Proposal Guidelines: Books for Children
Your book proposal should include the following elements:
1. Title of the book. Include the tentative title and subtitle for your book.
2. Author Contact Information: Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number(s). Include two to three paragraphs about your present position, educational background, and previous publications, with special emphasis on your qualifications to write the book you are proposing.
3. Genre: What type of children's book is this? Paulist Press publishes the following:
4. Book description: In 200–250 words, describe the book you are proposing. What is its nature, focus, or purpose? What is its central theme? If you were writing the back cover copy, or a description that would go into our catalog, what would you say to convince a potential reader to buy this particular book?
5. Annotated Table of Contents: If you are proposing a chapter book, provide the working Table of Contents, chapter by chapter. Beneath each chapter, include a brief (100-word) description of the chapter's contents. This summary should explain the focus and development of the chapter and indicate how it advances the theme of the whole book.
6. Audience: This section will give your insights into two basic questions:
7. Author promotion: Please detail the ways in which you plan to promote this book to potential buyers. Including some or all of the following:
8. Competition: Please describe a few—at least three—competing and complementary titles, giving publisher and year. What does your book offer that these others do not? How will your book be superior to or different from them?
9. Manuscript length: What is the estimated word count for the proposed book?
10. Date of completion: Indicate the date by which you expect to submit a completed manuscript.
11. Sample pages: