Textbook Writer

Write educational articles and quizzes to help students learn.

What does a Textbook Writer do?

Textbook writers work with publishers to write either parts of or an entire textbook on a specific subject such as English, math, science, or history. When a publisher wants to create a textbook in your area of expertise, a textbook editor hires you to create the content for it. Typically textbook writers are also teachers and as such are familiar with standard curricula in that subject as well as areas where students struggle.

In order to be a textbook writer, you do several tasks. Perhaps the most important is research. If you’re writing a textbook about the presidents of the United States, for instance, you might have to read biographies, travel to museums and interview presidential scholars before putting pen to paper.

Next comes writing, which requires you to relay your research without plagiarizing it. You have to organize your information into chapters and sections, then communicate it clearly and at the right reading level for your audience, be they fourth-graders or college freshmen.

Of course, you also have to cite all your sources, since most textbooks include footnotes and bibliographies. In that sense, it’s like you’re being paid to write book reports—albeit really, really long ones.