Book proposals are wonderful tools to develop and help you clarify your thoughts, to find a way to express your thesis clearly and succinctly. It’s also what you’ll need to persuade a publishing house that your idea is a great fit for their press and their mission.

This past spring, UC Press Senior Editor Maura Roessner participated in a panel “Writing Academic Books” for the Law and Society Association virtual conference. In addition to UC Press’s suite of writing guides, the guidance Maura offers in the following video is invaluable for authors at any stage of their careers.

Here she demystifies the academic publishing process, revealing what kind of manuscripts academic presses are looking for.

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