Submitting a Proposal
- Brazos Press welcomes book proposals from qualified authors who desire to write books for theologically-inclined general readers. Our authors typically hold advanced degrees and have established publishing platforms. Proposals vary in form from a one-page description to an extensive prospectus including sample chapters.
- We prefer to see a proposal before you complete the manuscript. This enables you to obtain feedback from us that may make the project more publishable.
- Even if you finish your manuscript before approaching us, we ask that you submit a proposal instead of the manuscript.
A fully developed proposal consists of the following:
- The proposed book’s topic and your rationale for writing it. This is your chance to pitch the book to our editorial, sales, and marketing people. Tell us what the book is and why it is needed.
- The primary audience for the book—who are you writing to? Other than those primary readers, what other affinity groups might be interested in your book?
- A short list of comparable or similar books with brief annotations explaining how your book relates to and/or improves upon them.
- The estimated date for the manuscript’s completion.
- An annotated table of contents, with a one-paragraph summary or a brief outline of each chapter.
- The anticipated manuscript length, in total words.
- A sample chapter that represents the book’s unique contribution or an introduction that explains such things as the book’s background, purpose, distinctives, approach, and contents.
- A full vita, one that shows your qualifications to write the proposed volume.
- If you have published similar books in the past, please include lifetime sales figures for those titles.
Put your proposal in the most refined form you can. The quality of your proposal will tell us something about your ability to craft a quality manuscript.
- We naturally prefer that you submit your proposal to us first. If you choose to submit it simultaneously to other publishers as well, we only ask that you say as much in your cover letter.
- After evaluating your proposal, we will advise you of our level of interest. If we have interest in publishing the project, an acquisitions editor will follow up with you.
- If you have been in previous conversation with a Brazos Press editor, you may send your proposal to that editor. Otherwise, your proposal may be sent by email to:
Brazos Press is not able to accept or respond to unsolicited proposals for works of fiction or other projects that fall beyond the purview of our publishing program.