Table of Contents
Your table of contents is the meat of the book. It’s not only how we know what you intend to cover in the book, but it’s also the basis for suggestions, expansions, and all future planning on the book. It’s much easier to make structural revisions to the outline than it is to written chapters. Your proposal should include:
- Chapter level table of contents and as many subheads as you can add.
- If you don’t have a full sub-head level outline, then supply a detailed description of your vision for the chapter.
Review and Submissions
- All manuscripts submitted to Sigma should be original, unpublished material that is not under simultaneous review by another publisher.
- If you have a literary agent (not required), please inform the publisher or note it in your proposal.
- If the work or portions of the work are out of print, have been previously published or are portions of another in print work, please note it in your proposal.
- Please note your proposal may be submitted for peer review. Sigma may request peer reviewers to evaluate the proposal. The identity of the author/editor may be disclosed to reviewers, but the reviewers’ identities will not be known to the author/editor.
- Before submitting your proposal, please take a moment to ensure everything on the list above is included.
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals should be submitted electronically. Complete our proposal submission form and upload the prospectus as a Word document here.
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After submission. The publisher, acquiring editor and others will review your proposal for content, approach, marketability, and whether or not it fits with Sigma's overall publishing mission. The publisher or acquiring editor may ask you for additional information or to revise a portion of the proposal or outline.
Behind the scenes. After you submit your proposal, please be patient. A number of things are happening at Sigma. The acquiring editor and/or publisher are researching the market, and sales opportunities for your book. Based on this information, the publisher may or may not decide to proceed with your idea. If not, the publisher and/or acquiring editor will let you know.
If the publisher chooses to proceed, the publisher or acquiring editor will prepare a business plan for the book. This is an internal document based in part on your proposal. The publisher will also prepare financial documents as well as preliminary sales documents.
Next, the publisher schedules an internal product approval meeting with several additional stakeholders at Sigma, in essence, a publishing board. After this meeting, the publisher or acquiring editor may ask for additional changes and/or information. However, if your book is approved at this meeting, the acquiring editor and/or publisher may then offer you contract terms for your book. Be aware, this entire process can take between 6 and 10 weeks. Congratulations! You’re going to be an author!