Help me publish a calculus textbook.
May 19, 2010 6:47 AM Subscribe
I want to eventually publish a high school / college level math textbook, but I have no idea what I'm doing.
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Recently, I've been toying around with the idea of writing a textbook for a college first-year calculus class (or BC calculus for high school students).
I am confident that I can write a good book, appropriate for the target audience. I am even doing my own illustrations, which I think are at least as good as anything I could commission.
So, after a while, I could have a nice pdf ready to be printed and bound. However, I'm not sure about actually getting it published. For example, are publishers going to be picky about precisely how it's formatted and the exact content?
I know the material perfectly well, and I feel that I am capable of teaching it reasonably well. My only concern is that there's something obvious I should be keeping in mind that textbook publishers expect (i.e. lots of color illustrations, tons of "real world applications", how to use your graphing calculator, stuff like that).
I really would like it to be a simple black-and-white thing, with the option of paperback, simple non-distracting illustrations -- a very minimalist product. Is this just a pipe dream?
Also, how hard is it to get a textbook published in general? Do I need to "know people"? Should I be sending publishers drafts before I finish? I have no idea. I am in grad school now, but I expect to have a PhD by the time this thing is done.