Submit a proposal

Steps for submitting a proposal:

LIGHT + LIFE Publishing welcomes book proposals from prospective authors. Proposals vary in form from a one-page description to an extensive prospectus including sample chapters. We prefer to see a proposal before you complete the manuscript. This enables you to obtain feedback from us that may make the project more publishable to our audience base. Even if you finish your manuscript before approaching us, we ask that you submit a proposal instead of the manuscript.

A fully developed proposal consists of the following:

  1. The proposed book’s topic and your rationale for writing it. This is the pitch for the book to our editorial, sales, and marketing team.
    • Tell us what the book is about.
    • Tell us why it is needed.
    • Is it arguing a thesis?
    • What sets it apart from similar books?
    • What is its methodology or discipline?
    • Is it to be used as a textbook or reference book?
  2. The primary audience for the book.
    • Who are you writing to?
    • Other than the target readers, who else might be interested in your book?
  3. If the book has potential as a textbook in institutions of higher education, identify:
    • Specific courses for which it might be used as a primary text (if any), then those for which it could serve as a supplementary text;
    • the educational level of the book;
    • and pedagogical aids, such as exercises, discussion questions, glossaries, and bibliographies, to be included in it.
  4. A short list of comparable books with brief annotations comparing and contrasting your book to them, if applicable.
  5. The estimated date for the manuscript’s completion.
  6. An annotated table of contents, with a one-paragraph summary or a brief outline of each chapter.
  7. The anticipated manuscript length, including words per chapter and total words (including notes and bibliography).
  8. Kinds and quantities of illustrative material (such as photographs, line drawings, maps, charts, tables) that need to be included.
  9. A sample chapter that represents the book’s unique contribution or an introduction that explains such things as the book’s background, purpose, distinctive approach, thesis, and contents.
  10. A biography that shows your qualifications to write the proposed work.
  11. Letters from others in your field who testify to the need for such a volume and your ability to write it. The letters need to be submitted at the same time as the proposal is submitted and by the same method.

Put your proposal in the most refined form you can. The quality of your proposal will tell us something about your ability to craft a quality manuscript. After evaluating your proposal, we will advise you of our level of interest. You may send your proposal to that our publisher by email to: If we have interest in publishing the project, our publisher will follow up with you.

DISCLOSURE: LIGHT+LIFE Publishing is not able to accept or respond to unsolicited proposals for works of fiction, inspirational, self-help books, or other projects that fall beyond the purview of our publishing program.

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