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Getting into Print: A guide for scientists and technologists

Handbook / Manual

By: P Sprent

214 pages, 12 illus

Chapman & Hall (E & FN Spon)

Paperback | Dec 1995 | #43294 | ISBN: 0419192204
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NHBS Price: £28.99 $35/€32 approx

About this book

Practical guide to all aspects of writing about science and technology, with hints on how to make each kind of writing more attractive to the target readership. Also includes detailed advice on how to approach publishers, publishers' contracts and requirements and the author's role at each stage of book production, including tips on presentation of manuscripts on disc or as camera-ready copy.


Preface. Communicating. Learning about writing. Writing about science and technology. Style. Facing the hurdles. Inspiration. Directing effort and measuring success. Some general principles. Getting books published. The layout of this book. Macrostyle. First steps. Planning your writing. Microstyle. Getting the structure right. Some characteristics of all good writing. Illustrations of problems with style. Other aspects of style. Seeking a book publisher. Drafting a proposal. What to put in your proposal. Publisher's contracts. Self-publishing. The book publishing process. The publisher's world. Preparing your manuscript. Some problem areas. Proof-reading. Preparing an index. Special tools. Scope. Tables. Graphs and diagrams. Photographs. Mathematical and chemical formulae and equations. Examples and exercises. Laboratory experiments. Research and collating information. Many kinds of books. Categories of books. Monographs. Student texts and background reading. School textbooks. Popular scientific and technical books. Other work-related writing. A wide range. Instruction manuals. Expository papers and research reports. In-house reports or articles for technical or trade journals. Advertising copy. Writing book reviews. Popular science and technology. Scientific and technical magazines for the general reader. Writing for newspapers and general periodicals. Radio and TV. A last round-up. Working with your copy-editor. Multi-authorship. When English is not your first language. Where to look for help. Lending and copyright. Appendix A: Copyright and other legal matters. A1 Copyright law. A2 Libel. A3 Taxation. Appendix B: Preparing camera ready copy. B1 Format for CRC conference proceedings. B2 CRC for books. Appendix C: A glossary of publishing terms. References. Further reading. Index.

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