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Preparing your manuscript

You will find our author guidelines online showing you how you should compile your prelims, chapter abstracts, and notes. Along with the manuscript itself we will ask for additional information from you so that we can put the book into production in a timely and efficient way, ensuring that the process of publishing your book is seamless. Your editor and editorial assistant are there to help you throughout your book writing period and they will be in touch regularly to check progress, and to guide you through the process.

Things to bear in mind during the writing period:

  • 3rd party material: Your editorial assistant will send you our permissions guidance and permissions tracker when we return your contract. It’s a good idea to clear permission for use of third party material as you go along, rather than saving this until the manuscript is complete, keeping your permissions tracker updated. Clearing permission for use of copyrighted material is time-consuming and can be costly.

  • Contributors (edited collections only): You will need to provide a signed copyright transfer agreement from each contributor to your book (your editorial assistant will send you the template and guidance). Consider keeping a checklist and folder for these, and gather them well ahead of the manuscript submission date.
  • Abstracts: In order to make your book and its individual chapters easily discovered online, each chapter needs a short (2-300 word) abstract. Include as many keywords as you can in this abstract. In addition, we will ask you to include a list of specific keywords – up to a maximum of 6.
  • The word count: Your contract will specify an agreed maximum word count. Do keep a check on the manuscript’s extent as you write, to ensure you are on course to remain within the agreed length.
  • The Author Marketing Form: Three months before you are due to submit your manuscript, your editorial assistant will send you an Author Marketing Form (AMF). This is your opportunity to tell us where you would like your book sent out for review; to let us know of key organizations and groups that you may be a member of, and to tell us about conferences you may be attending.
  • The Author Marketing Form and your cover: In addition, the AMF gives you the opportunity to tell us your thoughts on cover 'blurb' and design. The AMF asks you to give us some examples of illustrations or cover designs from other books which you like (or dislike) and we will use this information when we brief our designer. Titles in series follow a series design; for titles published outside series our designer will come up with two or three alternative designs for us to look at.