Preparing a Book Proposal
To help us decide whether your manuscript is suitable for our publication programme we ask that you prepare a book proposal. You can expect our reaction to your book proposal within about one month.
When writing your book proposal, please consider the following:
A brief explanation describing the book's main arguments, theoretical grounding, and, most importantly, its contribution to the development of the academic field. You should also point out, unless it is clearly obvious, which subject area(s) the book covers.
Contents of the book
The most useful way to set out this information is as a table of contents indicating the approximate length of each chapter, but it would be even better if you can include a short paragraph to set out the expected contents of each chapter.
It will be very helpful if you can tell us, or give us your best estimate of
Current state of the manuscript
Is the manuscript essentially finished, is it a work in progress, or is it still at the planning stage? Please also indicate how long you expect it will take you to produce a manuscript ready for peer review.
We need to know what the competition is for your book, and what sets it apart from those already available. It would be very useful if you could pick out a few recent books in your field and explain how your book adds to or improves on the research presented.
What is the intended audience for your book, in terms of academic level and academic field? Are you writing for your colleagues, for post-graduate students, or do you intend your book to be an undergraduate text? Might it appeal to the educated lay person? Is it aimed at your immediate colleagues in Departments of XYZ across the world, or will it also be of interest to related academic fields or to academics working in other parts of the world?
What qualifies you to write this particular book? We are not asking for your full CV, but a rundown of the most salient points, and information on any other books you have published. If your book proposal is for an edited volume, please include a brief version of this information for each contributor.
A sample chapter will show us your writing style and help us see how much editorial input would be necessary. If the manuscript is uniformly wonderful, then send us the introduction, but if you have a favourite chapter, send us that instead. However, please do not send the full manuscript with your book proposal.
Submission of you book proposal
If you have any further questions, please contact: