Submitting a book proposal


We welcome proposals for author's monographs, or collections of original contributions under the editorship of a senior scholar. Your initial proposal should contain the following basic information, in addition to the title, authors'/editors' name, and affiliations:

•   A preliminary summary, preferably not longer than two pages. This summary should center on your book's subject and give an idea of how that subject is developed or from which perspective/s it is being approached.
•   A succinct authors'/editors' biographical statement mentioning relevant qualifications and experience.
•  The market rationale for your book describing its prospective readership and positioning it against any competing works. If there are no competing works, then a stronger case must be made for your book's readership and its relevance to recent research or contemporary debates. If there are many and recent competing works, then a stronger case must be made for your book's originality.
•   If available, a sample chapter, table of contents and list of references would be helpful. If your manuscript has been already completed, specify the total number of words, including index, references and annexes. If your project is in progress, give us an estimated date of completion and approximate total length. Please do not forward complete manuscripts as part of a proposal.

Please send all proposals to: submissions@vernonpress.com

We commit to reply to all complete proposals and endeavor to offer constructive feedback whenever possible.


What we look for in a new book proposal

 

•     The book should be the product of original research and scholarship. It may reflect an original idea or the application of an existing idea to a new setting. Alternatively, it may draw from and unite existing approaches into a comprehensive or cohesive whole, resulting in a volume suitable for reference or student instruction.

•     It should be in an area in which you are an expert in courtesy of extensive study, research and/or professional experience. It should be of a sufficiently high academic standard to stand the test of peer review by established scholars.

•     It should strive to make a contribution to the field, enlarge upon existing research, or fill a market niche. In all cases, it should be of interest to a sufficiently large community of researchers and practitioners to justify publication in book format.

 

What happens after you submit your proposal


Upon receipt, in addition to our internal assessment we will forward your proposal to one or more advisory editors of the subject most relevant to your book. It usually takes about 2 weeks to consider your proposal and decide whether to go further with it.

We request that you send the complete manuscript only after a corresponding editor expresses interest in your proposal. Once you have sent us the manuscript, it will be sent out for peer review. During this period we expect you to refrain from simultaneous submissions to other publishers.


Page last updated on October 30th 2016. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.

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