These are completely imaginary conversations. No characters in the convos are based on real people – I’m just bored and imagining conversations I might have with editors…
I seem to lose a lot of writing contracts. It could be down to the way I respond to publishers, but I’m not quite sure…
Publisher: We’re planning a new Aviation English series and wondered if you’d like to be part of the author team.
Me: Sure. As well as writing, will I be expected to *pilot* any of the resources…?
Publisher: Are you an experienced item writer? We’re producing a series of exam practice resources to be released in September.
Me: Hmmm. Sounds like testing times ahead.
Publisher: Do you have any experience of copy editing?
Me: Not exactly. But I guess I just do what the other editors do, right?
Publisher: We’re looking for a content editor for a batch of resources.
Me: I’ve been a bit disgruntled recently so I’m probably not the best fit.
Publisher: You’ll work alongside the Digital Product Lead on this project.
Me: Okay. In that case, could you supply some cable hooks so I can keep it up against the wall?
Publisher: Have you ever authored in FLOE?
Me: I can knuckle down for about 5 hours straight.
Publisher: We wondered if you’d be part of the writing team for Launchpad! A new 8-book English skills series for secondary learners.
Me: Sounds great! I’m sure as a team we’ll rocket!
Publisher: Most of the texts in the coursebook will focus on topics related to fashion.
Me: It would help if I could see the full scope and sequins.
Publisher: If you’re interested in this work, we will ask you to provide a sample spread.
Me: Knife one! Is marmalade okay?
(Sorry – I can’t believe that one’s not better)