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!


Anonymous said…
Since there's not so much praise in the particular student commentary that you mentioned, I thought you might appreciate some more from this student:

I'm a second-year medical student and former molecular biology researcher who has been watching Bones since it started. I discovered this blog (as many others seem to have) Googling "Amalia Rose" after watching the related Bones episode and have just been blown away by the excellent episode reviews, the interesting forensic commentary, and all the things I've learned just from reading this far back in your blog! Schmorl's nodes, Harris lines, and a sidetrip to the Written in Bone webcomic later, I can honestly say I'm even more interested in anthropology than I was in the depths of my most fervent Bones fan-phase. Thank you so very, very much for all your grammatical, clear, and informative writing!
Aw, thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying the Bones reviews - and that you've stuck around to read about my true passion: the really most sincerely dead people. :)

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