The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: September 7, 2018

"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." ~Russell BakerRussell Baker once said, “The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.” As writers, we can certainly acknowledge the work such a craft requires, and in the genres of academic and textbook authoring the wide range of additional concerns for balance, accuracy, research integrity, and innovation in our writing efforts.

This week our collection of posts from around the web begins with a question, “Are there only four kinds of writers?” inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book, The four tendencies. This evaluation of a writer is paired with authoring benefits, ways to improve academic output, time and energy management, research methods, diversity in peer review, critical and creative thinking, and privacy in user research – all factors of consideration for the academic author, regardless the type. Finally, we close this week’s list with considerations of the future of our profession, with new approaches to textbook development and e-book potential, the realities of open source and scholarly publishing, and significant changes in the trend toward open access in scientific publishing.

As you embark on your writing efforts in the week ahead, I encourage you to recognize and embrace the real work involved in the writing process and to find encouragement and support to continue those efforts. Happy writing! [Read more…]

Academic writing: Counting words of meaning?

Academic WriterOur priorities are reflected in our sense of professional identity. Are you an academic or a writer? Are you an instructor/researcher/research supervisor/committee member/conference presentation planner (not to mention parent, community volunteer and…) who is compelled to write in order to get, keep, or advance in a desired career? Do you see yourself as a writer who uses what you learn from your life and work to inspire others? Or are you looking for the right balance? [Read more…]

TAA’s online community challenge goal has been met!

Met goalA big thank you to everyone who participated in TAA’s Online Community Challenge by uploading a photo, updating their status, and/or participating in a circle by starting or responding to a discussion! Your participation has helped us get our online community off the ground!

Laura Bowles

Laura Bowles won a Kindle Fire HD in TAA’s Online Community Challenge.

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez won a $50 Amazon gift card in TAA’s Online Community Challenge.

The winners of the challenge are Laura Bowles, who won a Kindle Fire HD, and Angel Rodriguez, who won a $50 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Laura and Angel!

Keep the conversations going! If you have not already visited the TAA online community and joined the Academic Writing & Publishing Circle and/or Textbook Writing & Publishing Circle, I encourage you to do so. Your fellow members are here to serve as a resource as you kick off your summer writing goals.