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Call to Prospective JPS Authors

Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for publication consideration with JPS. To help us determined if your work is a good fit with us, please send in a proposal as described below. Please note that JPS does not publish in the genres of fiction, poetry or memoir.

Cover Page
State the book's working title and subtitle, your name and all contact information, and a one or two paragraph bio, including your writing credentials and previous publications.

Summary (Précis)
Write a one page description of the book.

Manuscript Package Details
Estimate the length in words, the earliest delivery date (after contract), any permissions required, special needs (artwork, color, multiple languages...).

Target Audience and Competition
Identify which audiences will be likely to buy this book (scholars, rabbis, adult learners, general readers, etc.)
Does it have potential as an undergraduate textbook, and, if so, what are its potential sales?
Are there institutions or organizations who might buy the book in large quantities?
What other titles compete with your proposed work and how does your differ?

Marketing and Promotion
Explain how you will promote the awareness and sale of the book.
What publications will be likely to review it?
How will you generate interest in the book?

Introduction to the Book
Provide a Preface or Introduction to the book, amplifying the brief summary above. Demonstrate what is most interesting about the book. If there is a particular thesis or overarching purpose to the book, state that clearly.

Content Overview
For each chapter provide a one paragraph summary. If the work uses specialized materials—such as tables, illustrations, excerpts from other works—provide examples.

Chapters Excerpt
In addition to the introductory material above, provide at least two sample chapters preferably not all from the beginning of the book. This should be representative of rest of the book and show some of the most interesting elements in the proposed work.

Send your completed proposal by mail or electronically to:

Rabbi Barry Schwartz
The Jewish Publication Society
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
bschwartz@jps.org
215-832-0607