I’ll keep this brief because I know so many of you are plugging away at proposals. And for that I am so grateful. I’ve read some killer proposals so far and I’m sure there are more to come. Your hard work work is not lost on me, so thank you. It’s a joy to read each and every one of these proposals. I will certainly be in touch if I have any questions about your proposal.
I’m sorry that I can’t respond to every email especially in these last frantic days leading up to the deadline but I will do my best to answer your questions here (I’m only one person!). If you have a burning question that you need answered before 7/27 (deadline is 11:59pm EST Monday night) please leave it in the comments here and I will try to respond.
Open call post can be found here.
Q: When will I be notified if my proposal is selected?
A: As of today, there are close to 200 proposals in. I expect many more to come in over the weekend. I will be reading non-stop over the next month and will aim to have a short list of 100 or so by the end of August. That of course is EXTREMELY wishful thinking and it could be a bit longer than that. From that shortlist, the next volumes in the series will be selected and authors will be notified individually and offered contracts. I’ll be posting updates as often as I can here on this blog.
Q: There’s just no way I can have a proposal I’m happy with ready for Monday’s deadline, can I have another month?
A: Very sorry but the deadline is firm. I’ll select a small number of these proposals to become volumes in the series and authors will have a short manuscript deadline of about one year.
Q: When is the next open call?
A: I am trying to establish an annual open call going forward but that is of course tentative. As of today, July 22, 2015 I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t have another open call around this time next year.
Q: How should I format the citations in my proposal?
A: The Chicago Manual of style is a good guide; it’s what we use in house.
Q: How strict are the word counts for the chapter descriptions? What if each of my chapter summaries is 600 words instead of 500?
A: I won’t discount your proposal for going a few words over. These are guidelines so I can get a sense of what the book will look like but please try and be reasonable.
Please post further questions in the comments below (we’ll have to approve them so thank you for your patience).