Where Do I Begin?
The author alone controls the look and feel of a book—its
literary style. Narrow guidelines—more often associated with
journal articles—do not apply.
Nonetheless, some organizational principles are helpful. Establish
an organizational pattern that you follow in every chapter. Will
there be sections? Subsections? Will they be numbered or letterd
or named? These decisions will be reflected in the final typesetting
as we establish styles of heading. These decisions produce uniformity
from chapter to chapter, a critical element in the consistency the
reader expects. Your readers will learn this structure, expect it
and use it to enhance their comprehension.
If your MSS is already written review it one more time to verify
the consistency of the chapter organization.
Assemble photocopies of each article. Include bibliographic references
so we can obtain reprint permission from the appropriated copyright
holder. If your source for the article is a reprint in an anthology,
provide us with the original publisher (as cited in the collection
Additional material you want included should be sent as a word processing
file. Add your articles, comments, assignments or other pedagogical
material you desire.
If your are undecided about a few articles, send us those you have
so we can immediately start on the permission process. We can always
add the few additional articles you may submit at a later date.
If there is an older edition send it in.
Newly written or revised lab material is usually a combination of
word processed text and hard copies of any available diagrams and
artwork. We will draw to your specifications whatever art you need.
Indicate in the body of the text the figure number and title and
separately prepare a list of figures and titles. Include both with
your submission. Also include any sample illustrations you want
to use as models. At this stage these are concept lists, you will
ultimately get to approve each drawing.
Put the files on a disk or CD and send it along with hard copies.
Copyright and Permission Fees
If you use previously published material, even if you are the author,
permission must be obtained from either the holder of the copyright
or the publication rights.
Whittier Publications has staff dedicated to obtaining permissions.
We request, obtain and pay for all permissions. Other publishers
(or bookstores selling coursepacks) frequently outsource this task—often
using a third-part service, the Copyright Clearance Center. The
CCC adds their own fees to those of the copyright owner resulting
in higher costs. The CCC even adds their own fee to otherwise free
permissions from academic journals.
By doing permissions in-house we are able to obtain the lowest possible
permission fees. Occasionally though, publishers' fees are set very
high. If a single article in a collection costs $4-500 and the class
size is small there is a significant impact on the price. Our staff
will try to negotiate lower fees (often successfully) or to contact
the author and determine if another, less costly article, might
Limitations on Copyright Permissions
Reprint permissions are usually granted when the requested material
is out of print — no longer being offered for sale by the
original publisher. If your requested material is in print —
the publisher is selling it now — the usual practice is to
limit permissions to short excerpts. Requests for more than 10%
of the work will likely be rejected. “Buy my book,”
the publisher will likely say.
What Does Not Need Permission
Anything published more than 75 years ago is public domain and can
be freely used. Be careful, Greek plays are public domain only in
the original Greek. A 30 year-old translation of the play needs
All government documents can be used without permission.
Your project editor will review all the permission requests you