Submission Guidelines | Rowman & Littlefield

To submit a proposal to Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, send the following information to the appropriate acquisitions editor for your subject by email attachment (preferable) or hard copy. Please include the following:

Prospectus: The prospectus should include a description of the book; a statement regarding what makes it important, timely, or unique; an analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates of publication); a description of your target audience (general readers? undergraduate or graduate students? scholars? professionals?); an indication if any of the material in the book has been previously published, and, if so, when and where and whether republication rights are available; the length of the manuscript in word count; and, if the manuscript is not complete, an estimation of when it will be finished.

Outline: An annotated table of contents, including a paragraph describing each chapter.

Curriculum vitae or resume: In short, what qualifies you to write the book you are proposing? If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include affiliations and, if possible, brief resumes for each of the contributors.

Writing samples: One or two sample chapters. If an introduction or overview is available, please include it. If no chapters are ready, send a comparable example of your writing.

Peer reviewers: A list of four to seven potential peer reviewers, with whom you have no personal or professional relationship, but who might advise us as to the quality, academic integrity, and commercial viability of the project. If possible, please include their affiliations, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Platform: In short, what access to media and/or readers do you have that will assist us in reaching your book’s intended audience? Previous media appearances, active blogs, author web sites, prominent reviews of previous books, a strong presence on social media help to make the case that you will be an active partner in promoting your book. Please include links to your web sites or blogs and your handles for:
Facebook / Linkedin / X (Twitter) / Instagram / Amazon Author Page / Other Social

    We will acknowledge receipt of a proposal within two weeks; we are usually able to render a decision on contract within three months.

    Please do not send your entire manuscript unless requested by the acquisitions editor.

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

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