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Manuscript Submissions

Bernan Press is expanding its collection of government-related reference books and we seek innovative monographs, including authored or coauthored titles in this field.

We publish reference works containing the most sought-after government-related information available. Bernan Press was founded in 1995 to meet the demand of its customers for popular U.S. government statistical reference titles that were dropped by the U.S. GPO, such as Business Statistics of the United States and most recently the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

We seek a wide-range of reference works that either introduce a novice reader to a topic or provide more technical coverage of a subject to a scholarly audience. In particular, we are seeking research works on:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Employment & Labor
  • Environment
  • General Reference
  • Government and Politics
  • Law
  • Safety and Health
  • Statistics

To submit a manuscript for consideration by Bernan Press, please review our submission guidelines below and email a full prospectus to Mary Meghan Ryan.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a proposal with answers to all of the questions listed below, one or two sample chapters if available, and your curriculum vitae to the acquisition editor. Please do not send your entire manuscript. We will contact you to request additional materials if necessary. Your completed prospectus should include:

  1. Provide a working title for your proposed book.
  2. Please supply us with a three-line biographical note about yourself (and any co-author(s)/editor(s), if applicable).
  3. Indicate the name of the author(s)/editor(s) as it would appear on the book.
  4. Describe the scope, subject matter, and significance of your book.
  5. Describe the benefits and features of your book.
  6. Tell us whom you see as the audience of buyers and readers.
  7. Provide a list of competing or complementary works (include title, author, publisher, and year).
  8. Supply a list of possible expert reviewers of your work (with name, affiliation, and email).
  9. Indicate if any part of the book has already been published (please detail).
  10. Do you have written permissions to use material that may be copyrighted (illustrations, lengthy quotations from scholarly works, or any quotations from fiction or poetry)?
  11. Provide an estimated total word count, including footnotes and front and back matter or estimated page count based on double-spaced text in 12-point Times New Roman type on pages with 1-inch margins on all four sides.
  12. Give us an estimated delivery date for the completed work.
  13. Indicate if the book will include artwork and if so, how many items and what kind.
  14. Indicate if any of the text and/or artwork will require permissions and to what extent these will be needed.
  15. Provide full contact information: name, mailing address, phone, and email.

Please be sure to submit proposal materials via email to Mary Meghan Ryan or mail to 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, Maryland 20706, Attn: Mary Meghan Ryan.

Please note that we are unable to return hard copies of submitted materials unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included in your submission.