Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Synopsis

Creating a book for the academic or professional market is a major undertaking--one that is likely to require an investment of hundreds of hours. This book offers a complete guide to the process, from weighing the costs and benefits of becoming an author, through negotiating a contract, to marketing the final book.

Excerpt

Many teachers and other professionals, like yourself, have "played with the idea" of authoring a textbook or professional reference book. Before you can make an informed decision about authoring one, you need information about the ways that you can be both helped and hurt by doing so. and if you decide that the benefits are likely to outweigh the losses, you will need certain information about the publishing industry to maximize the probability that your book will yield adequate financial and other rewards. Both types of information are furnished here in a style that is both conversational and candid. Most of it, incidentally, also is applicable to authoring and publishing educational and professional materials, including computer software, audio tapes, videotapes, diagnostic tests, and sets of teaching or therapy materials.

The content of this book mirrors that of a six-hour workshop that I have been offering since the mid-1980s for persons who are contemplating authoring a professional reference book or textbook. This workshop has been presented under the auspices of several universities and the Text and Academic Authors Association. Participants in it have included faculty from colleges and universities, junior colleges, and high schools, as well as working professionals. the disciplines in which they worked or taught included the physical sciences, biological sci-

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