Student Fan Mail
That was the title of the email I got from my current contact at W.W. Norton, where I've been a contract writer creating online content for physical anthropology textbooks for the last few years. She said she was passing along an email from a student who used Our Origins, the first Norton book I worked on, and that the student had "high praise" for the online quiz material I wrote. I was pretty excited to open the document to see what the student had written, since I haven't really gotten a lot of feedback on my writing over the years. The sole mention of the quiz material was, "I also monitored my mastery of the material by taking the online quizzes." I'm sure there's high praise somewhere in that declarative sentence! I'm not complaining, though. I'm working on my fourth book (the second edition of Our Origins), so Norton's turned into a pretty lucrative and surprisingly steady summer paycheck. Yay for publishing houses turning out endless editions of textbooks!