Here are the grammar/vocabulary textbooks I've been working on for the past year-plus. Except for Book 1A, I'm the author of about 15 of each chapter's 18 or so pages, so if the books fail, the responsibility is mostly mine. Luckily, reviews from teachers have thus far been good, which is why I still have a job.
So now you see the series's title; pay no attention to the pornographically named Real Deep, (also sitting on the shelf) which I worked on for a while, but which is mostly not my baby.*
Hats off to my freelance colleague Neil, who contributed the prose-dense reading passages to all the books. Neil's contributions (and he's a real pro) were crucial because most of the exercises that came after his passages were in some way or other based on them. If we're counting pages, Neil's stories take up 3-4 pages in each chapter, but the significance of Neil's content was much larger than that number of pages. His work basically provided content for two-thirds of each chapter, which is why he's listed as a contributing writer whereas I'm listed only as a copy editor. (We'll see about rectifying that in later books, given the amount of essay-length original content I contributed as well.)
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I just finished proofreading the PDF for the manuscript of Book 2C, and later this year—no rush—I'll be working on 3C, which will complete the series. In the meantime, I'm tasked with creating a book on philosophy for kids, which seems like an enjoyable project as long as I don't have to rush too much.
If you're wondering why no Western names appear on the spines of our textbooks, it's because that's our company's policy: all glory, laud, and honor must go to our company's CEO, whose name appears on all our textbooks despite his having almost nothing to do with their creation (ssssshhhhhhhh). While this does rankle a bit, I told myself when I got here that I'd take no ownership of the work I did for the company. I'm a corporate prole on salary, and I've entered a phase of life in which I merely labor in obscurity. The only people who might know my name are the foreign (and Korean) teachers who use my textbook... but they'll know me only as an editor and not as the author of most of the material in these books. Ah, well.
As for scoring a writing credit later on: I won't be fighting that hard to get my name on the front-matter page twice. Once may have to be enough.
*In the office, we joke that the sequels to the Real Deep series ought to be named Real Hard and Real Wet. Maybe throw in a Real Hairy.