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Proposal Guidelines

For more than 200 years, Abingdon Press has provided resources that challenge scholars, students, pastors, church leaders, and general readers to faithful scholarship, transformative practices, and social responsibility. Abingdon Academic publications offer a disciplined and balanced approach for a broad ecumenical audience. With a historic commitment to publishing theologically diverse resources, Abingdon has a strategic investment in providing critical and insightful books from a variety of viewpoints.  When leading the way with digital texts, Abingdon Academic books are clearly and accessibly written with an emphasis on praxis.

When submitting a proposal, please include:

  1. Author/Editor Information. Give your name, mailing address, e-mail address, fax, and phone number(s). Please enclose a current vita that indicates your present position, educational/professional background, and previous publications, with special emphasis on how you are qualified to author the project that you are proposing.
  2. Title of the Book. Indicate the tentative title of the book, with subtitle if desired.
  3. Description of the Book. In 200-250 words, describe the book that you are proposing. What is the nature, focus, purpose, or argument of the book? What is its thesis? Imagine that you are writing the “blurb” for the back cover of the book or the description which would go into our catalog. What would you want tell potential readers about your book? Why should they want to read it?
  4. Table of Contents/Outline. Give a tentative table of contents of the book by chapters. Beneath each chapter title give a brief summary of its contents. This summary should explain the focus and development of the chapter and indicate how the chapter advances the argument of the whole book.
  5. Intended Audience. For what specific audience is the book written: professors? college students? seminary/graduate students? pastors or other religious professionals? lay persons? Why do they need to read this book?
  6. Key Features. What are the most important features (elements of its organization or argument, summaries of literature, insights and findings, illustrations, etc.) of the book?
  7. Key Benefits. What are the most important benefits that your intended audience will derive from reading the book? What of value to them will they “take away” from your work?
  8. Competition. To what published works would you compare the book you are proposing? What does your book offer that these competing titles do not? How will your book be superior to or different from them? Where and how does your book “fit” into the universe of previously published books?

    Explain how you are positioned to reach a particular market? What networks know about you? How will you participate in the marketing?
  9. Prior Publication. Has any of the material in your book been published elsewhere? If so, where and in what form? Do you control all publishing rights or will permission clearance from the other publisher(s) be necessary?
  10. Manuscript Submission. Please give the date when you expect to submit a completed manuscript. What is its estimated word count, including front matter, bibliography, notes, and index (if applicable)?
  11. Sample Chapter. Please enclose a sample of 15-25 pages, perhaps of the introduction or first chapter, which shows your writing style in the book. These should be pages which are typical of the book as a whole, especially critical to your argument, potentially controversial, or that give a good overview of the book.

Careful attention is given to all projects submitted. Emailed proposals in pdf format are preferred. For editorial consideration, send to:

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