By Emma Milman, Assistant Books Editor
We are always looking for new book authors here at SAGE. Once you have found inspiration and decided on the basis for your book project, the next step is to send a proposal to one of our commissioning editors. Our full book proposal guidelines are available here.
Here are some tips to bear in mind when you are completing the proposal:
- Give us a simple, straightforward synopsis of what the topic is about and how you intend to approach it. Keep this concise, so around 700 to 1,200 words.
- Let us know what the market will be for your book – this will be very important for your commissioning editor. Is this topic compulsory study on an undergraduate course? Is the booked pitched at researchers who are expanding their knowledge? If you can give us an idea of the number of people that will be interested in the book, that will be helpful.
- Pedagogical features. If you are proposing a course textbook, then please tell us what type of learning features you will be including in the book, such as further reading, practice questions, case studies, etc. These help readers to engage with the material.
- Competing titles. It is great for us to know if any other books have been published on the topic. Let us know how your book will be different: will it be suitable for a different market, approach the subject from a different angle, or expand on ideas that have been previously published?
Our commissioning editors are there to help you with every stage of the process, so do contact them for their advice!