Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact at Greens?
Anyone at Greens will be happy to speak to you and will be able to pass you on to the correct person to deal with your inquiry. Generally during the pre-manuscript delivery and post-publication stage the commissioning team will be most likely to be able to help. During the production process your editor will have the most relevant information and throughout, your marketing contact will be able to deal with all promotional issues.

How do you decide which books should be published in hardback and which in paperback?
When deciding which format to put a particular book into we carefully consider the nature of the text and who is likely to purchase it. As hardback is more expensive it is unsuitable for student texts. We often put practitioner texts into some form of hardback as this makes them more durable. However, this does have an impact on the price of the work and additionally is only suitable for texts over a certain size.

Will Greens find materials for me?
Only if you have specifically requested this and it has been agreed, as this may affect the costs of the publication.

Will Greens apply for permissions for me?
Yes, and you should inform us of any material which will require Greens to apply for permission when you submit your manuscript.

Will Greens check quotations?
The legal editor will read a quote for sense but will not normally proofread it against the original unless something looks wrong. You should therefore try to ensure that all quotes are accurate and reproduced exactly from the original down to the last comma and full point. This includes extracts from statutory material. Please do not put quotes into house style.

Will the legal editor do any research on the text?
Greens have access to a number of reference sources but we do not check everything in the text or complete obscure citations as this can hold up the publishing process. The legal editor will assume that references supplied by you are accurate and up to date. Please avoid leaving instructions in the text asking the legal editor to check something.

Do Greens prepare the tables and index?
Yes, and you will be given the chance to influence this by filling in an index questionnaire to ensure that the completed index meets your expectations.

Does the legal editor edit the text on screen?
Editing on screen takes place wherever possible. The advantages are that the process should be speeded up and there should be fewer changes at proof stage.

Why is it so important that I follow the schedule?
The production of your book requires the time and skill, arranged in advance, of an in-house editor, external proofreader, tabler, indexer, typesetter, designer, printer and warehouser. If we miss our place in the queue at any stage, delays will result. We do appreciate that our authors often have other priorities which can impact on the schedule and if you keep us informed of progress we can minimise some of these problems.

Can I add in material while the copyedit is under way?
We normally only accept manuscripts which are complete as confusion can arise as to the precise intention of the author if we receive additional material once we have begun work on the text. Material which is separate from the text, such as appendices, may be added later but this must be agreed with the commissioning editor.

Can I make changes at proof stage?
At first proof we usually allow changes to a maximum of 10 per cent of the text.

What changes can I make?
Changes should be made for the purpose of essential updating, correction of errors or completion of cross-referencing only. Changes to footnotes, involving their deletion or insertion, and changes which may affect pagination, should not be made as this will substantially increase costs and may cause delay.

Will I get to see second proofs?
If corrections at first proof are light we will go straight to camera ready copy. If we use a second proof stage it will usually be to check that all corrections have been taken in but we will not make any further amendments. We would not normally expect an author to check the text at this stage and you should not expect to see second proofs unless it is specifically requested by you and agreed with the commissioning editor.

What is Camera Ready Copy (CRC)?
This is the final proof stage, at which we are only able to check that all corrections were incorporated. No additions or changes can be made. This is the copy which is sent for print.

Will I have any input in the marketing of the publication?
A questionnaire will be sent to you by the marketing department at an early stage in the process in order to help put together accurate marketing material. Your advice on promotion opportunities and on the placement of review copies, and comment or suggestions at any time, is appreciated.

How long will it take to publish?
This can vary greatly, depending on the length, density and type of publication, as well as whether a second proof stage is required. A general guideline would be approximately three months from submission of the edited text to the typesetters to post out of the publication. We do seek to publish as soon as possible after we receive the manuscript to ensure the currency of the text.

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