Book Proposal Guidelines

GENERAL BOOK PROPOSAL

 Please include the following materials in your book proposal: 

  • A cover letter addressing the project’s potential merits, including market viability, your qualifications, a timeline for potential completion, and relevant specifics of the project. 
  • Proposal (see specific requirements below). 
  • Author, editor, or translator bio(s), including institutional affiliation, previous publications, educational history, and any other information that might be helpful. 
  • Author, editor, or translator CV(s). 
  • Annotated table of contents with brief summaries. Where relevant, please note if any material has been previously published. 
  • Writing samples of one or two chapters. 

 Submit materials to the editor by email with PDF attachments. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the editor. 

 SCHOLARLY WORK

  • Title of manuscript.
  •  Abstract: Describe the work and its contributions in 250 words or fewer. If the project is an edited collection, provide an abstract for each essay.
  • Origin of project: Is this manuscript a revised version of your dissertation? If so, give the date completed, institution, and names of committee members. Explain the nature of your revision. 
  • Publication and copyright: Has your manuscript, or any part of your manuscript, been previously published? Do you hold copyright for the previously published material? If not, who holds the copyright?
  • Audience: Who do you see as the primary audience(s) for this book? 
  • Relevance: With which other scholars is your book in conversation? List books (with publication dates) on the same or similar subject as your work.
  • Outside readers: Name one or two scholars working in your field whom we might go to as an outside reader. Include email and affiliation.
  • Length: How many words are in the manuscript, including notes and bibliography? If unfinished, estimate your projected word count.
  • Visuals: How many tables, maps, and/or line drawings are included or do you intend to include? How many color and black and white images are included or do you intend to include? Do you have permission to use visuals that are not your own?
  • Progress: Are you prepared to submit the whole manuscript at this time? If not, what remains to be completed? 

TRANSLATION OF A WORK

Please research rights and translation permissions before submitting this proposal. If any financial support is available that will cover all or part of the additional costs of translation, this possibility should be mentioned in your proposal. (For example, the French government subsidizes some translations from French into other languages.) 

  • Title of book for proposed translation. 
  • Author introduction: Briefly introduce the author and their work, listing principal publications, previous translations into English or other languages, and any literary prizes or honors received. 
  • Relevance: Explain why you think the work should be made available in English, including discussion of commercial appeal and market viability. 
  • Summary: Provide a synopsis of the book stating its literary and cultural significance in 250 words or fewer. 
  • Reviews: Provide reviews (with English translations) of the original work, if available. 
  • Publisher and author: Have you had any contact with the original publisher or the author to inquire about translation rights? If so, what have you discovered? 
  • Republication: Are there any stipulations that you have already been made aware of regarding republication in translation, including copyright fees, cover art requirements, illustration reprint requirements, print run, digital publication rights, or other? 
  • Qualifications: Why do you believe that you should be the translator of this work? What is your background in the language/field of study? 
  • Additional materials: Do you have any plans regarding annotations, glossary, introduction, or prefatory materials to accompany your translation? If so, describe this briefly. (Will you author all of these materials, for example, or do you plan to invite a leading scholar to contribute a preface?) 
  • Writing sample: the writing sample should include the original text and your translation of it. 

MEMOIR OR CREATIVE NONFICTION

  • Title of manuscript.
  • Summary: Describe the work and its contributions in 250 words or fewer.
  • Origin of project: Is this manuscript a revised version of your dissertation? If so, give the date completed, institution, and names of committee members. Explain the nature of your revision.
  • Publication and copyright: Has your manuscript, or any part of your manuscript, been previously published? Do you hold copyright for the previously published material? If not, who holds the copyright?
  • Audience: Who do you see as the primary audience(s) for this book? How will your work influence this audience(s)?
  • Comparable works: Provide a list of three to five books on this subject or similar in tone and structure that appeal to the same audience as your project.
  • Length: How many words are in the manuscript, including notes and bibliography? If unfinished, estimate your projected word count.
  • Visuals: How many tables, maps, and/or line drawings are included or do you intend to include? How many color and black and white images are included or do you intend to include? Do you have permission to use visuals that are not your own?
  • Progress: Are you prepared to submit the whole manuscript at this time? If not, what remains to be completed? 

BOOK PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO UTPRESS@UT.EDU WITH THE BOOK TYPE AND PROPOSED TITLE IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE, (for example, BOOK PROPOSAL:SCHOLARLY WORK: TITLE).