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. TAA members receive much more than they pay in dues each year. 

Here are just some of the benefits TAA members receive:

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Professional Development


Grants & Discounts

  • Offset your out-of-pocket expenses with publication grants or maximize your royalty potential with a textbook contract review grant.
  • Browse a list of academic coaches, editors, consultants, intellectual property attorneys, indexers, accountants and tax advisors, and more, offering discounted rates exclusively to TAA members in TAA's Professional Directory.
  • Take advantage of special offers from TAA Industry Professional Members, including discounts, downloads, white papers, and more.

Writing Programs

  • Accomplish your academic writing goals by focusing on two areas of academic writing that many authors tend to struggle with - isolation and accountability – with TAA’s Month of Motivation program, now available by subscription! Open to members only. 
  • Flex your writing muscles in the TAA Writing Gym. This 6-week work-out-on-your-own gym time will serve as your writing accountability partner as you work to achieve your writing goals. The gym is open to those writing textbooks, scholarly journal articles, and dissertations. Open to members only.
  • Get support on writing your first textbook with this new online course, Writing and Developing Your College TextbookWriting and crafting a textbook and attending to authoring tasks is a time-consuming, complex—some would say monumental—project, even harrowing at times. Whether you are writing a textbook for a traditional publisher, self-publishing, or writing an open-access textbook, this course covers everything you need to be successful.

Advocacy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
View materials TAA's DEI Committee has developed, or information about fellow TAA members' experience and advice, regarding how you can apply DEI principles to your own writing, and steps you can take to improve DEI for your own and/or fellow authors' writing projects.

Read the TAA Code of Ethics and TAA's Position Statement on the Academic Value of Textbooks


Books


Guide to Making Time to Write: 100+ Time & Productivity Management Tips for Textbook and Academic Authors

Making time to write–and doing it productively–can be challenging. So, to help you succeed, we’ve collected 100+ successful tips and strategies–and a lot of inspiration–from authors who have made the time and made it work. In this Guide to Making Time to Write, you will find just what you need to boost your productivity, adjust your routine, and focus on your writing efforts once and for all. Isn’t it time for you to make the time to write?

Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions in Scholarly, Educational, and Trade Publishing
Learn what you need to know to avoid and manage copyright infringement claims that arise from the publication of your book, article, or media project. In this book, intellectual property attorney Stephen E. Gillen covers the unique rights clearance and permission issues related to writing scholarly works. 

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.