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New book proposal form

Image: Keyboard.When you are ready to pull together your proposal, you can download the new book proposal form.

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The peer review process

This downloadable PDF explains our peer review process in more detail.

Submitting your book proposal

Image: Books.The proposal form is the first step along the road to getting your book published.

We welcome proposals for new books and aim to carry out both our initial review and our external peer review process in a timely fashion to ensure you will receive feedback quickly. Our team of commissioning editors are highly experienced and are more than happy to provide you with early advice and guidance on your project, the preparation of your proposal, and on how the book publishing team works here at Emerald.

Find out about our editors and publishers.

When you are ready to pull together your proposal, you can download the new book proposal form. If you are a first-time author, and if available, we would ideally wish to see a sample draft chapter along with the completed proposal to ensure that we can give you comprehensive and helpful feedback after our review process.

Tips on completing the form

  • Your title: If your book is a research monograph or edited collection, find a clear, descriptive main title for your book – we need to ensure the maximum number of readers can find your book when searching online. Intriguing, thought-provoking or more cryptic titles can work for books where the primary readership will more general or professional.

  • Your summary: Be clear and concise in giving an overview of the project, avoiding too much jargon. Draw out what is distinctive about your book. Bear in mind that your proposal form will be read by a range of people with different levels of knowledge of your field – your Emerald commissioning editor who will work broadly in your field, your external peer reviewer who will have expert knowledge of your chosen area, and Emerald’s sales and marketing team who will need to quickly grasp the key points which make your book unique.

  • Your Table of Contents: Give as much detail as possible in a chapter-by-chapter summary (aiming for around 300 words per chapter) to help our external peer reviewers and your Emerald editor understand your approach and development of your argument.
  • The market: Be clear and realistic about the potential market for your book. Does your book genuinely have appeal to readers outside the academy, or will your readership primarily be from the research community? Looking at the topic your cover and your approach, will your book speak to those working in a number of different disciplines?
  • The competition: In answer to the question in the form about 'competing titles' think about books which are similar to your own – titles you have referenced in your own research. Make sure these are not all canonical works, but rather give us a clear idea about where your book sits within the published literature. Be clear about how your book differs from each competing title you list, and show how you are extending the academic argument.

The practicalities

  • Be realistic about your proposed manuscript delivery date, given your other commitments and schedule. Our editors would far prefer a realistic manuscript date which is adhered to rather than one which needs to be revised after the contract has been signed.

  • A typical wordcount for an academic monograph is around 80,000 words (for titles in our Emerald Points format 20-50,000 words). Think carefully about the necessity for a much longer extent, as this may be problematic when we come to price and market your book.
  • Demonstrate that you are aware of permissions issues in publishing third-party material in your work. Keep illustrations to a minimum, and think about including them only where they will advance your argument. Our authors are responsible for clearing permissions and this can be expensive and time-consuming.
  • We ask you to provide a list of possible external peer reviewers. We may use your names, but are as likely to pull on our own list of contacts to ask them to review your project. Be careful not to list peer reviewers who are based at your own institution or who were your PhD supervisors if your book is an adaptation of your thesis.