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I have published a textbook, two edited collections, and three monographs (all but the first with CUP). I think a proposal has to be really pointed, and address the concerns laid out by the Press in their instructions for book proposals. It should be structured so that it can be read quickly. And there is an element of selling involved that is not part of most writing philosophers do. You need to provide a rationale for why a lot of people should devote a lot of time into get this into print. So you need to say something meaningful and plausible about the market - what is already out there, and what your book will add. Do not oversell it though - good commissioning editors have been around for a while. They know bullshit when they read it.

Tyler Loveless

As someone who helps authors write and edit book proposals for a living, I tend to agree with Marcus’s advice. The proposal is, first and foremost, a sales document; it needs to demonstrate to the editor that the book has an audience and that you (the author) know how to reach that audience. This is especially true for a place like Bloomsbury and even presses like MIT and Duke that are seeing success in the trade market. But this is my recommendation regardless of whether the press’s goals are financial or scholarly because, after all, a book can only impact your field if people in your field read it, and academic presses know this.

Bill Vanderburgh

A resource that might be helpful:

Laura Portwood-Stacer, _The Book Proposal Book: A Guide for Scholarly Authors_, Princeton UP, 2021. She also runs online workshops, has a website, etc.

For a translation project, especially for work that is by definition little-known, I think it may be difficult to convince a press that there is a large enough audience. Make sure you can make the case that there is.

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