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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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Successful conference season draws to a close

18 Jun

It’s been a few weeks since TSTC Publishing staffed its last booth of the season at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in Austin. Since October when I started with TSTC Publishing, I’ve helped to staff a booth at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA)  in Houston, Texas Library Association (TLA)  in San Antonio, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  in Dallas and this last one in Austin. While certainly not a pro yet, I, at least, can say I’ve gained experience in using conferences to help get the word out about our books.

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Strategic Publishing Initiatives: Flat World Knowledge

1 Mar

Week before last it was time for the annual Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Conference that was held this year in Austin, Texas. This was the third year in a row we’ve exhibited there and it was familiar yet still interesting. (Odds and ends of photos can be found here.) In the exhibit hall we visited with folks from the various TSTC colleges as well as with other people we’ve come to know from Cengage, Norton, American Technical Publishers, and Hampden.

A personal highlight was tagging along to a dinner that Thursday night with Dr. Eric Foner, historian extraordinaire, while, in a more practical sense, the most helpful (and surprising) thing that happened was my wife showing up unannounced in the exhibit hall Saturday morning with a couple of IKEA tall chairs for me and Lindsey to use. That is, if you sit in a regular chair at your booth it tends to make you look slouchy; however, standing on your feet all day is just murder. Murder! Last year we noticed that the president of ATP in the booth next to us used a tall chair—that way you’re at eye level while sitting down when people come up to the booth instead of looking like you’re working a garage sale waiting to make change in nickels for crazy people buying your junk—and we had talked about getting a couple of them; however, it took my blushing bride to actually pull the trigger on that.

Anyway, old home week, dinners, and tall chairs aside, the most interesting new thing I saw in the exhibit hall was the Flat World Knowledge booth.

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Publishing Conferences: The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age 2009

12 Feb

apccWhoosh. What a day: five sessions in a row at The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center next to the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M. Overall, though, it was a good day.

First thing this morning I tried to get a wireless connection at the conference center but when that didn’t work I struck up a conversation with a guy sitting in the lobby next to me. Typically, I can contentedly stand in a corner all day at the periphery of a crowd with some kind of dour look on my face that is inherently uninviting so in the interest of “networking”—that is, as I call it, “schmoozing” and/or, as my wife refers to it, “being sociable”—I did my best to break out of that mode.

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Publishing Conferences: The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age

8 Feb

confbanner2Blogging has been light lately—then again, blogging is almost always light—but the last month has been particularly busy with the PR blitz about to kick off for the new RV DVDs and forthcoming RV books. (Certainly, however, it does seem like a million years ago, not just a month, since I had the time/inclination to spend a big chunk of publishing-related energy doing things like editing videos of trips to Abilene.) This next week, though, will be a change of pace as I’ll be attending The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age conference at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

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Conference & Conventions: ACTE 2008 (Charlotte, NC) Wrap Up

6 Dec

acte-2008I had planned to blog each of the last three nights we (Lindsey and I) have been in Charlotte, NC, for the 2008 Association for Career & Technical Education convention, but the wireless Internet connection was so slow at night—although not in the mornings—at The Westin that it just wasn’t feasible. Then again, I’m such a nerd about getting to places ahead of time that, as always, I’ve gotten to the gotten to the gate for the flight out 2 1/2 hours ahead of time so it’s giving me a chance to get caught up now.

Much of this trip—our only one outside of Texas this year—was like most others: talk to folks, collect business cards to send out desk copies next week, elevate swollen feet at night  in the hotel room while watching old episodes of NCIS after standing around all day in the exhibit hall. Then again, also as always, there were some odds and ends of stuff that were enough different—“weird” or even that “out of the ordinary” would probably be overstating it—to remember for the future.

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Conferences & Conventions: NISOD 2008 Wrap-Up

30 May

And, what a week—or at least half a week—it was at NISOD! I had planned to post updates daily but by the end of each day I was ready to hurl myself onto the bed in my hotel room, prop up my throbbing feet, and get caught up on the latest “must-see” (yes, that’s the ironic use of quotation marks) cable television shows given that at home we’re still happily chugging along with rabbit ears and 5-6 channels. (Even though it’s been on TV for a while, this was the first time I’d ever seen Bridezillas, which was certainly a spectacle of sorts in its own right.) Anyway, highlights of this year’s NISOD convention included:

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