These guidelines are meant to help you prepare a stylistically consistent manuscript, and the degree to which you observe them is directly related to the speed and cost of production. Far more important, however, that this set of guidelines is the rule of consistency. If you find these instructions confusing, or if you simply donít have time to learn a new style guide, please know this; we would much prefer receiving a manuscript prepared in accordance with a system that you know well and can apply consistently to one which is a mixture of styles or which reflects a style poorly applied - But be sure to tell us what system you are using.
Entitling your manuscript; Please choose a title that is as factual and informative as possible. The main title (i.e. any words appearing before the colon break) should be straight forwardly descriptive
Observing the word limit; please abide by the word limit discussed with your editor or agreed at the time of signing your contract.
Soft copy and hard copy; please provide all the textual components of your manuscript to us on a flash disk or any other reliable storage media. We prefer manuscript be prepared electronically, we do not accept handwritten ones. Please also submit at least one hard copy (print out) of the complete manuscript, properly ordered and paginated.
A few words about our house style; with few exceptions (the main being of British-English usage), we follow The Chicago Manual of style, 14th ed. We also refer to Copy-editing: the Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers, by Judith Butcher. We strongly recommend that authors purchase copies of each of these distinct and informative handbooks. Good libraries will stock them in their reference section.
British or American usage? We observe British-English usage with regard to vocabulary, syntax and grammar especially with regard to spelling and punctuation.
Observing formatting requirements; it is essential to supply double spaced copy for all notes and bibliography/list of references (as well as for the main text). Your notes will often require more copy-editorial attention than the text itself, and its essential that sufficient space is between and around the note for the copy editor to make marks intelligible to the type setter.
Place a page number in the upper right corner, numbering the pages consecutively from beginning to end (in word processors like Microsoft Word, select insert and then page numbers).
Include a complete table of contents. Do not include page numbers as these will change in typesetting.
Art work and other illustrations; if your book includes a large amount of artwork, please consult your editor at an early stage. Please place photocopies of original work in the Microsoft Word documents, and gather the original separately. Transparencies should be accompanied by a print by a print of image.
Copyrighted illustrations; if you wish to includes an illustration which has been published elsewhere, please, give a full reference to the source and permision for acquiring it must be acknowledged.
The copy-editing process; while it is important that we have your current address and other contact information at every stage of production, it is critical that we know how to quickly reach you during the copy-editing stage.
Your part; it is assumed that contracted manuscripts presented for publication will be polished. This means permissions will be in hands, all components will be prepared and included; names and dates will have been checked for accuracy, and so forth. A manuscript should be considered finished before an author presents it for publication.
The proof stage; proofs sent to you for reading will have already been read by a proof reader here, and further queries are likely to be raised at this stage. The indexer (if you have chosen not to compile this yourself) may also have some queries. These queries must be answered by you before corrections are collated into final proofs for setting.
Checklist for mailing the complete package; it is important that the copy you submit for production should include everything in what is, from your point of view, the final form. A copy-editor will read the text as part of the production process, but authors are encouraged not to make substantial changes themselves during copy-editing.
We welcome proposals for new books. Manuscripts or synopsis may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org