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Public Documentation – A Punctum Vademecum
Public documentation about punctum books's review and submission process and the punctum books style guide.
Banking and other accounting creditials.
Author guidelines for the submission of monographs.
Edited Collection Guidelines
Editor guidelines for the submission of edited collections.
Everything about our house style. It's fancy!
Manuscript Acquisition and Review
All the emails you always wanted to write.
Everything on how we manage our book metadata records.
Supporting Library Membership Program
About Submitting Your Manuscript
punctum books welcomes submissions from academic and para-academic authors working in any field in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and architecture & design who want to publish books that are genre-queer and genre-bending and which take experimenta...
All the accounting processes on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis.
Guide for copyeditors.
When the book has been proofed, it's ready for release!
There are currently two types of subscriptions running through the punctum books website: legacy subscriptions through the Paid Membership Pro Plugin and new subscriptions through the Easy Digital Downloads plugin.
About the organizational structure of punctum books.
1. Preparing the Manuscript Files
1.1 Create a folder on your computer for the project. Please label this folder with your last name plus abbreviated title of book, such as, SMITH_History_of_Roquefort 1.2 Have each chapter in a separate Word file within that folder. 1.2.1 Title the chapter ...
2. On Our House Style
2.1 All manuscripts submitted to punctum must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. You can consult and also subscribe to the Chicago Manual of Style online or you can access it via your university library. If you have no access, let us know. Depending on yo...
3. Cover and Book Design
3.1 You have sent us the folder containing your completed manuscript. We might send it back to you with requests for further editing and formatting. But soon the book will be ready for the design stage. 3.2 We are dedicated to working closely with authors rel...
4. Copyediting and Proofreading
4.1 Once we have agreed on a cover and interior design (or, a rough one, at least),we will do a full rough design of the book. We may ask for further editorial changes. But soon it will be time to read the book closely for errors. 4.2 Proofreading is difficul...
5. Publicity and Promotion
5.1 Your book has been a designed PDF for a while now. Everyone has tried to squash errors. It is about to be published. We need to think a bit about publicity and promotion. How will readers find out about your book? 5.2 It is imperative that you work closel...
6. Publication Day
6.1 Publication can happen abruptly, but we will try to let you know the day of its coming a few weeks in advance. Although we generally get books published within 10-12 months from the time of final submission of the manuscript, there are many twists and tur...
Unsolicited proposals are sent by email to either or both of the co-directors in charge of acquisition. If an unsolicited proposal is totally inappropriate, not directed specifically to punctum, or otherwise unacceptable/spammy, no response is sent. If an un...
Solicited proposals are those actively sought out by the co-directors. Arrangements for the review process are made on an individual basis.
Annual Submission Period
The annual submission period for new manuscripts lasts from May 1 to July 31 each year. During this period, authors and editors are invited to send in (nearly) completed manuscript accompanied by a brief prospectus via email to the co-directors. The beginning ...
After the end of the annual submission period, the co-directors review all manuscripts and keep track of their comments/notes on the Trello Submissions board. Ideally, this processed is finished by the end of September. After each co-director has reviewed all...
Rejection Email Template
Dear <AUTHOR>, We know this will be disappointing, but we won't be moving forward with <TITLE>. Just so you know, we received an overwhelming number of submissions this year, more than we've ever received, and we can only accept about 25 manuscripts a year. W...
Acceptance Email Template
Dear <AUTHOR>, I can now tell you that we have completed our review of all manuscripts (for publication in <YEARS>), and we are thrilled to tell you that we very much want to publish your book manuscript, <TITLE> <INSERT HERE PRAISE FOR THE BOOK VIA ITS UNIQU...
Once the author has responded positively to the acceptance email, an Author/Editor Contract is sent out attached to a separate email. Standard contract templates are available in the Punctum Accounting > Contracts > Contracts Templates Nextcloud folder. Cont...
1. Initial Creation of a Book Metadata Record
A book metadata record is first created after a contract has been signed. PBN PBNs (punctum books numbers) are internal identifiers for book projects. This system was introduced in 2019 and retroactively applied to the entire catalog. The first four digits o...
Submissions through Imprints
Upon receipt of the signed contract from the author, the ms. is forwarded to two members of the Editorial Advisory Board for peer review, who are asked to provide additional and constructive comments on the mss. within 1–2 months. External peer review may be s...
Lyrasis represents the punctum Supporting Library Membership Program in the US and Canada: https://www.lyrasis.org/content/Pages/product-details.aspx?pid=131969D6-2B80-EB11-80EF-00155D0A2721 Whenever a library subscribes through Lyrasis, they send us a Billin...
The Supporting Library Membership Program of punctum books is represented in the UK by Jisc. Libraries the are member of Jisc can subscribe to support punctum for a standard term of 3 years, with payments based on the Jisc tier system. punctum invoices Jisc on...
Open Book Collective
Montecito Bank & Trust
Our contact at Montecito Bank & Trust is Bijan Ghaemmaghami. All official documents pertaining the account are available in Nextcloud Punctum Accounting > Montecito Bank & Trust folder. Account Info Customer Name Punctum Books Account Type Checking R...