How to write a textbook: Tips for first-timers from experienced SAGE authors Part III

Part III: Submitting your textbook

 By Terri Accomazzo, Associate Editor, SAGE

For Part I: Planning for your textbook, click here and for Part II: Writing your textbook, click here.

Submitting Your Textbook

Submitting your manuscript is one of the most exciting—and complicated—parts of the process. Be sure to read all the documentation that your Editorial Assistant sends you! Make sure you’re keeping note of all the small pieces, like the glossary and the photo captions. It’s easy to get distracted by the chapters themselves, but you don’t want your editorial team chasing you down for the last odds and ends!

It’s also very important to remember your editorial assistant’s advice about permissions. Be sure to keep careful records of all third-party material in your book (a.ka., anything you did not write yourself) and fill out your permissions log. We can’t print a book with permissions outstanding, and no one wants to put on the brakes so close to publication.

Our colleagues in production say:

The fancy formatting, pretty colors, and added stylistic details are not necessary when an author submits a manuscript. All of that is actually stripped out once the MS reaches production. We prefer to work with a clean slate. Each separate textual element should be similarly formatted (i.e., all heading 1’s throughout the text should look the same, all H2’s the same, and so on).

The headings within the text should match up with those in the TOC. If possible, please please please create a Detailed TOC before submitting to production. This saves the copyeditor, and the production schedule, loads of time. If there’s any art appearing in the MS, the author should make sure each piece is properly called out within the text, and labeled as such.

-Brittany Bauhaus, Project Editor

Our authors say:

A manuscript without permissions CANNOT be considered ready for publication.  Be sure to keep careful notes as you copy and quote various sources.  Oops!  It is important to apply for permission at least 6 months before the manuscript is due.

–Gene Hall, Linda Quinn, and Donna Gollnick

Throughout the term, make notes on your syllabus or assignments, identifying changes or revisions for the next time you teach the course. Don’t expect to remember all of your great ideas at the end of the term.

–Anna Leon-Guerrero

Final Thoughts

Remember, the editorial team at SAGE is here to help! When in doubt, ask!

Anna Leon-Guerrero is Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. She is the author of Social Problems, co-author of Social Statistics for a Diverse Societyand Essentials of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, as well as co-editor of Contemporary Readings in Social Problems.

Craig Hemmens is Department Head and Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Missouri State University. In addition to being the editor for the SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology/Criminal Justice, he is the author of Criminal Courts and the co-author of Corrections: A Text/Reader, Introduction to Criminology A Text/Reader, and Courts: A Text/Reader

Gene Hall and  Linda Quinn both teach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Donna Gollnick is an international consultant for accreditation. They are the author team for Introduction to Teaching

Russell K. Schutt, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Lecturer on Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on methods with SAGE, including Investigating the Social WorldMaking Sense of the Social World, Research Methods in Psychology, and The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

About SAGE Publications

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1200 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington DC, our publishing programme includes more than 640 journals and over 800 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.
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