1. Your book proposal is only about your book–its ideas, arguments, etc.
Reality: Discussions about your book’s content is only one part of the proposal. Instead, the proposal must discuss your book, how it fits into the larger intellectual landscape of your field, why you are the person to write this book, and why now is the time to write it.
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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.
Continue reading “How to Identify Your Academic Book’s Audience”
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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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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If there is one question I was most confused about, and am now asked most often it is this: when should I write and submit my academic book proposal to university presses? Continue reading “When Should You Submit your Academic Book Proposal?”
How can you find the right publisher for your academic book?
In this four-part series, I show you how to do just that.
By this point, you’re armed with two crucial pieces of information: how presses will see your book, and the long list of publishers that publish books in your field.
In this step, you’ll research your long list of potential publishers in order to narrow it down to the top few that publish books like yours.
Continue reading “Finding the Right Academic Publisher #3: Assessing University Press Fit”
Are you working on your first academic book? Thinking ahead to the proposal? Wondering if you should pitch a book to an editor at a conference? Curious about when to meet with acquisitions editors?
Continue reading “Should You Pitch your Academic Book to an Acquisitions Editor at a Conference? What to Consider.”
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.
Continue reading “Acquisitions Editors vs Series Editors: Who they Are, What they Do, and How that Affects your Book”
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”
Of all the parts of an academic book proposal, the “competing works” (sometimes called “competing titles,” “competing books,” “market competition,” or simply “competition”) section is probably the most daunting and least understood by first-time academic book authors. Continue reading “The “Competing Works” Section of an Academic Book Proposal”
It came as a blow to my chest. The first email I received from my editor, less than 24 hours after submitting my academic book proposal, made me want to crawl under a rock:
Continue reading “Useful Academic Book Publishing Advice #1: Make your Title and Idea Sticky”