Here’s everything you need to know before you send us the final draft of your book, along with a checklist of what formats to use, what to include and where to include it.
Get it done on time
Timeliness is one of the most essential factors in the success of a quality publication. In fact, we really can’t overstate just how important it is to meet the delivery date agreed with your publisher.
Late delivery of your manuscript will limit the editorial time available to develop the quality and production of your work, and may mean we have to abandon promotional campaigns that have been planned in advance. Our partners in the retail book trade don’t look kindly on books that fail to appear at the agreed time, and late books invariably suffer in the selling process.
We have a primary duty towards the books delivered on time by the majority of our authors, and to the wider credibility of our list. In a situation where the ongoing slippage of one title begins to undermine the success of others, we will not hesitate in removing that title from our publishing programme.
We will do all we can to help you meet your agreed completion date, so please let your publisher know as soon as possible if you are having trouble doing so. We would always prefer to hear about potential problems with delivery at the earliest possible stage, so that we can reschedule our editorial and promotional activities accordingly.
We also strongly recommend that you send draft material to your publisher for their comments before finishing your manuscript. Setting yourself some way-marking targets at regular intervals throughout the writing process – delivering some advance draft chapters in batches – will help you stay on track. What gets measured gets done.
We hope that these suggestions are useful. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss the development of your book. We will be happy to help.
Manuscript delivery checklist
Please refer to this checklist when you are finalising your manuscript to send to us:
- Send us your manuscript on disk as standard word-processed documents – that means .doc or .rtf files (Microsoft Word is best).
- Send us two hard copies of the manuscript and images along with the disk.
- Make sure that the versions on the disk and hard copies match exactly.
- On the disk, create a new file for every major subdivision of the text, such as preface, introduction, individual chapters, appendices, glossary, bibliography and so on. Identify the files with meaningful names – INTRO, CH01 and CH02 for example.
- The hard copies should be double-spaced and printed on one side on A4 paper. They should not be designed.
- Number the pages consecutively throughout the manuscript, not chapter by chapter.
- Include tables and their captions at the appropriate place within the manuscript.
- Don’t embed any images (including line art or screenshots) in the text files. Create a separate file for the images in each chapter and include a clear placement for each (for example ‘Insert Figure 1.1 here’), plus a caption, at the appropriate point in the manuscript. Include a hard copy of the images with the manuscript.
When you deliver your manuscript, please also provide:
- details of the system that you prepared the manuscript on, and the word-processing software you used (package and version)
- a list of the chapters and corresponding filenames on the disk
- the total word count and total number of illustrations and tables included
- your contact details so we can get in touch about editorial queries or promotional opportunities in the coming months
- how you would like your name and title to appear on the title page
- an author biography describing yourself, your qualifications, your work (academic and professional) and your experience. We’re also keen to use studio-quality photos of authors in books
- a brief executive summary emphasising the key elements of the book and its main selling points. This will help our marketing executives to put together winning promotional copy that’s right for the book's content and target market
- endorsements (or contact details for suggested endorsers and reviewers) which can be used on the jacket or opening pages of the book. These endorsements can really help to boost sales
- a list of the case studies featured (including companies and countries). Where possible, provide contact details for each organisation
- your thoughts on the book’s potential to be used on business or finance courses. Give details of appropriate courses (and relevant business schools where possible)
- a hard copy (and electronic) list of all the third-party material you have included (list all text, tables, figures/images) plus comprehensive source details.