I haven’t shared any tips for new writers for a while, not since my post on how to find commissioning editors. So, here it goes.
There’s nothing wrong with building connections at big publishers like Pearson, Macmillan, CUP, OUP, NGL (Cengage, whatever). It’s good to aim high and you might well get lucky. However, there are loads of other companies/organisations you can write for in ELT. If you aren’t getting much luck with the bigger publishers then why not look elsewhere?
Here’s a list of possible avenues for you to explore. Note:
- this is not a list of endorsements
- this is not comprehensive, it’s just some ideas to get you started
If you’d like to add any more ideas for fellow newbie writers then please do so in the comments.
The Content Station
‘Your trusted educational publishing team…’. This lot are easy to find on LinkedIn and active enough. The couple of times they’ve contacted me has been for editing rather than writing so if that’s your bag then maybe drop them a line.
They produce a magazine called Phoenix English. They are often looking for copy – mostly churning out graded texts. The mag looks okay so this could be a good portfolio builder.
A question I’ve been asked on LinkedIn by a writer (post for writers/editors, not publishers)…
Is it worth joining the ELT Publishing Professionals database? Anonymous
Bit fiddly to answer on LinkedIn, also the answer might be useful for others. So…
Answer: Overall, yes.
I’ll hopefully keep this update going this year. Bit busy at the moment so here are a few very quick updates and some useful links.
Express Publishing are promoting a new book English for 21st Century Skills (Mavridi and Xerri), which comes out Spring 2020. Lots of different contributors, looks good. No link on site yet.
All levels of Language Hub (Macmillan) are out and promo in full swing by the look of things on social media.
Shout out to Jen Dobson, who has written the course ‘Getting Started with Early Childhood English Teaching’ on Language Fuel.
The new global product for teens from the British Council, Secondary Plus, will be rolled out here in Thailand in May. Project-based approach, academic/exam skills add-ons. Looks pretty polished for a first version. It’s already being used in Europe. I’ve had a sneaky peak. Thumbs up. Info here. Disclaimer – had a bit part to play in these, that’s it. (more…)