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When submitting a proposal, initial query letter, or completed manuscript, please remember that it may take up to three months for the editors to review it. Outlined below is the basic procedure for submitting manuscripts and proposals. While by no means are all of the steps mandatory, bear in mind that it is your vision you are presenting to us, so the more information you give us to visualize your project, the better. Please send us copies of your material and keep the original for your records. We prefer to receive your proposal on CD.
Your proposal should include:
TITLE OF BOOK
DESCRIPTION OF BOOK
What is the nature, focus, purpose, or argument of the book? Write a “catalog” description.
TABLE OF CONTENTS/OUTLINE
MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES
KEY BENEFITS OF BOOK FOR MARKET
COMPETITION/COMPARISON TO SIMILAR WORKS
TERMS AND SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETING Manuscript.
- AUTHOR INFORMATION
- TITLE OF THE BOOK
- DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK
- TABLE OF CONTENTS/OUTLINE
- KEY FEATURES
- KEY BENEFITS
- PREVIOUS PUBLICATION
- MANUSCRIPT LENGTH
- DATE OF COMPLETION
Give your name, mailing address, and phone number(s). Enclose a current CV or resume which indicates your present position, educational background, and previous publications, with special emphasis on how you are qualified to write the book which you are proposing.
Indicate the tentative title of the book, with the subtitle if desired, and give possible alternative titles and/or subtitles.
In 200-250 words, describe the book which you are proposing. What is the nature, focus, purpose, or argument of the book? What is its thesis? Imagine that you are writing the “blurb” for the back cover of the book, or the description which would go into our catalog. What would you say to convince a potential reader to buy this particular book?
Give a tentative table of contents of the book by chapters. Beneath each chapter title give a brief outline for the chapter and a brief summary of its contents. This summary should explain the focus and development of the chapter and indicate how the chapter advances the argument of the whole book.
What are the most important features of the book?
For what specific audience is the book written: Lay persons? pastors or other religious professionals? college students? seminary/graduate school students? professors? Why do they need to read this book? Does the book have potential for textbook adoption? If so, in what courses?
What are the most important benefits that your target audience will derive from reading your book?
To what published works would you compare the book you are proposing? What does your book offer that these competing titles do not? How will your book be superior to or different from them?
Has any of the material in your work been previously published? If so, where and in what form?
What is the estimated length of the proposed manuscript, typed or printed double-spaced on 8.5 x 11” paper with 1-inch margins using courier or pica (10cpi) type/print?
Indicate the date by which you could expect to submit a completed manuscript.
NOTE: Enclose a sample of 15-25 pages, perhaps of the introduction or first chapter, which shows your writing style in the book. These should be pages which are typical of the book as a whole, especially critical to your argument, potentially controversial, or that give a good overview of the book.
Please send to:
BBT Special Projects
P.O. Box 430
Alachua, FL 32616
or email: email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in the BBT.
PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation of any manuscript, artwork, transparencies, or other material. Submission of any unsolicited materials shall be done at the author/illustrator’s own risk of loss or damage.