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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.


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Mark Long

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Wes Lowe

Stacie Buterbaugh

Ana Wraight

My Personal Library: If the subject is too large for adult fiction, write it for children

17 Apr

In this newest installment about the personal libraries of TSTC Publishing staff, marketing intern Emilly Martinez discusses children’s literature, young adult fiction and postmodern books.

“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.”
― Philip Pullman

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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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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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TSTC Publishing Launches Kickstarter Campaign

3 Nov

Skeletal specters. A red-eyed wild man. Devilish witches. Ghost stories abound in almost every town. Texas towns, it seems, are no exception. These are the stories that make up TSTC Publishing’s latest book, Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas. Bradley T. Turner compiled the stories with photographs by Mark Burdine. The book, set for a Nov. 22 release, is part of the Kickstarter project, a new form of online fundraising.

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Upgrade to Free Gathers Free Online Tools & Apps

3 Aug

Our newest book, Upgrade to Free: The Best Free & Low-Cost Online Tools & Apps offers an expansive array of useful computer tools for professionals and casual Internet users. The book, released Aug. 1, includes more than 300 applications and websites, tips for ease of use and testimonials from successful users. With stories relating how the tools helped improve the author Beth Ziesenis’ own life, the book is full of productive information. QR codes on each page also allow readers to use smartphones to scan codes that will take them to the specific tool’s website.

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Where’s that Back-to-School Smell?

11 Jul

Remember the smell of returning back to school? Floors freshly waxed, school paper supplies with that waxy crayon smell (at least in early grades)? Then there was the smell of textbooks being handed out. I’m guessing that aroma had something to do with the ink in my blood that led me into a writing/editing/marketing career.

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Anyone Up for a Little Jing?

6 Jun

Did you know the word, “desserts,” is just “stressed” spelled backward?

That’s one of the first things Beth Ziesenis taught me when she sent cookies our way after signing a contract to be TSTC Publishing’s newest author, and she’s been teaching me ever since. With her first book, Upgrade to Free: The Best Free & Low-Cost Online Tools & Apps, I’ve learned about Jing, Kuku Klok,, FlipMyText, Font Squirrel, and much more.

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A Kindle Carol: What My Book-Signing Experience Would Have Lacked

2 May

Audrey holding "New Moon," by Stephenie Meyer and waiting in line for a book-signing.

A few years ago during my senior year of high school, my mom gave me permission to skip school to attend a book release with some friends at a Barnes and Noble bookstore 45 minutes across town. We met in the school parking lot at 5 a.m. to carpool and make sure we were in line by six, and then waited six hours for the actual release.

The book? “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with who Stephenie Meyer is, I’ll give you a brief rundown.

Stephenie Meyer is responsible (single-handedly, in my opinion) for the sudden outburst of obsessions surrounding werewolves, vampires and the actor Robert Pattinson. Ringing any bells?

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