If your query letter piques our interest, we will request a formal proposal. Your proposal and manuscript material should look like it's worth a substantial advance. Use at least 20-pound paper avoiding erasable bond paper. Use a spellchecker, but more importantly have two or three readers review your prospectus before sending it out. Typographical errors, grammatical errors, missing pages or other sloppy mistakes can be fatal flaws. Use a letter-quality printer using at least 10-pt. type, double-spacing each line with approximately 250 words to a page. Do not justify the right margin.

At the left margin of the page, half an inch from the top, include your last name/keywords from the title. On the same line, flush right, type the number of the page. Number pages consecutively from 1 to the end of your prospectus.

Package your material carefully. Submit your prospectus unbound, without staples or paper clips. Use a Tyvex envelope  and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

A college textbook prospectus is approximately 30 to 70 double-spaced pages long. Its purpose is to convince an editor and/or editorial board to approve an investment in developing your prospectus into a college textbook. Because this investment is usually substantial, it is important for a prospective author to be as thorough and persuasive as possible in this document. Your colleagues during the blind review process will also evaluate this material.

Title Page

Include the title, your name as it will be represented on the cover, your college affiliation, a one-line description (i.e., A prospectus and three sample chapters), your mailing address, your home and work phone numbers, fax number and e-mail address.