Submission guidelines for the Basic Manual Series

Proposals should include:

  • Description of the book.
  • Statement regarding what makes it important, timely, or unique.
  • Statement about the relevance of the proposed title for the Basic Manual Series.
  • Analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates of publication).
  • Description of your target audience (instruction librarians? technical services librarians? library management? general readers? undergraduate or graduate students? scholars? professionals?)
  • Length of the manuscript in word count.

Outline. An annotated table of contents, including a detailed paragraph or outline describing each chapter.

Curriculum vitae or resume. What qualifies you to write the book you are proposing? Please include a CV or resume. If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include resumes for each of the contributors.

Writing samples. One or two sample chapters/sections If an introduction or overview is available, please include it. If no chapters are ready, send a comparable example of your writing.


Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts for book projects should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins. Style guidelines may be found in The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. (The submission format for electronic publications will be determined on a case-by-case basis.)

Submissions may be sent in either paper or digital copy (Microsoft Word format preferred).

Manuscripts and proposals with evidence of work in progress will be considered, when applicable. Proposals should be submitted to the series editor as electronic attachments.


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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.