HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK WITH MERCER UNIVERSITY PRESS
Mercer University Press seeks to publish scholarly works of excellence in
the following fields:
(1) Religious Studies, particularly Biblical Studies;
(3) Southern Culture, particularly History of the South
As a university press, MUP strives for accuracy of substance and form. Works
will be considered that represent only the highest standards of scholarly research
and literary style. The publication process for unsolicited works begins when
a prospective author sends a book proposal to
Mercer University Press
1501 Mercer University Drive
The book proposal should contain at least the following information.
a. Full name, address, and telephone number of the author.
b. A brief biographical sketch of the author. Indicate previous publications,
if any. (More information and a photo will be requested later if the book is
c. An outline of the book indicating the titles and focus of each chapter.
d. A brief statement about why you think this book should be published. Who
are the people you are trying to reach? What are you trying to tell them? What
contribution are you trying to make? Who do you think would be interested in
e. The present state of the book. Is the manuscript completed? When do you
expect to complete it? Is it on computer disk? (If selected, your manuscript
must be submitted on computer disk.)
f. If you wish for materials to be returned, please include sufficient postage.
After submitting the proposal, please allow the editor adequate time to evaluate
it. This normally takes three to four months. Each proposal is read by several
persons and discussed in light of its merits and the resources and staff available
to work on it. Unfortunately, not every proposal will be accepted. Difficult
decisions often mean rejecting very good manuscripts.
If your proposal is accepted, we will issue you a contract. Once a contract
is completed, it normally takes about a year for the book to be published.
Many other books are already in process, and adequate time must be given to
copyediting, designing a format, proofreading and correcting galleys, reviewing
page proofs and blue pages, and (finally) printing. Some books have special
features that require even more time. Even before your book is released, we
will begin to promote it through advertisements, mail-outs, announcements,
and arrangements with book distributors. We will ask for your assistance in
promoting the book, perhaps by securing endorsements or by attending autograph
sessions in your area.
We take our responsibilities as publishers seriously and are deeply committed
to the task. We thank you for considering us as the publisher of your work.