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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.