Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Broadview Press welcomes editorial submissions, including queries about projects that have not yet been written as well as complete or partially-complete manuscripts. Please read the following guidelines carefully.
Before sending a proposal or manuscript, please send a query to the editor responsible for the area in which you hope to publish (see below). Please do not send a complete proposal or manuscript without sending a query first, as the project may be redundant or unsuitable for our list. We accept completed manuscripts but ask that a 3- to 8-page overview be included as well.
Our books are primarily used for undergraduate college and university courses in the humanities. We also have a modest trade and library presence. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with our books before proposing a project. Please check that we publish in your area of interest. For Broadview Editions, please check that we are not about to publish, and have not already published, the title you are interested in editing.
Statement on Representation
In all areas of our list, we especially welcome proposals from scholars with backgrounds that are underrepresented in publishing and academia. For our anthologies and editions, we are also particularly interested in proposals featuring authors who belong to underrepresented groups. Where a proposal is for a new edition of a work by such an author, we strongly prefer to have editorial involvement by one or more scholars who are also of the relevant group (though we do not make that a requirement).
Proposals are usually between 3 and 8 pages long and should include the following:
- description of and rationale for the proposed project
- Table of Contents
- discussion of the ways in which the project speaks to current teaching practices and scholarly interests
- discussion of the project’s potential market (please be as specific as possible)
- if primary sources are included, discussion of relevant textual and translation issues
- overview of competing or complementary books (in the case of Broadview Editions, please note that any competing text you are aware of should be mentioned, even if it does not include any apparatus comparable to that found in Broadview Editions)
- proposed date of completion
- tentative title
- estimated total length of the manuscript (an approximate word count is required)
- list of non-textual items (charts, graphs, illustrations)
- if supplemental online resources for instructors or students are to be created alongside the project, description of their content (please note: in our experience, textbooks that include supplemental resources are often more successful than those that do not, though this varies by subject matter and discipline)
- proposer’s CV
Queries should be sent by email rather than post, and proposals should be sent as email attachments (in Word format).
Who to Contact?
Publisher & Editor, English Studies
Acquiring in: English; Broadview Editions in English and Comparative Literature
Acquiring in: Philosophy; Broadview Editions in Philosophy; Political Theory
Acquiring in: History
Acquiring in: Composition and Rhetoric; American Literature
We welcome projects in a variety of formats and styles. However, we also encourage queries about books oriented toward the following series:
The Broadview Editions series is an effort to represent an ever-evolving canon of primary sources used in the disciplines of English and Philosophy. The series includes titles long regarded as classics, and also valuable lesser-known works. Each edition is newly edited and annotated, and includes an introduction, chronology, and bibliography. But what especially distinguishes the series is the addition of primary source documents contemporaneous with the work. These materials help demonstrate the context out of which the work emerged. Broadview Editions are newly typeset, and each volume is printed on high-quality paper. Our aim is to produce the finest editions for the student and the general reader; they are often highly valued by scholars as well. Please direct your inquiries about these editions to the editor responsible for the discipline in which you think your title will be most heavily used (see above). A more detailed description of the goals of the series is available here.
Each volume features a short overview of a historical topic, together with a collection of documents. Geared towards the undergraduate classroom, these texts allow students to engage with a diverse collection of primary sources. Inexpensive and short (usually no more than 200 pages), the volumes provide convenient access to a carefully curated set of documents. The accessible introductions are authored by experts in the field. A list of current books in the Sources series can be found here. As the Sources series is intended for use in History programs, queries should be sent to our acquiring editor in History (see above).
Why Publish with Broadview?
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Which press numbers these outstanding authors on their lists of published or forthcoming titles? Oxford University Press would be a reasonable guess—as would Princeton, or Penguin, or Cambridge. But in this case “Broadview” is the answer. In the more than thirty-five years since Broadview was founded, we have built not only an outstanding list of books but also an outstanding list of highly respected authors. Why have they come to Broadview? Because they like who we are and what we have done and they want to be a part of it, is perhaps the best answer. But there is more to it than that. At Broadview we strive to provide consistently high levels of editorial and market research; of substantive editing and of proofreading; of design; and of marketing. We are sufficiently small that it feels natural for us to provide personal attention to our authors—but we are large enough to capably market our books to a wide academic audience. Our books are represented by an experienced team of in-house university and college sales reps, we attend the leading humanities conferences, and we actively engage with new technologies and digital methods of distribution. We almost never put books out of print; most Broadview books remain available even two or three decades after they were published. And one other thing: we are not compartmentalized in the way that so many larger publishers are, treating particular books as appropriate only to one particular market. Our primary focus is the publication of books suitable for course use in universities and colleges, but we also look to find other markets wherever possible. So if you are wondering who to approach with your next manuscript or book proposal, we hope you will think of Broadview. You’ll be in good company if you do!
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