Update: We have been accepting submissions up until this point on a rolling basis. We’ll continue to do so until October 20th, 2017. So if you would like to submit a proposal, please send before that date! If you’ve been working on a proposal but won’t be able to submit by then, not to worry – we will be announcing a new open call for submissions soon. So please keep an eye out for that!
If you would like to submit a proposal for a 33 ⅓ volume, please submit all of the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit the content below in one single document as either .doc, .docx or .pdf. No .rtf files will be accepted. Please put your name, album, and artist in the subject line of the email.
1. 2–3 pages that describe the book.
2. A concise description of the book (up to 200 words).
3. A 5-page sample from anywhere in the book.
4. A 1-page table of contents for the book with chapter titles and light annotation if desired.
5. Your professional CV/resume, including full contact details and 200 word bio.
6. A 1-page marketing plan (with comparable titles and suggestions for finding an audience).
7. The amount of time it will take you to complete your manuscript.
Upon submission you will receive an auto-reply message. Unfortunately we are not able to respond to each submission individually, but we will reach out to you as soon as we can if we would like to move forward with a project.
Just in case you need a refresher, here are the other books in the series and here are the ones currently contracted to come out in the next 3 years.
If you are a member of the press and want to know more about the series or write about it, please visit our contact us page.
Q: Do you have examples of successful pitches to share?
A: Yes, in our textbook How To Write About Music there is a chapter titled “How To Pitch a 33 1/3″ that is worth reading.
Q: I submitted a proposal last time and it would be really helpful to hear some constructive criticism as to why it was rejected, can you quickly look at it and let me know what I can do better?
A: Very sorry but we just don’t have the time or resources to do that. While we carefully read every single proposal there are a multitude of reasons why many don’t get selected. This is not to discourage you from submitting again, but seriously consider extensive revisions.
Q: There is already a book in the series by the same artist as the one I’m proposing, will you consider two albums by the same artist?
A: Yes. There are two albums by Radiohead, two by the Beach Boys, and two by The Rolling Stones in the series already.
Q: Why are so many of the books cancelled after they are signed up?
A: Because life gets in the way. There are many reasons some of the accepted proposals never become books. Some of the more common reasons: life change, health problems, artist refuses to cooperate/talk, there isn’t enough to say about the album. To try to circumvent this, 33 1/3 has a new publishing schedule in which contracts will be issued for books due within 12 months.