Submission Guidelines

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For those of you interested in doing something with us, here are some submission guidelines.

The round is interested in proposals which are:

  • related to language teaching
  • original
  • well-written
  • for a niche market
  • willing to take a risk
  • innovative in content

and finally, but not necessarily:

  • innovative in form (e.g. an app you know you can make)

The round is not particularly interested in proposals which are:

  • an MA thesis that you want to publish as a book
  • better suited for a big publisher to handle (e.g. a six level coursebook to compete with Headway)
  • reproducing material that is already abundant out there (e.g. a grammar book with explanations on one page and exercises on the facing page)

To submit a proposal to the round, use the contact page. Please send us an initial 100-200 word pitch for your title, explaining what it is, how you envisage it looking and how it is different to whatever else may be out there on the subject.

One of us will then be in touch, and if your proposal sounds like something that belongs in the round we will take it from there and see how it goes.

It’s worth noting that, once the round grows in number, we will be getting authors “in the round” to comment and/or vote on proposals.

We look forward to hearing from you.




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  1. Paul Bress says:

    I’m writing to enquire whether you’d be interested in seeing some materials for a potential new ELT book (or web resource for online teaching) entitled English for Soft Skills.

    Why is such a book needed? For quite some time now various governments have stressed the need for employees to demonstrate a number of skills in the workplace. The skills they’re referring to are not technical; they are transferable and should be evident in just about every job of work. They are skills such as empathy, negotiating, and time management. These are examples of soft skills. In fact, such skills are not only used in the workplace, but also at home, in places of leisure, and, indeed, whenever people interact with each other.

    Is there a potential market for such a book/resource? Yes there is. It could be used for (post-intermediate) non-native speakers of English who want to:
    • Live/work in the USA/the UK/Australia etc
    • Use English for business trips in such countries
    • Communicate with colleagues in such countries

    As for my own background, I’ve been involved in language teaching and teacher training since 1978. I’ve published more than 200 articles and have contributed to a number of textbooks, such as TESOL’s New Ways series. My MA research was on empathy in cross-cultural communication. I work as a conflict management consultant too (so I’m involved in soft skills facilitation on a daily basis). In short, I have the kind of background necessary to write a book like this, and it’s ready to go now

    I have a feeling that there might be a number of books in this area in the future, and I think that it makes sense to enter the market before rival publishers do.

    With best wishes

    Paul Bress

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