Book Proposal Submission Guidelines

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To have a book considered for publication by SHRM, please submit a complete book proposal as described below. You may send a hard copy of the proposal and accompanying material to:

Book Acquisitions, Editorial Department
Society for Human Resource Management
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

OR you may e-mail the materials as a Word attachment to the Manager of Book Publishing.

If you send the proposal by e-mail, please put your last name and "Book Proposal" in the subject line.

About the Book

  1. What is the working title of the book? How important is this title?
  2. Have you included a detailed description of each chapter?
  3. Have you included a brief description of all additional elements such as special features, figures, charts, appendixes?
  4. Have you included sample chapters?
  5. Have you included a resume or CV of every participating author?


  1. What is the overall purpose of the book? What will it help HR professionals do, improve, understand, or implement?
  2. Why is a new book on this HR topic needed at this time? What new contribution does this book make to the topic?
  3. How would you characterize the book? Is it a practical HR tool? Does it shed new light on a topic? Does it develop a theory?
  4. Which SHRM HR competencies will the book support? How will the book support these competencies
  5. What case studies will you include in the book?
  6. Who will you interview for the book that will provide a "real-world" perspective?
    What is the estimated number of words in the full manuscript? or What is the estimated number of pages in the full manuscript, assuming 250 words per manuscript page? - See more at:
  7. Would the book be useful for HR college courses? If so, what courses? Provide examples of colleges offering these courses.
  8. What is the estimated number of words in the full manuscript? or What is the estimated number of pages in the full manuscript, assuming 250 words per manuscript page?

Schedule and Timing

  1. How long will it take you to complete the first full draft of the book?
  2. How soon must the book be published to be timely?
  3. How soon will the content become dated?
  4. Is there a need to do regular updates? Why? How often?

Review/Comments by Experts

  1. What HR experts/business leaders have reviewed your proposal or manuscript? What were their comments? May we contact them if we have additional questions?

Knowledge Base and Expertise of the Author(s)

  1. What is the research or base of experience for the book? Briefly describe any relevant special studies or previous work.
  2. What are your credentials or expertise in the proposed topic? What do you bring to the contents that others may not?

Target Audience

  1. Describe the target audience and the secondary audience (if any) for the book. Are they HR generalists or specialists? What HR specialty? Which of the four career stages are they: early, mid, senior, or executive? In what size companies do they work? Other related information.
  2. How will the book benefit the target HR audience and the secondary audience? In other words, why would they want/need to read the book? Be specific.


  1. In the past 24 months, what events/venues have you spoken/presented?
    How large are your audiences?
  2. Do you provide training in areas covered by the book? Please provide recent examples.
  3. Provide details about your professional social media activities (include information about how you use Twitter, LinkedIn, SHRM Connect, Facebook, your professional website, etc.).
  4. If you publish a newsletter or e-newsletter, what is the frequency of publication and the size of the distribution list? Please include recent examples (or links to them) with your proposal submission.
  5. Do you write newspaper or web-based columns or make regular appearances on radio or television? If so, give details.
  6. Give the names of prominent individuals who might endorse your work and/or provide a foreword to the book. Do you know these individuals personally or professionally?
  7. In terms of the marketing and sales of the book, what are your expectations of SHRM for the book? In other words, what would you like to see SHRM do to promote and sell your book?
  8. If you are a consultant, do you plan on marketing/selling the book to clients?
  9. Describe other marketing or promotional capabilities or plans that you have for the book.

Competitive and Related Books

  1. Understanding how your book fits into the broader competitive landscape is important. Please list the HR books that cover the same (or similar) subject as yours. What are the titles, publishers, prices, and authors of these comparable books published within the last 3 years?
  2. Describe the contents of each book and the difference between your proposed book and the others.

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