Book Proposals

NASPA is committed to publishing high-quality texts that affirm and advance the NASPA vision, mission, and guiding principles. Our books feature the work of scholars and practitioners in the fields of higher education and student affairs.

Book Proposal Submissions

All prospective authors should complete the NASPA Book Proposal Submission Form.

Books can take the form of monographs, handbooks, or professional texts. NASPA receives numerous inquiries on how to publish with the association. We currently publish approximately three to five books each year.

Prior to preparing your proposal, we encourage you to review the list of our recently published books. If you are submitting a proposal on a topic that we have recently covered, be sure to explain what distinguishes your book.

We expect our prospective authors to thoroughly complete the NASPA Book Proposal Submission Form. The proposal you submit will be the basis on which we evaluate the book’s suitability for publication.

Authors are welcome to submit proposals at any time. However, NASPA has two dedicated book proposal review periods each year in October and May. To ensure your proposal is read during the review period, please send your complete submission no later than August 31 for review in October or March 31 for review in May.

Proposal Review Process

During the dedicated review period, your proposal will be reviewed by a publishing committee of NASPA staff who will determine whether the book is appropriate for NASPA’s catalog. The committee takes various factors into account including the book proposal, the market, and cost analysis. If the proposal is declined at this stage, you will be notified within a few weeks.

If the proposed book is appropriate, the proposal will often be sent to three to five reviewers who are experts in the field for additional feedback. The reviewers have the option of allowing us to share their name and affiliation with the author, and we respect their decision. Reviewer feedback, along with NASPA’s publishing decision, will then be sent to you. The committee will make one of the following determinations: accept, revise and resubmit, or declined.

The time allotment for external reviews is about four to six weeks depending on reviewer availability and the size of the proposal. Authors who submit proposals for the October review should expect responses no later than January/February. Authors who submit proposals for the May review should expect responses no later than August/September.

Once a decision is made to publish, NASPA will offer a publishing agreement. If there are contributing authors, each contributor must also sign an agreement. Signing the publishing agreement begins a relationship between you and the NASPA staff, who will work closely alongside you during the publishing process.

Publishing Process

Manuscript Submission

You will be asked to submit the complete and final manuscript within an agreed upon designated period of time. This is typically 9 to 12 months from the time the proposal is accepted to ensure timeliness of publication.

NASPA staff will advise you on specific guidelines for preparing the manuscript. The preferred file format for final manuscript submission is Microsoft Word. You should do your best to follow APA Style (6th Edition), but any style inconsistencies will be addressed during editing.

Production

Once the manuscript is submitted, it will enter the production process, where it will be edited, formatted, indexed, and finally printed. The length of the production process depends on the size of the book, but typically takes about 12 to 18 months. Any delay in your submission of the final manuscript will consequently delay the production timeline. If you need additional time to deliver your manuscript, let us know as soon as possible.

All NASPA books undergo substantive editing. This includes correcting errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; inconsistencies in capitalization, compounding, number style, and abbreviations; and deviations from the specified style. It also includes rewording for clarity and flow, rewriting unclear passages, applying a consistent voice across chapters, and styling reference lists. You will receive the edited version of the manuscript with queries to address.

After all editing queries have been addressed, the manuscript will enter layout and design. A professional graphic designer will create the cover and interior layout. Your input during the design process is encouraged. A PDF proof of the final book as it will appear in print will be shared with you for final review before going to press.

During the design phase, NASPA will also solicit endorsements for the back cover. We welcome your suggestions for reviewers to endorse the book.

To assist readers, NASPA books typically include an index. Toward the end of the production process, once page numbers have been set, a professional indexer will prepare the index. Indexing generally takes around four weeks.

With the index complete, depending on the size of the book, printing usually takes about four to six weeks to complete. Ebook formats are produced simultaneously with the print edition.

Marketing and Promotion

NASPA undertakes to market your book through a variety of channels. We want your book to have as much exposure as possible. We will feature your book at NASPA events, on our website, on Amazon, in e-mail campaigns, and through our social media channels, as well as send review copies to the appropriate professional publications.

Promotional efforts are most effective when NASPA and the author work together closely. For example, let us know where you are traveling for speaking engagements or conference attendance. Help us spread the word via your professional networks and social media connections. You are also welcome to write for the NASPA blog.

If you have any questions during the publishing process, NASPA staff is always available to assist.