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This section provides a collection of links to author organizations, groups, and resources especially for textbook and academic authors.

Textbook & Academic Writing Blogs

Explorations of Style. Rachael Cayley is a wealth of knowledge for academic writing and productivity.

Get a Life, PhD. Tanya Golash-Boza offers practical step-by-step advice for various aspects of the writing and publishing process.

James Hayton, PhD. James Hayton has a vast archive of articles, many of which I'm sure you'll find to be practical, easy to follow, and, of course, helpful.

patter. Pat Thomson covers everything from thesis writing to journal etiquette and rejections, to how to get started on the page.

PhD Talk. Tips not only include those on writing and motivation, but also on surviving as a PhD student. Eva Lantsoght will draw you in with her down-to-earth personality and sound advice.

ScholarStudioBlogThis blog is unique in that it addresses graduate students as well as graduate faculty and administrators. By “overhearing” articles addressed to their counterparts, these stakeholders in graduate education come to better understand each other’s needs and professional realities.

The Academic Creative. Katie Linder is an academic creative. Whether she's writing books, recording podcast episodes, hosting webinars, or building courses, she loves to create new things that help other academics and higher education professionals see their creative potential.

The Chronicle of Higher Education. The ‘Advice’ section offers academics advice for all facets of academia, but if you scroll almost to the bottom you’ll find the heading, ‘Page Proof.’ Focus is on academic writing and book proposals; all are written by Rachel Toor.

The Scholarly KitchenThe mission of the Society for Scholarly Publishing is “[t]o advance scholarly publishing and communication, and the professional development of its members through education, collaboration, and networking.” The Scholarly Kitchen is a moderated and independent blog aimed to help fulfill this mission by bringing together differing opinions, commentary, and ideas, and presenting them openly.

The Textbook Author contains tips, tools, and notes on the practical side of being an academic text author.

The Thesis Whisperer developed ‘Shut up and Write!’ which “turns writing from a solitary, to a social experience.” You can either start a group near you or find a group in your area using their interactive map.

Author-Related Services

2020 Exhale Writing Retreat, Online writing retreats take place on Fridays.

Academia.edu is a "tree of academics around the world" that helps academics keep track of new people and papers in their field.

Ankura Consulting Group is a business advisory and expert services firm.  As an independent firm built on five key principles – Integrity, Quality, Diversity, Collaboration and Longevity – Ankura’s relationships extend beyond one engagement or issue. Ankura has an extensive practice relating to royalty compliance audits of underlying publishing agreements.

Archstone Law Group, P.C. provides creative legal solutions to help their clients - including textbook and academic authors in all disciplines- make the most of their intellectual property. 

BookXtra is a free service for authors. Add your book cover and your book's accompanying & unique content to sell your book from their website.

Copyright Clearance Center helps authors, creators, individual copyright holders and their representatives license the use of their copyrighted material and gain a deeper knowledge of the business of writing.

Enago specializes in providing scientific and academic editing services to researchers and helps them to get published in high-impact factor journals globally.

Enago Academy's Book Review Section provides the perfect platform for publishers and authors to showcase their books along with reviews written by distinguished experts in their fields.

FlatWorld is a higher-education publisher dedicated to breaking down the barriers to education. By offering more than 100 titles starting at $29.95 each, we're helping put textbooks in the hands of all students, on the first day of class.

Gadget Software designs smart manuals around collections of ideas, each containing media elements that are key to express its concept (e.g. images, videos, maps, etc.). Our smart manuals can connect to other data resources to bring relevant information into view, and can integrate with other technologies, such as AR and smart eyewear, to provide a complete understanding of an important process or procedure. Just as Google and Waze maps help us navigate from one place to another, smart manuals help us quickly navigate from one idea or concept to another.

Global English Editing is an online-only professional editing company that provides specialist academic editing services to academics and PhD students seeking publication.

Open Colleges: 5 Handy Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills - Professional editor, Lisa Lepki, explains 5 ways to edit your writing to get your point across much more clearly.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Publishing Training Centre is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry and developing publishing skills.

Research to Action (R2A) is a website catering for the strategic and practical needs of people trying to improve the uptake of development research, in particular those funded by DFID.

Riverwinds Consulting offers a full catalog of services to associations, publishers, and other organizations. Specializing in scholarly publishing, Riverwinds addresses both print and digital needs.

Scholar StudioDr. Daveena Tauber is a scholar and writing consultant who works with graduate programs and graduate students nationally and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University. Daveena is passionate about helping graduate students succeed and has worked with hundreds of clients as they have defended theses and dissertations, published articles, and landed jobs. Her talks and workshops are engaging and valuable.

