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Cambridge University Press is always willing to consider new book proposals in all the major areas in which we publish. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please follow the guidelines below. Please do not send in a complete manuscript unless you have been asked to do so by an editor.
A book prospectus of the following kind should be submitted irrespective of whether the book has already been written or not. It should contain as much information as you yourself would require to offer a meaningful evaluation. There is no prescribed length for such outlines but they will tend to be at least 5 pages long. They should in all cases include the following information:
If you are proposing a textbook your prospectus should contain specific details of the level at which the book has been or will be written, as well as of the kinds of courses for which it would be suitable.
If you are submitting a proposal for a collaborative volume please indicate clearly who the contributors are and what they will write on. Affiliations should be supplied.
This prospectus should be sent to the relevant editor. It may be sent out for external review or circulated to editorial and marketing colleagues, and so you should not expect to hear back from the editor for several weeks. You will be told by the editor whether your project fits with current publishing plans in a given subject, and if it does, will be asked to submit a complete manuscript or sample chapters as appropriate. The review process varies in length depending on the nature of the project, the number of reviews considered necessary to reach a publishing decision, even the time of year of submission. The review of a proposal and sample material or full manuscript will rarely take less than 3 months and should generally not take more than 6 months.
Addendum to submission guidelines:
The Press has adopted more stringent measures concerning unsolicited mail in the current political circumstances.
Please do not submit complete manuscripts unless you are specifically requested to do so by a Press editor, in which case the package should be addressed to that editor and bear a return address.
All unsolicited manuscripts (whether from foreign or domestic sources) that are not specifically addressed to a Press editor will henceforth be trashed.
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