OT: publishers accepting .tex files (was Re: Exceedingly OT - Re: [OS X TeX] tex, pdf, and doc)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Sep 5 07:29:25 EDT 2006

On Sep 4, 2006, at 5:46 PM, Alex Hamann wrote:

> I guess my question is: has anybody had any problems with  
> publishers not accepting tex-processed files? I am a little afraid  
> of writing my thesis with Tex and then discovering that the word- 
> lovers have taken over even the publishers....

This varies by publisher. It's rare for a publisher to turn down a  
manuscript they really want though, and worst case is they have the  
entire book re-keyed in Word to produce in Quark XPress, alternately  
they may take the .tex files, dump them into Word, have a technical  
copy editor whack at them, then typeset from that.

There are publishers who will work directly from the .tex files  
(usually handing them off to a composition house or freelancer who  
specializes in such), and if one doesn't want to have to proofread  
_every_ equation character for character and manually determine the  
page # of _every_ cross reference it's well worth finding one.

There's been some writing on this in the Practical TeX Journal of late.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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