SHRM-Published Books FAQ



General Note: Every book published by SHRM requires a fully-executed publishing agreement between the author(s) and SHRM. The terms, rights, and obligations provided in any specific agreement supersede any information provided in this general FAQ.

About SHRM-Published Books

Does SHRM publish books? 

Yes, SHRM has been publishing books for HR professionals since 1984 with a catalog of more than 100 books in print and digital editions on a wide variety of HR topics.

Will writing a book give me preferential treatment when selecting conference/workshop speakers?

No. Authors submit the standard information to the appropriate teams at SHRM and go through the same selection process as other submitters.


Does SHRM publish e-books? 

Yes, all new titles are converted into the three main ebook formats: Mobi (Kindle), ePUB, and PDF.


Does SHRM sell books beyond the U.S. HR market? 

Yes, we reach academic and international markets for most of our books through our trade distributor.


Does SHRM co-publish books with other publishers? 

SHRM evaluates co-publishing opportunities on a case-by-case basis.


How do I submit a proposal to publish a book with SHRM? 

Please review the SHRM Book Proposal Guidelines at then e-mail your proposal and other supporting material to

How does SHRM Books decide what to publish? 

Criteria for book publishing includes:

  • Suitability for SHRM's audience
  • Quality, timeliness, and originality of topic and treatment
  • Addresses a demonstrable market need
  • Reflects and advances the SHRM Competency Model
  • The author's ability to promote the book

What are the timelines? 

It takes about a month for SHRM to assess a book proposal. The final manuscript is usually due 4-8 months from the date of an executed Publishing Agreement between the author and SHRM. Once the final manuscript is submitted to SHRM, it takes between 4-6 months to edit, design, and publish a book.

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(last updated: November 9, 2018)​


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