Submission Guidelines

The CPCC Press only accepts faculty authored submissions.  We no longer publish non-faculty works.

Required Documents

  • Completed Author Questionnaire, Marketing Plan & number of class sections offered.
  • Author Bio with recent photograph*
  • Send one copy of COMPLETED manuscript as an email attachment AND mail one copy of entire manuscript.
  • Include your COMPLETED manuscript along with photo on ONE FLASH DRIVE with all required documents listed above.
  • TEXTBOOKS or books that you plan to use in the classroom, require written approval (of use/required use in the classroom) by your division director or Dean.
Minimum requirements:   We cannot accept:
  • Double-space everything, including notes, bibliography, and long quotations
  • Spell-check for minor errors and proof read for grammar.
  • Leave wide margins–at least one inch on all sides
  • Number the pages of the manuscript consecutively throughout
  • Avoid using fancy fonts, text boxes, tables, and tabs
  • Include your name, phone number, address and email in the footer of each page
  • Incomplete manuscripts
  • Submissions without ALL required documents
  • Manuscripts with excessive spelling and grammar errors
  • Handwritten manuscript or manuscripts not provided in an electronic format
  • We do not accept non-faculty authored publications

Submissions should be sent to:    
CPCC Press PO Box 35009 Charlotte, NC 28235

*Please note that we are unable to return any portion of your submission.   Send unfolded manuscript in a large envelope including ALL contact information (i.e. phone, email, and mailing address). Evaluations can take 12+ weeks.  You will be notified via email once your manuscript has been evaluated. Please allow us the opportunity to contact you once you have submitted your manuscript.

Questions? Please contact the CPCC Press by email at

The following guidelines pertain primarily to accepted submissions, however at any time during this evaluation period you may be asked to produce or discuss the following:

Photocopies are sufficient while a manuscript is under consideration, but final, camera-ready art is needed before design and production can begin. Unless otherwise agreed, it is the author’s responsibility to furnish all artwork. You must furnish the best possible quality, sharp-focus illustrations in 300 dpi or better.

All illustrations should be numbered, preferably on the front (in the margin), in some kind of working order, keyed to the captions and to the manuscript. Furnish captions as a separate list, double-spaced, not pasted onto individual illustrations. (A typed copy of the caption may be taped onto the back of the illustration.) To avoid damage, never write on the back of prints, never use paperclips, and never attach illustrations to manuscript pages. Package illustrations carefully with cardboard for mailing. Do not roll the art unless it is oversized and flexible. Oversized art should be avoided, if possible. Art that is larger than 11″ x 17″ may not fit in conventional scanners, is difficult to mail, and risks being damaged in handling.

The CPCC Press reserves the right to employee its own art/illustrator should the author’s suggested art/illustrator not meet or fulfill the CPCC Press vision or standard.

Line art: If you plan to reproduce previously published maps, charts, diagrams, or other forms of line art, you should send us photocopies before having prints made so that we can check for reproducibility. Remember that the type on the original art must be large enough to be legible if reduction is necessary. If you plan to draft original line art, or to have someone else draft it, check with the Press first, especially if you plan to use screens (Chart Pak, Zipatone, etc.). The production department will probably ask to see a sample before you invest time or incur expense. Line art provided on disk must be accompanied by a printout. Furnish the Press with the name and version of the software used. Consult with us first if the software is old or not well known. We may not be able to work with the disk.

Halftones: Black and white photographs should be the highest quality you can provide. Historical photos, field photos, or any others that may be difficult to reproduce well should be discussed with the editor and/or designer. Furnish 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ glossy prints (8″ x 10″ for large-format books), if possible. The number of the illustration should be affixed to the front of the photograph, in the margins. If there is not an adequate margin, put a pre-typed label on the back of the photo. Do not write directly on the back of the photo.

Color Illustrations: Color illustrations in digital format may not be usable. Be sure to check with your editor.

If your book is going to include both color and black and white photographs, be sure to discuss the numbering of the illustrations with your editor. Frequently, for reasons of economy, color photographs are grouped together in one or more inserts. In this case, you need two different sets of enumerations: one for the black and white photos (usually referred to as “figures”) and another for the color illustrations (usually referred to as “plates”).

Editing, Design, and Production
Your final manuscript will be read in its entirety for clarity, tone, continuity, and accuracy; ensure that grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct; impose consistency and house style in such matters as capitalization, punctuation, and treatment of foreign words; and check the notes against the bibliography. We may also call your attention to what seem to be examples of unnecessary repetitions, unclear phrasing, faulty transitions, or verbosity. The editors will not attempt extensive rewriting or alteration of your basic style. Press copy editors generally follow the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style. You will be sent a copy of the manuscript showing any suggested revisions and accompanied by queries. Your review of the copyedited manuscript is a very important part of the publication process. This is the time to make sure that the manuscript is just as you want it. You will receive instructions on how to mark any additional changes on the manuscript and answer all queries. We will give you a deadline for returning the edited manuscript. At this stage and throughout the production process, you must return materials promptly in order to meet the projected publication date.

It is the author’s sole responsibility to secure written permission for the reproduction of any material owned by others, beyond what is covered by “fair use.” According to the Chicago Manual of Style (4.51-4.58), fair use “allows authors to quote from other authors’ work or to reproduce small amounts of graphic or pictorial material for purposes of review or criticism or to buttress their own points.” Use of any literary work in its entirety does not constitute fair use. It is also the author’s responsibility to pay any permission fees. Author must also obtain written permission to publish any quotes used in narrative discussion for purposes of research or otherwise by said party quoted prior to publication of manuscript.

The publishing process is not complete until the book reaches its audience. Being a small Press, authors must be willing to actively market their book. The CPCC Press only provides the following:

            1. Your book on our website/shopping cart, Amazon and CPCC Bookstores

            2. One live event (i.e. annual CPCC Sensoria, Eblasts)

            3. Order management

            4. Press Release

The CPCC Press reserves the right to propose or refuse marketing, promotional or public relation methods at any time.

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