To provide recommendations for faculty who are interested in writing a book proposal for an academic press.
The book proposal is an essential part of book publication as it is the document that serves to pitch the manuscript to editors. The following recommendations are based on the panel discussion “Writing a Book Proposal,” organized by CITLS and co-sponsored by the Skillman Library and the Academic Research Committee in Fall 2020. The panel was composed of Dr. Chris Lee, Dr. Han Luo, Dr. Seo-Hyun Park, and Dr. Carrie Rohman.
Once you have created a list of potential publishers for your book manuscript, consider the following recommendations for the book proposal itself.
Germano, William. (2013). From Dissertation to Book. University of Chicago Press.
Kelskey, Karen. (2015). “How to Write a Book Proposal,” The Professor Is In.
Rabiner, Susan and Alfred Fortunato. (2003). Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction — and Get it Published. WW Norton.
Toor, Rachel. (2020). Why It’s Important to Write a Proposal for an Academic Book, Chronicle of Higher Education.
—-. (2020). Should You Keep Working on That Book Manuscript?, Chronicle of Higher Education (20 Apr 2020)
—-. (2019). What to Say (and Not to Say) in Query Letters to Book Editors, Chronicle of Higher Education.
—-. (2019). “Lessons Learned from ‘Shark Tank’ on Writing Book Proposals,” Chronicle of Higher Education.
—-. (2013). “The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal,” Chronicle of Higher Education.