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 350 resources that give you tips and strategies on topics such as:

  • How to find the publisher that's the best fit for you
  • What you need in your contract and what to watch out for
  • How to get your writing done efficiently and well
  • How to self-publish and market your work
  • And much, much 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.

Presentations on Demand

Listen to more than 250+ presentations on demand on topics such as writing, editing, contracts, royalties, taxes, copyright, time management, and more, presented by a variety of industry experts.

Templates & Samples Resource Library

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.

Academic & Textbook Writing Grants

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.

Free eBooks

Browse this growing library of free ebooks, including Social Media 101: Tips for Academic Writers and Writing and Publishing Academic Journal Articles.

One-Hour Editing & Coaching Sessions

Need help with a writing project? TAA members can sign up to receive a one-hour editing or coaching session from one of our professional editor or coach partners.

Newsletter, The Academic Author

Stay connected to the textbook and academic authoring industry, and gain inspiration and insight from articles and member profiles.

TAA Blog | Abstract

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.

Professional Directory

Browse our list of industry professionals, many offering discounted rates to TAA members.

2020 Textbook Contracts & Royalties Survey

TAA’s online 2020 Textbook Contracts & Royalties Survey was aimed at published textbook authors with the goal of providing a look into the range of royalties and contract options offered for print and digital textbooks.

NEW! Industry Professional Special Offers & Online Bulletin Board

TAA announces two new member benefits: special offers, including discounts, downloads, white papers, and more from Industry Professional Members, and an Online Bulletin Board where you can post messages seeking coauthors or mentors, offering publishing opportunities and more.

Month of Motivation

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 new Month of Motivation program, now available by subscription!

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for TAA Members

In this section we will provide authors with resources collated by TAA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to assist you in applying DEI principles to your own writing to improve DEI in your own and/or fellow authors' writing projects.

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.

How Reporting Royalty Income Affects Taxes

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.

TAA Book Resources

The following resources are for purchasers of Guide to Making Time Write: 100+ Time & Productivity Tips for Textbook and Academic Authors; Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions in Scholarly, Educational and Trade Publishing; Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide; and Guide to Textbook Publishing Contracts. The passwords are included in both the books and the purchase confirmation emails. Contact [email protected] if you need assistance locating the passwords. Click here to purchase

Guide to Making Time to Write Resources

Writing and Developing Your College Textbook resources

Guide to Rights Clearance & Permissions resources