8 Biggest secrets to writing a winning manuscript

King 2018 Conference PresentationIn her 2018 Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference presentation, “Discover How to Deliver What Editors and Publishers Need: Demystifying the Publishing Process,” Dr. Kathleen King shared key strategies for planning the work and working the plan toward successful publication.

As a professor, award-winning author, and editor, King shared her successful experience – having published more than 30 books and 150+ articles – summarized in the following eight biggest secrets to writing a winning manuscript. [Read more…]

Deadline to submit 2015 TAA Conference proposal is October 6

2015 TAA Conference LogoTextbook & Academic Authoring in the Digital Age is the theme of the Text and Academic Authors Association’s 28th Annual Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-20, 2015. The deadline for session proposals is October 6, 2014.

The 2015 Conference Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the developments, strategies, and innovations that are impacting the industry today. Session topics of interest include: tips and strategies for authoring and publishing, self-publishing, eBooks and digital publishing, innovative pedagogical technology, marketing and social media for academics, and developments in publishing contracts and royalties.

A variety of session formats are welcome. The 2015 TAA Conference Committee will review all proposals and notify applicants of the status of their submission by November 17, 2014. Click here for more information and to access the online proposal submission form.

2014 TAA Conference receives rave reviews

2014 TAA ConferenceThe 2014 TAA Conference was a big success! Attendees from across the country representing a variety of writing disciplines gathered to discuss the latest information and trends in the field of textbook and academic authoring and publishing.

TAA thanks all those who contributed to the program as well as the attendees who enriched the discussions throughout the conference.

Here’s what conference participants had to say:

“Each session is packed with great information.  Every author and teacher must attend this conference!” Melissa Hart

“My one-on-one mentoring session [with Michael Sullivan] was worth the price of admission to the conference. Thanks TAA!” Joe Jaksa

“I am a first-time attendee and will definitely come again! Have learned so much already!” Lee Alexander [Read more…]

Tweetable tweets from 2014 TAA Conference attendees

Thank you to everyone who tweeted or shared tweets at the 2014 TAA Conference!

Contract negotiation exercise involves candy

The second textbook contract negotiation exercise during Stephen Gillen’s “Legal Update” session involved candy! No verbal or nonverbal conversation was involved. Showed how conversation was critical to the negotiation process.

Looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces at the hospitality suite!

Vines @ 2014 TAA Conference

Visual: Top 10 reasons to attend TAA’s 27th Annual Conference on Textbook & Academic Authoring

Here are the top 10 reasons to attend TAA’s 27th Annual Conference on Textbook & Academic Authoring.

2014 TAA Conference to feature track on writing craft

2014conf_logo_squareTAA’s 2014 Conference on Textbook & Academic Writing in Baltimore, MD, June 20-21, will include a new track on “Writing Craft”. The track will feature four presentations by veteran textbook and academic writers in the form of sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, including:

Bingo! It’s a Match! Selecting an Academic Journal for Publication, presented by Dannelle D. Stevens
Confessions of a Reluctant Author: How to Write a Book When You Don’t Like to Write, presented by Susan Robison
Yikes! My Journal Article Was Rejected? Why & What to Do About It, presented by Dannelle D. Stevens
Academic Life Vests: Learning to Manage Multiple Writing Projects, presented by Tracey S. Hodges and Katherine Landau Wright

Visit the 2014 TAA Conference website to learn more about these sessions and to register.

How to edit a collective volume of papers from a conference

A collective volume is often a written record of a single conferenceacademic writing or symposium, or a record of the “acta” or proceedings of a series of meetings of an organization, often annual, stretching over a number of years; or, finally, a festschrift offered as an acknowledgement of an individual’s professional impact over a significant period of his life. Festschriften are often occasioned by 65th or 70th birthdays, retirement, or other excuses.

Individuals edit such volumes for a variety of motives, ranging from that of the team player working selflessly to insure the success of a joint venture, to loyalty and devotion to a particular individual, to that of the academic hoping for a raise or promotion as the result of another notch on the CV. As with much of human affairs, you motive is probably a mixed one. [Read more…]