TAA Member Community

Who We Are

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) provides a wide range of professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. Learn more

 


Discover the Benefits of Membership!

What Can TAA Do For You? As a TAA member, you have access to a host of benefits designed to maximize your authoring success.


CONNECT, Online Member Community

Gain valuable advice and insight by tapping into the collective expertise of your fellow members with TAA's online Member Community and E-Lists.

Webinars

Increase your productivity, learn new skills, and connect with industry experts who will answer your specific questions on a wide range of textbook and academic authoring and publishing topics.

Presentations on Demand

Listen to more than 100 presentations on demand on topics such as writing, editing, contracts, royalties, taxes, copyright, time management, and more, presented by a variety of industry experts.

Templates & Samples Resource Library

Browse this growing list of downloadable templates, worksheets, checklists and samples gathered from experienced textbook and academic authors and industry professionals to assist you with your own writing.

Academic & Textbook Writing Grants

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks. Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication. Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.

2015 Textbook Author Survey

This survey of 403 textbook authors by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) and digital book pioneer and industry expert June Jamrich Parsons gives insight into royalty rates for print and digital books.

NEW! Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide

This updated and expanded third edition will empower you to undertake textbook development by guiding you through the nuts and bolts of the development process, and providing essential background information on the changing higher education publishing industry, as well as how to choose a publisher, write a textbook proposal, negotiate a publishing contract, and establish good author-publisher relations.

Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts

In this step-by-step guide by Stephen Gillen, a Partner at Wood Herron & Evans, you will learn the key provisions of a typical textbook contract and how to determine what's important to you so that you can enter into the contract negotiation process better informed. Get the "typical", "better" and "better still" options you can consider when making decisions about what to negotiate. Members receive special rates.

Professional Directory

Locate industry professionals, such as editors, literary agents and attorneys specializing in textbook and academic writing. Discounts are offered by some providers.

Print Newsletter, The Academic Author

Stay connected to the textbook and academic authoring industry and gain inspiration and insight from articles and member profiles with TAA's The Academic Author print newsletter and eNewsletter.

TAA Blog | Abstract

Expand your authoring knowledge with access to hundreds of how-to articles, Q&As, book reviews and other educational resources on the TAA Blog, News & How-tos.

Annual Conference

Connect with your peers and industry experts, discover new ideas and practical solutions, and learn the latest industry developments at TAA’s annual conferences. Members receive discounted registration.

 
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