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An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing


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AcknowledgementsIntroduction3Planning and writing1Audience72Style103Structure12Preparation of manuscript4Length165Layout186Word processing the manuscript207Word processing for the typesetter238Desktop publishing and camera-ready copy249Notes2810Bibliographies3011Tables3312Illustrations35Approaching a publisher13Selecting a publisher4114In-house publishing4315Multiple submissions4616Complete manuscripts4817The formal proposal51Checklist for submitting a proposal5418Peer review5519Visit5820Literary agents5921No reply61Category of book22Scholarly book6323Technical monograph6524Thesis/dissertation6725Conference volume7026Edited volume7327Festschrift7528Collected papers7629Across the disciplines7730Trade book8131Textbook8332New journals8433The non-academic author88The publishing decision34No - why?9135Revise and resubmit9336Yes - but revise9437Yes95Dealing with production38Contract9739Late delivery10040Delivery of the manuscript104Checklist for delivery of the manuscript for production10941Book title11042Copyediting11243Updating the disk11644Design of the pages11745Typesetting12046Proofreading and alterations in proof12447Illustrations in production12748Providing camera-ready copy12949Preparing the index13150Jacket and cover design13651Printing13952Errata slips14053Don't assume all is well141Marketing the book54The cost of books14355Pricing a book14656Changing the pricing variables15357Paperbacking15758Help with marketing16059The book launch16360Getting reviews and publishing reviews16561Newspapers and magazines16962Radio and television coverage17163Bookshop sales17464Library sales17665Direct sales17866Prizes18067Subsidiary rights18168Translations18569Getting your book into the developing world18770Reprints and new editions19271Keeping in touch195Publishing and the academy72Research grants - inputs and outputs19773Who sets the agenda?20074Books and the appointments committee20375Subsidies20776Book exhibits and the academic conference21177Anthologies21578Is too much published?21779The electronic library and the end of the book22180Conclusion226Bibliography229Index231

About the Author

Robin Derricourt moved from an academic career into scholarly publishing in 1977. He has held senior positions in commercial and university press publishing houses, working with a substantial international list of authors across a wide range of subjects, including most of the humanities and social science disciplines. For over twelve years he was a publishing director for Cambridge University Press in both England and Australia. Derricourt received the Ph.D. degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and has held teaching, research, and administrative positions in archaeology.


"Academics wanting to make their mark in the book market need good advice. Robin Derricourt provides just this in An Author's Guide to Scholarly Publishing... [The author] is full of humour as he pinpoints where each submission fails or succeeds."--New Scientist

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