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The Less-Obvious Elements of an Effective Book Proposal

By Patrick H. Alexander

Getting published usually starts with a book proposal. Many a good manuscript has been turned down because of an ineffective proposal, and many a poor manuscript has been sent out for a formal review because the proposal was flawless.

Publication of a scholarly book ultimately depends on the peer-review process, but that step occurs only if the proposal accomplishes its single mission: to get you a hearing. Too often, however, scholars misunderstand the job of the proposal in the overall process.

As the director of an academic publisher, I’ve seen the best and worst of book proposals. So I’m in a good position to offer strategies to increase your chances of having a publisher take your proposal and manuscript to the review level—especially if you’re an early-career scholar seeking to turn a dissertation into a book.

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