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Author guidelines:

You are writing for the general reader, so please avoid jargon, theory and academic language. 

BPA series books are 50,000 – 70,000 words long.   

Your book structure should be something like this: 

  1. Introduction: set the scene, give a vignette of your own encounter with this material or your subject. Give a sense of why this book is interesting now, what’s new here, what you’re uncovering that should be better known.  This should be no fewer than 3,000 words and no more than 6,000 words 
  1. Main chapters: keep them balanced in length. Make sure it’s clear what each chapter is covering so the reader is on a journey through the book that makes sense 
  1. Concluding chapter: where does this leave us? What did you learn along the way?  What do we still not know? 

You will need to use footnotes where you quote the work of other authors.  We can provide full instructions on how to reference if needed.  

Get in touch:

See our ‘About us’ page for contact details of the series editorial board, or contact Manchester University Press’s Editorial Director, Emma Brennan, with any queries or book proposals.

Visit MUP’s Author Hub for guidance on submitting your proposal, preparing your manuscript and other FAQs.