If your book prospectus has been accepted by the SAA Publications Board, congratulations! Here are guidelines for prepping your manuscript for submission for editorial review and production.
Manuscript Review and Revision
Upon completion, the author or general editor of multi-author or edited works submits the manuscript to the Director of Publishing, who forwards it to the Publications Editor for distribution to a group of two to three reviewers. Reviewers include subject specialist(s), Publications Board member(s), and the Publications Editor, all of whom complete a review form within 60 to 90 days, addressing the author’s
Reviewers provide comments, recommendations for revisions, if needed, and an assessment of the manuscript as a whole. Without revealing the reviewers’ identities, the Publications Editor and project editor provide these comments to the author(s) verbatim, discuss the reviewers’ suggestions and how to incorporate them, and work out a timetable for revisions, usually within six months. The revised manuscript will again be read and reviewed, with particular attention given to assessing the agreed-upon changes. The selection and number of reviewers for the final review is left to the discretion of the Publications Editor.
The commitment of SAA to publish the manuscript is reserved until the completed manuscript is approved by the SAA Publications Board. Criteria considered before final approval include:
The Publication Process
SAA uses the most current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style for specifications for the format of its books.
SAA determines the publication’s size, design, appearance, price and other features, consulting the author and others—including the Publications Board—as necessary.
SAA will arrange for copyediting, indexing, proofreading, design/layout, and production in multiple outputs.
The author is involved in the publication process. The author approves copyedits, the index, and performs a final reading of the page proofs before publication. The Author also prepares a brief bio (up to 100 words) and provides a photo for inclusion in the book.
SAA is responsible for promotion, sales, and distribution of the publication, although authors—and the Publications Board—are strongly encouraged to assist with this process, provide quotations for promotional literature, be available for interviews, suggest outlets for review copies, and otherwise assist in the marketing of the publication.
SAA Is Your Partner in Publishing!