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.
Resources for Writing and Publishing Success
TAA provides you with the key resources you need to succeed as a textbook author and academic writer. On this website you will find over 200 resources that give you tips and strategies on topics such as:
Stay connected to the textbook and academic authoring industry, gain inspiration and insight, and expand your authoring knowledge with how-to articles, Tips of the Trade, member profiles, and more.
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.
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.
Watch this series of three video tutorials to learn how to create a blog to promote your textbook and academic writing and expand your networking.
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.
Stay connected to the textbook and academic authoring industry, and gain inspiration and insight from articles and member profiles.
Browse our list of industry professionals, many offering discounted rates to TAA members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guide, prepared by TAA member and veteran textbook author Phil Tate, provides extensive research and detail to help you determine whether to report your royalty income on Schedule C or Schedule E.
Developed to help create a sense of community for textbook and academic authors, TAA’s chapter program provides an opportunity for authors to connect with their peers, find collaborators, and encourage the use of accountability partners. Participation in a chapter can help an institution’s faculty or an organization’s members improve their writing skills and become more successful authors.
A wide range of authoring-related resources, including other authoring organizations and groups, blogs, industry professionals, and tools.