Ed Hunter: Please Don’t Get Us Sued

A few of you may have seen the impending book release last week. Obviously, it’s great news for all.

You get a satirical book, on the cheap, for your colleague’s Secret Santa. And I can add ‘Best Selling Author’ to my list of imaginary accomplishments.

Now, without me admitting to getting ahead of myself… I may have pushed the wrong buttons, on the wrong people.

And weirdly, my idea of recruitment, apparently isn’t too appealing to the ‘powers that be’. If they do hold the power.

The email chain below somewhat explains the issue.


From: Juan Carlos
Date: Monday 18 November 08:25
To: Ed Hunter
CC: Publishing
Subject: Book

Dear Ed,

I’ve just been sent one of your LinkedIn posts. I thought we were in agreement that you weren’t to publish any of the stories from the book ahead of the official date. And certainly not on LinkedIn?

To undermine our process like this is extremely unprofessional.

Your decision has put the possibility of publishing with us at risk, and we’re having a meeting today to discuss how to continue.

In that meeting we’ll discuss the ideas you put forward, which to be honest, are rather out there, as it stands.

I’ll contact you later this week with the outcome.



From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 08:48
To: Juan Carlos
CC: Publishing
Subject: Re: Book

Hey Juan,

I was actually told I was fine to do that, to whet the appetite of the readers? Think it was Jane who gave me the all clear. I’m not actually sure anyone would have believed this if I hadn’t shared a few. I didn’t use any of the original artwork either, I got an Illustrator I know to help out.

I’m happy to work on some other scenes for the book and get them over to you? Were there any ideas you weren’t happy with outright or just slight tweaks?

Around all day if it’s easier to speak on the phone.



From: Jane
Date: Monday 18 November 09:22
To: Ed Hunter, Juan Carlos
CC: Publishing
Subject: RE: Re: Book

To be clear, I said it was a good idea.

I did NOT authorise sharing the actual scenes from the unpublished book.


From: Juan Carlos
Date: Monday 18 November 09:59
To: Ed Hunter, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: Re: RE: Re: Book


Unless the scenes you suggest for the book are a lot cleaner than the ones already you’ve already suggested, I think we might have to cancel this whole project.

And to be clear, yes. We weren’t happy with quite a large amount.

We can’t insinuate resourcers are locked in dungeons, or suggest “Non-Billing Managers transitioning genders would be easier than suddenly attempting to bill.”

Replacing the deal bell for an air-raid siren, I liked. The whole thing about the moose in the office was just a bit odd.

You did well to not fall foul of any of the banned topics, but I just think there’s too much work needed to rescue this before the end of the year.

Equally, Jane – as mentioned – cannot give the go ahead for ideas. Her attendance in the meeting was purely for cross-pollination of the team effort.


From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 10:38
To: Juan Carlos, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

Cross pollination? That sounds more perverse than the ‘business cards in the bowl’ idea you turned down.

Jane I’m really sorry your opinions don’t count in the meetings you attend, I think they should.

Honestly guys, I’m really sorry for taking the wrong path here, but I think we can still save this.

The only thing I do all day is recruitment. And when not doing that, I write about it. So I’m quite able to get something done quickly.

I’d also argue there’s more of an audience now? The comments and DMs for pre-orders were brilliant.

Re: Resourcers in dungeons, that’s not too far from the truth.

From: Juan Carlos
Date: Monday 18 November 14:48
To: Ed Hunter, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book


I’ve just got back from a meeting with the FD and I’m sorry to say we’re not able to pursue the project.

The working relationship has suffered immeasurably since you took marketing into your own hands, and your disrespect of Jane has been noted.

I wish you all the best with your future endeavours.


From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 14:51
To: Juan Carlos, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

Might just publish it myself then.

Also, FYI if anything, I respect Jane more than you. I actually listened to her and think she probably knows a great deal more about marketing than you.


From: Juan Carlos
Date: Monday 18 November 14:56
To: Ed Hunter, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

I think you may need a small miracle to get someone to publish your ideas Ed.

From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 14:59
To: Juan Carlos, Jane
CC: Publishing
Subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

You should be used to witnessing miracles with a name like JC.


From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 16:02
To: Tom (Hunted)
CC: Publishing, Juan Carlos, Jane
Subject: FW: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

Hi mate,

See above.

Any chance we could knock this book out for recruiters in time for Xmas?

Could make it ‘Ladybug’ or something, so we don’t infringe copyright.


From: Tom (Hunted)
Date: Monday 18 November 16:26
To: Ed Hunter, Guy (Hunted)
Subject: Re: FW: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

Hi mate,

Just checked with Guy and James, shouldn’t be an issue – can do it for cost tbh and just charge recruiters whatever they cost to make.

Send over the attributes and we’ll get them printed ourselves.

You coming in for the Xmas party?

Also mate I know I say this a lot, but please don’t actively try to get us sued.

From: Ed Hunter
Date: Monday 18 November 16:39
To: Tom (Hunted), Guy (Hunted)
Subject: RE: Re: FW: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Book

In for the Xmas party.

 Good old Hunted eh?

They’ve promised to step in to foot the bill of the publishing for this, and are even doing it at cost.

Which means they’ll be all the cheaper.

Here’s something to give you more luck than I’m getting.