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Author’s Guide

Part 6. The Production Process

6.1 Production Path

The following provides information on how your manuscript will flow through our production group. 

  • A Project Manager (PM) is assigned to your project and will be your main contact until your book is in print
  • Average production time is 6 to 8 months
  • Your book will be assigned to one of the following production paths:
    1. To a full-service agency: this means that a production agency will handle project management
      • The Pearson PM will monitor the production schedule
      • The full-service agency will supervise the copyeditor, compositor, art studio, proofreader, etc., and will coordinate efforts of all suppliers until your book is sent to the printer
    2. To Central Publishing: your main contact will be the PM in Central Publishing
      • Throughout the production process, you will be working in an all-electronic workflow; that is, you will be reviewing copyedited manuscript and page proofs electronically

Click here to download a PDF with more details on the production path.

6.2 Production Tips For Authors

  1. filingFollowing are production tips for authors concerning copyedited manuscripts and art proofs:
    • Review copyedited manuscript carefully and make additions and/or deletions at this stage
    • Corrections to art should also be made at this stage
    • Keep in mind that text and art changes made in page proofs will be charged as author alterations and may be deducted from your royalties if they exceed 10% of the total composition cost of your book
    • Review copyediting and proofreading symbols at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_proof.html
  2. Following are production guidelines for authors concerning page proofs:
    • The following author’s alterations will be made in pages:
      • Corrections of fact
      • Updating of material to reflect recent research, legislation, events, etc. that will make the book current and up-to-date, subject to your Acquisition Editor’s (AE) approval if substantial
      • Corrections to, or insertions of, credit lines and/or permission information
      • Corrections to text that result from corrections to rendered art (or vice versa)
      • Corrections or additions to references or bibliographic material
    • The following author alterations will NOT be made, unless approved by your AE:
      • Changes to design or page layout
      • Additions of several paragraphs or more of text
      • Reorganization of chapters, sections, or paragraphs
      • Wording changes, trimming unnecessary words or sentences, eliminating redundancy, etc.
      • “Consistency for consistency’s sake” changes
      • Spacing or punctuation changes that do not promote clarity or understanding of the text
    • The following editorial alterations will be made:
      • Corrections of misspelled words or names
      • Corrections of subject-verb agreement or serious grammar mistakes
      • Corrections in punctuation or spacing needed for clarity
      • Corrections of figure or table numbers to agree with text and/or art
      • Corrections to footnote or endnote numbering
    • The following editorial changes are considered “cosmetic” and will NOT be made:
      • Wording changes, trimming unneeded words or sentences, eliminating redundancy, etc.
      • “Consistency for consistency’s sake” changes
      • Spacing or punctuation changes that do not promote clarity or understanding of the material

Click here to download this page as a PDF document.

Other helpful documents:

Author’s Guide for Electronic PDF Soft Proofing

6.3 Reprint Corrections

Following are some items to keep in mind after your book is published:

  • You will receive your advance author copies, a set of folded and gathered sheets, and a letter from your Project Manager (PM) on how to submit your reprint corrections
  • Read your book carefully and note any errors in fact or other significanterrors that need to be corrected in a second or future printing
  • Keep a copy of all the reprint corrections that you submit to the Reprint Department and make sure that they are included in your next revision

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