you for your interest in becoming a Vocal Planet author. We are
pleased to review book proposals that further our mission and are
appropriate to our market. The submission procedure for your proposal
is outlined below. Please ensure it includes everything requested
so that we may determine whether your book is right for Vocal Planet.
Familiarize yourself with Vocal Planet.
Planet publishes books relating to vocal music and choral conducting.
Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to: vocal technique
(classical and musical theater), diction, choral score analysis,
conducting, vocal literature, choral literature, biographical works,
choral music education, music and health, and music therapy.
Do your homework. Research your topic, the competition, your target
audience and market.
to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and visit bookstores and libraries
to see what other books have already been published on the subject.
Do a search on your proposed working title to make sure it has not
already been used. Who is going to buy your book? You must be able
to identify your potential readers. Quantify the market potential.
How will these readers be reached? Please note that we do not distribute
actively through retail bookstores.
Compile your book proposal.
a proposal only, not a full manuscript. Vocal Planet does not accept
handwritten, faxed, disk, web-based or e-mail submissions. Proposals
and manuscripts should be computer-printed only and double-spaced.
Submissions must include:
cover letter containing your complete contact information, the
working title of your project, a summary of the book, the target
audience, a competitive analysis of existing books within your
subject area, and the project status. Is the book finished?
If not, when do you expect to finish it?
outline with chapter titles, subtopics, and a brief synopsis
of what each chapter covers.
couple of sample chapters (including the first chapter) and
the book's introduction.
of illustrations, music, or photographs, if used. Do not send
originals; clear photocopies are acceptable.
bio and qualifications as an author. Send a copy of your current
resume or CV, including publishing credits and credentials in
the field. Why are you the right person to write this book ?
self-addressed, stamped envelope. We will not return your materials
or respond to your query without return postage. If you want
to guarantee receipt of your proposal, include a post card or
return receipt with your submission.
Criteria for manuscript selection
do not call our office to discuss your proposal. If we are interested
in more information, we will call or e-mail you. It will take us
a few weeks to respond to your query. Patience during the process
is appreciated. A manuscript selected for publication by Vocal Planet
will exhibit the following characteristics:
presents a message we believe in.
is a work that, in our opinion, needs to be published.
is written by a person or persons whom we believe to be qualified
to speak with authority on the subject.
book will be marketable and have the potential of selling enough
copies to pay its own way.