Alphabet Publishing is a small, independent publishing company that specializes in textbooks in the area of English language learning and resources for teachers. All our products are author-led and all our authors are teachers practicing in the classroom now. That means our materials are 100% teacher-created, classroom tested, and student-approved!
We recognize the key role author-teachers play in creating quality materials, so we offer generous royalties!
Hi! I’m Walton Burns, a teacher, teacher-trainer, writer, and editor. Alphabet Publishing started as a series of accidents.
Having worked on several books for major publishers, I was curious to also experiment with self-publishing. I had an idea for a book of activities to do on the first day of school. I didn’t think the big publishers would be interested: it was too short, too niche, and I wasn’t a big enough name to sell it.
So I published it myself, with much help and guidance from colleagues, friends, and editing professionals! Then I was approached by a fellow teacher who had a book idea and was willing to take a risk with me.
I published a few books after that, learning as I went and not failing spectacularly. I was blessed to find more professionals willing to work with me! When I got my first proposal from an author I didn’t know, I knew I had a proper publishing company!
About Our Logo
Our logo, designed by Josh Comen, represents a tree growing out of nib of a pen, or perhaps the tree is the ink spilling. It makes me think of the Tree of Knowledge, with knowledge kept and transmitted through written words. A tree is always growing and changing as is knowledge. At the same time, what are the books we write it, but paper that comes from trees? There’s a cyclical nature then to the tree growing from the pen and the pen growing from the tree.
About Our Name
It so happens that I chose the name of my company on August 10th, 2015.
Now, I chose the name partially on the advice of my son, who was about to turn three at the time. I asked him, “What I should name my publishing company.”
He said, “Alphabet.” So I took his advice. It’s worth noting that he also suggested naming his stuffed puppy Alphabet. And the car. And a girl he played with at the library.
At the time, I thought it odd that lots of alphabet-related domains were taken. Then I looked at the news: Meet Google Alphabet – Google’s new parent company. We are are in no way affiliated with Google or Alphabet. However, if they feel that my son deserves a commission fee, we won’t say no.
Partners and Recommended Professionals
- Chasing Time English: A New Zealand-based film company that produces videos for English Language Learners
- Annabel Brandon: Freelance graphic designer specializing in typography, branding and editorial design.
- Melissa Williams Book Design: Book interior and cover design, as well as promotional materials.
- JAAD Book Design: Book interior and cover design.
- IBPA: The Independent Book Publishers Association
- Society of Authors: An organization that supports all authors
- Independent Authors & Publishers: a group of indie authors and publishers in ELT,.
- Freeed.com: A social network of English teachers