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Check out TAA’s new online member community!

Online Member CommunityTAA members have exclusive access to the association’s new Online Member Community, where you can exchange ideas, ask questions, and share your expertise. Visit the online member community to help broaden your connections to information and to your fellow members, many of whom are veteran authors and experts in the textbook and academic authoring industry.

We challenge you to help build the new online member community!

The first 100 members to upload a photo, start a circle, update their status, and/or participate in an existing circle by starting or responding to a discussion, will be entered into a drawing for one of two prizes: 1) a Kindle Fire HD and 2) a $50 Amazon gift card.

One of the features of the new online member community is the ability to join or create topic-specific discussions groups, or “Circles”. Several circles have been created and many are moderated by a veteran TAA member-author or industry expert:

Time Management Tips
Share your time management tips and strategies with your fellow members.

Issues-based Textbooks and eBooks
Moderated by TAA member Michael Sawey, Texas Christian University
Do you use current Issues to introduce topics? If so, join us here to discuss Best Practices and identify pit-falls.

Copyright & Permissions
Discussion of copyright and permissions and what authors need to know.

Ebooks & Self-Publishing
Moderated by Pat McKeague, TAA member, author of mathematics textbooks, owner of XYZ Textbooks/
Discussion of ebooks and self-publishing, including software, formats, marketing, and more.

Social Media for Authors
Moderated by Kevin Patton, TAA member, author of anatomy & physiology textbooks, and blogger at
Discussion of how textbook and academic authors can utilize social media for promoting their work.

Grant Writing
Moderated by Claudia Sanchez, TAA Council Member, Texas Woman’s University, grant writer
Connect and communicate with other 2014 TAA Conference attendees.

Academic Writing & Publishing
Moderated by Margarita Huerta, TAA Texas A&M Chapter Member, academic author
Discussion of academic writing and publishing issues, including scholarly journal articles, academic books, and dissertations.

Textbook Contracts for Veterans
Moderated by Stephen Gillen, TAA Council member, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans, LLP, intellectual property law
Discussion of textbook contract issues for veteran authors.

Textbook Writing & Publishing
Moderated by Mike Kennamer, TAA Council member, author of health care textbooks; and Steven Barkan, TAA Council Member, author of sociology textbooks
Discussion of various topics related to textbook writing and publishing.

Textbook Contracts for Newbies
Discussion of textbook contract issues for new authors.

2104 TAA Conference
Connect and communicate with other 2014 TAA Conference attendees.