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Submit a Manuscript

Before submitting the manuscript itself, you should first send the Press a query letter. If you don't know the name of any of the Press editors, address your letter to the Executive Editor. Ideally, your letter should be no more than two pages and should include the following information:

(1) the subject of your manuscript;
(2) your general approach;
(3) in what way the manuscript constitutes a contribution to your field;
(4) approximate length in double-spaced manuscript pages, and number and type of illustrations;
(5) your intended audience; and
(6) your qualifications.

If you are aware of any previous publications of the Press that your work would complement, it would be helpful to mention them. With the letter you should enclose a table of contents and a brief sample of the text--perhaps your Introduction, if this constitutes a good summary of the manuscript.

Your letter and its accompanying materials will be reviewed by the Press's in-house editorial board. Before deciding whether or not to encourage you to submit your manuscript, the editors may ask you to fill out a questionnaire or to provide further information. The final decision to publish will normally be based on the evaluation of a complete manuscript.

Please note that unrevised dissertations cannot be considered. At a minimum, before submission it is a good idea to reduce excessive documentation and eliminate the summaries before and after individual sections, as well as other elements that make for a good thesis but stand in the way of a readable book. Several books offer guidance in turning a dissertation into a publishable book; see especially Harmon and Montagnes (1976) and Luey (1987) in Suggestions for Further Reading (Suggestions for Further Reading).

If you are invited to submit the manuscript, you should send two unbound copies, double-spaced and numbered consecutively throughout, of as final and polished a manuscript as you can achieve. If illustrations are essential to the manuscript, send photocopies, with a few originals that will show the quality of your illustrative material. If you think some illustrations would enhance your text but are not critical, it is sufficient at this time to include some sample photocopies. Please also see Permissions regarding permissions.

Once your manuscript has been received at the Press, it will be reviewed both by the Press editorial board and by outside specialists in your field. Scholarly manuscripts published by the Press must receive at least two favorable readings by outside reviewers and be accepted by the University Press Committee, a board of University of Washington faculty members representing many different disciplines. The process of obtaining outside reviews can be time-consuming since the scholars the Press consults have many demands on their time, but we try to move expeditiously.

After obtaining the necessary outside readings, the Press is usually in a position either to reject a manuscript or to present it to the Press Committee for formal approval. It sometimes happens, however, that the reviewers will be encouraging but will recommend further work before the manuscript is ready to be accepted for publication.

Once your manuscript has been accepted, you will be offered a publishing contract that spells out the reciprocal responsibilities of the Press and the author, the handling of subsidiary rights, and royalty arrangements. In some cases, a scholarly monograph is published in a small print run for a limited audience; if that is the case with your book, you may be asked to waive royalties on the first printing or to help find a subvention for the project.

When final revisions and negotiations have been accomplished and a clean manuscript and disk have been sent to the Press (Preparation of Manuscript and Disk), the manuscript is ready to go to a copy editor.


Authors' Notes

"Holding a book with my name on the cover is just an indescribable experience!"

--Harlan Goben

Book Launch


First launch in Melbourne for 2013

A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

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