As the acquisitions editor for digital projects at SUP, I field a lot of questions from prospective authors, so I’ve decided to start a series of short blog posts to address some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
The one we get asked by far the most often: How do I submit my project for consideration?
The answer is simple: Write a proposal and send us a link to whatever you’ve already made available online. (It’s okay if you don’t have anything to show yet.)
A proposal should include a detailed summary of your argument, its significance to the field and relationship to existing publications, whether print or digital, and a timeline for completion. We will also want to know whom you are making your project for and how you expect them to use it.
So far, that doesn’t sound so different from what a traditional proposal would look like. Here’s where the digital path diverges: Tell us about what technology you are using. Is your project built on a specific platform? Are you marshaling plug-ins to deliver certain features? Are you creating custom-built solutions because existing technology doesn’t address your needs? How does the technology inform the argument and structure of your work? What is your goal in using the solutions you have chosen? Why is your presentation of the argument only possible in digital format?
Finally, given that the majority of digital projects are collaborative, tell us who is working and has worked on the project and in what capacity, and who is seeing it through until publication.
Friederike Sundaram is Acquisitions Editor for Digital Projects at Stanford University Press. She is responsible for building the program by acquiring and commissioning projects across the humanities and social sciences.