Important and Essential Notes

  • For copyright reasons, do not use any quotes and do not reproduce any text, diagrams or tables, except for the following:
    • Judgments
    • Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments
    • The Civil Procedure Rules
    • General Medical Council publications
    • Any other documents known to be under the Open Government License (and supply proof of this)
    • Where the person being quoted (and any translator) died at least 70 years ago.
  • Any such quotations should be kept to the minimum relevant section. There is no point including appendices with Acts etc because these are all easily accessible online and can be linked to instead. Diagrams, templates, precedents etc should only be used if produced by yourself and please check with us to avoid layout issues with these.
  • Always quote the full reference to the source in each instance immediately in the text or in a footnote.  We will add appropriate notices to the front of the book for you.
  • Note in particular that The Judicial College Guidelines are copyright and should not be directly quoted.
  • No extra content from 3rd parties such as guest chapters etc unless agreed with us first.

  • Do not use real life examples from your own practice (not even anonymised). Personal details from reported cases only.  Fictionalised examples may be ok.
  • We will send you regular reminders, and it is important to keep us up-to-date with progress, especially if any delays are anticipated, so that we can adjust marketing plans etc.

  • We will choose an appropriate image for your book cover and post it online after the contract is agreed. You may request an alternate image if you really don’t like the one we select but bear in mind that images are subject to various technical and copyright limitations. We deliberately choose fairly conservative images to as we believe with this kind of book that the cover image will never add sales but could potentially reduce them.
  • No layout via tabs or spaces please! Use tables, Buller lists etc where necessary.

  • Remember that book page sizes are much smaller than A4, so be careful about using wide tables and diagrams and do not apply large indents to text.
  • Include a preface which only needs to be a few paragraphs, perhaps explaining the need for the book, thanking a few people etc, but importantly must give the exact date at which the stated law is believed to be correct and up-to-date. This is in addition to any introductory chapter and is placed before the contents page. You may also supply text for a dedication page.

  • Approximate word count: around 20,000 to 40,000 words, but please stop and discuss with us first if it’s going to be less than 15,000 or over 50,000.
  • Do provide a list of clearly identified chapter headings for the contents page. We suggest you include all chapter titles and one extra level of major headings within chapters. Do not add page numbers though as we will do that after final layout. Try to use ‘Title Case’ for heading names, but at least be consistent with it.
  • Any errors discovered after publication should be noted and collated for a possible future edition. We will not submit reprints for typos, though in the event of a serious mistake you should discuss it with us.

  • Changes in the law will inevitably occur after publication (hence our requirement for a date in the preface as mentioned above). Note that whilst our books are print-on-demand, anything more than the tiniest of changes would constitute a new edition under the rules and conventions of publishing, would require the whole content to be checked again, and would be subject to us mutually agreeing a new contract. We generally encourage new editions every couple of years.

  • As long as you use the standard Word styles, we can convert the book to the correct fonts and layout etc.  It doesn’t matter which actual fonts, sizes etc you use, but it’s important to avoid manual formatting and positioning as that all results in time consuming manual corrections. Whatever page numbers and specific layout you see on your screen WILL change once inserted into our book template files.
  • Most of our books do not use numbered paragraphs. They can be problematic for the author to maintain and for us to layout. If you really want them we will manage but please send a sample first so that we can confirm they format ok. A better way is to reference by section headings.

Recommended Writing Style

  • To avoid serious delays with our layout work please use the built-in functions for any numbered and/or bulleted lists you make, and for tables and footnotes (not end notes). Please do ask if you need any help with any of this. Be very careful of pasting text from websites etc as this causes far greater formatting issues.
  • Ensure all paragraph spacing is consistent. We recommend 0.40cm below paragraphs, and no blank paragraphs used as spacing!
  • Do not start standard paragraphs with an indented first line or with any kind of indents/margins. We recommend you italicise quotes, and indent any whole paragraphs which are quotes by 0.5cm on both left and right margins.
  • Consider concluding each chapter with a summary section.
  • Consider having a conclusions/future developments chapter at the end of the book.
  • Be consistent with case names. Whichever style you use is fine as long as maintained throughout the text. Most author use italics.
  • We prefer not to use initial capitals for words such as claimant, defendant, trial, court etc, unless necessary e.g. in a title or an Act of Parliament. If you do capitalise these then we’re happy to go with that instead but do be consistent.
  • Write small numbers as long hand, e.g. three or four etc.