We help interdisciplinary scholars get their books out into the world.
“Like many academics, I struggled with conceptualizing my second book project, and getting it in motion. I felt like I was spinning my wheels in a sea of wonderful, scattered ideas that could take forever to sift through and synthesize into a completed manuscript and book proposal. Working with Ideas on Fire, I gained a pragmatic game plan for completing my proposal and project, and academic writing feels fun again.”
Heath Fogg Davisauthor of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
Book proposal editing includes
We identify 5 academic presses that we recommend you pitch your book to, and provide a report with each press’s strengths, areas of acquisition, submission requirements, review process, relevant series, and acquisition editor contact information.
We developmentally edit your book proposal draft for content, including argument, project stakes, fit with the proposal genre, match with specific publishers’ submission requirements, organization, and authorial tone.
We copyedit your book proposal draft for nitty-gritty writing issues, including sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, consistency, typos, formatting, and citation style. As the final stage in the process, copyediting polishes your proposal to a shine!
“Before working with Ideas on Fire, I felt stuck and unable to move forward with my book proposal. Working with them, I was finally able to gain some clarity about the project moving forward. My writing is more crisp and coherent and I feel good about submitting the proposal to a publisher.”
Lena Palaciosauthor of Media Necropower and Race-Radical Feminist Activism
How we edit your book proposal
You fill out our project inquiry form telling us the details of your project. We evaluate your needs to see if working together would be a good fit, then check our client calendar to determine when we can best complete your project. You get paired with the Ideas on Fire editor whose expertise best fits your subject area, and we then send you a detailed price quote for your project.
You send us your book proposal draft by email attachment or Dropbox, and we get started. The Ideas on Fire editors read through your proposal multiple times, making developmental editing and copyediting suggestions and changes. We do this using Track Changes in Microsoft Word.
After our editors have polished your proposal, our researchers find academic publishers that are a good fit for your manuscript. We focus on presses with strong lists in your book's fields, presses whose goals align with your own so you can find the best champion for your awesome book. Our publisher research report is delivered as a Microsoft Word document.
We deliver your edited book proposal and publisher research report. You can then move forward, submitting your revised proposal to the publishers of your choosing.
“Ideas on Fire’s advice to maintain rather than resolve the tensions embodied by the fraught position of my research subjects [Asian American fashion bloggers] helped to draw out my book’s critical framework and gave me important direction for revising and re-organizing chapters. They are wonderful readers who offer exactly the right amount of critical feedback and positive nudging forward.”
Minh-Ha T. Phamauthor of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging
Meet the editors
Each of our editors and researchers—Cathy Hannabach, Sarah Grey, Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, and Michelle Velasquez-Potts—has extensive experience editing and indexing interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented scholarship in cultural studies, gender studies, African American studies, transgender studies, queer theory, disability studies, communication, Latin American studies, social justice movements, history, dance, film/media, and performance.
We know that interdisciplinary research comes with unique challenges and we hire the best editors and indexers to ensure your work shines.
“Working with Ideas on Fire was an oasis, an opportunity to receive affirming, consistent, and constructive feedback on my writing from a knowledgable but impartial source. I trust my scholarly voice more consistently, have discarded the perfectionism that comes with long writing projects, and have more confidence with my capacity as a writer and thinker from their edits.”
Ronak Kapadiaauthor of Insurgent Aesthetics of the Forever War: Art and Performance after 9/11
The investment for book proposal editing and publisher research is a flat fee of $695.00.
Many of our clients use university research funds for our services and we’re happy to work with your university to get set up as a vendor to facilitate this.
“I can't tell you how helpful it was for me to work with Ideas on Fire as a first generation scholar of color in particular. There are so many things that I have to learn along the way, and writing a book proposal was one of them. The editors' confirmation, guidance, and publisher report—as well as affirmation—were key. Ideas on Fire is an indispensable resource!”
Tala Khanmalekauthor of Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire