Submitting a Proposal
Have a book idea you'd like to submit to SIAM? We want to see it.
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To submit a proposal, assemble:
- completed copy of SIAM's book proposal form
- preface that describes the scope and aim of the book
- table of contents with a short description of each chapter
- list of sample references
We encourage you to submit some draft material—as much as you feel comfortable sending out for an external review—because reviewers generally prefer to see some of the manuscript before forming an opinion.
If you wish to propose an edited volume, the table of contents you submit with your book proposal should list each chapter and the contributor(s) who agreed to write each one.
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Once you submit these items to your acquisitions editor, they will be sent out for review. As reviews are returned to your acquisitions editor, they will be shared with you, although the reviewers will remain anonymous. The process of soliciting and receiving reviews generally takes about 12 weeks, depending on how much material the referee is reviewing.
The review process is valuable because you will receive feedback on how to improve your book, perhaps by broadening its scope or making the content more accessible to readers. You will also get the perspective of experts in your field about potential competitive titles and how your book compares with them. This is typically the stage when changes and suggestions can easily be incorporated into your proposal or draft manuscript. You may not agree with all reviewer suggestions, of course, but most will be useful as you revise. Your acquisitions editor will discuss the reviewer suggestions that the SIAM team feels are most important to follow.
If the reviews are positive or recommend publication with revision, your acquisitions editor will present your book for contract decision to SIAM's Book Acquisitions Committee. This committee judges the technical merit and marketability of your book and makes the decision about whether or not to offer a contract. If a contract offer is made, the terms will be negotiated by you and your acquisitions editor. If your proposal is rejected, it may be because, for example, the book does not address the needs of the SIAM audience. If this is the case, we hope you will have benefited from our review process and will be able to find a suitable publisher for your book.
If your book is accepted for publication, another peer review—known as the final review—may be conducted after you submit your complete and revised manuscript. Your manuscript will be checked for any remaining content-related revisions that may need to be made before your book can begin the editing and production process. At the same time, SIAM staff will be reviewing your manuscript for any issues with the formatting or electronic files to resolve any potential problems prior to production.
SIAM's dedicated staff has a wealth of experience working with authors and editors to produce high-quality publications. You will work with the following staff members during the acquisitions and production stages of your book.
Your first and main contact person at SIAM will be your acquisitions editor. This person will manage your book proposal submission and send it out to reviewers. When the reviews are in, your acquisitions editor will send them to you and, if appropriate, will present your proposal to the Book Acquisitions Committee, which consists of SIAM staff members in the acquisitions, marketing, production, accounting, and executive departments. Your acquisitions editor will notify you of the committee's decision and, if your project is accepted, establish a timeline for completing the manuscript and prepare your publishing contract. Your editor will discuss any questions you may have and, if appropriate, work with you to incorporate the reviewers' suggestions.
After your book is under contract, you will also work with a developmental editor, who can answer questions about SIAM's LaTeX macros and the production process. The developmental editor will work hand-in-hand with your acquisitions editor to help you prepare your manuscript for the production process.
After your book goes into production, a SIAM production editor will work with you during the copyediting and proof stages of production. During production, SIAM's book marketing specialist will contact you for approval of marketing copy that will be used in promotional materials and on the back cover of your book.
All of these staff people—and others who work behind the scenes—are on hand to guide you through the book production process and ensure that the final product is one that you and SIAM can be proud of.
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