I’ve been offered a writing job that for one reason or another I don’t want to take, so I’ll throw it out here for anyone who’s interested.
Its from a local publisher looking to grab a slice of the textbook market that’ll open up when English classes become compulsory in schools.
The publisher has purchased a whole series of book illustrations from an Italian company, with the intention of adding bilingual text and putting the finished product out as classroom readers.
Ten books in total, mostly classic novels, as I understand. I don’t have a full list as yet, but the sample he sent me was a set of (very nice)illustrations for “The Wizard of Oz.” He also mentioned “Gulliver’s Travels.”
Oh, and its a six-month project, which means you have a little over 2 weeks per book.
You would be expected to basically abridge the originals into 5,000 word versions suitable for children aged between 7-10 years, in English and Chinese, for around NT$20,000 per book (so you would need to be doing this out of interest or love, not for the money!).
If this post generates any interest, I’ll get more information and maybe hook you up with the publisher.