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Given the number of high school and college students in need of textbooks, there is an opportunity for individuals interested in becoming textbook authors. The process begins with conducting research to determine the appropriate type of book and the market for that book. The research for secondary education includes understanding curriculum standards for the given subject. Understanding the market for the book is important to also determine the appropriate publisher for the proposed textbook. Next, it is time to prepare the items needed for the prospectus. These items include the table of content, end-of-chapter exercises, and likely a few chapters of the book. Beyond a new textbook proposal, taking over for an existing author on a textbook is another means of becoming a textbook author. Publishing a textbook is a lot of work, but the payoffs may include filling a gap in the market, recognition, staying current, and royalties or flat fee payment.


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