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RAIDER Publishing: Submission Guidelines

Publishing affordable digital textbooks by TTU faculty for TTU students.

What We're Looking For

RAIDER Publishing aims to publish textbooks written by TTU faculty which will be adopted in TTU classrooms.

What do we mean by textbooks?

RAIDER Publishing defines textbooks as works written for classroom adoption, whether traditional textbooks, readers, or lab manuals.

We're accepting proposals for:

  • Ideas for unwritten books
  • Manuscripts which have yet to be published
  • New printings or editions of previously published works 

We are especially interested in books which:

  • Are customized for TTU classes
  • Will be used in high enrollment classes
  • Replace expensive textbooks, or
  • Have no low-cost or open alternative*

However, all proposals will be considered, and we encourage you to submit if you have a textbook idea.

Proposals from all colleges and departments are welcome.

 

*If you are unsure if there is an open alternative but are interested in searching, please contact the Digital Publishing Librarian for assistance.

Thinking of Submitting a Previously Published Work?

Before submitting a proposal for a reprint or new edition of a previously published work, check to see who owns the copyright and the rights to publish the original work.  Many publishers require authors to sign over copyright as a part of the publication contract.  Alternatively, authors may have copyright registered in their name but sign over exclusive publication rights to the original publisher.   However, if the book is out of print or the original print run was a number of years ago, publishers may revert publication rights to the author upon request. 
 
Before submitting a proposal for a previously published work,
  • Check your original contract
    • Who owns the copyright?
    • What rights did you sign over to the publisher?
  • If you do not own copyright and publication rights, check with the original publisher to see if they will revert publication rights to you
    • Get proof of rights reversion in writing
    • If you need assistance with this request, please contact the Digital Publishing Librarian
We cannot publish works if the authors do not own the publication rights and we do ask for proof of such rights as a part of the proposal process.  
 
If you have you have any questions, please contact the Digital Publishing Librarian.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted via the "Submit a Proposal" tab.

For multi-authored works, please only submit one proposal. However, you will be asked to include personal information for all project authors. 

For those documents that are uploaded as a part of the proposal form, either a Word document or PDF is acceptable.

The Proposal Form

The proposal form consists of the following parts:

Personal information
  • We ask for the standard information about you: name, title, department, email, and CV.
    • CVs should be a maximum of 10 pages and should include past publications, current appointment, and information about courses taught at TTU.
  • For manuscripts with multiple authors, the same standard information is requested for each of the project’s authors 
    • CVs should either be included as links to online versions or uploaded as one document.

Manuscript Information

  • Title of the Manuscript. 
    • Please include a working title.  This can be changed prior to publication.
  • Summary of the Work (100-200 words) 
    • Please include a brief summary of the work.  This should not only preview the content but also highlight anything unique about this manuscript (e.g. customized to a TTU class, only book with this specific focus, etc)
  • Upload a draft table of contents
    • This provides a slightly more in-depth look at the book’s contents for the RAIDER Publishing team. Contents can be altered prior to publication in consultation with the Digital Publishing Librarian.
  • Estimated length of the work (in words)
  • Describe the illustrations.  Please list the number of expected illustrations which will be included in the volume via the following categories:
    • Photographs:  how many photographs will be included in the volume?
    • Tables: how many tables will be included in the volume? 
    • Graphs: how many graphs will be included in the volume?
      • This includes any type of graph, from bar to line graphs.
    • Figures: how many figures will be included in the volume?
      • Figures encompass any illustrations not categorized in any of the previous categories, such as line drawings.
  • Status of the manuscript.  What is the status of the manuscript at the time of the proposal submission?  Follow-up questions may be posed in response to your answer.  
    • Unwritten.  You have an idea but have not completed the manuscript. The manuscript can be in any stage from completely unwritten to all but one chapter completed.
      • Follow-up question: What is your estimated timeline for completion of a peer-review ready draft?
    • Completed but unpublished.  You have completed a draft of the manuscript, but it has not been published elsewhere. The manuscript is also not under contract for publication elsewhere.
      • Follow-up question: Is the manuscript currently ready to submit for peer-review?
        • For complete guidelines on submission for peer-review, please see “Draft Submission” on the "Formatting Guidelines" tab
        • If not ready for submission, follow-up question: What is your estimated timeline for completion of a peer-review ready draft?
    • Previously published. Your manuscript has been previously published either independently or through another publisher and you are interested in publishing again. Please include any notes as to why this book deserves to be republished now in the “Other Comments” section. 
      • Follow-up question: Please list the information for the previous publication, including year of publication, publisher, and price.
      • Follow-up question: Is this work currently out of print.
        • Understanding the current status of the works helps the RAIDER Publishing Team make a decision about whether this book should be published again.
      • Follow-up question: Do you currently own the copyright for the work?
        • If yes, follow-up question: Please upload a documenting showing proof of copyright ownership.
          • If you retained copyright ownership, please upload original contract showing this.
          • If the rights reverted to you, please upload corresponding documentation.
        • Holding copyright to the work is central to being able to publish.
        • If unsure but would like help determining copyright ownership, please contact the Digital Publishing Librarian.
      • Follow-up question: Have any changes been made to the previously published work?  If so, please provide a brief description of these changes.
        • Is the book the exact same as the previous version or has it been changed?
        • Changes can include: new introduction, additional/deleted chapters, updated data, etc 
      • Follow-up question: Is the manuscript currently ready to submit for peer-review?
        • For complete guidelines on submission for peer-review, please see “Draft Submission” on "Formatting Guidelines" tab
        • If not ready for submission, follow-up question: What is your estimated timeline for completion of a peer-review ready draft?
  • Sample chapter.  If you have already written a sample chapter, please upload it.

Course Adoption Information

Since one aim of RAIDER Publishing is to help increase affordability for textbooks, course adoption information will figure into our decision of whether to invite the manuscript.  Please include information on the course into which this book could or will be adopted below.  We understand that you may only have control over one section of a large enrollment class, but full details about all sections of the class are requested.

  • Class number (i.e. LIBR1100)
  • Class title (i.e. Essentials of Scholarly Research)
  • Average number of sections per academic year
    • Please include information for a full academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 
  • Average total enrollment in one academic year
    • Please include information for a full academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Do you teach a section of the class?
  • Current textbooks and materials
    • Please list the title(s) of all textbooks and supplementary materials (i.e. MyMathLab) currently used in the course. 
    • Please include Prices, publishers, and links, if available
    • If materials vary across sections of the class, please include information for the section that you teach and/or any commonly used materials
  • Letter of support from department chair or dean.
    • Preference will be given to those with a letter from their department chair or dean supporting their writing efforts and, if possible,supporting department-wide adoption of the text.
    • While we realize that you may only have control over one section of a class, support from your department chair or dean can help pave the way to department-wide adoption, increasing affordability for more students. 
    • This letter of support is not required for the proposal to be considered.  Assistance from RAIDER Publishing staff can be provided during the publication process to obtain similar support, if requested.  
Other comments or information regarding your proposal
  • If there is anything else that you feel that RAIDER Publishing staff should know or take into consideration as we review your proposal, please include it here.
  • This includes specific reasons for republishing previously published works.