StudentMentor.org pairs professionals with college students in a mentor/mentee relationship.

The Expert Editor recently published a list of the top 50 apps and resources for writers.

Thought Clearing provides dissertation coaching and academic editing services.

Wendy Laura Belcher: Writing Advice for AcademicsFrom the author of the best-seller Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (2nd ed, 2019), which has helped thousands to publish their important work and has been cited in over 270 publications, this website provides advice and support for academics searching for writing assistance. Dr. Belcher is a professor of medieval, early modern, and modern African literature at Princeton University.

WordCo is America’s largest full-service indexing company, with offices located in Norwich, Connecticut. Our clients include many of the major publishing houses as well as smaller presses and individual authors. Our team of indexing professionals is dedicated to getting the job done right, on time, and for a fair price.

Software for Textbook & Academic Authors

Best Project Management Software. A list of the best project management software options of 2018, assembled by Cloudwards.

Book Royalties Calculator is an online tool that compares the book royalty rates for each publishing option. Individuals and groups can utilize the calculator to compare publishing avenues, and determine the earning potential for various publications.

Bulk Rename Utility. This free file renaming software for Windows allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria.

Crossref makes research outputs easy to find, cite, link, and assess.

Evernote provides one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer.

Fences desktop organizer helps you organize your PC by automatically placing your shortcuts and icons into resizable shaded areas on your desktop called fences. 

Goodsync synchronizes and backs up files such as photos, financial documents, MP3s and emails between desktops, laptops, servers and external drives.

Instapaper allows you to save and store articles, videos and other information you find while browsing and read it across all of your devices.

Roboform password organizer. This password management software allows you to use only one master password to access all of your password-protected sites.

The Lens serves global patent and scholarly knowledge as a public good to inform science- and technology-enabled problem solving.

Open Access Resources

B.C. Campus Open Education: Open Textbook Self-Publishing Guide is a practical reference/development tool for individuals or groups wanting to write and publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, and publication of an open textbook as well as the importance of editing and proofreading, Copyright, open copyright licenses, and the differences between citation and attribution are discussed.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available. DOAJ operates an education and outreach program across the globe, focussing on improving the quality of applications submitted.

Free Journal NetworkThe purpose of this site is to promote scholarly journals run according to the Fair Open Access model (roughly, journals that are controlled by the scholarly community, and have no financial barriers to readers and authors – see the Fair Open Access Principles for full details).

Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

panOpen is a platform that enables mainstream institutional adoption of Open Educational Resources as an alternative to commercial textbooks.

ScienceOpen is a professional networking platform for scholars to enhance their research in the open, make an impact, and receive credit for it. We provide context building services for publishers, to bring researchers closer to the content than ever before. Our advanced search and discovery functions, combined with post-publication peer review, recommendation, social sharing, and collection-building features make ScienceOpen the only research platform you’ll ever need.

Springer Open Access books. A filtered search for Open Access books published by Springer International Publishing AG.

The Enago Open Access Journal Finder enables you to find quality open access journals that are pre-vetted to protect you from predatory publishers. This free journal finder solves common issues on predatory journals, journal authenticity, and article processing fees by utilizing a validated journal index provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Author-Related Websites

200 Best Writing Tools And Resources Every Student Needs covers information about different types of academic papers, as well as useful tools and resources for students.

24 Tips for Teaching Writing The 24 essays in this collection will prompt teachers to help their students grasp changes in what is acceptable language, explore the mysteries of word usage, and learn strategies to improve their writing. The essays are drawn from Lingua Franca, The Chronicle’s free blog about language in academe. 

A Comprehensive Guide to APA Citations and Format provides you with an overview of APA format. Included is information about referencing, various citation formats with examples for each source type, and other helpful information.

Academic Decluttering designed and facilitated by Meggin McIntosh, PhD. This series will not be “decluttering lite.” Yes, we will talk about paper and other physical stuff that is clogging up your office and home. Yes, we will talk about email and digital clutter. And, we will also talk about commitments, promises, hostility, stories, roles, planners, to-do lists, and more. Your learning will be framed using these six principles: courage, authenticity, service, truthfulness, love, and effectiveness (CASTLE® Principles).

Co-authorship in the Humanities and Social Sciences is a white paper exploring the experiences of co-authorship by researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

Copyright Clearance Center's Beyond the Book explores issues facing the information content industry and helps creative professionals realize the full potential of their works, while encouraging respect for intellectual property and the principles of copyright.

