Book Proposal Evaluation

Book Proposal Evaluation

Getting a contract with your preferred academic press starts with an exceptional book proposal. This service assesses every aspect of the proposal and how well it conveys the manuscript’s argument.

Clients may decide to submit the book proposal by itself or the whole proposal package, including sample chapters and supporting documents.

Clients receive an editorial letter that outlines any obstacles I see to the proposal’s success and which includes detailed suggestions for how to improve its overall strength.

Service Details

I evaluate each proposal on the following:

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Structure & Argument:

Does the proposal make a strong case for why your text should be published by this particular press? “Fit” matters quite a bit here.

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Essential Components:

Is anything missing? Does each section contribute to the proposal’s argument that this text should be published by this press at this moment in time? Scholarly justification is not always enough. 

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Target Audience:

How strongly does the proposal convey the your understanding of the manuscript and its target audience(s)?

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Terminology:

Will the entire publishing team be able to understand your proposal? Keep in mind that the proposal will be shared and read by non-experts and non-scholars. 

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