In addition to its prestigious journals,
directories, information services, websites, blogs, and conferences,
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) is an award-winning book publisher. ITI's
print and ebook editions target a broad spectrum of information and
digital content creators, users, and professionals.
If you have a book project in mind for any of the
above imprints, we welcome your proposal. If you are not certain your
topic is appropriate, reviewing our catalog is a recommended method for
understanding our scope. Download the catalog
or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a copy of our latest print catalog by mail. Generally
speaking, a book that will have strong appeal to readers of one or more
of our journals or to attendees of one or more of our conferences is
appropriate for our book program. Learn more about our journals and
conferences at www.infotoday.com.
If you have expertise in one
of the above or any other vital aspect of digital information, online
research, social media, and the web and you love to write, we want to
hear from you!
In addition to complete author contact information
(snail mail, email, phone), please date your proposal and include all
of the following components:
1) Suggested Title and Subtitle
Every book project starts with a working title. We’ll brainstorm
alternatives with you later.
What is the book about and what is its purpose? Include a description
of the people, organizations, issues, technologies, and products that
will be covered; explain the organization of the book and any special
or unique features, and describe the approach you will take to make it
as useful and interesting as possible. Include your estimate on the
length of the book (approx. word count).
3) Preliminary Table of Contents
This is a working ToC; we expect it to evolve as the writing gets
underway. If some chapters will be contributed, include the names of
proposed and/or confirmed contributors.
Include information about illustrations, photos, charts, graphs,
tables, screenshots, and so on that you would plan to include in the
book, if any.
5) Readership Information
Who will buy the book, and why? Include your estimate of the size of
the primary markets for the book and suggestions on where/how to reach
them (associations, publications, events, websites, etc.). If your book
will appeal to the readership of one or more of our journals,
conferences, or books, make this point. It helps in this section to
know of any success stories for similar books, with sales data where
available. Describe the role you would expect to play in the marketing
and promotion of the book. If you have an opinion as to an appropriate
price range for the book, let us know.
List a few competitive or similar titles, and describe some success
stories with sales information as available. If you have found nothing
similar, describe the sources you have searched. Some competition is
desirable because it suggests an established market for your book;
where there is considerable competition, there should be significant
and easily expressed differences between your book and others. It is
helpful to mention books that, while having a similar mission, are weak
in certain specific areas where yours will be particularly strong.
7) Author Biography (narrative format);
copies of related work
Why are you qualified to write this book? Describe yourself and any
applicable writing and professional experience (attach resume or CV if
desired). Include a copy of any published article(s) or book(s) you
have authored that you believe will help us to assess your writing
ability and fitness for the proposed project. Include SASE if you wish
us to return the material.
When would you deliver a manuscript, assuming an agreement is reached
within 30 days of your proposal submission?
Proposal Format and Publisher Contact
We accept printed proposals by mail as well as
versions sent as attachments to email. A cover letter should provide a
short explanation of the contents of your package along with complete
contact information. If attached to email, the proposal should be
either a MS Word file (.doc preferred) or PDF.
Proposals typically run between two and five
pages; length is not important so long as the proposal clearly explains
the concept and its viability. In addition to your proposal, feel free
to include the first three chapters if already written. Do not send the
entire manuscript unless requested to do so.
We will attempt to respond to your proposal within
4 weeks of receipt—feel free to contact us if you have heard nothing by
this time. When sending by snail mail, please include SASE for reply
and return of materials and mail to:
John B. Bryans
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
Book Publishing Division
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: 609-654-6266, ext. 134