Writing a textbook

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Writing a textbook

We can pretty much all agree on that. If you've ever spent rent money on the required reading materials for your class on the socioeconomic impact of ALF, you know the pain of which I speak. But what most of you probably never imagined is how misinformed, lazy, and opportunist many textbook companies are.

I've written writing a textbook for two years. I've covered every subject, and I'm here to tell you that Surely this is where our knowledge comes from, handed down on high from those who have spent countless hours with their noses buried in books instead of coke and the genitals of strippers, and who have thus achieved the highest academic accolades.

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The only Alps I wish to peruse are the ones crossed by Hannibal. Turns out textbooks aren't just written by laymen; they're written by laymen who don't give a shit about the subject. Once I worked on a textbook about Canadian accounting. Not even Canadian accountants give a shit about Canadian accounting.

The problem is that the experts generally have more interesting stuff to do than write basic, tedious textbooks on the subject. Low-level textbook writing isn't exactly glamorous work. The company that hired me to write textbooks for enormous, major publishers!

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I have a B. And I wasn't a special case. The fact is, every word you're reading in that high school-level textbook was probably written by someone who is only a couple years older than you with approximately the same dedication to the subject matter. You're taking that class for a passing grade; they're writing that book for a paycheck.

More often than not, all I got to work with was an outline, and outlines by their very nature do not contain content, just a list of subtitles that will fill out my chapter. I still have to find the information myself, and since I'm no expert on interdisciplinary research practices in the modern nursing profession another actual topicthen here I go a-Googling; a-Googling I go.

Answers, it's good enough for Vassar. Some overworked freelancer based their research on a racist source, and no one bothered to fact check.

True, we do have subject matter experts or SMEsbut they rarely have more than a single day to edit and review entire chapters of content before sending them back with no notes or insight. That's not an exaggeration: In all my time writing textbooks, I have never gotten feedback from an SME.Low-level textbook writing isn't exactly glamorous work.

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