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And Thus the Voyage Ended

22 Jun

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All good things must come to an end, as difficult as that may be. As you may have heard or read by now, TSTC Publishing is closing down due to budget cuts. Since its establishment in 2004, TSTC Publishing has published around 80 titles, including Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas, Upgrade to Free: The Best Free & Low-Cost Online Tools and Apps, The RV Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing, and the TechCareers series, as well as instructional materials and textbooks.

TSTC Publishing has been dedicated to offering faculty throughout the country the opportunity to initiate and participate in a variety of textbook development projects. TSTC Publishing also offered faculty editorial help and guidance and assistance with materials production, distribution, and sales.

These last few years have been quite the adventure, filled with conferences, social gatherings, book signings, and so much more. We are sad to see this chapter end, but we are excited for the future. We would like to thank all of the authors, freelancers, and interns we have worked with over the years, as well as all of our vendors and customers. Thank you for your time and support.


(In Order of Appearance)

Mark Long

Melanie Peterson

Sheila Boggess

Wes Lowe

Stacie Buterbaugh

Ana Wraight

Pottermore: Exploring the World of Harry Potter

4 May

I have to admit, I was a little excited a few days ago when I spotted the “Your Pottermore account is ready! Step this way…” email in my inbox. I had all sorts of questions, all kinds of things I was curious about. What kind of content did J. K. Rowling include in Pottermore? What’s excluded? How do you navigate the chapters? What will Olivanders be like? Does the Sorting Hat actually sing? I could go on and on. I was eager to get started.

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Pottermore Promises to Bring the World of Harry Potter to Life

24 Apr

J. K. Rowling
Image from Pottermore Press Kit

I’m not a Potter-head. Let’s start things off by making that very clear. I do enjoy watching the films from time to time, lately in knitted envy more than anything else. I’ve read up to halfway through book five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. My friends and I did make up paper magic wands for when we saw the last film, but that’s about the maximum geekery I’ve indulged in with Harry Potter.

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My Library: “Books can be possessive, can’t they?”

28 Feb

Two of my bookshelves filled with well-loved books, oddities, and yarn

We’re starting a series of posts to help better introduce the TSTC Publishing team to you. Each post in this series will let them share with you the books they love most and the ones that fill their shelves. They will share their top 10 favorites and the ones they can’t stop re-reading. I hope that from this, you’ll get to know us a little better and share some of your favorites with us as well.

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John Green and the Nerdfighters: National Tour Proves Teenagers Still Love Books

6 Feb

A couple of weeks ago, my younger brother Justin and I packed up the car and drove down to Austin. We were on a mission: to find the Nerdfighteria van and see his favorite author, John Green, and singer, Hank Green. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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New Year’s Resolutions

9 Jan

At the beginning of each new year, we sit down and make a list of all the things we hope to accomplish. Some of us focus on becoming healthier, others spending more time with the family, and others on straightening out their finances.

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Getting Published: How many pages does it take?

19 Dec

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.

How many pages does it take to get into a book? A handful of websites have a few theories. Some of these sites even use these theories to help new writers become published!

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Small Demons: The Devil’s in the Details

1 Dec

Part of any story’s power lies in how we relate with the who, the what, and the where. Characters come to life through their oddities: the whiskey they drink, the way they hold a certain brand of cigarette as they smoke, the places where they eat dinner, the people they interact with, and the brand of boots they wear as they trudge down the street. We, as readers, connect with that as we read, establishing bonds with characters and agreeing to follow them through page after page, book after book.

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Texas Book Festival Promises Well-known Faces

21 Oct

TSTC Publishing is gearing up for this weekend’s Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. We’ve packed up the supplies (from paper fans picturing our latest books to koozies to sweets) and books and are ready to head out bright and early tomorrow morning.

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