Style Sheet

When it comes to writing and formatting your manuscript ready for submission, please follow the Fallen Rook Publishing style sheet. Submissions that do not follow this style sheet will be returned for correction. Individual projects may follow a different style sheet if this is agreed in advance with the publishers.

If you are in doubt about how to format or present some part of your manuscript, please do not hesitate to contact the publishers for advice.

Document format

Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, in .doc or .docx formats.

Styling the document

It is imperative that you use as few styles as possible in your document, and that styles are applied consistently throughout. Documents submitted with inconsistent styling will be returned for correction.

Book titles

Please do not apply any styles other than “Normal” to your book title if you have a separate page for this. We will handle this during layout at the end of the process.

Front matter

Please do not apply any styles other than “Normal” to your front matter if you have any. We will handle this during layout at the end of the process.

Table of contents

Please do not apply any special or fancy styles to your table of contents if you have one. A simple, basic, standard table of contents such as that which Word generates for you will be perfectly fine for submission. We can make the table of contents prettier during layout at the end of the process.

Chapter headings

Please apply the “Heading 1” style to each chapter heading. Do not attempt to make it look pretty; we will handle this during layout at the end of the process. Please do not try to number the chapters.

Section headings

Please apply the “Heading 2” style to each section heading within a chapter.

Please apply the “Heading 3” style to each subsection heading within a section.

If you have subsubsections and so on, please apply the appropriate heading level style to each heading in the chapter.

Do not attempt to make the headings look pretty; we will handle this during layout at the end of the process. Please do not try to number the sections.

Paragraphs

Please apply the “Normal” style to everything in your document. Everything should be styled as “Normal” by default, so please do not change this.

Please do not indent paragraphs, or leave blank lines between them, or change any font or colour or anything to do with how paragraphs might look. Leave them in the standard “Normal” style. We will deal with the aesthetics of the text during layout at the end of the process, not before.

Quotes

If you present a very short quote, taking no more than half a line, then you may include it within a paragraph of prose, “within double quote marks”, without applying any different styling.

If you present a quote that is longer than half a line, then please make it a new paragraph in its own right, and apply the “Quote” style to it.

Whenever you use a quote, conclude with a footnote to show your source.

Footnotes and endnotes

At Fallen Rook Publishing, we prefer footnotes instead of endnotes. However, if your project does work better with endnotes, or if you are particularly keen on them, please speak with us and we can come to an arrangement after discussing the matter.

Please do not apply any special styling or formatting to your footnotes or reference characters.

All footnotes reference characters should come after punctuation. Please see our Guide to Referencing for more information.

Tables

If you are presenting data or information in tables, then please do not apply any special styling or formatting to the table. Keep it simple and easy to edit. We will make it look pretty during layout at the end of the process.

Bibliographies

As you write your book, please keep your bibliography up to date in a separate file. Whenever you add a reference to your book, also add it to the bibliography.

Please present every reference in full, so that the editor and the reader will have no difficulty following any given reference to find out more.

Please organise your bibliography into relevant groupings of references, such as “Primary Sources”, “Books”, “Articles and Chapters”, “Online Resources”, and suchlike.

Please do not apply any special styling or formatting to your bibliography. Let it remain in the “Normal” style, and only apply italics to things like book titles where appropriate.

Page and section breaks, and new lines

Please do not apply any page breaks or section breaks or line breaks in your manuscript. Just write the draft, line following line, and do not pay any attention to how it looks on the page. We will deal with the aesthetics during layout at the end of the process, after all editing has been complete. There is no point in trying to deal with how it looks before we start editing and end up changing significant amounts of text anyway.

Language

We would prefer publications to be written in British English. If you would prefer the project to be in a different language then you must discuss it with us first.

Please proofread (or arrange proofreading for) your work before sending it to us, so that simple errors in the language are found and corrected.

Images and illustrations

If you would like to include any images or illustrations in your work, then please send them to us as .jpg, .gif, or .png files, in a separate folder (not just embedded in the Word document).

You may embed the illustrations in the Word document as well, so that we can see where they should go in the text. However, if you embed them in the Word document, please do not apply any styling to the images, because that makes it harder for us to edit the whole document.

If you do not embed the illustrations in the Word document as well, then please place the following placeholder (emboldened) in the document where an image should be set, including any caption that should accompany the image:

IMAGE [number], caption: “lorem ipsum dolor est.”

Please number all of your images, starting at 000, and increment by 1 for each subsequent image. This will let us find any specific image more easily and more quickly while editing and for layout purposes.