good” interview? How do you build a relationship with your interviewer? How do you prepare? What are the different ways to handle an in-person, an audio-only interview, and one that takes place on camera? How do you turn a bad question into a good answer? For on-camera interviews, what are the special considerations for attire that works on video?

Join us Friday, October 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET, for the TAA Webinar, “The Art of Being Interviewed”, led by Amy DeLouise, an experienced interviewer and video producer-director who has conducted thousands of interviews. She will walk us through the process, field questions, and help you feel confident for your next interview. [Read more…]

Join us 4/13 for TAA Webinar, ‘Go on the (Virtual) Road to Promote Your Book’

doing janetsalmonssm2Whether​ you are self-publishing or working with a major publisher, you will need to actively promote your textbooks and encourage faculty to adopt them. Traditionally, writers have taken book tours and given talks, but textbook publishers are unlikely to fund world travel. Why not offer a book tour online? Janet Salmons, PhD, author of Doing Qualitative Research Online and four previous books, did just that. While some “virtual book tours” simply place guest posts or advertisements on potential readers’ sites, Janet’s highly interactive approach includes webinars and online discussions with groups or classes. [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: Bill Koenecke forms local writing group

Bill KoeneckeAfter learning that there was no local writing group in Murray, Kentucky, retired Murray State University professor and aspiring textbook author William Koenecke decided to start his own. His first writing group meeting, held Sunday, March 15, attracted 26 authors or aspiring authors, many more than the 5-10 he was expecting.

“We had ‘tons’ of questions during our first meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes,” he said. “One piece of luck is that many of the people who attended Sunday’s meeting have MUCH more expertise and experience in writing and publishing than I have at the present time.”

Koenecke, who has been writing an English grammar, punctuation, and writing book for almost five years that is now close to completion, said he wanted and needed the help of a writing group to accomplish that long-term goal. [Read more…]

11 Bookish quotes for book lovers

Academic writing tips from an author of 300+ articles and books

Writing for PublicationKen HensonVeteran author Kenneth Henson has spent a career learning how to write grants, articles and books. He has published more than 300 national and international publications, including 56 books. He presents workshops on grant writing and writing for publication at campuses nationwide.

The following are two tips from Henson’s new academic and grant writing tips page on Facebook & LinkedIn:
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Video: Join the TAA authoring community

TAA LogoJoin TAA today to gain access to the key resources you need to succeed as a textbook writer and academic author. TAA membership is open to individuals, colleges, universities, organizations and industry professionals.

As a TAA member, you have access to a host of benefits designed to maximize your authoring success, including an online member community, live webinars and more than 100+ presentations on demand, a templates & samples resource library, writing grants, and a print newsletter.

Watch this video to learn more about how TAA can benefit you.

Recommended Reading for Textbook Authors

New Tax Guide for WritersWriting and Developing Your College TextbookSelf-Publishing Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Writing and Developing Your College Textbook by Mary Ellen Lepionka

Self-Publishing Textbooks and Instructional Materials by Dan Poynter and Franklin H. Silverman

New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers, & Other Creative People by Peter Jason Riley

Writing a Textbook: How to Establish Yourself as an Academic Writer 
by Penny Grub and Danuta Reah

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Recommended Reading for Academic Writers


Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar by Tara Gray

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation
by Sonja Foss and William Waters

Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing
 by Patricia Goodson

Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change
by Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper

Writing for Publication: Road to Academic Advancement
by Kenneth Henson

Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing by Robert Boice

Academic Writing: Individual and Collaborative Strategies for Success (The New Forums Scholarly Writing Series) by Ed Neal

How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
by Paul J. Silvia

Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) by John M. Swales and Christine Feak

“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition)
by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword

Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Laura Belcher

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Josephe M. Williams 

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker

Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) by Christine Feak and John M. Swales

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Howard S. Becker and Pamela Richards

Publish and Flourish: A Practical Guide for Effective Scientific Writing by Amar A. Scholapurkar, K Ramnarayan and Shobha Tandon

Working with Faculty Writers by Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice

Handbook for Academic Authors by Beth Luey

Publish and Prosper: A Strategy Guide for Students and Researchers
by Nathaniel M. Lambert

147 Practical Tips for Emerging Scholars: From Publishing to Time Management, Grant Seeking, and Beyond by Kathleen King and Ann Cranston-Gingras

PhD: An uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life by James Hayton, PhD

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How to maximize the traffic on your blog

Joel Friedlander

Joel Friedlander

A Self Publisher's ToolkitPublishers are increasingly expecting authors to blog in connection with their books. These blogs can be a highly effective marketing tool—if you can successfully attract readers. In order for your blog to thrive, you need large numbers of engaged readers who follow, comment on, and repost your content, which means you need to know how to maximize your traffic.

In a recent TAA audio conference entitled “Author Blogging: How to Attract Readers”, Joel Friedlander, author of the highly successful blog, The Book Designer.com, and an expert in maximizing blog traffic, shared the following advice: [Read more…]