Reflecting on #TAAConf2019

#TAAConf2019 registration tableIt’s hard to believe that the 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference – #TAAConf2019 – has come and gone. If you were with us in Old City, Philadelphia, I’m sure you heard the sentiment expressed more than once – “this might be the best TAA conference yet.”

Having been in attendance for the last five, I can certainly say, for me, that it’s been the best of those. When a day at work hardly feel like work, it’s a good day. Add to that day more than 100 passionate and encouraging colleagues, and it’s a great day! That’s what my two days of “work” this weekend felt like.

For those of you in attendance, please feel free to add your experiences to the comments below. For those of you who weren’t able to join us this year, here’s a little of what you missed at #TAAConf2019. [Read more…]

To Do: Register for TAA’s June Conference

It’s time to make your travel reservations and check your conference planning off your To Do list! Register today for TAA’s 30th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference.

TAA’s Conference will be held on June 9-10, 2017 at the beautiful Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, a 4-Star luxury hotel located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. The recently renovated boutique hotel is housed in a historic 1920’s era building, providing a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a memorable conference and visit! TAA’s discounted room block fills up fast; make your reservations soon to guarantee the group room rate. [Read more…]

2015 TAA Conference photo booth a huge success! Check out some of the photos

Al Trujillo

Al Trujillo

Tracey Hodges

Tracey Hodges

Patricia Goodson

Patricia Goodson

More than 50 attendees at the 2015 TAA Conference took advantage of the free Photo Booth to get a headshot taken by TAA Membership Coordinator Bekky Mayfield, who is also a professional photographer at Lady Bug Photography LLC.

Attendees are raving about their headshots! Here’s what just a few of them had to say:

“Thank you so much for this gift!” — Patricia Goodson

“Thanks for the headshots, I think they came out great! I plan to use my photo in the next edition of my textbook.” — Al Trujillo

“Thank you for the photos – I love them!” — Tracey Hodges

TAA Vice President’s message: Top 10 reasons to be a textbook and/or academic author

Steven Barkan

Steven Barkan, TAA Vice President

Why should anyone want to write textbooks, journal articles, or other academic publications? After all, prospective authors can never be sure that their manuscripts will be accepted by an editor or publisher, and textbook authors can never be sure that their books will earn more than a modicum of royalties. Is there method to our madness?

With tongue firmly in cheek, I have given this issue much thought and have drawn on my many conversations with authors over the years to come up with my “Top Ten Reasons for Being a Textbook and/or Academic Author”. If you find at least one of these reasons relevant for your own authorship, you are certainly in the right business! [Read more…]

Early bird registration open for 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

Early Bird RegistrationWe invite you to attend the Text and Academic Authors Association’s 28th Annual Conference at the The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, June 19-20, 2015.

Participate in a wide variety of textbook and academic authoring sessions that will provide tips on writing strategies, navigating ebooks, technology trends, social media marketing, negotiating better contracts, targeting the right publisher or publication, and trends in open access and copyright law. [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…]

TAA Executive Director’s Message

 “Only connect!” ­–E.M. Forster from Howard’s End

Michael Spinella

Michael Spinella

As I sat down to write this column about networking opportunities at TAA, this marvelous two-word sermon from Howard’s End came to mind. Alas, the timing of that great novel (1910) precludes any attempt to read the quote as an aphorism aimed at the digital age, urging us to hone our networking skills! Making matters worse, Forster (or rather, the character in his novel) wasn’t even talking about connecting with other people, but about connecting “the prose and the passion” contained within each of us to make a whole person. [Read more…]