Joy Hakim: Textbooks Should Be Great Books!
Joy Hakim began writing textbooks 25 years ago, at about the same time TAA was getting started. She thought she would write a one volume U.S. history in a year, or at most two, and get back to being a newspaper woman. Somehow the one-volume history turned into ten volumes and she found herself with a new career, as the author of textbooks that seem to break the rules for most textbook writing. Hakim is the author of the ten volume series, A History of US, which was featured in a 16-part PBS series, and the three volume series, The Story of Science, and is currently writing a third series on biology. Hakim will share some of her experiences (it hasn't been easy) and her thoughts on where the field may be heading.
Joy Hakim is the author of the ten volume K-12 textbook series, A History of US and the trade book, Freedom: A History of US, that accompanies a 16-part PBS series, all published by Oxford University Press. She is also the author of The Story of Science, a three volume series co-published by Smithsonian Books and the National Science Teachers Association. Hakim has a BA from Smith College and an MA and honorary doctorate from Goucher College.
Learn how to find an editor and desktop publisher and how to get your self-published book printed and distributed. Patrice Morin-Spatz, coauthor of the 2011 TAA McGuffey Award-winning textbook, cpTeach Expert Coding Made Easy!, will describe the process that has allowed her to avoid typical publishers, their royalties, and their rules. Her desktop publisher, Mark Lerner, will explain the desktop publishing process, how to get your books printed, and how to work with outside vendors for sales distribution.
Patrice Morin-Spatz started MedBooks in 1986 with a little under $1,000 in her pocket. Today she has self-published seven titles on the subject of medical coding and billing (and allied health profession). Morin-Spatz received her undergraduate degree in chemistry & art and went on to study basic medical sciences in her postgraduate work.
Mark Lerner has a varied background in collections, human resources and IT. He has worked with MedBooks for many years and desktop published all of its titles as well collaborated with outside vendors who could produce in both small and large quantities the books he has produced.
Brainstorming Academic Publishing
Presented by Dannelle Stevens, Rachel Toor,
and Richard Hull
Join three veteran academic authors in this interactive brainstorming session about issues facing the academic author, including selecting journals, working with editors, responding to referees, and deciding whether to revise and resubmit or submit elsewhere.
Richard Hull is TAA's Executive Director. He was Professor of Philosophy at SUNY at Buffalo from 1967 to 1997; he then took early retirement to explore a second career in nonprofit management. He has continued his academic writing and editing in addition to his duties at TAA, where he has served academic and textbook writers for over six years.
Rachel Toor is a former acquisitions editor at Oxford and Duke University Presses and now teaches creative writing in Eastern Washington University’s MFA program. She is the author of three books and writes a monthly column on issues in writing and publishing for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dannelle D. Stevens is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State. Her research and writing interests lie in studying and writing about ways for all educators to be more effective and productive. She has written numerous articles and co-authored four books, including Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change.
An eBook Update
Presented by Stephen E. Gillen
Learn what’s happening in the eBook market, what’s on the horizon, and what are the implications for your publishing contract, including typical deal terms.
Stephen E. Gillen, teaches Electronic Media Law at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Steve worked for nearly 20 years in publishing prior to entering private practice in the middle 1990’s. He is presently a partner at Wood, Herron & Evans (a 140-year-old Cincinnati law firm focused on intellectual property) where he concentrates his practice on publishing, media, and copyright matters.
How Authors Can Help Students with Disabilities
Presented by Sandra Ho and Tamara Rorie
The Student E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP) is a grant-supported national program that gives students with print disabilities such as blindness and dyslexia an equal opportunity benefit from textbook rental programs. This presentation will familiarize you with STEPP and show you how textbook authors can become more involved with the process of making their books equally accessible to all students.
Sandra Ho is the Manager of the Student E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP), an initiative led by the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC), in partnership with the AccessText Network and CourseSmart. She haspreviously worked in AMAC’s Production and IT departments. Her background also includes graphic design, web development, and marketing.
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