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Our company specializes in books on Aboriginal and social justice issues, law, and western Canadian history. Within those areas we focus on books of a multidisciplinary nature for the university, college, and reference market.

We are delighted to hear from potential authors who believe that their manuscript will be of interest to us. As a first step, we strongly recommend that you send us a query about your book or proposed book. Your query should briefly outline the nature of your book, provide a proposed table of contents, and an idea of who you see the book appealing to, as well as a brief biography indicating your background and qualifications to write the book.

We do consider proposals that are based on theses. When sending us a query based on a thesis, in addition to the above information, provide us details on additional work you see being done to convert the thesis to a book.

Proposals are accepted by mail, fax, or electronically. Do not fax or email a manuscript. If you are uncertain whether your proposal falls is within our areas of interest you can call us to query. Ask for one of the publishers. Unfortunately, we cannot advise people with manuscripts falling outside our areas of specialization as to a possible publisher. In those cases, we suggest you visit your local library and bookstore to see who has published books similar to your manuscript.

We do try and respond to queries as soon as possible. However, it may take up to 8 weeks of receipt or occasionally longer, especially if we need to seek outside opinions about the proposal. In considering a proposal, and subsequently the manuscript, three factors are considered: is the work publishable; does it fit in with other books we are planning to release in the near future; and finally, what is the market potential for the work. There are works that we consider publishable, but which we don’t believe we can successful market.

As publishers, we work extensively with authors in helping develop and shape those manuscripts that we believe are worthy of publication. Our publishers and editors have extensively experience in Aboriginal issues, law, history, and working in the academic setting.

If we’re interested in your proposal, we’ll invite you to send your manuscript or your thesis, if the book will be based on a thesis. We also welcome opportunities to review draft chapters as they are prepared, if you are still working on the manuscript. This allows us to provide you with feedback as the manuscript is finalized and ready for our editor.

If we’re interested in your manuscript, we have the following suggestions for authors as you work on the manuscript:

  • 1

    The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced on standard letter-sized paper, with a 2.5 cm (1 inch) margin on all sides. Please ensure that all pages are numbered in the text. Do not submit manuscripts electronically unless the publishers have agreed to this in advance.

  • 2

    Chapters, headings, and subheadings must be clearly identified, but the use of the "styles" options in programs such as Microsoft Word and WordPerfect is discouraged.

  • 3

    Quotations of more than three lines should be separated from the main text by double line spaces and indented. Quotations must advance the argument, and should not be overly long. We strongly discourage quotations of more than a paragraph in length.

  • 4

    Quotations and other references must be fully and accurately sourced in an endnote. Endnotes, not footnotes, are the standard, even in legal texts. The APA style is strongly discouraged.

  • 5

    Use endnotes judiciously. If something is important enough to require a lengthy reference, perhaps it should be in the text. We prefer not to see contrary arguments end noted; rather if they are important they should be in the text.

  • 6

    Do not use boldface, upper case, or exclamation points for emphasis, and limit the use of italics. Assume your reader is intelligent enough to get the point, and ensure that the point is clear from your writing.

  • 7

    Spell check your manuscript carefully, taking particular note of unusual words or words in languages other than English.

  • 8

    Capitalize words such as Aboriginal, Native, First Nations, and Indigenous.

  • 9

    The McGill Guide to Uniform Legal Citation should be followed where legal materials are referenced. Case names and citations should be set out in full at first reference, but alternate citations are not necessary. The Chicago Manual of Style should be consulted as well.

  • 10

    Tables of Cases are generally discouraged.

  • 11

    Selected bibliographies are standard in most works of nonfiction, and authors are encouraged to compile them in a consistent and systematic manner.

  • 12

    Limit the use of charts, graphs, and tables. They can be more distracting to the reader than helpful, and something that fits perfectly on an 8.5 x 11 page is frequently impossible to typeset in the smaller, book-sized format.

  • 13

    Photographs, illustrations, and maps can enhance certain books, but bear in mind the restrictions of page size and copyright. The author is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions in reproducing copyrighted material. We are open to discussing with our authors the suitability of photographs, maps and other illustrations for the book.

  • 14

    With rare exceptions, indexes are standard in works of nonfiction. If the author is not comfortable creating an index, the publishers will engage a professional to do the work and the cost will be deducted from royalties.

  • 15

    If a book proposal is accepted for publication, the publishers will work with the author to bring the manuscript to the point at which it can go to an editor. Our editors are experienced and knowledgeable. Their job is to bring clarity to the writing. You will be expected to respond to queries in a timely fashion, and to review the manuscript at various stages, including immediately prior to printing.

If we accept a manuscript for publication, we will offer you a contract to publish. This represents our commitment to publish your work and will also outline the author publisher relationship.

As publishers we will:

  • Offer you substantive comments as the manuscript is finalized.
  • Arrange for the manuscript to be professionally edited.
  • Have the book designed and prepare a cover for it.
  • Arrange for the book to be printed.
  • Market the book.
  • Pay you royalties on a sliding scale based on copies sold.
  • Keep your book in print for as long as there is a continuing demand for it.

All of the above we will do at our expense. We do not ask authors to contribute to the cost of producing a book.

We expect our authors to:

  • Work with the publishers and editors in ensuring accuracy and incorporating suggestions to improve the work. We do not make editorial changes without the author’s approval.
  • Review all editorial work for the book; this will usually involve reviewing the edited manuscript on at least two occasions.
  • Assist in selecting a title, preparing back cover copy, and reviewing cover work Prepare an index (at the author’s option, this can be prepared by the publisher and deducted against future royalties);
  • Prepare a bibliography;
  • Provide us with suggested photographs (at your expense) and necessary permissions for any photographs and other copyrighted material. Captions for photographs will be prepared by the author.

We strongly urge our authors (creators) to register with Access©, the Canadian Copyright Licencing Agency, in order to receive directly all royalties arising as a result of the reproduction of their copyright protected materials. A link to the Access© web site may be found under the “Links” tab.

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