Author FAQ

Prospective authors often have many questions about writing a book under the IBM Press imprint. The following FAQs answer the most common questions you may have. If you have additional concerns, please e-mail the IBM Press program management at .

Q: Why do I need to complete a proposal form?
A: Using the proposal form ensures that you identify information that helps IBM Press determine the proposed book's uniqueness and market viability.

Q: How do I write a strong proposal?
A: You should thoroughly complete all sections of the proposal. It's important to include your proposed table of contents, as well as a writing sample (either from the proposed book or another work).

Q: How long does it take to review my proposal?
A: It typically takes six weeks from submission of your proposal to decision.

Q: How good do my writing skills have to be?
A: Although your book will be edited, you must have a strong aptitude for writing.

Q: I'm interested in writing about a topic that's not on an IBM product or offering. Will IBM Press consider my proposal?
A: Yes. IBM Press is made up of a broad range of books related to technical and business topics.

Q: How long does it take to get a book published?
A: Typically 9-12 months.

Q: Will my book be translated?
A: It may be. We will identify opportunities to publish your book in other languages.

Q: How will my book be sold?
A: Your book will be sold through major bookstores, online booksellers, and conferences and tradeshows.

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