Submitting Proposals

Submitting a Proposal

     Submitting a Proposal for Foreign Language Learning Materials

     Submitting a Proposal for Georgetown Digital Shorts

 

Submitting a Proposal

Please check with us before sending a complete manuscript, since unsolicited submissions are not returned. We do not publish poetry, fiction, memoirs, or children's books, nor do we publish Festschriften, symposium proceedings, or unrevised dissertations. For more information please contact:

For Bioethics, Religion & Politics, and Religion & Ethics: Richard Brown, reb7@georgetown.edu

For International Affairs, Human Rights, Public Policy, and Public Management: Donald Jacobs, dpj5@georgetown.edu

For Languages and Linguistics: Hope LeGro, hjs6@georgetown.edu or David Nicholls, dgn5@georgetown.edu

For more specific proposal guidelines for Language textbooks and materials, please see our Languages Proposal Guidelines.

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Your cover letter and prospectus should contain the following:

1. A description of the manuscript, including:

  • The argument of your book and what makes it unique
  • Level of readership or audience
  • Discipline(s)
  • Comparison/contrast with competing titles

2. Table of contents, with (for each chapter) details of contents and length. Total projected length.

3. Description of special features:

  • The number and type of illustrations, photographs, tables, maps, glossary, appendices, etc.
  • Whether they will require any special design considerations

4. Delivery information:

  • Note on availability of sample chapters or whole manuscript for review
  • Projected completion date
  • Word processing system used

5. Author information: Your curriculum vitae, including details of your professional standing, previous books, and other relevant publications.

6. Suggested readers, including those who might have already read the manuscript.

7. Other comments that reveal different, original, or interesting aspects of your project.

If your book is to be used as a textbook

Please also answer the following questions and submit one or more sample chapters, along with a sample of any artwork to be included: (We can often reach a publishing decision about a project on the basis of a complete proposal, with a strong focus on the chosen market, from the author.)

8. What market do you intend to reach?

  • What courses are likely to use the book? Will it be used as a main or supplemental text?
  • Will the courses require prerequisites?
  • What would the estimated enrollment likely be for these courses? How frequently are they offered?
  • What is the education level of the audience (e.g. college juniors and seniors, graduate students)? Will the course be taken by majors, non-majors, or both?
  • What developments (e.g. changes in course content) are likely to affect the preparation and marketing of the book?

9. Competing works:

  • What books will compete with the proposed book?
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the competition.
  • How will your book differ in content? How will it better meet the needs of instructors than the alternatives?
  • What unique approach(es) to the subject that you have taken?

10. Pedagogy: Do you plan to use a special pedagogy for this book? Describe its rationale, implementation, and competitive advantages.

Submitting a Proposal for Foreign Language Learning Materials

In a cover letter and prospectus please provide the below information as best as possible:

1. Content

  • Describe the goal and features of the project, including comments that reveal different or original aspects of your project.
  • Describe your pedagogical approach and its competitive advantages.
  • Provide the intended number of contact hours or semesters covered by your materials.
  • Include the table of contents, with English translation, or a detailed outline describing the content of each chapter/lesson.
  • List the components included (i.e., textbook, workbook, teacher's materials, audio files, video files, interactive exercises, etc.), how many of each, and the estimated length of each (pages, minutes, files, discs).
  • Has it been field-tested, or do you have plans to do so?

2. Media (Audio, Video, Interactive)

  • Provide a list of the media formats (MP3, Digital Betacam clips, Flash, etc.) and the approximate number of files/tracks of each.
  • If you plan to include some but they are not yet created, describe how you plan to create them.

3. Audience

  • List the courses that are likely to use your material with estimated enrollment.
  • Will it be used as a main text or supplemental material?

4. Competing works

  • What books/materials compete with your proposed project?
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the competition.
  • How will your materials differ from the competition in content?
  • What unique or distinctive approach(es) to the subject you have taken?

5. Description of special features

  • The number and type of illustrations (i.e., drawing, photographs, tables, maps, etc.), glossaries, and appendices. Please estimate how many illustrations are included in different media.
  • Sources of the reading passages.
  • Types of exercises (i.e., fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choice, etc.).
  • Any other special features.

6. Delivery information

  • Note the availability of sample chapters or a whole manuscript for review (we prefer to see at least 1–3 sample chapters).
  • Projected completion date.
  • Word processing program used and the names of any special language fonts used.

7. Author information: Your curriculum vitae, including details of your professional standing, previous books, and other relevant publications and experience.

8. Suggested readers: Include those who might have already read the manuscript.

 

Submitting a Proposal for Georgetown Digital Shorts 

Georgetown University Press is now publishing digital shorts to deliver timely works of scholarship in a fast-paced, agile environment. Georgetown Digital Shorts are peer-reviewed, original texts that are easily and widely available to students, scholars, libraries, and other readers on a variety of platforms domestically and abroad.

Features

  • Current subject areas include Bioethics, International Affairs, Languages & Linguistics, Political Science & Public Administration, and Religion & Ethics. 
  • Texts will be between 10,000 and 40,000 words, including notes. 
  • Manuscripts will be subject to rigorous peer review. 
  • Manuscripts will be professionally copyedited.
  • Authors may review proofs of the text prior to publication.  

Please check with us before sending a complete manuscript, since unsolicited submissions are not returned. We do not publish poetry, fiction, memoirs, or children's books, nor do we publish Festschriften, symposium proceedings, or unrevised dissertations. 

For more information, please contact:

Bioethics and Religion & Ethics: Richard Brown, reb7@georgetown.edu

International Affairs, Political Science, and Public Administration: Donald Jacobs, dpj5@georgetown.edu

Languages and Linguistics: Hope LeGro, hjs6@georgetown.edu and David Nicholls, dgn5@georgetown.edu.

See also specific guidelines for submitting language manuscript proposals.

The cover letter and prospectus should contain the following:

1. A description of the manuscript, including:

The scholarly contribution and what makes it unique

  • Level of readership or audience
  • Discipline(s)
  • Comparison/contrast with competing titles

2. Annotated table of contents with word count for each chapter and total word count.

3. Description of special features:

  • The number and type of illustrations, photographs, tables, maps, glossaries, appendices, etc.

4. Delivery information:

  • Status of manuscript: partial or complete?
  • Projected completion date

5. Author information: Curriculum vitae, including details of author’s professional standing, previous books, and other relevant publications.

6. Suggested evaluators, including those who might have already read the manuscript.

7.* What market do you intend to reach?

  • What courses are likely to use the book? Will it be used as a main or supplemental text?
  • What would the estimated enrollment be for these courses? 
  • Who is the audience: undergraduate, graduate, or professional? 

8.* Pedagogy: Do you plan to use a special pedagogy? Describe its rationale, implementation, and competitive advantages.

*If the digital short or book is to be used for a course, please answer questions 7 and 8 and submit one or more sample chapters.