The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 28, 2015

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King "The scariest moment is always just before you start." Stephen King quote

I cannot say with certainty that, “the scariest moment is always just before you start.” I have to think that I am not alone in thinking the scariest moment is right before submitting the final draft. As a perfectionist I always strive to get it perfect, yet in writing (and most everything in life), I know that it will always have errors. An extra comma or two are almost always inevitable. If you too face the internal struggles of perfectionism and knowing that it will never be perfect, than you will appreciate a few of this week’s articles below. Maybe you are more of the 95-percenter (see The Thesis Whisper’s The last 5%) and the perfectionism struggle does not apply. Fortunately for you there are many other great articles this week that are well worth the read. 😉

Happy reading and, as always, happy writing! [Read more…]

How to convert your nonfiction book into a textbook

Q: “I have been contacted about converting my nonfiction book into a textbook. I believe that the book as it is, could very well be used in the classroom. Could you tell me how I can go about either publishing the book as is for classroom use, or converting it into a textbook?”

A: Ron Pynn:

“Let me start by noting that I would think your publisher has the rights to your present book, so that any plans to convert it into a text will require the present publisher to agree to the plan or publish it themselves as a text. Be sure you don’t violate the terms of your agreement with the publisher. [Read more…]