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ELT Publishing Professionals

ELT Publishing Professionals is a dynamic online directory that brings together publishers and freelancers in the English Language Teaching publishing sector. The directory showcases freelancers involved in a wide range of roles within ELT publishing and is a one-stop-shop for resourcing publishing projects within the sector.

  • Freelancers upload and manage a detailed profile with photo, and advertise their own availability direct to potential clients. 
  • Publishers, packagers and other organisations browse the directory, using powerful and effective search tools, then make direct contact with the chosen freelancers.
  • Publishers and other organisations advertise their freelance vacancies by posting Job Spots that freelancers can apply for.

Founded in 2018 by Helen Holwill, Jemma Hillyer, Karen Spiller and Sue Kay, ELT Publishing Professionals is the result of collaboration between ELT Freelancers' Community and ELT Teacher 2 Writer.

Meet the team

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Sue Kay, Helen Holwill and Karen Spiller

 Sue Kay, Director

Sue has been teaching, training and writing ELT materials for over 35 years. Her first publication was the Reward Resource Packs published by Heinemann. Since then, with co-author Vaughan Jones, she has written Inside Out and New Inside Out for Macmillan and Upper Secondary course Focus for Pearson. Sue is one of the co-founders of ELT Teacher 2 Writer.



Helen Holwill, Director

Helen has worked as an author, editor and project manager in ELT publishing for over twenty-five years, and has previously worked in house for Macmillan Education, Oxford University Press and Learndirect English. She is a joint founder of the annual ELT Freelancers’ Awayday in Oxford – a popular day conference for ELT and Educational freelance authors, editors, proofreaders and those in other related roles. 


Karen Spiller, Director

Karen has worked in house for Oxford University Press, Macmillan Education and Hachette Livre and now runs a publishing services company. In recent years, she's worked closely with National Geographic Learning, commissioning and developing Life, Outcomes 2/e, Keynote and Look. Karen is one of the co-founders of ELT Teacher 2 Writerwho publish books that train teachers to improve their materials writing skills.