Thanks for considering Pearson as a home for your book. If you can follow these guidelines to submit your proposal, it will really help us to understand your idea and see if it’s a good fit for our publishing programme.

Once we’ve received your proposal, we’ll get in touch with our feedback as soon as we can. We hope you’ll understand that it may take some time for us to get back to you. Please let us know if you need a response urgently or if your book is under consideration by another publisher.

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Can I get feedback on my idea before submitting a full proposal?

Yes, you can submit an outline proposal to us and we’ll give you our feedback as soon as we can.

How to structure your proposal

If you’re going to submit a book proposal to us, it should be structured like this. Use our guidelines, tips and questions to help you to complete each section.

1. Title (and subtitle)

2. Pitch

3. Contents

4. Author

5. Author objectives

6. Target market

7. Marketing features

8. Competition

9. Delivery details

10. Your details

Submitting a proposal by email

If you want to email us a proposal, please:

  1. save the proposal in one file as a word document
  2. save your file as your first name and last name, joebloggs.doc for example, to ensure that it has a unique name.

Why we might say no

The most common reasons why we turn down a new book proposal are:

It doesn’t fit

Sometimes books don’t fit with our publishing strategy or our channels to market. If they’re not right for us we’ll be quick to say that we won’t make the best home for them.

Clash in the plan

We already have a book on our publication schedule which is too similar to the proposed title.

Flash in the pan

Some books are so topical that they only have a short shelf life. We’re looking for books that we can make bestsellers for many years, and with many editions.

The book doesn’t have an obvious audience

Our books have a clear and purposeful focus on improving the reader’s life. Elegant theories and elaborate models can be seductive to authors and publishers alike, but we have to be convinced that the book will deliver real benefits to real people.

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