Writing a book is about more than preparing a manuscript. From alt text to indexing, this page offers helpful guides to key aspects the process. If you have any questions, please contact your editorial team.

Author Guidelines

This guide aims to help you to prepare your text for the press and to describe the various stages in the publication process.

House Style Guidelines

By adhering to generally accepted rules of English grammar, and presenting your text according to typographical best practice helps readers to digest your work. These alphabetically ordered notes provide a collection of conventions which authors should follow.

Indexing Guidelines

This may be the first time you are indexing your own work. These handy guidelines will help with the process, including formatting and how to submit your index.

Alt Text Explained

In order for your book to meet global eBook accessibility standards alt text should accompany illustrations where possible. This guide explains why you need alt text and provides some examples.

Copyright & Permissions

The Joint Guidelines on Copyright and Academic Research is an excellent resource for information on UK copyright law. It is published jointly by the British Academy and the Publishers Association

If you plan to include copyrighted material (text, images, poetry, music, etc.) in your manuscript, you must formally request permission from the rights holder. We’ve created this handy template email to help you.

Working with our team

Production

The quality of a book’s production, and the materials used, should live up to the quality of the work it contains. Our books are fully copy-edited, and queries brought to the author’s attention, and the final text is typeset by staff in our UK and US offices. We always aim to publish within 10 months of receipt of material from our authors.

Sales & Marketing

Our Author Marketing Hub walks you through everything our team does to get your book noticed, and how you can help. Check out the hub for information on flyers, discount codes, how to order copies to sell at events and much more.

Change of Information

If you are a current author and you need to change your name, pronouns, or contact information, please use the form below.