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What do publishers look for in a good book proposal?

October 21, 2014

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Caxton Showing the First Specimen of His Printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster

We are often asked about the key components that contribute to a successful proposal. A formal proposal is typically the starting point for assessing a potential book project, and therefore a well-structured and coherent proposal can invariably make the difference between a book being accepted or rejected for publication.  Alex Pettifer, Edward Elgar Publishing’s Editorial Director, explains how to write the perfect book proposal.

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60 Things Academic Book Publishers Do – by Francine O’Sullivan

October 23, 2013

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Old books in a pile

These are interesting times for academic book publishers. Squeezed between various research assessment exercises on the one hand and the opening up of the self-publishing market on the other, we are called upon more and more to justify what value we add to scholarly research. Following on from the excellent blogpost in The Scholarly Kitchen on ‘A Proposed List – 60 Things Journal Publishers Do’ my colleagues and I have compiled a quick and dirty list of 60 things a high quality academic book publisher will do to help disseminate good research, maximise citations and protect their authors’ work and interests. It may well not be exhaustive but I hope it gives an idea of the kind of value you should expect your publisher to add to the research process.

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