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TEMPEST PUBLISHING is a new player in the field of book publishing and distribution. Its aim is to promote academic and professional, educational, fiction and non-fiction publishing of the highest quality on the Middle East in general and the Fertile Crescent in particular. Before we offer to publish your work, we review your manuscript and listen to you to understand your publication goals. Then, we provide a customized publishing solution.
Submissions can be sent to TEMPEST either through regular post or electronically as a word document or as an attachment via email. Alternatively, upload your document at the bottom of this page. Your submission should provide: A paragraph that outlines your ability/authority to write on your chosen topic. A paragraph describing your target audience and why you think this is a timely project worthy of publication.
A paragraph listing similar books in print and what makes yours unique. A paragraph on how you think it could be promoted and any industry or media contacts that would help us to market your book. A 400 word synopsis, a list of chapter headings and a brief indication of chapter contents. One to two sample chapters. We prefer the introduction and/or chapter one. Please allow approximately eight weeks for the appraisal process to occur. You will be notified of the outcome by email.
PREPARING MANUSCRIPTS FOR TEMPEST PUBLISHING.
A Brief Authors' and Editors' Guide to A Style Manual and Guide to Presentation
This guideline has been written to facilitate the passage of your manuscript through the publishing process. It is not intended to be a comprehensive set of guidelines, but to provide a general overview of the kinds of matters that are important in the preparation of manuscripts for publication. It does not seek to set out a rigid set of rules. We are usually quite flexible with most matters discussed herein; this manual merely sets out some of our preferences. We suggest you read this guideline thoroughly before you begin entering your manuscript into a word-processing program, as it may save you some time in the long term.
It is generally your responsibility as the author (or editor) of a book to ensure that none of the material used in it breaches copyright laws.
Choice of Word-Processing Program
We can use material prepared with a wide variety of word-processing programs in IBM format. In general, though, it is better if you use a relatively popular program, such as Microsoft Word or Works or WordPerfect.
If you wish to indent the first line of each paragraph, you should use the paragraph formatting controls in your word-processing program.
Spaces after Full Stops and Other Punctuation Marks
There should only be one space after a full stop or colon (or any other punctuation mark). Double spaces are used with monospaced typefaces (such as Courier or that on a typewriter), but are not used in books.
Use of Bold and Italic Type
If any of your text should be in bold or italics, please format it as such in your word-processing program.
Underlining should never be used in place of italics or bold type. In other words, it should never be used in a book, except underneath columns of figures in a table.
If tables are typed into the text, the columns should be aligned using single tabs, not multiple spaces or multiple tabs. There are three main reasons for this. First, it makes it much easier to adjust the table to fit the book's format, which is usually completely different to that of the manuscript. Second, it is much more difficult (if not impossible) to precisely align the columns using spaces. This is especially the case when the original table is created in a monospaced typeface such as Courier; while the columns line up wonderfully in the original, as soon as the text is converted to a proportionally spaced typeface for publication the columns will not align precisely, even if extra spaces are added to try to realign them. Third, it is much easier to ensure that the columns are evenly spaced in relation to one another if tabs are used.
Headers, Footers and Page Numbers
You may wish to place page numbers (which we request you do) and headers or footers (it is up to you whether you include these) on the manuscript. Please do so using the word-processing program's ability to automatically place these elements on the page.
In justified text, a word is often broken at the end of a line and hyphenated so that the spacing between words remains reasonably consistent throughout a document. Because your manuscript will be completely reformatted, however, the lines will end in quite different places in the book. Please do not add any word-breaking hyphens to your manuscript, because we will only have to remove them later.
Creating an index from within your word-processing documents will usually be a waste of time, because the pagination of the book will be totally different from that of your original printout. After we have formatted the book, proofread it, and inserted any illustrations, tables or so on, we will send you a full set of galley proofs, from which you can create the index using the final pagination. If you wish to create an index from within your word-processing documents prior to sending us the manuscript, bear in mind that you will have to change the pagination manually after the book has been formatted.
We also refer to these, colloquially, as 'prelims'. They are given lower-case roman page numbers (for example, page xvii). Most of our books will have some or all of the following:
1. Subtitle page (sometimes called the half-title page); followed by a blank page
2. Title page
3. Imprint page (sometimes called the copyright page); contains details about the publisher, design and editorial credits, edition, ISBN, Cataloguing-in-Publication, copyright and printing
5. Foreword; written by someone other than the author or editor
6. Preface; written by the author or editor
8. About the Contributors (where appropriate); may also be included in the end matter
9. If there is a dedication, it is usually placed at the top of the imprint page, but in larger type than the rest of the text thereon.
The end matter of a book may contain any of the following elements: Appendixes, Glossary, List of Acronyms, Notes, Bibliography (or References), Index
We refer to the Macquarie Dictionary in most cases. The Concise Oxford Dictionary is our next choice.
List of References and Bibliography
A list of references contains only, and all of, those works cited in the text. A bibliography includes all of the works cited in the text, plus any other works the author may think relevant to include. The examples which follow are used in lists of references and in bibliographies.
For references to books, the required information is presented in the following order. Those marked with an asterisk are only used where applicable: - author's or editor's surname, then initials or given name - year of publication - title of publication - title of series* - volume number, or number of volumes* - edition* - editor, reviser, compiler or translator, if other than the author* - place of publication (that is, city or town) - publisher - page number or numbers