Thank you for choosing to submit your book proposal to Kube
If you are a first-time author, or are still learning the ropes, then
reading and absorbing some how-to guides about book proposals and
preparing manuscripts is essential, as well as getting an understanding
of the publishing process and the book trade before you first approach a
publishing house such as ours. For trade or mass-market titles, a
popular guide is Michael Larsen’s How to Write a Book Proposal
, fourth edn (Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest, 2011). For scholarly or academic titles, William Germano’s Getting It Published
(Chicago: University Press, 2008) is very helpful; more specialized but equally important is Germano’s From Dissertation to Book
(Chicago: University Press, 2005) for those who suffer from the delusion that their dissertation is the finished product.
In setting out to write a book, every writer needs some key reference
books by her or his desk. Some of the essential reference works are
listed in our house style guide (download here
), chief amongst them should be Hart’s Rules
a good Oxford dictionary, a thesaurus, and sources important for the
subject of your book. In addition to these, M. M. Gwynne, Gwynne’s Grammar
(London: Ebury Press, 2013) is lucid and useful on grammar and on style too, as it incorporates the 1918 masterpiece Strunk’s Guide to Style
An indispensable set of stylistic rules of thumb is George Orwell’s six
recommendations at the end of his essay ‘Politics and the English
Language’, which is widely available online.
Academia is notorious for inculcating bad writing habits. Germano’s works as well as Michael Billig’s astute polemic Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences
(Cambridge: University Press, 2013) and Helen Sword’s helpful guide Stylish Academic Writing
(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012) are useful
correctives. Common bad practices include using far too many nouns, e.g.
turning verbs into nouns or using noun phrases, writing in the passive
tense, the overuse of jargon, writing about things rather than people,
lazy appeals to scholarly authority, too much redundant referencing and
To submit an initial enquiry you will need to send in:
- A letter of enquiry – keep it short, with a few key facts about you and your project, with your contact details.
- Project description – keep it to one page. Explain the big
purposes and ideas in the book, and why it should be published. This is a
chance for you to show you can write well, and structure and summarize
an argument (and not just a description).
- Curriculum vitae – don’t send in your standard CV, tailor it
to one page to show: (i) you have the knowledge and experience to write a
book on this subject, and (ii) you have previous experience or training
that demonstrates an ability to write clearly and well.
- An optional sample – provide one or two chapters as a sample of your work, if available.
If we are interested, we will contact you for a full proposal.
Please click here to read the process following this initial enquiry.
DO NOT send in a full proposal without hearing from us first. We do not look at unsolicited manuscripts.