How to Identify Your Academic Book’s Audience

Most academic book proposals ask you to address your book’s market or audience. With ever shrinking library budgets, you definitely want to be able to make the case that your book will reach a wide audience.

But, you also need to be realistic about who you’re actually writing for, not only for the proposal, but also because this will shape how you write your book.

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Academic Book Proposals: All Your Questions, Answered

Writing and submitting an academic book proposal can seem like a daunting task. Below, I’ve answered some of your most common questions and offer the best resources to consult to prepare your academic book proposal.

(Want to make sure you’re ready to start thinking about the proposal? Make sure you’ve completed the 4 Crucial Steps to Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal).

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What To Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal: 4 Crucial Steps

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Whether it is three months or three years until you write your first academic book proposal, there are steps you should be taking now to ensure it is as strong as possible. The steps below will help you tailor your academic book proposal to target the best university presses in your field and create the strongest possible case for your book.

(Looking for a comprehensive guide where I answer all your book proposal questions? Read Academic Book Proposals: All Your Questions, Answered)

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Acquisitions Editors vs Series Editors: Who they Are, What they Do, and How that Affects your Book

Even though the resources I consulted when preparing my book proposal discussed the difference between an acquisitions (sometimes called an “acquiring” or “commissioning”) editor and a series editor, this distinction did not quite fully sink in until I was at the point of proposing my book. This post is meant to complement my post on types of personal connections you can have to editors. Knowing the difference between acquisitions editors (full-time press employees) and series editors (full-time professors who also work for a press) can help you better understand how you are likely to cultivate different relationships with each over the course of your academic career.

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Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #2: Personal Connections to Editors

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After spending years revising my dissertation into a book, I finally found myself at the academic book proposal stage. I’d identified which presses published in my field(s), compiled information about what each press wanted in a proposal, drafted a base proposal, and was seeking advice from my colleagues and mentors on it. I thought I was approximately one month from the submission point, and had the book manuscript almost ready to go straight to peer reviewers. Continue reading “Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #2: Personal Connections to Editors”