How many of you political activists want to write a book about queer politics? How would your perspective be received in academia?
A new book series is coming out of the State University of New York Press. I would like to see if some non-academic tenured or adjunct writers take them up on the offer to be considered for a book contract.
Academics have been tagged with writing to each other. They have frequently been said to write in jargon that is as dense as mud and not something that many people want to read. Wouldn't it be fun to see if you could contribute a book to this series?
SUNY has been active in publishing and promoting works in queer studies. They have an annual prize for top dissertation or book in queer studies. Topics the press is looking for include:
- LGBT/queer rights activism
- same-sex marriage
- LGBT/queer youth
- family policies
- changes in family formation
- institutional discrimination
- anti-gay rights initiatives
- sexual citizenship
- treatment of queer issues and people in the media
- the uses of LGBT/queer issues in political campaigns
- religious movements' and organizations' activism on issues related to sexuality
What would a prospective author have to do to get to the point of an evaluation?
A proposal addresses the scope, length and audience for the book. It includes a table of contents, a short abstract of the text, and a chapter-by-chapter outline. Also include an estimate on the amount of visual materials to be used and the amount of time necessary to complete the book. The submission packet includes a sample chapter and a curriculum vitae (academic experience and contact information).
Send completed proposals to:
Larin McLaughlin, Acquisitions Editor
State University of New York Press
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 305
Albany, NY 12210
Phone : 518-472-5035 / Fax : 518-432-5038
Let me know if you send in a submission and how things worked out.
It would be fascinating to hear about the specific proposals that the editors received on this topic. Perhaps once they have completed the vetting process they could be invited to guest blog on the proposals that they received.