In April 2019 Cambridge University Press approached me and asked if I would be interested in authoring an AS/A-Level Accounting book. Cambridge was making changes to the syllabus and the book was outdated and needed some sprucing up.They were also introducing a Workbook for the first time.
The publishing company approached a few different teachers throughout the world for this position and, in order to make their decision regarding who the final candidates would be, they asked all candidates to write a draft chapter based on a given topic.
Even though I have no knowledge or experience in writing books, I decided to take up the challenge of a draft chapter based on the topic ‘Depreciation of non-current assets’. My draft chapter had to be submitted by May 2019.
In June 2019 I received a response from the publishing company that I had been selected as the author of the new Workbook they were introducing.
After many Skype meetings with the publishing company, the process all started in September 2019. I was given strict deadlines to adhere to for the submission of each chapter and the process continued until July 2020, as there were 39 chapters to complete. The first submission of chapters was given to the publishing professional, who made suggestions on any changes needed to the chapters which were sent back to me for the changes to be made. Once the publishing professional was happy with the final copies, they were passed on to the project manager who accepted the book on behalf of the publishing company. The project manager passed it on for typesetting, proofs, and copy-editing. Once they signed off on the chapters, they were sent back to the project manager.
The project manager sent the chapters to Cambridge International (CI) for Cambridge accreditation to take place. CI then returned with all their amendments required which were sent back to me. I once again made the necessary amendments and the chapters were then sent to the proof collator. Right now this is where the book is at in the process. CI will relook at the amendments and, if happy, they will give the book Cambridge Accreditation.
The book will then finally be printed later this year for first sales to take place in August 2021. The new syllabus is effective for examinations in 2023.
It has been a very long and tedious process which was not helped by lockdown and online learning for a few months of last year, but I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me and the experience I have gained from the process. My knowledge of the syllabus has grown immensely and my students can only benefit from this experience.
I cannot wait to see my own AS/A-Level students making use of my book in 2023!
Ms Sharon Puttick