Writing an award-winning book: Interview with Dr. Cheryl Poth

Innovation in Mixed Methods Research: A Practical Guide to Integrative Thinking with Complexity won the 2020 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. In 2019 Dr. Poth was awarded TAA’s McGuffey Longevity Award as co-author of Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design. Given that last month we focused on mixed methods and this month we are focusing on careers, I wanted to chat with Dr. Poth about her book, and strategies that might help prospective textbook authors succeed.

2020 Textbook award-winning insight (Part 5): Longevity

We recently reached out to winners of the 2020 TAA Textbook Awards and asked them to answer some questions about why they made the decision to write their textbook, strategies they used for successful writing, advice on contracts, editing, marketing, co-authoring, and more. We will be sharing their answers in a series of posts over the next few weeks.

This final installment of the five-part series focuses on achieving long-term success for a manuscript.

Special Features of TAA Award-Winning Textbooks: From the 2019 Awardees

At the 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Philadelphia, PA, TAA members Al Trujillo and Dave Dillon hosted a panel of textbook award-winning authors to share features that they considered instrumental in the success of their books.  

The panel consisted of Jocelyn Nelson, author of Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions, 1st Edition, Frank Carrano and Timothy Henry, co-authors of Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 5th Edition, and Monica Sherwin and Dave Hall, co-authors of two winning titles, Oklahoma Studies Weekly – Our State, 6th Edition and New Mexico Studies Weekly – Our State, 1st Edition. Below is a summary of the textbook features they felt were most significant in the achievement of their 2019 Textbook Excellence awards.

Member Spotlight: Al Trujillo

TAA member Al Trujillo is a Professor of Oceanography at Palomar College and a textbook author in the Earth Science: Oceanography discipline.

Most recently, he has published the 12th edition of Essentials of Oceanography with Pearson Education. This textbook is the market-leading college-level oceanography textbook worldwide. He has worked on this title since its 6th edition. This book is also a TAA “Texty” Textbook Excellence Award winner [10th edition, 2011] and a TAA McGuffey Longevity Award winner [12th edition, 2017]. He is also a contributing author for the three oceanography chapters from “Unit 5: The Global Ocean” in Earth Science, 15th Edition and co-author of Introductory Oceanography, 10th Edition (a higher-level, more robust oceanography textbook), both published by Pearson Education.

Member Spotlight: Timothy M. Henry

TAA member Timothy M. Henry, Associate Professor and IT Graduate Director at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), is a textbook author in computer science and information technology with additional experience in the professional ethics discipline.

His most recent publication, co-authored with Sara Baase, is A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, Fifth Edition (Boston, Pearson Education, 2018). He has published two other books, both co-authored with Frank M Carrano: Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with C++ : Walls and Mirrors, Seventh Edition (Boston. Pearson Education, 2017) and Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, Fourth Edition (Boston. Pearson Education, 2015). The fifth edition of Data Structures and Abstractions with Java is going through page proofs for 2018 publication.