What is it you do again? Four new jobs in ELT

What is it you do again? Four new jobs in ELT

As ELT goes digital and expands into multi-faceted, multi-platform products (but with books not set to disappear anytime soon) and publishers restructuring all over the place, you might find yourself, as an author or editor, dealing with people with a whole array of unfamiliar job titles. Most of the people who do these jobs find themselves constantly answering the  question “What is it exactly you do?” — if their blogs are anything to go by. To save you being that person at the coffee machine, here’s a rundown of some of the more common roles.

The Future of ELT

The Future of ELT

It was interesting to be at IATEFL this year, the annual land grab for attention larger than ever, and a conference dominated by discussions, presentations and a plenary about the future of ELT, which – it is suggested – will be completely mediated by technologies...
Loyalty vs. Royalties: Author as collaborator or contractor?

Loyalty vs. Royalties: Author as collaborator or contractor?

If authors are becoming contractors rather than partners, that changes the role of both author and publisher in a big way. But why is it happening, and is it yet reflected in how publishers work?

If the author is no longer a collaborator, then the publisher must take on that role and so in effect become the ‘master’ author to whom they subcontract the details. This would be analogous to those master painters of old who would paint the head and hands of a portrait, leaving the sitter’s clothing and the background details to be filled in by their apprentices.