And the publisher has the book

Fonthill MPlate_13_DonFelipes_tombedia has sent me an acceptance record for The Everyday Life of the Templars. So I assume they are reasonably happy with it …

… of course there is no cover for the book yet, so in the meantime here are some everyday Templars from Castile.


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It’s in!

The Everyday Life of the Templars has been submitted to the publisher, and they’ve confirmed receipt. Now I wait to find out what I’ve forgotten to send them — or what I’ve sent too much of …

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Preparing the book for the publisher

So, the book The Everyday Life of the Templars is done (or as done as it can be). It’s the right length (I thought — but see below), the contents are as promised, the picture permissions are in, so now it’s all ready to go to the publisher … isn’t it?

No, of course it isn’t. Now we reach for the ‘submission guidelines’ and check through carefully.

All the pictures must be numbered, and the picture captions must match the pictures (check).

All the pictures must be the right size for good reproduction (should be OK, but ‘to do’).

Check tables to ensure they make sense (check)

Finalise maps (one still needs to be drawn …) — my long-suffering husband is dealing with this.At the moment each chapter is a separate file, for ease of writing; for submission all the files have to be combined together into one file (check).

The endnotes must then be checked to ensure consistency with the publisher’s style throughout (check).

All endnotes must then be pulled out from being endnotes because the typesetters’ software can’t cope with endnotes generated by MS Word: they have to become text following on from the main body of the book, which is a long and tedious process and risks getting the numbers out of order (check. It is at this point that I discover that in fact the book is too long — the ‘word count’ was mis-set in two chapters so that it didn’t include the endnotes. So do I start cutting it down? At this stage — no, because I will only mess it up if I try.)

As I want an index in this book, I then have to draw up a list of index headings and add it to the end of the file; because the publisher wants this done now, rather than at proof stage (check).

Prelims then need to be finalised. I can produce a contents list easily because I’ve used ‘headings’ in MS Word, but when I’ve done that and saved it I have to take out all the headings in the manuscript because the publishers’ typesetters can’t cope with them (this is easy to do — just change all styles to ‘normal’). (check.)

Then pictures go into one folder, text and picture captions can go into another, and the whole lot can go off to the publisher.

And after all this … the publishers can still reject it!

Did someone out there say that writing books is easy?

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At the start of term …

Trying to sort out all sorts of administration at once, I came across this document that I produced in around AD 2000 when I was examinations officer in History & Welsh History at this University (I’m now chair of the examination board). Most of these are genuine, and many have my heartfelt sympathy, but a few …

Twenty-two reasons why my examination papers aren’t ready yet:

  1. I’m too busy filling in applications for research money.
  2. I’ve been too busy writing my next book but one.
  3. The papers are being translated into Welsh.
  4. I’m moving house.
  5. I forgot.
  6. It’s half term and I have to look after my school-age children [note: this was from a male colleague].
  7. My hamster died.
  8. The papers have been translated into Welsh but the external examiner wants them amending to the dialect of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn.
  9. I can’t be bothered.
  10. Oh no is it that time of year already?
  11. I’ve just moved house and I’ve been waiting for my bed to be delivered.
  12. I’m in Birmingham.
  13. I can’t remember how many questions I need to set.
  14. What did I set last year?
  15. I’ve just been converted to NT and I can’t get the printer to work.
  16. I’m at home.
  17. The external examiner wants all the double quotes changing to single quotes.
  18. I’ve just moved house and I’ve been waiting for my desk to be delivered.
  19. The external examiner wants me to rewrite my course.
  20. One of the contributors to the paper is off sick for a fortnight.
  21. I’ve broken my wrist ice skating.
  22. My wife’s just had a baby [before the days of paternity leave, folks!]

And, Helen, while you’re on the subject, can you find out for me:

  1. How can I get the exam papers printed in glorious technicolour?
  2. Why does the university rubric say that the maximum mark for the paper is 100%?
  3. Can the students take the text book into the examination?
  4. When do the exam office want details of courses assessed by course work only?
  5. Who is the external examiner?   … Who’s s/he?
  6. Can we have an extension on the submission of examination papers?
  7. Can we go somewhere else for the external examiners’ dinner this year?

And, next year, can you remember:

  1. Three students want to take their examinations in Patagonian Greek.
  2. The external examiners want to see the last three years’ past papers.
  3. I need six months’ notice of the final submission date for the examination papers.
  4. I want you to write my exam papers for me …
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Conference in Honour of Denys Pringle 17-18 September 2016: Conference Details and Registration

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Source: Conference Details and Registration

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The Everyday Life of the Templars

… has now been cut down to the length required by the publishers. The material I’ve cut out will appear in an article I am due to submit for a Festschrift — the deadline for submission is the end of this month, so I’d better get on with it!


Random photo of possible relevance: The National Archives E 142/119 m 1d– debts due to the Templars

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