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Q. What kind of experience does a CRC Press book author or editor need?

You don’t need to have published a book previously. However, your work should have been published in journals recently and actively, as we are seeking book authors and editors who are prolific and part of the community for whom they are writing.

Q. How do I determine the type of book I want to write?

Textbooks and references mean different things to different book authors and editors, so here is a quick guideline to consider when writing a book for CRC Press:

  • Primary Textbook: Written for a core course and will be the only book used for the course. Homework problems, solutions manual, PowerPoint slides, and any electronic ancillaries are expected and necessary.
  • Secondary Textbook: The course may be emerging and not a core course. Ancillaries are very useful, but the adoption potential is smaller because it is not a mandatory course.
  • Reference: The book will be purchased mostly by academic libraries, researchers, and those working in industry who need an application-oriented book that includes fundamental knowledge and applications.
  • Professional: Written for professionals working in the field who need a ready reference for a solid understanding of the topic.
  • Monograph: A special or niche topic that is dedicated to a particular, narrow-in-scope area.
  • Edited/Contributed Reference or Handbook: Chapters written by experts from around the globe, specifically for this book. This is not a collection of previously published papers.
  • Text/Reference: A combination of a textbook and a reference. Normally this type of publication does not have homework problems and is used by professionals or for a graduate-level course.

Q. Where can I find book proposal guidelines?

Please see "Step 1: Write Your Book Proposal" on the How to Publish with Us page of this website.

Q. Why do book proposals get rejected by CRC Press?

We have to be selective for our readers. If we feel that a book author or editor is not qualified in a particular area, if we note plagiarism, if reviews are poor, if a book author or editor has expectations that we cannot meet, if the market is too saturated with competitors, or if the material or concept is outdated, we may reject a book proposal. Your time is extremely valuable, as is ours, so we try to make smart decisions that are mutually beneficial.

Q. What kinds of questions are reviewers asked about my book proposal?

Questions include: What do you consider to be the main strengths of the materials you have been asked to review? What do you like about the approach and selection of topics? Does this material intrigue you enough to want to have this book on your shelf? What other books are you aware of in this area, and how do they compare to this book? Are you confident in the materials presented? What is your general overview of this book?

Q. Must I incorporate reviewers’ suggestions I don’t agree with?

This depends. If the suggestions seem unfair or unrelated, your acquiring editor can go back to the reviewer and clarify information. If only one out of five or 10 reviewers thinks you should completely restructure your book, the odds are in your favor. However, if the consistent feeling is that topics are to be added or deleted, it is worth giving in to this.

Q. How many reviews are really necessary?

This depends on if the book is a textbook or reference, what kind of competition it’s up against, how many related titles the publisher has to sell with the book, and your input. We seek out reviews from around the globe, and some are more detailed than others.

Q. Can a bad review hurt my chances of getting published?

It may. We are seeking constructive criticism for your manuscript. Reviewers are chosen because they have expert knowledge in the field, and they should be providing comments that will help you shape your manuscript to bring value to the marketplace. Not every book idea is a winner. For some areas, a saturated market exists, and the proposed book does not provide added value. But in many cases, the idea can be reworked. Don’t give up! Restructure the proposal, invite colleagues to help formulate a more succinct proposal and table of contents, accept the comments of the surveyors, and try again.

Q. Are you still interested if my book manuscript is already done?

Yes! We will put your book proposal and a few sample chapters through the review process for you and work swiftly to provide you with a publishing decision.

Q. What compensation do book authors and editors receive?

We greatly appreciate the hard work you put into developing your book, and you will receive a royalty on the sale of your books. CRC Press offers competitive royalty rates and 24/7 online access to book author and editor royalty accounts. Each book author and editor also receives a complimentary copy of his/her book upon publication.

Q. Do contributors who write a chapter for my edited book need to sign a contract?

Yes, they do. Each individual contributing work to the publication must sign a contributor agreement and a permission verification form indicating that the work is his/her own or that permission has been sought to use the work, and that he/she agrees to allow us to publish the work.

Q. Whom do I contact if I have questions about my contract?

Your acquiring editor will discuss the terms of your contract with you and is able to answer any questions you might have.

