Wednesday, January 12, 2011
New Literacies: Got a good book idea?Colin Lankshear and I (Michele Knobel) edit the book series, “New Literacies” for Peter Lang Publishing in New York. The series has currently published more than 40 titles on topics related to new literacies, digital literacies, new media, social media, popular cultural practices involving new technologies, social learning, read/write web, video gaming and games studies, participatory culture, etc. within home, online, school, community, workplace and other contexts.
We’re wanting to contract a bunch of books for the series this coming year, and are inviting proposal submissions right now. Send them to us at c.lankshear at yahoo.com and knobelm at mail.montclair.edu.
Proposals should be about 5-6 pages in length, and include the following details:
- Title for the book
- Author(s) and short bioblurb
- Rationale for the book (why the book is a good idea—this part will probably include a bibliography)
- A list of potentially competing texts already on the market and how this book will stand apart from them
- Targetted audience
- A list of contents and summary chapter descriptions
- Proposed length (anywhere between 70,000 and 95,000 is good)
- When you would expect to have the manuscript done by
- Any courses you know will be likely to use the book as a text
- Append sample work if you have it available
If you’re finishing something in the nearish future and think you’d need 18 months to wrap it up (e.g., a study, a doctoral thesis or dissertation) and need an 18 month lead time for your book deadline, then that’s fine, too. It’s good for the series to have books in the “pipeline”.
And do feel free to dob likely book authors into us as well—we’re more than happy to reach out to folk who have good ideas!