Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head

New Reader – Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It feels like ages since I’ve been able to say “I have a new book out.” Actually,  ELT-wise, it’s been about 14 months but this book, Rain, Rain, Go Away! out with … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 6 Comments

Queen Arthur

Question: In how many countries do you think this title would hinder sales in the EFL market? Too many to get it commissioned as a Graded Reader, unfortunately. OK, so … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

The future of Graded Readers

I’ve come to realise that when I think of Graded Readers I’ve personified them. And the character is that of an overlooked child, quietly sitting at the back of the … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 10 Comments

An interview with the artist: Lance Tooks

I was really lucky in my experience with writing As Others See Us with CUP as they let me choose the artist. And I knew a brilliant one: Lance Tooks. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

As Others See Us – book release

I’ve written quite a bit about the process of bringing out As Others See Us, CUP, A2 Graded Reader but it’s finally available. At long last, googling my own book … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Award Winning Writer

That’s how I’ll be signing off every email, Tweet, Facebook status update and autograph from now on. Nicola Prentis, Award Winning Writer Ah wait, no… Nicola Prentis, Award Winning Writer … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 17 Comments

The difficulty of writing good “bad” writing

Writing Graded Readers is not easy, despite the apparent simplicity of the end product. But one of the hardest parts of Graded Readers is having to do away with many … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Old Year: Reflections, successes, fails and goals

New Year, the season of gloating. The time when you lather yourself up in your achievements for the exiting year and indulge in a big, soapy, self-caressing bath as publicly … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing Graded Readers – A Timeline

Since there seems to be interest in this process from people, some of whom have the same “Wait a minute, I could do that” feeling that I had, I started … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Royalties – We are not amused

This week I got my first Royalties statement. A landmark event. Hurrah! Even though I’m long past the question I had at the beginning of the year about whether I’m … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 8 Comments