Forms & Sample Documents

Toplight Books tries to use form letters as little as possible. A few form letters that are commonly of interest, as well as other author aids, can be found here. The documents are provided in a PDF file format.

Sample Contract

Samples of our standard contracts may be viewed here:

For most Toplight manuscripts

Author Aids & Instructional Brochures
McFarland has prepared, for both its authors and Toplight authors, several brochures which address common questions. While these questions are also addressed elsewhere on this site, these instructional brochures can serve as hard-copy “cheat sheets,” offering important tips and guidelines.

Preparing a Manuscript (pdf)
Guidelines for Editors of Multicontributor Manuscripts (pdf)
Important Notice Regarding Photographs and Illustrations (pdf)
Index Guidelines (pdf)
Checklist for Manuscript Delivery (pdf)

Author Information Questionnaire
Once you have signed and returned your contract, an author information questionnaire will automatically be mailed to you. (You might hear us refer to it from time to time as a “Form 10.”) If you require a replacement copy of your questionnaire, it is available for download here in a PDF file format.

Form 10

Alternately, authors may complete and submit their questionnaire online.

Online Author Information Questionnaire

Marketing Questionnaire and Marketing Updates
At several key milestones during the publication process, Toplight will automatically contact you with updates or to solicit suggestions.  If you’ve misplaced your form letter (a complete list appears below), copies can be obtained by emailing Savannah Clemmons.  Note that most of this information can also be found under the author resources section of this website.

Marketing Questionnaire
Blurb Instructions
Marketing Update 1: What we’re up to and how you can help.
Marketing Update 2: Need promo materials? We got ’em.
Marketing Update 3: Almost pub-time: some reminders.
Author Discounts
Social Media Update for Backlist Titles