Youth Specialties publishes books, curricula, and other products. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll use the word product to refer to whatever it is you’re proposing. As you prepare your proposal please fill out all sections completely. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
Type it exactly as you would like it to appear. (This would be on the cover and title page, if it’s a book)
Prepare an extended bio, including the following:
A description of potential marketing channels to which you have access, e.g. contacts you have in key organizations, groups you speak to regularly, your speaking schedule, key people you know who might endorse your product, etc.
A one-three paragraph description of the product. Be sure to include:
Give us one sentence that sells the product, i.e. why would anyone want to put down money to buy this product? This is your one sentence pitch to the sales and marketing team.
Include the following:
Please check the appropriate format for your product:
If this is a book or curriculum proposal: Include projected word length and anticipated completion date of the manuscript.
If this is another product, include size or scope and anticipated completion.
At this stage, of course, your table of contents is tentative. But there should be a firm idea where the book is going. So give us—
A few paragraphs that explain the focus and development of each chapter.
Please include one or two sample chapters. (Do not send any more than three chapters.)
Tips: Pick your favorite/strongest chapter and submit it. If you have an overall introduction worked out, include it.
As you write, remember that you’re trying to sell us on your idea. Make a strong case for why the product must be created and published or produced. Give us a realistic, but positive description of what you propose. (Use of short bullet points is fine.)
Please note that incomplete proposals will be returned to sender. Responses to completed proposals will be generated within two months of receiving the proposal.
Please email the proposal as an attached document to: Publishing@youthspecialties.