■ What do we look for in a book proposal? The short list below outlines the information most helpful to us in determining the suitability of a book for the LRP publishing program. (But you should always feel free to contact us with questions or for a preliminary response to your project.)
1. Proposed book title.
2. The table of contents plus a summary of the contribution of the work. In crafting your chapter titles, remember that they should not be abstracts, but rather should succinctly reflect the content and logical flow of the book. And in the summary, it will help us if you identify the basic question(s) that your book addresses.
3. Information about the author(s). An up-to-date c.v. should be included for each author or editor.
4. Target audience. Is your book a monograph reporting the results of research? a synthetic analysis? a textbook (if so, for what courses and at what level? competition?)? or . . . ?
5. Estimated length of the entire work in characters, words, or double-spaced manuscript pages (if the latter, indicate the number of lines and characters per line on a typical page, or include a sample page), as well as the anticipated number of figures, tables, photographs, etc.
We are frequently asked, "What is the right length for a book?" It is true that the longer the book, the higher its price will be—and high prices can be a problem. Ultimately, though, the “right” length depends on the specific project.
6. Expected manuscript completion date and an indication of what material is available now for review.
■ The six items above focus on what we, as the publisher, need to know. Now, turning to information that is important to you, the author:
The books that we publish have been peer reviewed. As is the case with many scholarly publishers, we will proceed with the external review process only if your manuscript is with us on an exclusive basis—that is, only if it is not being considered by another publisher. But remember, if we are having your manuscript reviewed, we have already committed to the concept of the project; that means that, if the results of the review process are positive, we will be proceeding with publication.
We are always happy to discuss your ideas before you submit a formal book proposal. If you have worked with someone at LRP previously, you will want to be in touch with that person. Otherwise,
∙In the UK and continental Europe, contact Caroline Wintersgill (37 Egbert Road, Winchester SO23 7EB, United Kingdom; tel: +44-7735-096-298; email@example.com).
∙For books in the area of US politics and sociology, contact Carrie Broadwell-Tkach at the Boulder office (tel: 303-444-6684; firstname.lastname@example.org).
∙For books in the areas of criminology and criminal justice, contact Alex Holzman (2805 Brown Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130; tel: 917-364-3033; email@example.com).
∙For books on Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, contact Carrie Broadwell-Tkach at the Boulder office (tel: 303-444-6684; firstname.lastname@example.org).
∙For books on the Middle East, as well as in the areas of international relations, human rights, and disability studies contact Lynne Rienner (tel: 303-444-6684).
∙If you’re not sure who is the appropriate editor, contact Lynne Rienner at the Boulder office (tel: 303-444-6684).
■ Note: Please send your proposal via post or fax―not via email―unless requested otherwise.