Book Proposal Submissions

Book Proposal Submissions: Preparing your manuscript and images

Please adhere to the guidelines below when preparing your manuscript for submission.

Manuscript size: Total word count for your manuscript should be in the 75,000–130,000 range. (A count over this may result in a longer production schedule or request to re-edit.)

Format your files in Microsoft Word with the following specifications:

  • 1” margins on all sides.
  • 1.5 line or double spacing.
  • 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Use bold and italic as needed.
  • Italicize titles of books and paintings, but not names of exhibitions.
  • Titles of articles used within the manuscript should be placed in quotation marks.
  • Format text as necessary for design instruction, i.e., bulleted lists or indented quotes.
  • Do not use hyphens, tabs, or extra spaces as indents, or to force line breaks.
  • Use Word formatting as necessary.
  • Place footnotes as endnotes at end of chapter/section.
  • References should be flush left, separated by a line space or formatted space. Do not use tabs or
  • spaces to create indents or forced line endings.
  • Use APA Style, 7th Edition. Section or paragraph headings should follow the five-level hierarchy indicated by APA. Do not begin with the heading ‘Introduction.’
  • Important—all text citations must be listed in references and must match references. Be sure spelling and dates of publication are consistent and correct within both.

Images and figures:

  • Include all images, figures, tables, and other graphics as separate files. Do not place final images into a Word file or save as pdfs.
  • Use “Insert photo 1 here” or “table 1 here” or “Figure 1.1” to indicate placement within text or place a low-resolution version of the image. (Please note, if you are placing a low-resolution file in the document as a placeholder, the high-resolution files must also be submitted separately.)
  • Include captions in the text or in a separate Word file accompanying the images.
  • Include permission/releases for all images, including any required wording for captions.
  • Images, image permissions, and caption files should be in folders by author name.
  • If images are not of high print quality, please do not include them.
  • All submitted images, figures, or other graphics should be at least 1300 pixels wide and 300 dpi. Anything smaller than this will not be accepted.
  • We accept JPEG, TIF, or EPS graphic files. Please do not send PowerPoint files or Word documents with embedded photos (unless to indicate photo placement).