Write For Us: Guidelines for Product Proposals
If you've got a great idea for a new YS resource, we want to know about it. Here you'll find the guidelines for product proposals.
Youth Specialties publishes books, videos, CD-ROMs, and other resources. For simplicity's sake, we'll use the word “book” to refer to whatever it is you're proposing.
Your name [Type it exactly as you would like it to appear on the cover and title page.]
Information about yourself: Prepare an extended bio, including your—
Your marketing opportunities: A description of potential marketing channels to which you have access (e.g., contacts you have in key organizations, groups you speak to regularly, key people you know who might endorse your book, etc.)
Description of the book
Describe the book and make a strong case for why the book must be created and published. Be sure to include:
Write For Us: Submissions Info for the Ideas Library
Ideas books now paying you for your ideas!
At some point in your ministry, you've probably come up with a brilliant game, ice-breaker, activity, or something else that you think other youth workers would love. If so, submit it to us and we may include it in an upcoming Ideas book (and you'll get paid!).
Ideas is now paying at least $40 for unpublished, field-tested ideas that have worked for you. If you're familiar with the Ideas books from Youth Specialties, you know that theoretical, unproven, sanitary, and tidy ideas aren't what in-the-trenches youth ministers are looking for. They want—you want—imagination as well as scriptural soundness in Bible studies, take-'em-by-surprise novelty in parties and other events...ideas that have been tested and improved in the very real, very adolescent world you work in.
So here's what to do:
Give us one sentence that sells the book; in one sentence what's the hook, why would anyone want to put down $15 bucks to buy this book? This is your one sentence pitch to the sales and marketing team.
Table of contents
At this stage, of course, your table of contents is tentative. But you have at least a firm idea where the book is going. So give us—
Incomplete proposals will be returned; responses will be generated within two months of receiving the proposal.
Please email all ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your idea passes the meticulous standards of our fussy Ideas editor and gets published in one of our Ideas books, you'll get yourself at least $40 per idea!