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SHRM Book Proposal Guidelines
Got a great idea for a book that advances HR thought leadership or helps HR professionals solve problems, improve skills, implement new processes, or understand and apply new information?
We'd love to hear from you!
Please complete a Book Proposal by responding to the questions below and sending it (and accompanying materials) as a Word attachment to the Manager of Book Publishing.
Or mail it to:
Book Acquisitions, Editorial Department Society for Human Resource Management 1800 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314
Thanks – we look forward to hearing from you!
BOOK PROPOSAL QUESTIONS
What is the book about?
Why is the topic important?
Who will buy the book and why?
Why are you the person to write it?
About the Book
What is the proposed title and subtitle?
How would you describe the book in one or two sentences (think: elevator pitch)?
How is the book organized (please provide a table of contents and short chapter-by-chapter descriptions)?
When will you submit a completed first draft of the manuscript?
How many double-spaced, typewritten pages do you anticipate the manuscript to be?
What are the three main competitive works (title, author, ISBN, and how the proposed book is different or superior)?
Will the manuscript be reviewed by HR experts or business leaders before you submit it? How does your book support or reflect the SHRM HR competencies?
About the Author
Can you tell us more about yourself? (Briefly tell us about your career, reasons and expectations for publishing a book with SHRM, and why you are the best person to write this book.)
Have you had other books published?
How have these sold? How did you market them?
Do you have any connections who would help support the book with endorsements?
About the Audiences
Who are the main and secondary audiences? (Please specify disciplines, affiliations, and positions/titles.)
Is there potential for college adoptions? If so, please list relevant courses and related titles.
Will the book appeal to HR professionals around the world?
About Marketing & Sales
How many books would you expect to sell in the first year of publication?
How many of these would be driven directly through your networks?
Where are people most likely to purchase your book (for example: SHRMStore, Amazon and other online retailers, bookstores, conferences, workshops, or other events)?
How do you anticipate working with SHRM to market and promote the book?
How would you help get out the word about the book? Please consider the following ways to promote and sell your book and expand and quantify as it applies to your marketing platform:
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