What TAA members value about their membership
We recently began sending a postcard to our members asking them to complete the phrase, “I am a TAA member because…” A big thank you to everyone who has responded so far!
“TAA gives me a multi-dimensional perspective on textbook and academic publishing. By helping me understand what authors and publishers want and need, it empowers me to do a better job as a freelance editor.”
— Elsa Peterson
“TAA has ‘tons’ of resources available for a VERY reasonable cost. The website is GREAT. The TAA members and staff have been very willing to provide workable suggestions to help me solve several issues that I’ve faced in my continuing efforts to publish my first book.”
— Bill (William) H. Koenecke, Ph.D.
“Being an author of a textbook is like a long, solitary journey. It’s nice to be joined on that journey by others who know exactly what that’s like!”
— Al Trujillo, author of Essentials of Oceanography
“As a PhD student, the resources made available to improve my writing have made a big difference in getting several articles published in leading journals.”
— Bill Cleveland
“When we needed help determining our author rights when our publisher was bought by another company, the TAA lawyer met with us (for free) and helped clarify things that we had trouble with.”
— Rebecca Valette, Professor Emerita of French, Boston College
“The academic publishing world need not be cloaked in mystery.”
— Katie Van Heest, Tweed Editing
“I am a TAA member because I feel that I am a member of a community consisting of tremendously talented and brilliant individuals.” — Julia Lobur, coauthor of The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture
“TAA is the only professional organization that meets my needs as a textbook author. I feel fortunate to be a member!” — Darla Ferris Miller, author of Positive Child Guidance
“I like meeting other textbook authors, vendors, etc. and learning about new sources and ideas that can benefit my books. Last year at the conference, for example, I met one colleague who will help us sell more books than we currently do.” — Patrice (Trish) Morin-Spatz, author of, cp “Teach” and coauthor of Body Works
“This group provides both the insights and tools necessary to be a text or academic author. The information obtained is invaluable!” — Mark Lerner, desktop publisher
“Authoring can be a lonely business and authors can share strategies through TAA. We are not alone!” — Laura Frost, Director of Whitaker Center for STEM Education, Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University, and author of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry 2e
“For more than 25 years, TAA has made me feel such support, gave me access to such expertise, and surrounded me with colleagues going through what I was going through — such a great asset.” — Robert Christopherson, Professor Emeritus of Geography, American River College, author of the leading physical geography texts in the US and Canada
“I’m enjoying the resources and the community. Plus, I’m looking forward to the 2015 conference.” — Meggin McIntosh, Author & Coach, Emphasis on Excellence, Inc.