The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving edition: I’m still in shock that we are First Drafts Quotealready in the middle (now almost the end) of November. The Thanksgiving holiday is already next week, which means time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for this past year. Maybe you are thankful to have completed your dissertation, maybe your journal article got published, maybe you got your first post-doc position or gained tenure, maybe your textbook got published, or maybe you made progress on a writing project. [Read more…]

Join us for 11/3 TAA Webinar, ‘How to Write an Introduction That Will Get Your Article Accepted’

Meagan Kittle AutryJoin us Monday, November 3 from 2-3 p.m. ET for the one-hour webinar, “How to Write an Introduction That Will Get Your Article Accepted,” presented by Meagan Kittle Autry, Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services at NC State University. Free for Members. Click here to register
. Non-members: Join TAA for only $30.

How do you overcome perfectionism, procrastination, and fatigue? Or more concerning, What do you do when you face writing anxiety that goes beyond “normal”? Based on personal experience, studies of post-traumatic stress recovery, and the work of University of Houston professor Brené Brown, this webinar will walk you through the issues underlying these common challenges. Learn practical how-to’s to overcome stressful or traumatic writing/feedback experiences to develop writing resilience and perseverance to achieve your potential. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 17, 2014

It is hard to believe it is the middle of October already. Make writing a scheduled part of your day.Hopefully you have settled back into a routine; most importantly a writing routine. The posts I’ve gathered for you this week focus on a variety of topics, from journal submission to author branding, to textbook prices and crowdsourced editing. If you are struggling to write daily and need an excuse to set goals, be social, and write, I strongly encourage you to participate in Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). If this sounds like you and you only have time to read one thing, read the first article on my list. Happy writing! [Read more…]

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…]

Shavers receives TAA Publication Grant

Dr. Clarissa Agee Shavers was awarded a $300 TAA Publication Grant to cover out of pocket expenses associated with the publishing of her article “Emotional problems and depression among children and adolescents in today’s society”, to be published in the Open Journal of Depression in 2014. Shavers is a clinical instructor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University.

“I truly appreciate this TAA Publication Grant on behalf of my program of research entitled ‘The Safer Tomorrows Injury Prevention and Violence Reduction Project’,” said Shavers. “This grant allows me an opportunity to publish and empirical and clinical evidence-based manuscript for health care providers working with children and adolescents.”

Hughes receives TAA Publication Grant

Sabrina HughesSabrina Hughes, a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, was awarded a TAA Publication Grant to cover expenses associated with the publishing of her article, “Imag(in)ing Paris for Posterity,” to be published in Future Anterior, the historic preservation journal of Columbia University, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

“Receiving the TAA grant is such an honor,” said Hughes. “Publishing art history articles can be very costly because of the necessity of image reproductions to the article. I’m a photography historian, which adds another level of complexity and expense since there are often additional licensing fees that come along with publishing photographs. This grant is an invaluable gift to emerging scholars who, like myself, are publishing independent of institutional financial backing.” [Read more…]

Taking humor seriously: How to use humor as a pedagogical tool

Bob Mankoff

Bob Mankoff

Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and founder of The Cartoon Bank, is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and life. A frequent guest on network talk shows and Ted talk presenter, Mankoff believes that humor provides a unique approach for making academic writing come to life.

Here Mankoff shares his perspective of how using humor, specifically cartoons, can be an important pedagogical tool for textbook and scholarly journal article authors. [Read more…]

Look who’s keynoting at the 27th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

Bob Mankoff

Bob Mankoff

Bob Mankoff, nationally renowned cartoon editor for The New Yorker, will keynote the Text and Academic Authors Association’s 27th Annual Conference with a presentation entitled “Taking Humor Seriously”. Mankoff will share his engaging and informative analysis of how and why humor works for making academic subjects come to life.

Recently profiled on CBS 60 Minutes and in Entertainment Weekly, and a frequent guest on network morning shows and on syndicated radio programs, Mankoff is one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American politics, business, and in life. Come for a laugh, and walk away with a tool for your own writing and teaching.

For conference information or to register please visit

3 Key principles for strong academic writing

Rachael CayleyIn her academic writing blog, “Explorations of Style”, Rachael Cayley offers three key principles for strong academic writing: 1) using writing to clarify your own thinking, 2) committing to extensive revision, and 3) understanding the needs of your reader­­. As a senior lecturer at the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, Cayley teaches academic writing and speaking to graduate students. Prior to that, she was an editor at Oxford University Press in Toronto. Her years of writing experience have convinced her of the connection between writing and thinking, the essentially iterative nature of academic writing, and the valuable role that audience awareness can play in the choices we make in our academic writing. [Read more…]

TAA offering discount conference rate to graduate students

2014conf_logo_squareTAA’s 2014 Conference on Textbook & Academic Writing in Baltimore, MD, June 20-21 is offering graduate students a discounted registration rate of $75. The discounted rate is available to TAA members and non-members and applies to both the one-day or two-day registration options.

TAA’s June conference features authoring sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions that are designed to jumpstart your writing projects and boost your publishing success. Participants will have the opportunity to meet on-on-one with a veteran author or an authoring attorney and network with fellow authors at the evening hospitality events.

Visit the 2014 TAA Conference website to learn more about the conference program and to register at this discounted rate.