I am new to the world of publishing in spite of my many years of experience teaching ESL. Nevertheless, an opportunity opened up with the publisher Academic Study Kit to participate in the Legacy Series with a book on Non-native English Speaking Teachers or NNESTs, and since my co-author and I both belong to that realm, we took up the challenge. Many people talk about publishing and getting published as being a real nightmare; a world where you are constantly overcoming rejection. This situation is even worse for people who do not belong to the inner circle. However, our book was published by an Indie publisher that is making a few waves in the ELT world for going against the grain of mainstream publishers. I feel that what made our book publishable were two factors: Finding the right publishing team and presenting an interesting topic with a fresh perspective while being clear about our identity.
Working with an open-minded woman publisher who believes in equity and who thinks that voices outside the mainstream should be heard and taken seriously was perhaps the most important element of the process. Fortunately, in the process, Julie Pratten’s editor Catriona Watson-Brown also became a fundamental part in our success by being ruthless in her editoria and comments while at the same time being open to suggestions and recommendations.
Regarding the topic of NNESTs, although it has been dealt with extensively, I feel there is room for discussion and I felt strongly about what to write, which in my case, was basically from my own personal experience. Nevertheless, adjusting to the point of view of our British publishers while making sure not to give up my own perspective or compromise my identity was important.
Publishing internationally made me feel as part of the real world and that my voice and point of view mattered and could be heard in different latitudes.
Bekes, E., & Carrasco M. (2017).Why NNESTs? International English and the implications for teacher development. Published by Academic Study Kit.
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