Aimed at NSF grantees, but useful in general. This site is a general online guide to writing grants and includes sections on the structure and content of most grants. A helpful guide to common errors is also included.
How To Write A Book Proposal Posted on by Karen Kelsky You all know that the book proposal is the cornerstone to a successful tenure track career in most areas of the humanities and social sciences.
Sure, some parts of psychology and economics and other fields are not book-based, but basically, the law of the land is: What you may not be aware of is that the book proposal should be an element in your job applications.
In this job market, you have to be looking ahead to the book, and able to speak intelligently about the book and its publishing plan, from the earliest days, ie, even when you are ABD and still finishing the dissertation.
The fact is, the dissertation does not get you a job. The anticipated book gets you the job. OK, having established the necessity of writing a book proposal from early, early stages in your career, we now turn to the proposal itself. This is actually a collection of items, and not just a proposal.
In general, you do not submit a complete dissertation manuscript to a press. This is true even if it won awards at your university and got passed with distinction, etc. And the best dissertation in the world is not going to be the same as a marketable book. Dissertations are written to prove your legitimacy and to demonstrate mastery and to satisfy an impossible set of mutually contradictory demands set up by your advisor and committee.
None of these things make for a marketable book that appeals to the widest possible audience. I will elaborate further below.
So what do you submit to presses? You submit the following: Today, however, we will restrict ourselves to discussing the book proposal itself.
I will pause to say that of course, you should carefully check the requirements for submission listed on the press website. And ideally, you will have been in conversations with an editor or series editor at the press prior to submitting your package.
Blind, or unsolicited submissions, with no advance footwork, have a significantly lower success rate. Be aware that you ARE permitted to multiple-submit to different presses simultaneously! This differs from refereed journal articles. This simply has to be fully disclosed in the cover letter.
The Book Proposal The book proposal is a sales document. It is entirely dedicated to showing that your book has a market and will sell.
They think like writers and forget they are selling a product! Book publishers are in the business of making money — even not-for-profit academic publishers need to keep themselves afloat.
In reality this means you must pitch more than a unique contribution to knowledge. You must demonstrate that your book has a readymade, and accessible, academic readership, which means that your query letter and proposal are, in a sense, sales documents.
So, you thought you were in the business of having ideas, but what you must now take onboard is that you also in the business of selling them! Hear, hear, Gary of Bubblecow and be sure and check out Bubblecow for more information—albeit UK-focused— on book proposals!
The sad fact is that university presses are dropping like flies in this economic downturn, and can no longer publish small, obscure specialized monographs the way they used to when our disciplines were younger. University libraries are also under extreme budgetary strain, and have drastically reduced their purchases of new monographs, so the potential market for university press books has shrunk considerably.
Read what Ken Wissoker, the Editorial Director of Duke University Press, has to say in another recent post on PhD2Published about the state of academic publishing and library acquisitions: Libraries have made deeper and deeper cuts in their budget for books to pay for…big journal packages.
In the early 80s a huge proportion of a library budget went on books. This results in a whole set of books that would have been publishable in a form individual scholars could afford five or ten years ago, but which will no longer have enough sales to be viable.grant proposal: information literacy program for the hightstown library 8 based motivation.” (Stern, , p) I think most of the adults that take part in our program will be doing so because they want to better themselves and enhance their daily lives.
GETTING FUNDED: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING GRANT PROPOSALS. Susan Howlett. Portland, Or.: Word and Raby Publishing, 6th edition, pp. Funding Center (1 East) HGU6 H The definitive how-to guide covering every aspect of writing a grant proposal. Drawing on 60 years of experience in the fields of nonprofits, grantwriting and grantmaking.
Grants Information Collection Welcome to the Grants Information Collection (GIC), a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.
The GIC is a library collection located in Madison, WI where visitors do their own research. Speakers will share their experiences on: idea generation, identifying appropriate funding sources, writing successful proposals, collaboration with other academic units/departments, evaluation criteria agencies use, contributing factors to successful grants and strategies for avoiding common pitfalls, when to hire a professional grant .
Many grant writers follow a similar format in writing out their goals, objectives and activities that makes it easy for reviewers to see the connections. Each objective will have a corresponding evaluation in the evaluation section. Whether you are a seasoned grant writer or new to the idea, Winning Grants Step by Step is a text to keep in your library as arsenal for any time you are about to tackle writing a grant proposal/5(52).