Writing a Successful First Book Proposal

by | Dec 1, 2022

We’re excited to be leading a workshop at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication on how to write a successful first book proposal—during a pandemic.


Getting a book published during a global pandemic is no small feat. And it starts with writing a successful book proposal that takes into account the new world that authors, publishing staff, researchers, and global partners now inhabit.

Learn from Dr. Cathy Hannabach, founder of Ideas on Fire, how to design a flexible writing schedule that fits your life and our ever-changing world, identify presses that are the right fit for your goals, and craft a compelling proposal that captures publishers’ attention.

About Cathy Hannabach

Dr. Cathy Hannabach is the founder and CEO of Ideas on Fire, where she helps progressive, interdisciplinary academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

She founded Ideas on Fire to harness the collective expertise of interdisciplinary PhDs and provide the editingindexing, and consulting help scholars need to create an impact.

She hosts the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights those bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures.

Dr. Hannabach is also the author of Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which traces the cultural history of blood as it both enabled twentieth-century US imperialism and was creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists, and Book Marketing for Academics (Ideas on Fire, 2016), which teaches you how to harness your resources, skills, and time to build your author platform and get the word out about your new book.

About the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is an institute that produces and promotes critical, interdisciplinary, and multimodal research on global media and communication. The CARCG bridges academic scholarship and public life, bringing the very best scholarship to bear on enduring global questions and pressing contemporary issues. CARGC is dedicated to supporting early-career scholars worldwide and offers fellowships at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels.

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Author: Sara Tatyana Bernstein

Sara Tatyana Bernstein is a digital marketing associate at Ideas on Fire, where she fosters community and collaboration among interdisciplinary scholars. She is also a writer and the co-founder of Dismantle Magazine.

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