We follow a well-defined style sheet formulated to streamline the whole process behind the assessment of potential titles, proofreading of accepted titles, and editing of any and all titles. The style sheet will allow the procedures to be completed swiftly and with no misinterpretations or misunderstandings. Please ensure that you provide us with the following, wherever applicable.
Manuscript Cover Page
This has all the relevant information about the book, including title, subtitles, name of authors and editors, etc.
Table of Contents
Every manuscript should be accompanied by a table of contents. The table needs to contain anything and everything that needs to be a part of the book following the Table of Contents page.
List of Supporting Elements
A list of all images, tables, maps, graphs, diagrams, and any other type of supporting elements contained in the book must also be included along with the manuscript along with their positions in the book.
Information on Contributors
If you have collaborated with other contributors for the development of the book then information on the collaborators will also be required.
Preface & Foreword
Preface and foreword will need to be provided with the manuscript, if relevant.
You can choose to acknowledge anyone for your book. A separate section will be included for acknowledgements.
Glossary or Index
If your book is on a technical subject then you may need to include a Glossary or an Index at the end of the manuscript defining all the technical terms used.
Any supplementary material such as question banks, additional study material, or other information must be included as a part of your manuscript.
References made in the book need to be provided in the bibliography.
Formatting & Technical Requirements
We have detailed requirements for the formatting and technical aspects of the manuscript. These determine how the chapters should be marked in digital formats, font specifications, foot notes formatting, indents and first lines of chapters, line spacing, and file formats.
The Style Sheet
At Manakin Press, we accept books in both English and punctuation conventions from the US and UK. However, we don’t accept books that carry mixed styles. We also maintain a Style Sheet. Please go through the following and ensure that your manuscript conforms to the provided elements.
Parts, Chapters, Headings, & Captions
If your book is divided into parts, chapters, headings, and includes captions, we have specific format requirements for them. These are explained in greater detail in the Author Guidelines Brochure, in chapter 4, ‘Style Sheet’.
Bold, Italics, Underlining, & Capitalisation
- Bold is only allowed for headings and subheadings. If you have to emphasise a word or a phrase within the text, do so with Italics instead.
- Italics are to be used for proper nouns of all inanimate and abstract items including magazines, journals, newspapers, research papers, films, and plays. It can also be used for foreign language and if you want to emphasise some word.
- Underlining within the main text is to be avoided. However, some subheading layers can be underlined.
- Capital letters are not to be used for any sentences as they make reading difficult. Capitals, however, can be used as a part of title case or wherever basic rules of the English language allow them.
Quotations, Attributions, & Dates
Quotations and attributions have a strict guideline in order to avoid legal issues. Attributions are especially important and have been explained in detail in the brochure, and well as the next heading.
In US English, the date comes after month but before the year while in UK English it comes before the month and the year both. If you’re using decades then you must put the ‘s’ at the end without the apostrophe such as 1990s, 2000s, etc.
Images, Tables, & Equations
- If you’re using images and tables then you must ensure that they’re accompanied by captions and are numbered in the right sequence. The same captions and numbering must be provided in a separate list.
- If your subject depends on equations and the characters in the equation are font sensitive then we advise using MathType.
Lists, Numbers, & Percentages
- You can use either bullet points or numbers to create your lists. However, lists within lists need to follow different styles. If you’re using numbers the sub-list should be of alphabets and if you’re using bullet points then the sub-list should be empty circles as opposed to filled circles. The sentence before the beginning of a list should end with a colon while the list itself should end with a full stop unless multiple sentences are used in the list.
- Number between one and nine need to be written in alphabets unless they are denoting some kind of measurement and are followed by measurement units. Double digit numbers need to be written in digits. No sentence should begin with a number unless it is written in alphabets and more than 4 digit numbers should have a comma in the appropriate places.
- In US English ‘percent’ is used while in UK English ‘per cent’ is used. The character for percentages i.e. % should only be used in tables.
Spelling & Spacing
- There is a difference between how some words are spelled in US English and UK English. Depending on which style of language you’re following, please ensure that the spelling convention remain consistent.
- There should only be one space after punctuations such as full stops, commas, semi colons, and colons. Similarly, paragraph spacing should also be single.
- It is advisable to avoid abbreviations wherever possible. However, if unavoidable, the first time the phrase or name is mentioned abbreviation should be provided in parentheses e.g. ‘United Kingdom (UK)’.
- Most abbreviations don’t require a full stop in the middle e.g. UK, USA, UN, EU, etc. Abbreviations which end with the same letter as the actual word are known as contractions e.g. Mr, Dr, Eds, etc. However, in some situations where contractions don’t end with the last letter of the actual word, full stop is used e.g. Ch. And ed.
Consistency & Language
- Regardless of which style or convention you choose, please keep it uniform throughout the manuscript. Things to keep an eye on include list styles, references, hyphens, capitalisation, and abbreviations amongst others.
- Inflammatory, racist, and sexist language is strictly advised against. In addition, other things pertaining to language that you need to avoid include colloquial usage, ambiguity, and jargon without explanation.
Since punctuation conventions also vary from one culture to another. We will accept any of them, but the convention needs to be consistent throughout.
Software Programmes and Fonts
Manakin Press also has specific software program and font related requirements to keep technical incompatibilities to a minimum. Consider the following.
All manuscripts must be written in Microsoft Word and other software programs such as WordPerfect and LaTex must be avoided to prevent incompatibility issues. Microsoft Word files can be saved in either .DOC or .DOCX formats.
Ideally, we advise the use of MS Word inbuilt fonts as opposed to importing foreign or special fonts. However, if you have to use foreign fonts due to some reason such as requiring special characters, please make sure that you send a font sample to us in advance.
We require these to ensure compatibility with internal software systems in the publication process. You may also need to get permission to use, or buy the license before you can use certain special fonts.