Please note that Oxford University Press is obliged to ensure all books are
ratified by the University before publication. We do not, as a rule, publish works
of fiction, unless they form part of an educational course or examination.
All proposals should be submitted to the Editor or editorial department
responsible for the subject area and market that your book is aimed at.
View a list of contact names.
Depending on the type of book you wish to write, you may expect to submit a
proposal containing some or all of the following items:
Synopsis - setting out the purpose and approach of the proposed book.
Outline of contents - a list of chapters including the main subheadings
of each, with an estimate of the number of words or printed pages in each chapter.
For books written by a team or edited volumes, this should include the name
and affiliation of the suggested author(s) for each chapter, and a note of whether
they have agreed to contribute.
Draft preface - this should be about 500 words long and summarize
your aims, scope, general approach, and intended audience.
A covering letter or note - setting out details of: the author's suitability
and motivation for pursuing the project; the proposed readership; the ways in
which the proposed book fits in with and/or improves upon the existing books
and information resources on the market; the manner in which the writing would
be approached; any special points of style, structure or presentation; the proposed
writing timetable and completion date; any plans for keeping the book up to
date after publication; in the case of a book to be written by a team, an indication
of the way in which the writing process will be managed to ensure a consistent
and coherent outcome in terms of the finished book.
A curriculum vitae - including details of any relevant experience and
a list of any previous publications (books and/or articles); in the case of
a writing team, similar details for each contributor.
Other supporting materials - this is not always essential, but if there
are other materials that can be put forward to illustrate the proposed approach
or demonstrate the author's previous writing experience, they can be helpful
(e.g. draft chapters of the proposed book; list of competing titles, articles
written by the author on the same or a similar topic, storyboards or demonstrators).
Further information on specific disciplines, series, and titles is available here.
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