Authors: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a proposal to UC Press?

See our book proposal guidelines for complete information on what we publish, how to submit, what to include in a proposal, and our review process.

Does UC Press currently publish in my discipline or subject area?

UC Press is looking to expand its works. Please see the editors' names and their areas of acquisition.

How do I submit a proposal for a series published by UC Press?

If you would like to submit to a particular series, please visit the series page for relevant submissions information.

Does my book have to be in a series to be published by UC Press?

While we do publish many series, we also publish many books that are not a part of a series. Please do not be deterred from sending something in if you don't find a series that fits.

What can I do to help publicize my book?

Please see the resources under Online Promotion for creative ways you can help publicize your book.

I received my royalty statement, but when will I receive my check?

UC Press sends out royalty statements in August and begins mailing checks in mid-September.

What is a publication date versus an in-stock date?

The in stock date is the date that the books arrive at our distribution center. The publication date is the date that the book will be "in stock" with retailers and other sellers and available for sale (without being placed on backorder). There is usually a 4-6 week period between these dates.

I would like to put up some content from my book on my website or blog. Can I do that?

If you would like to put up a sample chapter, table of contents, introduction, foreword, or other small bits of content, please request this from your publicist or at askpublicity@ucpress.edu.

I would like to reprint a section from my book. How do I request permission to do that?

If you are a UC Press author and would like to reprint material from your UC Press book in another publication, please email permissions@ucpress.edu or fax your request to (510) 836-8910. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Please be advised, however, that it may take up to four weeks to process your request.

How do I order additional copies of my book using my author discount?

  • Order online with our secure shopping cart at and enter the 40% author discount code that was mailed to you by your sponsor upon publication of your book. (You may submit orders before the publication date—your card will not be charged until the book is shipped.)
  • Call Perseus Distribution toll-free 1-800-343-4499. Tell the operator you are a UCP author and that you are entitled to the 40% discount. 

I would like to adopt by book for use in a course. How do I do that?

Please see resources for instructors about ordering Desk/Exam Copies.

I have a video that I'd like to share, how can I get it up on the UC Press website or blog?

All videos need to be uploaded to YouTube and able to be embedded on another site. We can then add the video directly on your book's product page. If you would like help uploading to YouTube, please contact your marketing manager.

I would like to support the UC Press mission. How can I do that?

There are many ways you can support UC Press. Please see our information about the UC Press Foundation, which is solely dedicated to supporting the work of University of California Press and which offers a variety of donor opportunities. Sales revenue and university subsidy are not sufficient to cover UC Press's annual expenses, let alone to fund new initiatives. Private giving from generous individuals and foundations fills the critical gap.

One initiative that may be of special interest is our Authors Imprint, an endowed fund that will help support first books by young scholars.

How can I keep track of what UC Press is publishing?

You can sign up for one of our e-newsletters to follow the latest publishing in your field.

We also encourage you to become a fan of UC Press on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for an RSS feed of new titles, or track our active blog.