Launching a Consulting Business Part 2: Promoting Yourself
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by Sierra Pawlak
3d ago
By Sierra Pawlak In his 2023 TAA webinar,  “How to Leverage a Textbook or Academic Book to Launch a Consulting Career,” Bill Curry, a public procurement consultant and textbook author, details important steps you can take to promote yourself and your work, including creating your website, expanding your presence on LinkedIn, and writing your author page on Amazon and your publisher’s website. For resources on starting a new consulting business, read part one of this series here. “I recommend that you not rely solely on your publisher’s marketing and sales efforts,” says Curry. “You w ..read more
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Busy TAA People: Victoria Davis Earns Master’s in Education in School Counseling
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by TAA
6d ago
TAA member Victoria Davis earned her Master’s in Education in School Counseling from Cleveland State University in May of 2024. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Services, specializing in Family Life Education, from Lubbock Christian University. Davis is an avid writer and researcher who loves to advocate for children and families. Her plans after graduation include finding a position as a School Counselor and using her writing skills to develop social emotional learning materials for schools and educational ..read more
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Busy TAA People: Kenneth Saladin Honored by Georgia College & State University
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by TAA
1w ago
(L to R) GSCU provost; Saladin and his grandson who helped in the unveiling as part of celebrating his 10th birthday; GSCU university president; and GCSU vice president for university development. TAA member Kenneth Saladin was honored by Georgia College & State University (GSCU) at an April 12, 2024 ceremony renaming its science building the Kenneth S. Saladin Integrated Science Complex. Saladin, the distinguished professor emeritus of biology at GSCU, joined the college’s faculty in 1977, and is the university’s largest donor. He is the author of the best-selling textbook, Anatomy & ..read more
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TAA Featured in Episode of The A&P Professor Podcast
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by TAA
1w ago
TAA was featured in an episode of The A&P Professor podcast on April 12, “Pulse of Progress, Looking Back, Moving Forward,” with host Kevin Patton, an award-winning anatomy and physiology textbook author. Kevin’s comments about the benefits of TAA membership and invitation to attend TAA’s 2024 Conference on Textbook & Academic Authoring come in at 50:22. In the episode, Kevin says: “With a strongly supportive network of colleagues, TAA provides many resources and active, engaging opportunities for growth and network-forming. TAA meets the needs of those interested in creating textbooks ..read more
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Be Good to Yourself
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by John Bond
1w ago
By John Bond We have all read the stories about mental health over the past few years, particularly in the wake of COVID (not that it is gone). Whether articles about depression, anxiety, loneliness, or other challenges, mental health has been elevated in our national discourse. Thankfully. All of that being said, mental health can have an effect on your writing, in both directions. Lack of progress, a false start, a problematic co-author, or movement in the wrong direction can hit a writer hard. It can cause one to question the work they are doing, or just stop. It can activate or exacerbate ..read more
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Meet the Newest Member of Our Team
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by Kim Pawlak
3w ago
We are pleased to welcome Trisha Rulewicz as our new Membership Administrative Assistant. She joined the team on April 22. She has experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, and educational sectors, assisting in classrooms, providing administrative and human resource support, and event planning. Trisha will maintain the TAA member database, assist members with their inquiries, and provide support to other TAA staff members. She is excited to be part of TAA and support the needs of academic and textbook authors. The post Meet the Newest Member of Our Team appeared first on Abstract ..read more
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Generative AI from a Writing Coach’s Perspective
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by Dave Harris
1M ago
By Dave Harris Following last week’s conversation circle, I was thinking about the fear that AI may take our jobs. Professionally, as a writing coach, this struck me because fear is one of the great dangers to a writer. Personally, however, I’m not interested in using AI as a tool because I have my own ideas to explore and writing, teaching, and research all help me develop those ideas. My internal curiosity won’t disappear if some AI takes my job, nor will my need to find good ways to occupy my time. For those reasons, I will continue my work as a writing coach, teacher, and researcher. If yo ..read more
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XanEdu Offering April AI Webinar Series for First-Year Student Transition Community
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by TAA
1M ago
XanEdu Publishing will be presenting a three-part series of webinars on April 15, 22, and 29 from 3-4 p.m. ET tailored to the first-year student transition community and their relationship with AI, led by Dr. Jean Mandernach, Executive Director for the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching. The series will explore how to use AI to transform teaching and learning, how to foster student engagement, and introduce strategies to enhance studying through AI. Sessions include: Session 1: Unleashing the Power of AI: Transforming First-Year Teaching and Learning Session 2: Teaching with AI: S ..read more
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How You Can Experience Your Best Moments at Work or in Leisure
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by Angelica Ribeiro, PhD
1M ago
By Angelica Ribeiro Have you ever lost track of time at work or in leisure? If so, you were in flow, a feeling you should often experience. Let me explain. In his book Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shares that “the best moments in [your life] are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable […]. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” You can experience these best moments when you are in flow. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow i ..read more
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Want to Write a Column? Admonitions and Advantages
Textbook & Academic Authors Association
by Noelle Sterne, Ph.D.
1M ago
By Noelle Sterne, PhD At barbecues with friends or departmental parties with people you want to impress, you love tossing off, eyes modestly lowered, “Oh, I’m a regular columnist for Extreme Anachronisms.” But if you’ve been invited or want to start a column (or regular blog) and continue basking in such glory, realize what you’ve taken on. A quality column takes consistent effort, thought, faithfulness, and rewriting. Experienced column writers know this. From my experience writing several columns and the advice of several column writers I interviewed, here are ten of the most challenging and ..read more
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