This section outlines the material that the press will need to evaluate your book proposal.
Brief Description: In 1-2 paragraphs, describe the work, including its rationale, approach, and pedagogy if applicable. List briefly, what you consider the outstanding, distinctive, or unique features of the work.
Outline: Provide a detailed outline of the book, including the chapter(s) being submitted for review. This gives us an idea of how the material fits together, and how the remaining chapters will be developed. It should include chapter headings and sub-headings, with explanations as necessary.
Competition: Spell out how your book will be similar to and/or different from existing books in this field. (If possible, provide us with the publisher, date of publication, and price of said works.) This information will provide the reviewers and the publisher a frame of reference for evaluating your material.
Apparatus: Please list the number and type of photographs, line drawings, maps, tables, charts, or other such features you envision within the text. Will there be back matter such as glossary, bibliography, references, and appendices? How extensive will the endnotes be?
Size: What do you estimate to be the size of the completed book—approximately how many words?
Market Considerations: What is the intended audience for the book (scholars, professionals, libraries, undergraduates, general readers)? What courses might adopt your book? Do you know of or belong to any professional or academic associations that would help in reaching this audience?
Status of Work: Do you have a timetable for completing the book? What portion or percentage of the material is now complete?
Sample Chapters: Select 2-3 chapters of the manuscript that are an integral part of the book. They should be your best-written ones, and do not have to be in sequence. These chapters should represent the content and reflect your writing style and scholarship in the best possible light.
Author Background: Please include a current c.v. listing your writing, teaching, and/or educational background and experience. Independent scholars should include on their resume relevant research and writing experience. Be sure to list any books that you have previously published, with sales information if available, and any other information on why you are qualified to write this book.
Format of Submission: Please submit all the materials by email, in Word files only, not PDF. You may be asked to send additional chapters by email after we take a preliminary look at your proposal. Proposals should be email to email@example.com.
Reviews: If we are interested in your project, we will commission outside reviewers to read and evaluate your proposal. We will attempt to obtain the best available reviewers to consider your work. We would like to include some reviewers whose opinions you would consider particularly important. For this purpose, please provide the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers (if available) of three people whom you feel would be competent to review your material and whose opinion you would find valuable. We will consider using some of these along with some of our own selection. Naturally, we do not reveal the names of reviewers without their permission. Please include this information in your electronic cover letter. Please allow at least 8-12 weeks for the evaluation and review process. We will contact you as soon as we thoroughly examine your proposal. Thank you for your interest in Diasporic Africa Press. We look forward to reading your materials.
Marketing your Book: Existing, contracted authors will be provided with an "Author Marketing Questionnaire" to complete. Information supplied will be used to prepare jacket copy, define specialist mailings and advertising, brief our sales force and explore promotion possibilities. Please note: we are an independent press and as such we expect authors to actively promote and share their work widely.
Author Discounts, Terms and Conditions: As one of our authors, you are entitled to a discount on any books that we publish. If you are ordering copies of your own book, you are entitled to discounted rate detailed in your contract. To take advantage of this, please contact us separately, as our online ordering system does not apply these discounts.