Prospective Authors

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Why publish with ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman?

  • Publishing with ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman gives your work a share in the legacy of ALA and the solid reputation it enjoys.
  • Your work is in the hands of seasoned publishing professionals. We develop, manufacture, and market your project in a way that draws good reviews and customer interest worldwide.
  • ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman markets every title to at least 100,000 customers.

What kinds of publication projects are of interest?

Projects with clear, immediate, and unique value to sizeable segments of the library community. For example:

  • Textbooks for courses in Library and Information Science, i-Schools, and undergraduate information studies programs.
  • Publications that offer fresh perspectives or point the way to improved library service with ideas for practical application

Proposal Guidelines

The ideal proposal would contain the following elements, totaling about 2 to 3 pages, plus background attachments as necessary.

  1. Project Description. A brief (300 words or less) overall description of the project, including its subject, scope, content, and approach. State what is distinctive and compelling about the project
  2. Intended Market. Who (use job titles if possible), approximately how many, and why they need this work.
  3. Authorship. A one-paragraph biography describing the credentials of each of the authors/editors for preparing the work, highlighting editing, writing, and other relevant experience. Also include a curriculum vitae/resume.
  4. Competition. Brief notes on the major print and electronic resources that address your topic or a large part of it. Note the features that distinguish your project and give it a market advantage (for example, size, authority, timeliness, approach, or style).
  5. Preliminary TOC or Main Topic Outline. An outline of the major topics or a detailed preliminary table of contents.
  6. Length of Manuscript. Projected length of the work in word count or double-spaced manuscript pages (at 275 words per double-spaced page). Also describe the type and approximate number of figures and/or tables you plan to include.
  7. Schedule for Completion. Provide a realistic date of project completion. Allow time for all the parts (including illustrations and materials borrowed with permission) to be gathered, edited, revised, and reviewed as appropriate by your editor. Do not shortchange yourself on needed time, nor stretch out projects that are time-sensitive. If possible, also provide a timetable of the major phases in the project.
  8. Writing Sample. This may include a sample chapter of the proposed work or an article representative of the writing style for the proposed work.
  9. Software Used. Word processing information should include the software, version, and platform. We encourage the use of MS Word.
  10. Special Considerations. e.g., illustrations, permissions, etc. that will be required.
  11. For books intended for course use:

    Provide the course(s) for which your book would be a primary text. Or,if intended as a supplementary or recommended text, the types of courses it would support.

ALA Editions will also consider completed manuscripts, but please query before sending them. Send proposals and queries to the address below and allow six-to-eight weeks for evaluation.

Proposals discussed with a specific editor should go to that editor. Unsolicited proposals should go to:

Rob Christopher
Marketing Coordinator
ALA Editions
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: 312-280-5052
Fax: 312-280-5275
e-mail: editionsmarketing@ala.org