We are delighted that you have decided to publish with Stylus Publishing. Please take a
moment to read through these instructions before you undertake extensive writing.
The length of the manuscript is an important part of the contract: it is a key factor in
determining the list price as well as the cost of producing and printing the book.
Manuscript length is expressed as thousands of words. Book length is expressed in
multiples of 16-page or 32-page "signatures," which are the number of pages created by
folding and gathering paper mill reels or large sheets of paper into a bound book.
Accordingly, a typical Stylus contract may stipulate a manuscript not exceeding 84,000
words, which, allowing for front ("prelims") and back matter (usually bibliography and
index), will yield a 224-page book of a given trim size and using a page design with a
The word count allows for the fact that a number of pages are set aside for such elements
as the title page, the copyright page, dedication, acknowledgments and table of contents
(the "prelims"). A typical double-spaced word-processed page of 12-point type comes to
about 380 words.
If a book is to be illustrated or will present a great deal of tabular material, or needs a
design with lots of indents and bullet points, this needs to be discussed at contract stage
so that these factors are taken into account in determining length.
Our Stylus contract calls for you to submit your final manuscript in both hard copy and
disk forms. In this digital age, hard copy is still important for transmitting detailed
instructions to those involved in converting your manuscript into a book, and as a
safeguard in case of corrupt files.
It is also very important to adhere to the following instructions in preparing your
manuscript. In addition to the quality of the content, the physical form of submission is a
key element of what constitutes an acceptable manuscript.
These instructions are designed to streamline the work of the many people who will be
involved in editing, designing and printing your book, and enable them work effectively
with you in the process.
We welcome any questions you may have, and look forward to working with you.
See the APA style manual for variations such as magazine articles,
subsequent editions, translations, etc.
Particularly if you’re the editor of a multi-author book, please check that
contributors provide all these elements when you receive the manuscripts.
Unanswered queries – particularly regarding references – at the copyediting stage can delay publication.
As with other kinds of illustrations, a photographic print should be clearly identified and
keyed to its placement in the text. If photographs are to be spread throughout the text,
they should be identified according to the system set forth in item B.1, above, e.g., hand
write "6.1" on the back of the print that is to appear as the first illustration in chapter six.
If photographs are to appear gathered together in an "insert" in the middle of the book,
simply number them "1," "2," etc. Accompanying the photographs should be a list of
captions, submitted on hard copy and disk, in the following format:
Note above that each caption has two parts: a descriptive statement and a credit
Of those Stylus books that contain photographs, almost all will appear in black and white,
not color. Accordingly, it is best for your prints likewise to be in black in white, rather
than in color, as the resolution will be degraded in the translation from color to black and
Supply hard copy of permissions, using Stylus's standard permissions form (ask for a
hard copy or a word processor file via e-mail attachment).
The permissions form provides a space for you to identify where in your manuscript the
third party copyright material appears.
If permissions relate to text, it's because you're quoting extensively from someone else's
work. Such extracts should be typed as a new indented paragraph or paragraphs in the
text, and identified at the beginning and end with a notation in square brackets, e.g.:
[Start of Peter Drucker extract], [End of Peter Drucker extract]. Note that, when quoting a
song or poem, the copyright holder may consider a line or two "extensive", and the
permission may be prohibitively expensive. Generally, avoid quoting poetry. If in doubt,
If the permission is for a table or illustration, key the permission to the material, using
same numbering system as for the illustrations themselves.