Upon receipt of proposals or manuscripts, the materials we receive will be reviewed inhouse. If we decide to accept, you will be notified by email with a proposed contract. If we feel we are not in a suitable position to make a decision inhouse, we will send the manuscript to one or two external referees, and their comments will then consulted, and a decision arrived at, for publication. The proportion of works we peer-review varies from month to month, and could be as low as 10% or as high as 60%. If a work is approved for publication, the ensuing process consists of:
Offering a contract to the author. In most cases, this is 10 or 15 percent on the price of books aimed at the library market, for all copies after the first 500 that have been sold. However, we are willing to negotiate if authors believe they have good reason to ask for better royalties.
Preparing the manuscript for the camera. How long this process takes depends on how carefully our submission guidelines have been adhered to.
When proofs are approved by the author, we send the book to press. Printing takes anywhere from one to three months.
The book is listed in a number of databases and approval plans, including Bibliographic Data Services which offers the British Library cataloguing in publication service. In addition, the book is made available on all the major online bookshops such as amazon.co.uk, blackwell.co.uk, alphabetstreet.co.uk, and so on.
Review copies are sent to 15-20 journals. Flyers are sent to all major and specialised libraries which we believe would have an interest in purchasing the book as well as specialist bookshops.