Publishing Your Book in the ASA-SIAM Series
Chapter 6 - The Book Production Process
Once your manuscript has gone through the review cycle and the final version is accepted, it enters the production cycle. Your book will be produced at either the ASA or SIAM office. However, all manuscripts will initially be received at the SIAM office. The actual production process differs for TeX and non-TeX manuscripts. These differences are outlined below.
The General ProcessThe basic production process includes some or all of the following steps.
- Final manuscript to publisher
- Transmittal meeting
- Schedule is prepared and sent to author for approval
- Manuscript is copy edited (author may be queried)
- Manuscript sent to compositor
- First proofs to author (will be proofread by publisher)
- Author returns changes to publisher
- Corrected first proofs to compositor
- Second proofs reviewed by publisher
- Corrected second proofs sent to compositor
- Final files (PostScript, PageMaker, etc.) prepared by publisher
- Printing and binding
The production editor will contact you with any major queries about the manuscript before it goes to the compositor. Questions about phrasing, missing or inconsistent information, or suggested additions or deletions will either be addressed at the copy-editing stage (usually in an e-mail message or by fax) or, if they are minor, written on the manuscript for your attention at the proof stage.
First proofs are sent to both you and the publisher for proofreading. These proofs will be in page form. All figures and tables will be in place, and all illustrations will appear in their reduced size. The pages will be numbered.
You will receive two sets of proofs and one copy of the copy-edited manuscript. You are responsible for checking the proofs against the edited manuscript and for answering any remaining or additional queries. All corrections and answers to queries should be clearly marked on one of the sets of proofs. You should also check that all artwork is correct as it appears. These proofs, along with all original manuscript, should be returned to the publisher . The other set of proofs is for your files. While you are checking the proofs, the publisher is simultaneously proofreading a house set of proofs.
Corrections to proofs can be surprisingly expensive. Try to restrict changes to corrections of errors; don't make stylistic changes. The production editor has the authority to overrule expensive or unnecessary changes. We generally allow 10\% of the total composition charges for author's alterations (changes in text and illustrations other than corrections of compositor's errors). Amounts in excess of that figure may be charged against your royalty, so please keep corrections to a minimum.
Once all material has been returned from authors, all corrections are compiled onto a master set of proofs. All queries must be resolved at this point. The corrected first proofs are sent to the compositor for corrections.
The compositor will make the necessary corrections and send a set of second proofs to the publisher . The production editor will check these proofs carefully to ensure that all necessary corrections were made. Because of the short time allowed for second proof review, authors are not sent second proofs except in cases of extensive changes to first proof.
Our index editor will compile the index using your highlighted terms. You will be sent proofs of the index for review. Because this will take place close to the end of the production process, you will be asked to return any corrections as soon as possible.