Avertisement from a frustrated ELT Author/Blogger/Writer:
Hardworking, dedicated, motivated. People sometimes call me brilliant. I’m an unpublished author, writer, blogger looking for a fair deal. Publisher wanted.
Wow. That’s a great advert. Looks good. Sit back and wait on the offers to rain down on you, right?
Reality in ELT publishing suggests that it is unlikely to happen. Despite your brilliance. Despite all your motivation and dedication, the ELT publishing world is about making money – for them.
So, whatever you do, don’t hold your breath. No one’s coming. So breathe. Deeply.
However, help may be just “round” the corner. There’s something happening in the field of ELT publishing.
It seems that a lot of little people (OK – I mean unknown, not famous, not well-known, unpublished, people like you and me) are getting fed up.
We want an opportunity to see our work published, and offered for sale at a fair price. Yes, we will still share loads of great resources with our friends and colleagues.
We’ve always done that, and we won’t stop. We’re just looking to be rewarded for producing great resources, at affordable prices. Now, is there any help out there?
Help! Hilfe! Ayuda! (English, German and Spanish are the only three ways I know to say, HELP!
Where were we? Fairness, right.
We’re talking Fairness.
Fame and Fortune even.
Did I just describe your publishing situation?
Then I’ve got great news for you. The Round. Let me repeat that.
Great for educators, fair for authors.
The Round feels your pain, knows your story, and wants to help you achieve your goals.
Your goals are their goals.
You want to share your work? The Round wants to help you.
You want to be treated fairly? The Round wants to help you.
You want to change the world of ELT? The Round wants to help you.
What else can I tell you about the Round?
Let’s let “The Round” tell you more:
“Founded by Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings, the round is an independent collective of creative individuals in English language teaching. Our mission is threefold:
■ to provide great material for educators (fairly priced and readily accessible)
■ to give a fair deal to authors (who sell and retain the copyright on their own work)
■ to be a learning environment (where we share expertise and ideas)
To find out more, click on the link below: http://the-round.com/