Thank you for considering Wood N Barnes publishing! We are an experiential education press intent on reaching out to the broader world of general education. If you question whether or not your project aligns with this focus, please contact us before getting started.
What Is the Difference Between a Manuscript and a Proposal?
A manuscript is considered to be a book that is complete (or near completion) but unpublished. The only step remaining might be the final editing process with a publisher.
A proposal is intended to be an extended outline of a book idea. For your idea to be considered, Wood N Barnes requires a book proposal rather than a manuscript as the initial step in considering material for publication. In other words, we will not read manuscripts before a proposal is submitted.
If you have a book that has already been published by another company and are looking for a new publisher, we ask that you submit a proposal along with three copies of your book for review. The proposal will allow us to select the appropriate reviewers for your work.
Proposal Guidelines (Please read completely.)
We ask that you submit the following to the best of your ability. The more information we have, the better we are able to make an informed decision.
- Contact Information: Provide us with your name, mailing address, phone number(s), fax number(s), and email address.
- Background Information: Supply a current resume or vita (2-3 pages) that indicates your present position/occupation, educational background, and previous publications (if applicable), with special emphasis on how you are qualified to write the book that you are proposing.
- Title of the Book: Indicate the tentative title of the book, with subtitle if desired, and give possible alternative titles and/or subtitles.
- Audience: For what specific audience will you write this book (e.g., teachers, corporate educators, mental health professionals)? Why does someone need to read this book? Does the book have potential for course adoption as a textbook? If so, in what course(s)? What experience do you have in communicating with the proposed book’s audience? If you know, to what associations and groups do the target readers belong?
- Description of the Book: In no more than 250 words, describe the book that you are proposing. What is the nature, focus, purpose, theory and/or argument of the book? Imagine that you are writing introductory information for the back cover of the book or the description that would go into our catalog. What would you say to persuade a potential reader to buy this particular book?
- Table of Contents/Outline: Give a tentative table of contents of the book by chapters. Beneath each chapter title give a brief outline of the chapter and/or a brief summary of its contents. This summary should explain the focus and development of the chapter and indicate how the chapter advances the argument or idea of the whole book.
- Competition: To your knowledge, are there competing titles that focus on the topic you are proposing? If so, what are they? What does your book offer that these competing titles do not? How will your book be different from them? (You might search major bookstore web sites, like Amazon.com to find some of these answers.)
- Have you submitted your manuscript to another publisher? Do you plan do so? If so, explain.
- Manuscript Length: Considering double-spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12 point font, what is the estimated page length of a completed manuscript for this proposed work?
- Sample Pages: Enclose a sample of 15-25 pages, perhaps of the introduction or the first chapter, which shows your writing style for the book. These should be pages that are representative of the book as a whole or that gives a good survey of the book.
- Date of Completion: Indicate the timeline by which you will submit a completed manuscript from the date your proposal is accepted (e.g., three months).
- Marketing/Promotion Support: Please respond considering the following question about how you will help WNB market and promote your work. What can you do to sell the book? How can you assist in marketing? Do you give workshops, lectures, etc.? Do you have an organization or business that will use/sell the product? Are you affiliated with anyone who will promote the product? Provide any relevant information about media experience (e.g., podcasts, blogs, webinars, radio/television interviews, etc.) or contacts. What programs/publications would be interested in your book? Who would be willing to write a forward, introduction, or provide an endorsement for your book’s cover?
Submit your proposal electronically via e-mail. For the fastest turn around, we ask that you use Microsoft Word or pdf. However, you can contact us for other options if you do not use these programs.
Wood N Barnes Publishing & Distribution
2309 N. Willow Ave., Suite A
Bethany OK, 73008.
Proposals issued as directed will receive the full attention of Wood N Barnes Publishing.
Please expect 2 to 4 weeks for a response.