SARDI publication has a standard process for reviewing, approving, and publishing books. The journey from idea to published book begins from 2007 with a formal book proposal. After SARDI Publication accepts a book proposal, it issues a publishing contract and a manuscript delivery date, which is agreed upon by SARDI publication and the author. After the author delivers the final manuscript, SARDI Publication assigns an editor to edit the book. When editing is completed, a team of talented designers, graphic artists, and proofreaders work to turn an edited manuscript into a published book. The following describes SARDI publication’s book publishing process in detail. Writing a book is a time-consuming process. Most authors underestimate the time it takes to research and write a book, even if they have most of the materials, or are experts in the subject matter. The following tips will help you in the book writing process:
PROCESS: Most books that SARDI publication publishes begin with a book proposal from an author. A book proposal describes and outlines the main ideas of the proposed book and the reason that the author thinks the marketplace needs the book. The book proposal also includes a comprehensive table of contents, a formal introduction, and a completed first chapter. If you are interested in presenting a book idea for consideration, here are the seven steps of our process for evaluating book proposals:
SARDI needs an average of six months to take a completed final manuscript and turn it into a printed book. However, before the manuscript enters this 12 month production period, the acquisitions editor evaluates the manuscript to ensure that it reflects the promise of the original book proposal. The acquisitions editor may ask the author to add material, delete material, or make changes to the final manuscript based on an initial reading of the manuscript and/or on comments provided by an SME or other internal/external experts. This process normally takes one month. It is important to note that it is the author’s responsibility to deliver an acceptable manuscript. Our contract states that if an author is unable to produce an acceptable manuscript within a specified time, it will be the author’s responsibility to pay an outside editor to rework the manuscript or opt not to continue with the project.Once the acquisitions editor deems a manuscript complete and accepts it, the acquisitions editor passes the manuscript to the development editor who, along with a copyeditor, works with the author to further develop and copyedit the manuscript. Development and copyediting the manuscript takes one to two months and often requires further work by the author to finely hone sections of the book or to provide more information if needed. In addition, it is the responsibility of the author to collect permissions for quotes or any other materials from previously published works. Prepress work (typesetting and proofreading) and printing/binding the book takes three months. During the prepress stage, the author may be called on to verify information or answer content questions to ensure complete accuracy of the manuscript.