Submitting proposals for prospective academic books: Opinion

July 15, 2021
Scholarly authors often question when in the book-writing process they should submit proposals to publishers, writes Laura Portwood-Stacer, and this decision may come down to several nuances. Portwood-Stacer explains that those who already know the core argument and takeaways of their book, work best with external validation, or benefit from external deadlines may benefit from submitting a proposal earlier. However, those who are more than two years away from completing their manuscripts may want to wait, as research may take longer due to pandemic complications. “Thinking carefully about your own motivations and goals will help you take more control in your process of becoming an author and allow you to determine the next steps that make sense for you,” writes Portwood-Stacer. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)