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Your Online Author Kit: Getting Started
Welcome aboard Wiley’s crew of talented authors. This is your online author kit. You can start by reading this page and following the relevant links, or perusing the navigation bar on the left.

Things to Do Before You Start:

  • Read the series guidelines your AE sent you (as of now, these are not available online).
  • If you’re working on a new edition, make sure you have the files from the prior edition to update..
  • Install and familiarize yourself with the SD Template and Documentation. There is a handy cheat sheet here, along with the template itself and design PDFs.
  • Ensure you have set your monitor to the proper display settings. If you are a Windows user, install the Wiley desktop theme so you can shoot figures. There are instructions on installing/using it. If you are a Linux or Mac user (or prefer not to use a desktop theme), follow the instructions for changing the display settings that are appropriate to your OS.
  • Alter your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 (unless otherwise agreed upon). If you have a widescreen display, please speak with your DE for special instructions.
  • Submit a test screenshot. Take a few screenshots (some cropped and some not) after the theme has been applied, and send one of each to your DE.
  • Determine the ISBN for your book by asking your AE or DE.

Getting Started

  • If you are working on an updated revision, the first thing you’ll want to do is attach the newest template, turn on revisions, and start authoring. If you are starting brand new, you’ll want to open a blank document with the new template attached and start writing.
  • Things to Remember While You’re Writing
  • Any time you make changes to your Table of Contents, please make sure the DE has a most recently updated copy. *Please note, substantial changes in the TOC are discouraged after you have submitted the first 25% of your manuscript.
  • Turn in figures and code (in their own independent files) with your chapter text. Please make sure they are named correctly.
  • As the author, you know best how you want the finished book to appear, within the constraints of the series. To make that happen, be sure to format your chapter correctly.
  • If you are re-using material (a figure, a table, a quote, or even from your previous works), you are responsible for pursuing legal permission. Contact your DE with questions.
  • Make sure you use your own words for everything. Do not copy and paste material from another source.
  • It’s a good idea to notify your DE when you have reached a contractual milestone that includes a payment incentive; that way you will be paid faster.

What Happens After You Turn in Your Chapter

  • You turn your chapter, figures, and code files in to a Development Editor (DE), who edits your chapters and sends them on to technical review.
  • Your DE sends the chapters back to you. In this file, you will see all the changes the DE and TE have made, and answer questions they have left for you, in a process called Author Review. This is your chance to make any final revisions to your chapter.
  • You send it back to your DE. Your DE cleans up the files and sends them to Production.
  • In Production your files are copyedited, laid out, indexed, folioed, and sent to a printer.
  • You will be asked to review the cover copy or cover of your book as well. We have short turnaround times for this task, so be sure to respond as soon as your editor sends it to you.
  • About 4 months (give or take, depending on the size of your book) after you turn in your last revised chapter to your DE, you should see a real book. Congratulations, you made it through!

Helpful Hints

  • Choose a place on your computer to store your files and create a folder structure that works for you.
  • Schedule a reminder in your calendar to backup your files every week or so.
  • We suggest printing out the Chapter Submission Checklist and keeping it next to your computer as you prepare your manuscript.
  • On the author kit, in the navigational bar on the left under “Professional Author Resources” heading you’ll find other topics that you might find useful along the way, as well as an FAQ.

Source: Wiley Author's Page