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You should suggest experts in the field, and you should pick both North American and European based scholars. Absolutely avoid conflicts of interest - like recommending your thesis supervisor. You will look like an ass when they find out that you have done this. And, in all likelihood, the Press will only take ONE from your list, and then find the other person themselves. It is imperative that all the people you list are experts. If they are not, it looks like you do not know the area. If your send your manuscript to a top press, you know who they are, then you should list top people. If you send it to a lower ranked press, then you can go lower with your list. In fact, lower ranked presses often have a hard time getting reviewers to look at manuscripts or proposals. Keep in mind, the compensation for reviewing a book manuscript or proposal is usually $100-$300 or twice that in books. Think of your typical low ranked publisher - who wants $300 of their books.

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