(Geez, I feel like I look so fat in this photo from 2012. But also, I’m so happy. I wish I could bottle that up.)
One day my Korean boss at Eulji University came up to me and asked, “You used to be a journalist, right?” I told her that’s what I’d done for about four years before coming to Korea. “Can you write a book for me?”
Now, I’d had a similar opportunity before and totally blew it, but this time I was determined to make things work. And I did it!
Did everything go as planned? Is this a masterpiece?
No and No, but I had a blast writing “Office Talk.” I spent all the free time (evenings, mornings, weekends, date nights, semester breaks) I could muster at the cafe writing and coming up with ideas that might be useful for a textbook for a topic I didn’t really know anything about.
“Office Talk” teaches you how to go on a job interview, write a resume and all about one of my most favorite lessons to teach — how to shake a hand properly.
This was my first of four books that I wrote for the university. I could have written more, but writing a book every semester is exhausting. None of my stuff was stolen from the internet – which the other writers had done before. I came up with everything myself.
My next book was about the TOEIC exam and that was a tough one, but then I wrote two books about public speaking that I think are infinitely useful for Korean students, Americans, novices or experienced learners.
I assume students liked this book (and my others) since my classes were always pretty full. Business English certainly wasn’t a required course.
While not too many copies are still floating around of “Office Talk,” I’m still so happy with this book and that it gave me the confidence that I can pump out a few hundred pages in a few weeks.
The craziest things about that time: It was six years ago and I’m STILL USING THE SAME COMPUTER! This ten-year-old Dell Inspiron with Windows Vista is still trucking along.
Hopefully there’s another time somebody walks up and literally asks if I’d like to write a book for them. Also – I work cheap!