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How to write a textbook: our experience and advice to budding authors
  1. David Warriner1,
  2. Paul Morris1,2
  1. 1 Cardiology Department, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2 Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Warriner, Cardiology Registrar, Department of Cardiology, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, S5 7AU, UK; d.r.warriner{at}

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Several years ago, we were approached by a medical publisher to write a textbook of cardiology as part of a new undergraduate series. We were friends, colleagues and both research registrars in the same laboratory. We had no experience of writing a textbook, but had co-authored several papers and we were enthusiastic about a new challenge. We approached a senior author and a good friend of ours accepted. In hindsight, we should perhaps have reflected on a lack of willing volunteers!

We met with the editors who outlined the rationale, aims, objectives and plans for the book, along with plans for the chapters, word and page counts and suggested figures. Helpfully, a book in the same series had recently been published which we used as a guide. We wrote the first chapter together, to get the correct style and show the publishers we could produce what they were looking for. This took two attempts. We then divided the rest of the work between the …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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