purpose of a proposal is to provide the editor and the reviewers with an
overview of your project. It is important that you be aware of the context in
which the book will flourish (the market) as well as aspects of the pedagogical
strategy which will make your book successful for us and for the student and
instructors who are the end users. Authors under contract submitting
manuscripts should see our Author Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
us with a brief outline of your background and experience as would apply to you
as an author of this text. A brief (two or three sentence) biography would be sufficient.
overview of the market, different approach to the subject, and the major books
which define those segments.
Example: There are three
major approaches to teaching Latin. The traditional grammatical approach is
best defined by Wheelock’s Latin. The reading approach, or natural approach,
uses an inductive method to have students reading Latin early and then
inferring grammar as a result. Both Orberg and the Cambridge series.... Thirdly, is
intensive Latin, best defined by …. This book proposes is designed to use
the traditional grammatical approach.
brief description including the book’s primary strategy and the course(s) for
which this book appropriate? Include length of the course, level,
prerequisites, and the approach.
Example: The book, First
Year Latin, is designed for the first two semesters of the freshman college
course taught in Classics departments and taken by students who have had
no previous Latin courses. It uses the traditional grammatical approach, with
an aim of having the student short excerpts in original Latin by such
authors as Caesar by the end of the second semester.
strengths and shortcomings of this book in the course for which it is
appropriate, especially as compared to the books that are most prominent in
that segment of the market?
Order of Presentation. A table of contents and a statement on
the ordering of it.
Chapter level pedagogy. How you intend to include or handle
such matters as vocabulary, examples, exercises, end of chapter material,
Proposed length in book pages.
Art and illustrations you propose.
Ancillary materials you would include.
Schedule. Should a publisher undertake the project, your estimated
proposals to me, Ron Pullins, via email. I look forward to