The goal of the SAA book publishing program is to provide print and electronic resources that
When considering new publications, SAA's Publications Editor, Publications Board, and Director of Publishing (aka “the publications team”) take into account:
The SAA publications team receives publication ideas and recommendations from many sources, including, but not limited to:
The Publications Board, Publications Editor, and/or Director of Publishing may identify a topic and develop a Request for Proposal, inviting the members and/or specific individual(s) with special expertise to submit a prospectus. The board also welcomes informal conversations with and preliminary proposals from members who believe that SAA should undertake a particular publication project, and solicits suggestions from SAA sections, committees, roundtables, and other groups that have a special interest in a publication project.
All members of the publications team forward information to the Publications Editor, who is charged with responding to queries. While an initial, informal discussion about a possible project is not required, it is highly recommended, since a stronger prospectus is likely to emerge from such collaboration.
Please note that publication components of grant proposals are subject to the same procedures detailed here if intended for publication by SAA, although this may lead to an adjusted timetable and order of steps.
Submitting a Prospectus
To begin the process of producing a new publication, author(s) submit a prospectus to the Publications Editor, addressing the following:
The Publications Editor reviews the prospectus and circulates it to the Publications Board, Director of Publishing, and, if necessary, to selected subject specialists for comment. Those reviewing the prospectus respond to the Editor, who evaluates the comments and decides whether to proceed. If the review is favorable, the Executive Director executes a contract with the author. The author signs and returns a copy of the contract. (Please note that depending on the author’s writing experience, he/she may be requested by SAA to prepare at least two sample chapters and a detailed table of contents.)
Producing the Manuscript
When a prospectus is accepted by the SAA Publications Board, then a member of the Board is assigned to the project to liaise with the Author and oversee the process until the finished manuscript is submitted by the Author to the Publications Editor. The role of the Publications Board liaison is to
Multi-Author and Edited Publications
When a project involves more than one author, a general editor (who may also be one of the authors) may be needed to guide the project. She/he will:
The Publications Editor reviews the prospectus submitted by the general editor and circulates it to the Publications Board, Director of Publishing, and, if necessary, to selected subject specialists for comment. Those reviewing the prospectus respond to the Publications Editor, who evaluates the comments and decides whether to proceed. If this review is favorable, the Publications Editor advises the Executive Director to execute a contract with the general editor and the author(s). The general editor and the author(s) sign and return a copy of their respective contracts and work commences on the rest of the manuscript. (Please note that depending on the writing experience of those involved in the project, the general editor may be requested by SAA to prepare at least two sample chapters and a detailed table of contents.)
The SAA Book Publishing Agreement
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