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Book Proposal Requirements
Abstract : Please begin with an abstract of your book. Your abstract should state what the subject is; who the audience is, why your topic is important and how the reader will benefit (think back cover marketing copy). This should not exceed half a page. If you find yourself deliberating about whether your abstract should offer sizzle or substance, we strongly encourage the latter. Most important is your statement of what the book is intended to do, how it will do it, and how the reader will benefit from it.
Key word sampling : Include under its own heading a sampling of key words that you anticipate will appear in your book. This list need not be exhaustive—between a half dozen and a dozen words is probably sufficient—but it should include only those words that are generally associated with the subject of your book and which are likely to be used by interested readers or researchers seeking information on the subject that your book covers.
Author biography : Prepare a half page or less on your unique preparation to author on this topic. Specifically, highlight key accomplishments in your academic and professional career that qualify you as an expert authority on this subject.
Related Books : Please list two or three currently published books dealing with the same general subject area as your book. Such books need not necessarily compete directly with your book nor do they need to compare in terms of length or style; but they should be related to your book in some way. Please list the last name of the author, the title of the book and the publisher.
Manuscript delivery date : Please provide a prospective submission date. Keep in mind we understand you are busy; consequently, we prefer a realistic timeline rather than an overly ambitious submission date.
Table of Contents : Please provide a proposed outline or table-of-contents. We will need more than just chapter titles; instead, we’d like you to add sub-heads for each chapter, down to the third level if necessary. If you have not yet plotted out the specific subheads for each chapter, please offer a short paragraph under each chapter heading, summarizing what will be included in the chapter and why.
Ancillaries : Do you plan on creating any ancillaries for the reader (e.g. PowerPoint Slides, topic videos, test questions, instructor notes, or additional examples not included in the book) that you would like us to use in support of your book once it is published? We do not require that you prepare any ancillaries with your book; however, if you have some or plan to create some we would be happy to offer them to adopters of your book by making them available online. If your book will be accompanied by ancillaries please list the items you plan to include. If no ancillaries will accompany the book simply say: “none”.
Page Length and Word Count Estimate : We want our books to remain concise, which is to say they should consist of no more than 60,000 words. Using our standard trim size, this works out to be 150 pages in length. Please offer an estimate of the word count or the manuscript page count you anticipate your book will have. (Regarding the latter, an easy rule of thumb is to figure that a standard chapter length is about 20 pages).
Intended Audience and Market : Provide the key audience for your book, including any course adoption potential, practitioner market potential, leads you might provide, and number of copies you might purchase.
Name and contact information : At the end of your proposal, please indicate your name, as you would like it to appear on your book and (if different) how it should appear on your publishing agreement. Include as well your contact information, both your brick-and-mortar address and your email address. If you have more than one of each, please select the one that you prefer that BEP use for snail-mail and email.
Submit your book proposal by email to :
Managing Executive Editor
Business Expert Press