What to consider before submitting your book proposal
To give you an idea of what Taylor & Francis are looking for, here are a few questions to think about before getting in touch:
Does your book idea have a USP – a unique selling point – an angle on the topic that is new, interesting, innovative and/or compelling?
Is there a clear demand for your book from an academic or professional audience and what is it about your book idea that specific readers might want and/or need to read?
Is the scope of your book’s concept broad enough to be of interest to readers on a global scale?
What makes you the best person to write this book? What is it about your experience, research and background which make you an expert?
If you think your book idea can answer these questions successfully and you have some recent publishing experience (e.g. published articles or papers in journals or relevant academic or professional publications) please contact the most relevant Commissioning Editor in your field as early as possible. We also welcome proposals for cohesive edited collections with a strong theme and consistent quality through all chapters.
Assuming your idea is suitable and aligns with our publishing framework, the Commissioning Editor will provide you with a specific book proposal form suitable for your subject area and book idea, which will help you capture all the key information.
What a book proposal consists of
In essence, a book proposal is a document which provides an initial overview of a book or open access book project in advance of completing a book manuscript. For a detailed overview of what you will be expected to provide, please read our book proposal guidelines.
Research-level books are often published as part of an established series, so having an awareness of existing books in such series can be useful when it comes to framing and developing your proposal.
What happens after you submit your book proposal
Your proposal will initially be read by a Commissioning Editor to assess the suitability of your book for their publishing program (or 'list). Subject to your Editor's approval, your proposal will then undergo an external peer review process in which experts are engaged to provide feedback on the quality and scope of your work, before your work is submitted to the Publishing Committee (or Editorial Board) for final approval. If your book proposal is approved, you will then be offered a publishing contract.
For more information, please read our publishing process overview.