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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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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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Conferences & Conventions: The Top 25 Things to Take When Exhibiting

22 May

As I’ve noted in the last couple of posts, we’ve been getting geared up for the last week or so to go to the NISOD convention in Austin next week. Grace and I will be doing a presentation about the publishing operation on Tuesday but, much more labor intensive, will be assembling (Sunday), manning (Sunday through Tuesday), and then then taking down (Tuesday night) the TSTC Publishing booth in the exhibit hall.

NISOD is one of our best opportunities to see people from around the TSTC System as well as make new contacts from the rest of the State and country. So, given that, you want to make sure that you’ve got everything laid out to take with you well ahead of time so as not to forget something small (or big) that’s crucial. I’ve learned the hard way from personal experience—I’m famous for leaving all my dress shirts behind hanging on the kitchen door when going out of town–to put together a detailed list of what we need to take with us.

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Conferences & Conventions: Start Your NISOD 2008 Engines!

20 May

So, next week is the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development conference in Austin. (You can download a PDF of the program here.) Special thanks are due to our work study Carmen Rangel who designed a 6×9 postcard to promote the session Grace and I will be presenting at on Tuesday, May 27, about our publishing operation. (If you click on the thumbnail at the top of this post you can see a larger version of front of it.) This makes the fourth year in a row I’ve attended and I have to admit that I always look forward to it.

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Conferences & Conventions: 2008 Publishing Business Conference & Expo

11 Mar

book-expo-logo.jpgGreetings from New York as the last two days of the 2008 Publishing Business Conference & Expo have just wrapped up!

Normally I would have tried to update daily about the particular sessions I went to but, given the amount of information I took in—or, rather, am still trying to process in conjunction with the copious notes I took throughout—I’ll try to blog about the specifics over the next week or so. (Then again, to make my way to La Guardia tomorrow I’ll end up there like three hours before my flight leaves so I may get to this sooner rather than later.) There are, however, some overarching conclusions I’ve already reached.

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Book Publishing Operations: A Day in the Life of a Book Publisher

7 Mar

snow-on-highway.jpg5:00 am Automated wake up call at Best Western in Abilene, Texas

5:05 am Make coffee extra strong by using two coffee pods crammed into coffee maker in room

5:15 am Consider going to fitness center while listening to sleet hit room’s window

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Conferences & Conventions: 2008 Texas Community College Teachers Association Convention

25 Feb

dr-pepper.jpgHaving just gotten back from spending the end of last week—February 21-23—at the 2008 TCCTA convention, the first thing I must do is thank Bobby King of the Dr Pepper Bottling Group in Waco, Texas, for generously donating lots of diet and regular Dr Pepper to give away at our booth in the exhibit hall. Once again this year, especially in comparison to the gigantic booths by the likes of Cengage and McGraw-Hill, ours was the little booth that could and having Dr Peppers to give away certainly drew in a lot more foot traffic.

As I always say, working exhibit booths at conferences is something of a mystery to me in the sense that you never can tell—despite talking to loads of folks over two days—what’s really going to pan out or not. But, as always, some unexpectedly interesting things happened that, in my mind, made the trip well worthwhile in ways I never would have predicted.

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