Q. What format do you want the book manuscript in?

Please see "Step 5: Prepare Your Book Manuscript" on the How to Publish with Us page of this website.

Q. Whom should I contact to submit a book manuscript for publication?

Please contact the appropriate CRC Press acquiring editor for your subject area. If you are unable to determine the best editorial contact for your book’s subject matter, contact:
Alan Jarvis
Publishing Director

Q. My manuscript is finished, but I may not have followed your guidelines. Do I really have to reformat everything?

Probably not. Your acquiring editor will look everything over, and we will try and be as accommodating as possible.

Q. Is obtaining permission to reuse text or artwork really that important?

Yes, it is. Source lines and permission usage and grants are crucial. You can obtain permissions very easily now by logging your requests for reuse at Being recognized for one’s work is not only necessary, but the right thing to do. If you request permission to reuse text or figures as you go along with your writing, you will have everything in order by the time your work is finished. You can read more about what requires permission and how to obtain it on our rights and permissions page.

Q. What about citation indexing for my contributors and their chapters?

We work with many different citation indexers, including:

  • Thomson Reuters/Web of Science/Book Citation Index
  • Proquest/Summons/Serial Solutions
  • OCLC/KnowledgeBase
  • OCLC/Worldcat
  • CAS
  • Ex Libris/Primo
  • Google Scholar
  • China National Knowledge Network

Q. What if I want a technical review of my chapters as I’m writing?

This is no problem. We want the best manuscript possible, so discuss the review plan with your acquiring editor to allow time to be built in for this. There are factors to consider for publishing your book at a certain time, such as conference attendance, speaking engagements, bulk purchase, and textbook adoption. Providing your readers with an accurate date they can expect to receive your published book is crucial, so discuss with your acquiring editor the expectations for surveys, reviews, rewrites, classroom testing, and the due date of ancillaries like PowerPoint® slides, website downloads, solutions and laboratory manuals – all of which are necessary to have available upon publication.

Q. Will CRC Press copy edit my manuscript? What if I am not a native English speaker?

Yes, if we are formatting your manuscript, we will copy edit for spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and consistency. We welcome book authors and contributors from all around the globe, so if English is not your native language, that is no problem! If you are preparing a camera-ready manuscript, we provide a proofread. We are very willing to provide a copy edit of your camera-ready manuscript as well, so please discuss this with your acquiring editor.

Q. What if I’m unable to meet the manuscript deadline?

Any requested changes in the schedule should be taken up with your CRC Press acquiring editor as soon as possible.

Q. How many individuals can I expect to be working with at CRC Press?

Your acquiring editor is your main contact during the entire process and will oversee all aspects before, during, and after receipt of your manuscript, and after publication of your book. However, he/she doesn’t do it alone. Here are some additional individuals at CRC Press who may be in contact with you:

  • Editorial Assistant to the Editor: Sends the contract on behalf of your acquiring editor, orders complimentary copies, requests flyers for promotional purposes, and handles general tasks.
  • Assistant Editor: Seeks and secures reviewers for your proposal; prepares market surveys for your book; secures marketing quotes for the CRC Press website, back cover copy, advertisements, and; works closely with the textbook team, reference team, and marketing managers; and will send your published book to journals, bloggers, and magazines for published reviews that will appear in the journal as well as on and the CRC Press website.
  • Project Coordinator: Guides you through the manuscript and figure/artwork preparation process as well as the permissions process.
  • Project Editor: Once your book enters production, the project editor will coordinate the copy editing, typesetting, indexing, page proofs, and corrections before your book is sent to the printer.
  • Copywriter: Responsible for culling through the proposal, manuscript, marketing questionnaire, and book reviews to write the promotional copy for the back cover of your book, as well as for our website and marketing efforts. The copy on the CRC Press website is fed digitally to and numerous third-party resellers and distributors worldwide.
  • Cover Designer: We have an outstanding staff of cover designers, and one will be assigned to work with you to graphically design a beautiful and creative cover.
  • Marketing Manager: Works with a creative team on marketing efforts like emails, flyers, catalogs, conference materials, posters, and more to promote your book. Your marketing manager seeks optimal exposure for your book through various outlets such as email lists, conferences, partnerships, social media, and industry publications.
  • Publisher: Your acquiring editor reports to a publisher, and the publisher is available to answer questions, execute contracts and addendums, oversee the publishing program at CRC Press, and foster a positive and smooth process for your publishing experience by coordinating and maintaining a reputation for quality.

