The Publishing Process

Submitting a Proposal

Anthem Press evaluates proposals on the basis of an outline, a sample chapter or an entire manuscript, along with information provided by the author on the New Project Proposal Form. Anthem Press typically provides proposal evaluation within one month. The work then undergoes and must pass peer review. If the proposal is accepted, Anthem Press offers a contract and determines, in consultation with the author, the title of the contracted book project.

Manuscript Submission

We ask you to submit material to us by certain dates set in your contract. The work submitted should be as complete as possible and in strict accordance with the submission guidelines included in the Anthem Style Guide. All accompanying material (i.e., figures, images, etc.) need to be submitted in the correct format, and all necessary permissions for the use of copyright material obtained. Authors will be asked to complete a marketing questionnaire. Visit our Author Resources page for more details.

Anthem Press custom designs full‐colour covers for its books. We welcome cover design suggestions and input from our authors, though final cover decisions will rest with the press.

If the full manuscript has not yet undergone the external peer review process, it will do so at this stage, typically completed within 2 months. To help expedite the process of securing reviewers, the press may request you supply a list of potential readers. Once the manuscript passes the review process, any required revisions and final delivery dates are to be agreed upon with your Anthem editor. An Anthem editor will review your final manuscript and pass it to production once approved.

The Production Process

COPYEDITING: Our editorial team evaluates all final manuscripts prior to copyediting them. If a manuscript requires a major revision, authors may be asked to copyedit the manuscript using an independent professional in line with Anthem’s feedback or we may arrange for such a copyedit on the authors’ behalf.

TYPESETTING: On completion of copyediting, a final, clean ‘camera‐ready’ manuscript is prepared. The electronic files are sent to our typesetting team, who will set the text to ‘book’ form and generate the first proofs. The typesetting process takes approximately three weeks, but may vary according to the length and complexity of the manuscript.

PROOFREADING: The first proofs are sent to the author electronically as a PDF, along with instructions on how to submit corrections. Corrections to the proofs should be minor – authors should not rewrite or make substantial additions. The editorial team then reviews the proof corrections before sending them to the typesetter for implementation.

INDEXING: The author will use the final proofs to prepare an index if they have been contracted to do so.

PRINTING: The final text and cover proofs will undergo a thorough editorial review before they are sent for printing.

EBOOKS: After the author approves the final proofs the production team will generate the ebook in Epub and WebPDF. The ebooks are shared with Anthem’s ebook partners for distribution to online retail channels and library suppliers.

AUDIOBOOKS: The authors share the professional final audiobook with Anthem. We will complete the post-production activities and set up the audiobook through designated sales channels.

The Publishing Schedule

The printed book is delivered approximately 6 to 7 months after the manuscript is submitted to the Anthem editorial team.

Review Process: up to two months.

Copyediting: approximately one month.

Typesetting: two to four weeks, depending on the complexity of the project (please consult with your production editor).

Proofreading: approximately one month.

Indexing: approximately two weeks.

Printing: two to eight weeks, depending on the complexity of the project (please consult with your production editor).

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