How to Submit a Book Proposal

Please spend some time browsing our book section to see if your project would be a good fit. Look at the list of editors and their subject areas to see which person to contact about your project. If your field is not among those listed, it’s likely that that field is no longer an active area of publication at UIP. We do not publish fiction or poetry.

We prefer to receive proposals in hard copy, but welcome questions sent by email. If your acquisitions editor does accept proposals as email attachments, please be aware that email can go astray. Contact the editor again if you have not had a response in four weeks.

Include the following materials with your proposal:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief description of the project, its anticipated length, your timeline for completion, and your complete contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail, and fax if any).
  • An annotated table of contents.
  • Two sample chapters.
  • Your current curriculum vitae or résumé.
  • A five- to ten-page description of the project that addresses the questions below.
Basic description
What is the main point of your project? What questions do you seek to answer? How will your book add new knowledge, new breadth, a new perspective, or a new approach to the topic? How will your book contribute to the field? If submitted for a series, how does it advance the goals of the series? Does your project intersect with public debates or issues in any way?
Audience and market
What is the audience for your book? Who, principally, will buy and read it? Does it include insights of interest to people outside your own specific field—scholars in intersecting areas or interested readers beyond academe? What books already exist on the topic, and what will set your book apart from these competing or complementary titles?
Format
What is the expected word count of the manuscript, including notes, bibliography, appendixes, and any other textual matter? Do you anticipate including illustrations, maps, or tables? If so, please indicate how many, what kind, and why they would add significantly to the book.
Background
What was the genesis of your project? Please include discussion of any particularly innovative source material that has informed your project. If the manuscript began as a dissertation, please describe revisions you have made or plan to make so that it will attract the much larger audience required to merit publication in book form.
Previously published material
Has any material been previously published? We only accept manuscripts that contain limited amounts of previously published material. Authors will be responsible for securing permission for previously published parts of the manuscript.
Simultaneous submission
Is your proposal being considered for publication by any other press(es)?