a Proposal to the Academic Division
We welcome all well-prepared book proposals, whether from first-time
or more experienced authors. To help us make a quick yet well-considered
decision, it is best to include the following in your proposal.
The general outline
This should be kept to a maximum of 2,000
words, and should deal with rationale, scope, level and extent.
- Rationale. What is the reason for you writing
this book? Is there a gap in the market and if so, why? Have there
been rapid developments in the field or is it a new field not well
serviced by existing books?
- Scope. What is the scope of your work? Is it
limited to particular countries/regions, historical eras or sub-fields
- Level. How complex is it? Could it be easily
understood by undergraduates, or professionals, or only by research
scholars in the field?
- Extent. We need to know the extent of your
manuscript in thousands of words, including any preliminary and endmatter
such as preface, ackowledgements, appendices, bibliography and index.
You should include the following:
- Table of contents. If a book is long, complex
or ranges across a lot of information, it is advisable to include
major sub-headings in your table of contents.
- Abstracts. An abstract of less than 100 words
for each chapter will help us to understand the structure of the book.
- Ancillary materials. If your book would benefit
from ancillary materials such as a teacher's manual, a practical workbook,
a companion website, you should mention this here, though not in great
- Ideally we require a minimum of two sample
chapters. These need not be in a polished state, and we would only
send them out for review after expressing an interest formally in
assessing your manuscript.
- Non-text material. If you intend the book to
have non-text material such as diagrams, photos, tables, maps, etc.,
you should include samples of these and estimate the total number
of each in a final manuscript.
- No complete manuscript. Please do NOT send
us a complete manuscript until we have requested it.
Please send us an ‘executive summary’
of your curriculum vitae. Apart from your affiliation contact details
and research and teaching interests, we only require the highlights from
This is as
important as the rationale to us and needs some considerable care. You
need to have thought through the audience for your work before approaching
us. We need your thoughts on the following:
- Primary market. Who is the key audience for
this book - those who will feel the need to purchase their own copy
of this work, either for their course as a student, their work as
a professional, or their research as a scholar.
- Secondary market. Who is the supplementary
audience for the book - those who will find the book valuable, so
purchasing a copy is a likelihood but not a necessity.
- Competition. Authors like to think of their
work as unique, but in a world of many books and limited resources
all books have competitors. As an expert in your chosen field you
will know who your competitors are. Please detail author, title, publisher,
date, extent and current retail price.
- How your book will differ. What makes your
book different in a way that will make it more marketable?
- Average enrolment. If your book is a textbook
we need your estimate of the average enrolment size of a course.
Please send appropriate proposals
Development Editor, Academic
Cambridge University Press
477 Williamstown Road
Port Melbourne Victoria 3207
Phone +61 3 8671 1431
Fax +61 3 9676 9955
We will endeavour
to send you a prompt response.
Please note that we do not publish new works of fiction, poetry or autobiography.