I meant to share this sooner, but forgot!
Last week, I received the following email:
May 2, 2008
The Lady Speaks blog
I am writing to request permission to reprint the material listed below in my forthcoming college textbook, Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader, sixth edition.
Pearson Longman plans to publish this college composition anthology in August 2008. It will be a soft-cover volume of about 700 pages and should retail for $50. The first printing will be 5,000 copies. I am seeking to clear permissions for its distribution throughout the United States.
You may forward permissions and replies directly to me at the above address, fax number, or email address. Should I need additional permission, please let me know to whom I should apply. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your attention.
The blog post he’s requesting permission to reprint is from February 22, 2007 and is entitled, Is YOUR Mascot a Racial Stereotype?
My first reaction was “HOLY Hannah!” The second was, “Is this legit?” (It is. [Name] is a professor at Northeastern University in MA and also writes fiction novels under a pseudonym.)
My third reaction was, “OHMIGODSANDGODDESSES! I’m going to be in a college textbook!” I then called every single family member and I think I might have gone out and shouted it to the neighborhood.
I suppose it’s likely that my post will be in the “What Not To Do: When Blog Posts Attack!” but I suppose being in print as a bad example is still good. Like the D-list and lower actors say: “As least they spelled my name right.”
One thing I absolutely must say is: Thank you Marie Petronchak Parks! Without you as my 9th-grade English teacher, I’d be lucky to write a single coherent sentence.