As part of Corwin’s 25th Anniversary, we are featuring posts by authors who have partnered with Corwin in their work for many years. Today’s post is contributed by Elaine Wilmore, author of 14 Corwin titles.
Growing up our family attended church every Sunday. My family still does. When things may not go as planned, or something went wrong, my mother would philosophically say, “We’ve seen them come, and we’ve seen them go. But we are still here.”
My mother was born in a much earlier generation. She had no idea she was talking about brand loyalty.
As a practitioner and professor, I have had that same brand loyalty, that partnership, with Corwin since 1992 when my first book, Passing the Principal TExES Exam: Keys to Certification and School Leadership, 1st edition, was published. Shortly thereafter came Principal Leadership: Applying the New Educational Constituency Council (ELCC) Standards. Both are now classics in the field with Passing the Principal TExES Exam: Keys to Certification and School Leadership in its’ 2nd edition and having sold over 20,000 copies. Those were just the beginning. This week I received advance copies of my 13th Corwin book, Passing the Principal TExES Exam: Practice Tests for Success. By this May my 14th Corwin book, Passing the Principal TExES Exam: Competency Based Case Studies to Make It Real will also be out. Although I have many TExES preparation exam books (Superintendent, Principal, Special Education, ESL, initial teacher, etc.), Corwin and I also have additional national professional development books such as Teacher Leadership: School Improvement from Within Classrooms and Principal Induction: A Standards-Based Model for Administrator Developent.
I have definite loyalty to Corwin because we have stood together as a team for over 23 years. We work together to meet the needs of practitioners in the field and to create books that will be truly meaningful in graduate classrooms across America. We work together in marketing, we work together in consulting as I speak across the nation, and, particularly in Texas. We do not plan on stopping at a mere 14 books. J
I am a true Corwin author. I don’t jump around with different publishers. Like my mother always said, I’ve seen them come, and I’ve seen them go. Others may have merit.
But, I’m still here.
Congratulations to Corwin on its 25th anniversary. Keep up the good work in educating America!