Editorial Freelancers Association offers resources to scholarly and textbook editors, indexers, and other editorial professionals.

Enago Academy offers comprehensive and up-to-date resources for researchers, publishers, editors, and students to learn and share their experience about research and publishing. Enago Academy also conducts workshops primarily for ESL authors, early-stage researchers, and graduate students.

IBPA Hybrid Publisher Criteria. In February 2018, the IBPA Advocacy Committee published a list of nine criteria defining what it means to be a professional hybrid publisher.

Image Description Guidelines. These image description guidelines were developed by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) in conjunction with the DIAGRAM Center (Digital Image And Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials) at Benetech.

Introduction to Academic Writing and Publishing Master CourseThis how to: academia master course created by Katie Linder includes nine mini-courses for new and experienced academic authors. This master course covers: Juggling Multiple Writing Projects; Organizing an Edited Collection; Promoting an Academic Book; Interacting with Journal Editors; Setting & Accomplishing Writing Goals; Writing a Book Proposal; Being a Productive Writer; Creating & Maintaining Your Publishing Pipeline; and Designing a Five-Year Publishing Plan.

Office Hours Rebus Community & Open Textbook Network bring you "Office Hours". A regular video chat with special guest on topics around all things Open Textbooks.

Scholars' Retreat is a for-profit retreat designed to provide the opportunity for intensive, focused, non-distracting, supervised writing time so that you may make significant progress toward the completion of your dissertation, thesis, or writing project.

Scribendi offers professional editing and proofreading and contains articles about front matter, how to conquer writer’s block, tips to stay awake when writing, how to use proper punctuation, and common mistakes to avoid in writing.

SoTL by Design is your comprehensive guide to navigating the IRB process, choosing a research question, exploring SoTL research designs, mapping evidence, creating a data analysis plan, crafting a project timeline, and strategizing about the dissemination of SoTL project results.

The 30 Articles in Just 30 Days Self-paced, Self-study Program gives you the structure and instruction to be able to write 300- to 1000-word articles easily and quickly.  You can drop the stress and anxiety and instead find yourself writing regularly – and very possibly – even enjoying it!

The Academic Book Promotion Toolkit is a course for new and experienced academic authors who need the structure, tools, templates, and guidance to create a plan and timeline for promoting a new book.

The Complete Guide to MLA & Citations provides an in-depth overview of MLA format. It includes information related to MLA citations, plagiarism, proper formatting for in-text and regular citations, and examples of citations for many different types of sources.

Author Organizations

Alliance of Independent Authors. ALLi is an open and diverse organisation with a core mission of ethics and excellence in self-publishing.

American Society of Indexers. ASI's mission is to promote excellence in indexing and to increase awareness of the value of well-written, well-designed indexes.

Artists Rights Society. The Artists Rights Society, based in New York, is the preeminent copyright, licensing and monitoring organization for visual articles in the U.S.

Association of American Publishers. The AAP is the principal trade association of the book publishing industry.

Authors Coalition. The Authors Coalition represents several major U.S. author organizations, including the Text and Academic Authors Association, as a recipient of repatriated reprographic monies for its member organizations.

Authors Guild. The Authors Guild predominantly represents trade book authors.

Dramatists Guild. The Dramatists Guild is the professional association of playwrights, composers, lyricists & librettists.

The International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media (IARTEM). Nonprofit professional membership association whose mission is to promote research on, and an understanding of, textbooks and educational media; establish contact between all parties interested in educational media and textbook issues; and strengthen the focus on educational media and textbook issues in teacher education and teacher training.

Mystery Writers of America. Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.

National Association of Science Writers. NASW fights for the free flow of science news.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 25,000 graduate students, post-docs and faculty members

National Writers Union. The National Writers Union, formed in 1981, is affiliated with the United Auto Workers union and the AFL-CIO.

Novelists, Inc. Novelists Inc. is based in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Ninc is the only writers organization devoted exclusively to the needs of multi-published novelists.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. OASPA is an international community of Open Access publishers whose mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally, across all subjects and disciplines.

Romance Writers of America. Romance Writers is based in Houston, Texas.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers. SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres.

Sisters in Crime. Sisters in Crime promotes the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Sisters of the Academy. Founded in 2001, the mission of Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Institute is to facilitate the success of Black women in the Academy.

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Based in Los Angeles, SCBWA is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

The above directory is being built as members give us information about other author organizations and author resources. We will do our best to build a comprehensive list and to keep the list up-to-date. But because there are so many author organizations, and because some are short-lived, you may find some information is dated. Please help us keep the list current. Email us at [email protected]

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