Open up to open access

A Crash Course on Open AccessJoin Danielle S. Apfelbaum, Senior Assistant Librarian, Farmingdale State College and Derek Stadler, Assistant Professor at CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College as they take our TAA Summer Webinar Series participants on “A Crash Course on Open Access” next Thursday, July 16th.

Although open access publishing has been around for years, misconceptions about what “open” is and what it means for authors’ works continue to persist. This session aims to demystify this multifaceted concept. [Read more…]

Welcome new members to TAA: June 2020

Welcome to TAAWith membership in TAA, you are not alone. You become part of a diverse community of textbook and academic authors with similar interests and goals. We are pleased to announce the addition of 30 new TAA members who joined us in June 2020.  [Read more…]

Why you should be podcasting. Right now

Why Textbook & Academic Authors Should Be Podcasting. Right NowTAA Vice President, Kevin Patton, is an award-winning professor and textbook author in human anatomy and physiology (A&P). He has a podcast and several blogs about teaching and writing, including TheTextbookAuthor.org. On Thursday, July 9th, as part of the TAA Summer Webinar Series, he will relate his podcasting experience, outline many different benefits of podcasting, and give you loads of practical tips for starting and running your own podcast in his webinar session, “Why Textbook & Academic Authors Should Be Podcasting. Right Now”. [Read more…]

Jumpstart your writing productivity this summer: Join the TAA Writing Gym

Writing GymFlex your writing muscles in the TAA Writing Gym! This 6-week work-out-on-your-own gym time will serve as your writing accountability partner as you work to achieve your writing goals. The gym is open to those writing textbooks, scholarly journal articles, and dissertations.

Here’s what previous Writing Gym participants have had to say:

“The writing gym was fantastic. It raised my commitment to writing productively.”

“I loved the opportunity to change my writing habits. Now I am feeling guilty if I don’t at least find 30 minutes to work on a project!”

The gym will be open 24/7 from July 20-August 29, 2020. Gym time includes:

  • A TAA Writing Gym-branded writing journal
  • Weekly inspirational emails
  • Six on-demand writing classes
  • Several writing stations that allow you to target specific writing areas
  • A participation certificate (view sample)

At the end of each week you’ll be asked to share your accomplishments for weekly prize drawings.

Members: $49
Non-Members: $99 (includes a one-year TAA membership)

The deadline for signing up is July 13. We hope you’ll join us!

TAA Council issues statement on racism

equalityIn a statement issued on June 19, 2020 – Juneteenth – the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Council has resolved to lead its members in establishing short term and long-term goals that affect positive change toward social equality in textbook and academic authoring as we move forward. [Read more…]

Increase your publishing success by understanding the metrics that matter

Publishing Metrics: Understanding the Basics and Using Them to Your AdvantageJohn Bond, Publishing Consultant at Riverwinds Consulting, brings more than 25 years experience in scholarly publishing to TAA’s Summer Webinar Series on Thursday, June 25th as he presents “Publishing Metrics: Understanding the Basics and Using Them to Your Advantage”.

Daily, Bond advises authors and publishers on creating and delivering great content. He is the author of 4 books and as a publisher has overseen the publishing of 20,000 journal articles and 500 scholarly books. In this 90-minute interactive discussion, he’ll give you a simple, approachable explanation of the common basic metrics and ways to use them to your advantage. [Read more…]

How to surprise yourself with productive summer writing

Writing Productivity Shouldn't Be a Surprise: Think Through Your Summer Plan with Wisdom, Intention, and TruthfulnessJoin the PhD of Productivity, Meggin McIntosh, on June 18th at 2:00pm ET for the TAA Summer Webinar, “Writing Productivity Shouldn’t Be a Surprise: Think Through Your Summer Plan with Wisdom, Intention, and Truthfulness”.

McIntosh, Professor Emerita (University of Nevada, Reno), is an author, coach, and workshop leader. She works with overwhelmed academics who would prefer to be overjoyed, instead. If you want to keep your “wits” about you this summer, i.e., your wisdom, intention, and truthfulness, attend this session to learn how to plan thoughtfully and with integrity. [Read more…]

Get 50% off when you join the Textbook & Academic Authors Association

TAA logoFor a limited time, the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) is offering 50% off an annual membership. Use promo code TAA50 to join today.

Now more than ever, with TAA you are not alone! Through these unprecedented times, you can turn to us for educational and networking opportunities related to your textbook and/or academic writing efforts.

“TAA has provided me with priceless advice and mentoring in diverse areas such as effective writing, a productive writing discipline, textbook design, the author’s role in marketing, and cultivating my personal ‘brand’ as a professional academic author,” said TAA Member Kevin Patton. Read Kevin’s Full TAA Story.

Here are some of the member resources you can gain access to with this special limited time offer of 50% off an annual membership: [Read more…]

TAA’s summer webinar series kicks off next week!

2020 Summer Webinar SeriesOn Friday, June 12th, the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) will kick off their 2020 Summer Webinar Series with a special event that revisits some of TAA’s history, engages in an open discussion about the current state of textbook and academic authoring, and honors our 2020 Textbook Award winners.

This event is open to everyone, so please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join the celebration and register today! [Read more…]

Welcome new members to TAA: May 2020

Welcome to TAAWith membership in TAA, you are not alone. You become part of a diverse community of textbook and academic authors with similar interests and goals. We are pleased to announce the addition of 17 new TAA members who joined us in May 2020.  [Read more…]