Pitfalls to avoid when writing scholarly book proposals: Opinion

July 22, 2021
Writing an excellent scholarly book proposal can be difficult, writes Laura Portwood-Stacer, but avoiding certain pitfalls can help scholars write proposals that stand out. Portwood-Stacer describes several types of proposals to avoid: topics without a point, ideas without evidence, proposals that are still dissertations or lack one main claim, and proposals that are too unique or lack a precedent for their appeal. The author recommends that academics research presses to ensure the best fit for their proposal, and encourages academics to be confident and submit proposals in order to see if anyone is interested in their idea. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sub req) (Editorial)