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 Proposal Guidelines 

Community College Press (CC Press) publishes books on topics of interest to community college leaders. All books require a proposal form and a publishing contract. The contract will assign AACC the copyright to a finished book unless special funding arrangements provide for other assignment or disallow copyright. AACC assumes no responsibility for the receipt, return, or publication of unsolicited manuscripts.


A. Suggested Topic Areas

  • Advocacy and MarketingCommunity Building
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Economic Development and Workforce
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • History and Mission
  • Hot Programs
  • Institutional Development
  • International Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Pipeline
  • Partnerships
  • Strategic Planning
  • Student Development
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology 
B. Length

Book length varies. Following the manuscript preparation guidelines in the CC Press Publishing Guide will yield approximately 300 words per page.  You will be asked on the proposal form for a page estimate.

C. Style Guides

  • The Community College Press Publishing Guide (available from the editor)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (for editorial style issues not covered in the CC Press Publishing Guide or APA Pub Manual)
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

 D. Tips for Authors

  • Set the book in a national context.
  • Make the work instructive -- think "how-to." Avoid an anecdotal or documentary approach. Consider how the information can be applied at other community colleges to help them improve their systems. Offer useful tips and strategies.
  • Offer original and innovative ideas. Do not quote verbatim from your own previously published works. Rephrase if need be, or preferably, say something new. Avoid citing yourself in the text, and avoid lengthy excerpts of others' published material. If you do quote others, include complete bibliographic information and keep the quoted passage as brief as possible.
  • Include photographs, charts, or other visual elements. Be sure to label all photographs and art work with a description of the art, the name of the copyright owner, and whether you have obtained permission to reproduce the art. All permissions must be provided by the author. For guidance on obtaining permissions, contact CC Press editor.
  • See also the Community College Publishing Guide, available upon request from the CC Press editor.

E. Proposal Review Period

Proposals may be submitted at any time. All proposals are subject to review. Proposal review may take up to six months. CC Press requests that any work submitted for consideration not be submitted to another publisher while the proposal is being reviewed by CC Press.

F. Contract

Upon approval of the proposal, the CC Press editor will issue a draft contract for the author's consideration. Submission of a proposal form does not guarantee publication. All books require a contract in order to be placed in the production schedule.

G. Copyright

Unless specifically designated by a grant or contract, all CC Press publications, including those produced with federal funds, are copyrighted in the name of the American Association of Community Colleges. Please consult with the CC Press editor if you have any concerns about copyright.

H. Submission

All submissions must be accompanied by the Community College Press Proposal Form. For best results, submit a sampler chapter with the proposal form. If you have questions or need a form, please contact:

Deanna D'Errico
Editor, Community College Press
American Association of Community Colleges
One Dupont Circle, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036-1176
Phone: 202.728.0200 x212
Fax: 202.223.9390
dderrico@aacc.nche.edu

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