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The publication of books consisting of essays by several different authors poses special problems. The Press will primarily work with the title-page editor, whose role is crucial. The title-page editor must order the essays, suggest preliminary revisions, write an Introduction that provides a proper context, and work with the contributors on any revisions proposed by the peer reviewers or Press editors.

One caution for title-page editors of books compiled from conference papers: Keep in mind that what works in an oral presentation does not always translate well to a written record. Topical references and anecdotes that may enliven the original talk often seem puzzling, inappropriate, or dated when read months or years later.

The title-page editor will receive the main contract from the Press; in most cases we will also send separate individual contracts to the contributors.

Once a multiauthor manuscript has been accepted for publication, the title-page editor should instruct the contributors about the preparation of both the hard copy and disk versions of their essays (see section 2). It is the title-page editor's responsibility to prepare one disk that includes all the essays treated as separate files in the same word-processing program. To expedite copyediting, the title-page editor should impose consistency in headings and subheadings, citation format, tabular material, treatment of foreign terms, captions, etc. Unless other arrangements have been made, the contributors should submit any proposed illustrations in photocopy form. The title-page editor will work with the Press editor and designer in making a final selection of illustrations and will then ask the contributors to provide reproduction-quality prints. (Please refer to section 3.)

The Press editor will send the copyedited manuscript to the title-page editor, along with a photocopy version to be sent to the contributors. The title-page editor is responsible for transferring the contributors' corrections and changes to the master version of the edited manuscript and for handling any final queries that the copy editor may have. It is important to establish, and enforce, a deadline by which the contributors must return their essays. The manuscript will not go to a designer and typesetter until all the papers are in hand, and one delinquent contributor can wreak havoc on a production schedule.

The title-page editor will receive two sets of first proofs, one of which is to be sent to the contributors. The contributors should return the proofs of their essays to the title-page editor, who will transfer any corrections to the master proofs. Again, meeting a deadline is important. Unless special arrangements have been made, second proofs go only to the title-page editor, who also has the responsibility of preparing the index.

Authors' Notes

"Holding a book with my name on the cover is just an indescribable experience!"

--Harlan Goben

Book Launch


First launch in Melbourne for 2013

A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

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