The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 31, 2015

What tricks or strategies do you use to get yourselfWriting is like a sport-you only get better if you practice. -Rick Riordan started and to get the words flowing? For me, on days when I need an extra push of motivation, I retreat to my favorite local coffee shop where there is nothing there to distract me. Words, sentences, and entire pieces are also always sure to form in my head while jogging or biking. When finally I return home the words never quite flow as eloquently onto the page as they did in my mind during that bike ride, but at least I have a starting place and an idea for what I want to write or how I want to write it. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: April 24, 2015

Every week I bring you what I feel are the most useful blog faulkner_get it down.take chancesposts from around the web. So, I hope it goes without saying that our blog also has some AMAZING content that should already be on your list to read! For example, a couple of really great posts that I hope you didn’t miss were 6 Tips for finding writing time and 6 Useful software tools for academic writers. We also have GREAT posts by guest bloggers like Cassie Premo Steele and Tanya Golash-Boza (and so many others!). My point is, our blog Abstract has great content every week. That’s why you should, if you haven’t already, sign-up to receive our weekly eNewsletter. (Simply enter your email in the box on the right and click ‘Subscribe!’). It will save you time because once a week, every week, you’ll receive this eNewsletter that is jam-packed with great articles to help you thrive as an academic or textbook author.

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: March 13, 2015

I’m excited for a few reasons this week. You fail only if you stop writing.First, spring-like temperatures have arrived and stuck around for multiple days. (Woot!) Second, this week’s most useful post is jam-packed with articles I think you’ll enjoy. Topics range from knockoff rating companies to massive open online courses (MOOCs). Third, I found this great quote by Ray Bradbury, “you fail only if you stop writing,” that I couldn’t wait to share with you all. This quote is so simple, yet so powerful.

We all define success differently but ultimately failure, that is no longer writing, is the same. If one journal or publisher rejects your writing, you don’t stop writing, you either tweak what you have, find a better fit, or start on another project. You haven’t failed until the moment you stop writing. In a bicycle race you haven’t failed unless you stop pedaling. Of course not everything we write is worthy of being called a masterpiece, but I don’t think that just because a piece of writing isn’t our best that it should be considered a failure. Isn’t it by writing and rewriting that we discover those masterpieces?

Happy writing! [Read more…]

Busy TAA People: McKeague to speak on online education panel at Stanford

Pat McKeagueTAA Member Pat McKeague, owner of XYZ Textbooks and MathTV.com, will be participating in a panel discussion at Stanford University on the future of online education, May 14 from 8-9:30 p.m. The discussion, “Reinventing the business of education,” is part of the 16th Annual New Frontiers in Computing event. “So far, the community colleges have been left out of most of the discussions on MOOCs, so I am very happy and excited to be invited to this conference,” said McKeague.

How MOOCs can offer opportunities for textbook sales

MOOCThe rapid rise in popularity of massive online open courses (MOOCs) may benefit students and textbook authors alike by increasing access to affordable higher education for students while creating new opportunities for boosting textbook sales.

MOOCs are free online classes offered by companies such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX. Coursera and Udacity were founded by Stanford professors, and edX is run collaboratively by MIT and Harvard. These companies partner with various universities in order to offer courses to millions of students worldwide—and the list of participating universities is growing. [Read more…]