Monday, September 3, 2012

10 Characteristics of a Successful Textbook Author


Far more people think they can author successfully than actually can. Over the years I've identified several common characteristics of the people who not only actually write a book but who also become invested in its success.

In my view, successful authors:
  1. Are deeply devoted not just to teaching but also to learning.
  2. Stay up-to-date on what's happening in their profession.
  3. Focus on how they can teach better and make more successful students.
  4. Have a clear vision of how they can make a better book.
  5. Can focus fully on a single task for long periods.
  6. Are open, honest, and communicative.
  7. Expect more out of themselves than others.
  8. Can leave their ego at the door and work toward a common goal.
  9. Can put cogent, organized thoughts on paper.
  10. Prefer the lighter side of life.
Just my take.