Submission Guidelines for Textbooks Series (imprint)
Proposals will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Proposals must include:
- Manuscript title
- Contact information
- Type/genre of the publication
- Cover letter (see below for details)
- Introduction/abstract (no more than 300 words)
- Publication history (if pertinent)
- Entire text OR chapter outline and sample text
- Author(s) C.V. or resume
- Estimated timeline for manuscript completion (if pertinent)
Proposal cover letters should address the following questions:
- What is the purpose of the text?
- Who are your target audience(s)?
- How will the text be useful to its audience(s)?
- What is the value and impact of the text?
- Is the text distinct in the marketplace? What publications are similar?
- How does the text fit the mission, vision, and model of Humboldt State University Press?
- Will the text require peer-review, copy editing, layout, indexing, or cover design?
- Will the text include third-party copyrighted materials? How will these be cleared?
- How can you assist with marketing?
- Will the publication support a sustainable open-access publishing model? If yes, how? Examples include endowing a library scholar intern ($500 per intern/semester), earmarking royalties to support HSU Press, providing resource support, etc.
The review board will use these criteria to determine the project’s publication readiness and appropriateness for the press.
- Quality of the writing, photographs (400dpi minimum), illustrations, argument, narrative, and/or organization
- Support of the mission of Humboldt State University Press
- Overall usefulness, value, and impact
- Uniqueness in the marketplace
- Cost of publication, including resources for formatting, peer-review, copy editing, cover design, copyright clearance, indexing, and marketing
- Funding in support of the publication and press