Sorry, been busy!
Here’s some latest news with a Pearson-heavy start!
Pearson to phase out print textbooks
The big news announced yesterday (BBC article here).
In the pipeline…
Pearson are working on the higher levels (Int+) of Startup. Promo vid:
Expect some puns in the Level 8 book. They’ve signed off on my decision to name a librarian ‘Paige Turner’.
One of the authors of the Primary coursebook Now I Know (Pearson again!) mentioned it’s release on LinkedIn (link to product here). Looks like the main selling point is use of authentic BBC videos (CBBC). Also includes exam practice, 21st Century skills, etc etc. I’ve just looked at the samples and realised that I did some copy editing of Student Book 1. Who knew? Not me. I recognised it from this awesome image of a ‘potato hippo’. That must have been a random artwork brief to write…
Behind the scenes: Illustration
Speaking of artwork, Garnet Education’s latest blog post is a behind the scenes look at developing illustrations for coursebooks. Interesting insight, see here. Nice infographic in there.
Training to be a writer
Atena Juszko has again come up with a good listicle recently, this time on training opportunities for writers. She shared this free ebook on writing ELT materials. Lots of established writers contributed to the resource. John Hughes’ section, ‘Who will I work with?’, is a nice summary of the people involved in a project. Rachael Roberts’ section on things that can go wrong is so true, and a great read when preparing for a new project. Shifting deadlines and publishers changing the brief halfway through a project are both ‘aaaaaaaargh!’ moments for me, how about you?
So, here it goes… In my last update I wrote that Peachey Publications were offering a subscription service to help you get your ELT materials published. I suggested the price was a bit steep given that our previous ebook sales were low. Nik got in touch with me and my co-author, Rich, and said he could work with what we’d created to improve the content, design, etc of the book. What’s more, he offered to do it for free to showcase what he provides.
Our ebook ’30 Role plays for TEFL’ was released two weeks ago. It looks great visually, has been enhanced through additional content and digital resources, and… it sells. And sells WELL. Massive shout out to Nik Peachey and full endorsement, because he’s done a great job. Now I know more about the service Nik provides, I’d say the subscription fee is a bargain.
IATEFL MaWSIG have been really pushing the blog posts recently. They’ve posted four since my last update. Take a look here. There is also an upcoming webinar which you can register for here (if you read this today!!!).
ELT Publishing Professionals
The ELTPP database is two months old. I’ve joined it recently and have already tweeted that the new site looks good. There are already some jobs being advertised on the site, so a good start.
- ELT Writer – Brooksmead Associates Ltd, London (click here)
- Senior Development Editor, CUP (click here)
- Two recent job posts on York Press Freelancers Facebook group (click here)
- Integra are looking for an ELT Editor with experience of project managing IWB components. Get in touch with them if interested.
This post from the TESOL Association blog is a good read:
Teacher-made materials design: 6 Flaws and Fixes by Gabriela Kleckova
If you only read one ELT materials-related thing this month…
A list of eco-vocabulary for use in ELT lessons and materials is being compiled by Clyde Fowle for ELT Footprint. This movement started after a climate emergency on behalf of ELT was called at the recent Innovate ELT conference.