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作者选题表

The following questions and guidelines will provide us with the information necessary to properly evaluate your book project. Please complete the questions as fully as possible and feel free to expand the form as necessary to provide as much information as you can. If sample chapters are available, please supply these at the same time.
下面这些问题和指导会为我们提供一些必要的信息,通过这些信息可以让我们对您要写的书做出正确的评估。请尽可能回答所有的问题,也可以随意扩展这个表以便尽可能多提供一些信息。如果有样章,请一并提供给我们。

1. TITLE AND AUTHOR(S) 书名和作者

Tentative book title (and subtitle if required): 暂定书名(如果需要还应提供副书名)

Author/Editor’s full name(s): 作者/编者的全名

Position and affiliation: 职位及单位

Full mailing address 完整的邮件地址

Work Telephone
Fax
Email 电话/传真/电子邮件

2. BOOK CONTENTS 书的内容

In this section please provide a brief summary of the aims and scope of the book, and to answer the question: “Why are you writing the book and what will it cover?”
这部分请您提供简单的书的目标和范围,回答这个问题:您为什么要写这本书,这本书主要包括哪些内容?

Please provide a detailed description of the book, including the topics and subjects it will cover.
请提供一个书的详细描述,包括书中将涉及的各个话题和主题。

Please provide some background information on the subject you describe. What has it evolved from? Where will it be in the next 5 years? What will it allow people to do? How does it relate to other advances in the area?
请提供您要描述的这个主题的一些背景信息。它从何演化而来?在未来5年中它将会如何发展?它可以让人们做什么?它与这一领域的其他发展有怎样的关系?

Please provide or attach a contents list, including chapter subheadings and a brief description of what each chapter will cover. An estimate of the chapter length (in pages or words) is also helpful. For multi-author books please also provide the names and affiliation of the proposed chapter authors.
请提供或附带一个目录,包括章标题和对应章涵盖的内容的简短描述。预估一下各章的篇幅也会很有用。对于多位作者合作的书,还请提供推荐的各章作者的名字和单位。

Is a sample chapter available? Y/N
是否有样章?

3.THE MARKET FOR THE BOOK 书的市场情况

In this section please provide a brief description of the market, to answer the question “who are you writing the book for and why do they need the book?”
这部分请提供一个对当前图书市场的简短描述,回答这个问题:您写的这本书是给谁看的?他们为什么会需要这本书?

Please explain of why you feel your book should be published. How will it benefit the reader? 请说明为什么您觉得您的这本书书应该出版。他会让读者如何受益?

Who will purchase it/read it? What level is the book - e.g. introductory, advanced or specialist etc? Will the readers be at university or will they be in employment?
谁会购买和阅读这本书?这本书是什么层次的——介绍性的、高级的还是专著?读者会是大学的学生还是已经工作的人?

What is the primary audience?
主要读者是哪些?

What is the secondary audience?
次要读者是哪些?

What books are similar to or compete with the book you propose? What are their weaknesses and strengths? In what ways will your book be different to each competitor in terms of benefits to the reader? Please list the following information for the three most competitive books: Title Author(s)/Editor(s)
ISBN
Publisher
Publication Date
Page Count
List Price
Comments
与您的这本书类似或者竞争的图书有哪些?它们的优缺点是什么?您的书在哪些方面与竞争图书有明显的不同对读者有好处?请列出3本最具竞争力的图书的下列信息:
书名
作者/编者
ISBN
出版社
出版日期
页数
定价
评论

4.MANUSCRIPT INFORMATION 书稿信息

This section is intended to help us understand how big the book is likely to be and how long it will take to write.
这部分是为了让我们了解您的书的篇幅有多大,需要花多少时间写完?

Please provide an approximate estimate of the length of the finished book, in words or pages, assuming the average printed page contains around 400 words.
请提供预估一下最终出书的篇幅(字数或页数均可),假设每一页400单词。

Approximately how many illustrations, figures, photographs and tables will be included?
书中大概有多少插画、图、照片、表等?

When would you expect the manuscript to be completion?
您预计书稿什么时候能够完成?

Please indicate the format of the final manuscript (eg Microsoft Word)?
请说明最终书稿的交稿格式(如Word)。

We will ask a range of suitable qualified individuals to comment on your proposal. If there is anyone who’s opinion you would value, please feel free to provide their name, affiliation and contact details. We cannot guarantee that they will review the proposal, however.
我们将邀请一些合适的人选对您的书给出评价。如果谁能给您提供有价值观点,请自愿提供他们的姓名、单位和详细的联系方式。不过,我们不保证他们一定会愿意审读您的这本书。

5.AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION 作者信息

Please also provide us with a brief biography of each author.
请提供给我们每位作者的一个简单介绍。

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. Please return to:
感谢您花费时间完成这张表。 请寄回给

这里是编辑姓名及联系方式等。