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What to consider before signing your first textbook contract

The following advice came from a 2014 TAA Conference Roundtable Discussion led by Mike Kennamer and Steven Barkan, entitled, "What I Wish I Had Known Before I Signed My First Textbook Contract": "Be prepared that some books don't make money." - Steven Barkan "$3,000 would be a good advance for most first time textbook authors." - Attorney Zick Rubin "I received a grant rather than an advance for my text. A grant is better because it isn't an advance against royalties." - Mike Kennamer "You don't want snapshot quality photos in your textbook. Hire a professional or purchase professional photos." - Mike Kennamer

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