Histria Books, a division of Histria LLC, is an academic publisher specializing in books on the history, culture, and literature of Eastern Europe. The Center for Romanian Studies is also an imprint of Histria LLC.
Histria Books publishes general interest books and scholarly books in broad categories. We encourage foreign language scholars and authors to submit their works for English language publication so that they can reach a broader audience. While we generally do not provide translation services, we will work to make certain the manuscript is fully and properly revised in consultation with you, and we ask that you provide the text in the original language as well as the translated version when submitting your manuscript. We do not generally publish new fiction, religious inspiration or revelation, children’s books, unrevised dissertations, or autobiographies.
How Do I Submit a Proposal?
After reviewing the areas in which we publish, please submit an email query to HistriaBooks@gmail.com. Your query should include a brief description of the proposed book and the book’s intended audience. The editor will indicate if they would like to review a formal proposal or full manuscript.
Note that a book does not need to fit into a series to be considered for publication, however, it should fall within one of our existing publishing fields.
Histria Books accepts simultaneous submissions, but requests that you keep the editor informed of the status of manuscripts submitted to other publishers.
What Should Be in a Proposal?
A proposal should give Histria Books editors and marketing staff—most of whom will not necessarily be specialists in your area—clear and detailed idea of what your book is about. Your initial submission should include a letter of introduction, a proposal that addresses the topics outlined below, your CV or resume, and a sample chapter or two. There is no defined format, but a good proposal will include the following:
1. A Brief Description
In two or three paragraphs, describe the work. This narrative description should identify the audience for which the book is envisioned, explain the proposed book’s purpose, how it will achieve that purpose, and what you consider to be the outstanding, distinctive, or unique features of the work. Also include the relevant themes, arguments, contribution to scholarship, and place in the literature.
2. An Outline or Table of Contents
Include a detailed outline of the book with paragraph-length descriptions of each chapter.
3. Photographs and Illustrations
Estimate the total word count of the completed book (including the main text, footnotes, bibliography, and any appendices).
Approximately how many photographs and/or line drawings (charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.) do you plan to include? If illustrations are planned, please send scans of sample art in jpeg format—do not send original photographs, artwork, negatives, or any materials that are irreplaceable.
4. Market Considerations
For what type of reader is your book intended? Specialists in your field, or in some particular area of a larger field? Is it intended for general readers without specialized knowledge?
5. Comparable and Competing Volumes
Describe existing books in this field and spell out how your book will be similar to, as well as different from, these works. Discuss specifically their strengths and weaknesses, how your coverage may vary from the competing titles.
Please discuss each book in a separate paragraph. If possible, please provide the publisher and date of publication as well.
For works with a primarily scholarly audience, please discuss your project’s place in the current scholarship and its distinctive contribution (although one can point out that there is no other book that addresses your particular topic, it is more useful to explain how exploring that topic advances current scholarly discussions).
For works meant for general readers, discuss your project’s unique perspective and outline how it can be differentiated from other titles covering this topic. Consider sharing a “sales handle” or “elevator pitch”— 2-3 sentences that quickly states what’s special about your book compared to others.
6. Status of the Work
What portion or percentage of the material is now complete? When do you expect to have a complete manuscript?
Do you plan to include material requiring permission (text, music, lyrics, illustrations)? To what extent? Have you started the permissions request process?
Please provide the names and contact details for two or three people whom you feel would be competent to review your material and whose opinion you would find valuable. We will try to use some of these along with our own selection. Naturally, we do not reveal the names of reviewers without their permission.
The Review Process
After receipt of your proposal, we will review your materials and consider whether it is a good fit for the Histria Books or Center for Romanian Studies lists. We make every effort to ensure that editorial decisions are made in a timely manner, but it may take up to two months for a response to this initial submission.
If we are interested in your project, we will notify you of our interest and evaluate your proposal. At this stage, we may ask for additional materials. We will, of course, obtain the best available reviewers to consider your work.