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TV Milestones Series: Policies for Submitting Book Proposals

TV Milestones is a distinct series of short monographs written in a critical, but accessible and lively manner. The emphasis of the series is on important American TV shows, both classic and contemporary, but volumes on foreign television shows that have had international cultural impact are also a part of the series. The titles are suitable for scholars and general readers alike.

The books in this series are published in a compact format (5”x 7”) and therefore, must present a comprehensive account of one show which, at the time of submission, has ended its air. The main question the book should answer is: what makes this show a true milestone? In addition to WSUP's general guidelines for submission, proposals need to be six to eight pages in length and should include a fully developed chapter abstract that addresses most of the following:

  • broadcast history, including audience reception
  • placement in the history of television/broadcast media, both technically and aesthetically
  • ideological, sociological, and historical contexts and importance
  • legacy
  • generic affiliations and contexts
  • authorship and stars
  • visual and performance style
  • discussion of at least two representative episodes

Completed manuscripts should be no more than 30,000 words, no more than 20 images, and include a bibliography of secondary sources. Manuscripts at the high end of the word count limit will need to have fewer images to accommodate the restricted format of the book.

Send materials to our acquisitions editor, Marie Sweetman or to series editor Dr. Barry Keith Grant.