Idiot’s Guides® Author Guidelines

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Dear Writer:

If you are interested in writing for the Idiot’s Guides® series, please send us a proposal, either in printed form by regular mail or in electronic form by e-mail. We do not accept unsolicited full manuscripts.

If you submit a proposal in electronic form, please use a standard word processing program such as Microsoft Word, and send the proposal as a file attachment to your e-mail. If your proposal is longer than 25 pages or includes photo or illustration files, zip the file(s) before attaching. Do not type your entire proposal as e-mail text or embed illustrations in your e-mail.

If you submit a proposal in printed form, type it on 8½" × 11" white paper, double-spaced, with at least 1" wide margins all around. Do not submit handwritten material. Do not send a sole, original copy.

Please include the following information in your proposal:

Send your printed proposal to:
Senior Editorial Coordinator
Alpha Books
800 E. 96th Street, Third Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46240

E-mail your electronic proposal to:

When we receive your proposal, we will review it and let you know if we are interested in pursuing it further. It may take up to three months to complete our review and come to a decision. If you do not hear from us within three months, you should assume that your proposal has not been accepted. If your proposal meets our publishing needs and standards, we will contact you to discuss the project in more detail.

Please understand that Alpha Books does not assume responsibility for any unsolicited proposal or manuscript that we may receive. Specifically, we are not responsible for returning your proposal or manuscript, nor do we guarantee a response. If you mail a proposal and want to be sure we have received it, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard, which we will return when your proposal is received.

A proposal may be rejected for a number of reasons, including but not limited to market need for the subject, appropriateness for the series or imprint, quality of writing, author credentials, and duplication of idea or concept already published or under consideration by Alpha Books. Many writers propose books on similar topics. Even though we might reject your proposal, we reserve the right to publish a book by a different author based on a similar idea or concept.

Thank you for your interest.