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WHAT KINDS OF BOOKS DOES THE SERIES EMBRACE?

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

WHEN YOUR BOOK IS CONSIDERED

THE CONTRACT

INQUIRIES, PROPOSALS, OR REQUESTS FOR CATALOGS




WHAT KINDS OF BOOKS DOES THE SERIES EMBRACE?

Inquiries and proposals for works on all subjects relating to the history and conservation of costume and adornment are welcome. Books chosen to be published range from scholarly to general interest and vary widely in format, from primarily textual to highly illustrated.

Although all titles must pass a rigorous review in terms of substance, not all must be scholarly. The Series also considers books that address or embrace a general readership. Titles in this category must be well written and focused on their specific subjects as well as carefully researched and substantiated, but they cannot become too deeply entrenched in theory or jargon for the average reader.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

To request consideration of your proposed or completed manuscript, please send a query letter or prospectus. You can expect an initial response within eight weeks.

Your prospectus should include the following:

  • Your working title
  • Anticipated manuscript length
  • A tight description of the work (200-300 words), including its focus and scope
  • An annotated contents, indicating the focus and scope of each chapter, any major subdivisions therein, and any significant appendixes
  • A comparison of your manuscript to others published on the subject, explaining why you think your treatment of the subject is compellingly different
  • A concise summary of the niche and market for your book, specifying the need for it, the various audiences who will purchase it, and the size of those audiences
  • A brief autobiographical statement telling us why you are qualified to write this book
  • Manuscript samples, preferably an introduction and a complete sample chapter
  • Your complete contact information (including e-mail and a daytime phone number)

WHEN YOUR BOOK IS CONSIDERED
If we are potentially interested in publishing your book, we will request additional chapters or the complete manuscript. Manuscripts that merit further consideration are peer reviewed and must be approved by the Texas Tech University Press Editorial Committee.
During the review process, we will send you an author background questionnaire. Your answers to this questionnaire are crucial to the publishing decision and-should your book be accepted-to the preparation of a marketing plan. The final decision to publish is based primarily on peer review, committee approval, cost estimates, and your responses to the author questionnaire.

THE CONTRACT
Generally a contract is offered upon approval of the Press Editorial Committee. Agented authors should be aware that the Press insists on direct communications with the author during the consideration process.

INQUIRIES, PROPOSALS, OR REQUESTS FOR CATALOGS
Phyllis A. Specht
CSA Series Editor
Texas Tech University Press
Shipping: 2903 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79409
Correspondence: Box 41037
Lubbock, TX 79409-1037
(806)742-2982

 

 

 


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