Q. How long will it take to print my book, and how many copies are you printing?

This depends on the size of the book, but four to six weeks is the typical time at the printer. Don’t judge a book on the number of copies in the first print run. That is the old way of publishing. Nowadays we can print quickly and efficiently, so we do not have to fill up warehouses with hundreds or thousands of copies. This is done purposely for space and cost efficiency.

Q. Will my book be available in both print and electronic formats?

Yes, our books are made available in both formats. The electronic version is available at the same time as the print version. Amazon Kindle and VitalSource are among the many electronic formats. We also can include your reference, monograph, handbook, or professional text/reference in CRCnetBASE, our award-winning platform for academic, public, and corporate library eBook collections.

Q. How can I contact the CRC Press production team about my book?

Please contact Jamie Accorto with any production questions or concerns:
Jamie Accorto
Tel: 561-361-6062
Once your book is in production, you will be assigned a production editor and production coordinator. They can answer most of your production questions.

Q. Do readers really judge a book by its cover?

Everyone is different, but a colorful and appealing cover design catches the eye. A well-chosen image can convey the focus and set the tone of your book at a glance. Your cover designer will provide you with a draft of your book’s cover and the front matter title page. Show your family, friends, students, and colleagues, and gather opinions. You may like the design but not the color or font – this is a quick fix. Once you confirm your cover design, it immediately gets posted to the CRC Press website and, and other third parties that sell or distribute our books will automatically retrieve it.

Q. How will you promote my book?

​Please see the How to Promote Your Book page of this website.

Q. How can I help with the marketing of my book?

​Please see the How to Promote Your Book page of this website.

Q. How can I get promotional flyers to promote my book at a conference in my field?

Please contact the appropriate CRC Press marketing manager for your subject area.

Q. What happens after my book is published?

You will receive your complimentary copy, and your book will be marketed and sold through several channels. We will keep in touch with you regarding possible promotions, future revisions, new book ideas, and book proposal reviews. We value your knowledge and our relationship, so let’s continue to work together!

Q. Do you prepare translations?

We do not have anyone on staff here who can translate your book. However, we do seek translations in various languages for our books, and if the translation rights are sold, you will be compensated per your contract details. The translation is normally sought about two years after your English version is published. If you come across an individual who wants to translate your book, you can let us know. However, what we need is a foreign language publisher that wishes to purchase the rights. Most of the time, the foreign language publisher supplies its own translators as well as production, marketing, and printers. You will receive a copy of the translated edition if contracted and published.

Q. What about revising my book in the future?

Our goal is to continue with our solid reputation of providing our readers with up-to-date and valuable content. Revision cycles for textbooks, handbooks, monographs, and professional books vary, but your acquiring editor will want to discuss how to keep your content fresh, marketable, and available to our readers. When you have ideas for new or revised material for your book, it will be time to open up a dialog.

Q. How can I adopt my own book or another CRC Press book for a course I am teaching?

We will work with you directly on the adoption of your own book or another CRC Press book for your course. We have hundreds of textbooks available for you to choose from. You can request an inspection copy of a book for your course by visiting the book’s landing page on the CRC Press website and clicking on "Request an e-inspection copy." This form is automatically sent to one of our textbook representatives who will acknowledge receipt of your request and contact you prior to issuing your inspection copy.

Q. What if I have questions after publication about royalties, marketing, or sales?

An acquiring editor will always be available to answer your questions and make sure that you are serviced properly and swiftly at any stage of the process. 

Q. Are you interested in hearing book ideas from my friends and colleagues?

Yes! There is no greater reward for us at CRC Press. Your recommendation to publish with us would mean a great deal, and we cannot think of a better compliment.

Q. How can I contribute to a CRC Press book series?

Please contact the appropriate CRC Press acquiring editor for the subject area. If you are unable to determine the best editorial contact for the subject matter, contact:
Alan Jarvis
Publishing Director