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.
What TAA members value:
"TAA provides a welcoming, inclusive platform for brand new novice writers as well as seasoned professional writers, removing many of the mysteries and myths, and providing high level tools and expertise."
"TAA has 'tons' of resources available for a VERY reasonable cost. The website is GREAT. The TAA members and staff have been very willing to provide workable suggestions to help me solve several issues that I've faced in my continuing efforts to publish my first book."
"TAA gives me a multi-dimensional perspective on textbook and academic publishing. By helping me understand what authors and publishers want and need, it empowers me to do a better job as a freelance editor."
"My favorite TAA benefit is the opportunity it provides me to connect with other writers from different disciplines. Through this exposure, I have realized the writing issues I encounter are not singular to me--or my discipline. I value discussing, with other writers, solutions to common writing issues."
"One of the things I appreciate about being a TAA member is the networking opportunities with other textbook authors. Being an author is a time-consuming and individual endeavor, so it's nice to communicate with other authors about authorship issues. In June  I attended my first TAA conference, and I learned so many useful things I can employ in my writing! Plus the breakout sessions and social events were fantastic."
"Having a TAA Chapter at Texas A&M University helps our members feel connected to colleagues who are actively promoting the growth and success of academic writers!"
"I love the annual conferences, the chance to learn from others and to network. TAA is a treasure trove of useful information!"
"TAA provides a like-minded community for people to share ideas, advice, and commiseration."
"Having been a textbook and academic author for 12 years, I wish I had discovered TAA earlier in my writing career. Although I have been a member of TAA for only a few years, it is one of the few organization s to which I belong that I have received both immediate and continued benefit. Whether dealing with tax issues, copyright questions, royalties, contracts, or simply connecting with fellow authors, TAA is my go-to organization."
"I have used the TAA model contract to improve my own contracts, and have been very impressed with the legal referrals I have had from TAA."
"The resources on the TAA website have been incredible. I am truly grateful to have been introduced to this association."
"The TAA newsletter and numerous other benefits are a rich resource for faculty struggling to keep up with the changing world of academic writing."
"I am a TAA member because I feel that I am a member of a community consisting of tremendously talented and brilliant individuals."
"TAA is the only professional organization that meets my needs as a textbook author. I feel fortunate to be a member!" Darla Ferris Miller, author of Positive Child Guidance
I am a TAA member because...
We invite you to share how TAA membership has helped you boost your writing & publishing success. Email your testimonial along with your name, title, college/university/company (if applicable), and/or whether you are a textbook author and in what field, and/or your writing field, to Membership Coordinator Bekky Murphy at Bekky.Murphy@TAAonline.net