Information for Authors
The CYC-Net Press (an imprint of Pretext
Publishing) was founded in 2013.
The CYC-Net Press publishes original child and
youth care writings, professional child and youth care journals, as well
as re-badging existing out-of-copyright child and youth care
The CYC-Net Press will enter into agreements
directly with authors of original material as well as existing copyright
The CYC-Net Press may also enter into agreements
with other publishers with a view to having their publications available
for sale through The CYC-Net Press book store.
The primary format for publications will be
e-books. Traditional printed and bound books may be provided if demand
warrants or if specifically requested by authors.
Benefits of publishing with The CYC-Net Press
The price of e-books offered through The
CYC-Net Press book store will be lower than traditional outlets due
to The CYC-Net Press having lower costs of production.
The CYC-Net Press has the added leverage of
over one million unique visitors annually to the CYC-Net web.
Royalty payments to authors of 25% of selling
price per copy (after recovery of production costs).
All production, marketing and distribution is handled by The CYC-Net Press.
Profit from sales of books from The CYC-Net
Press book store is used to promote the day-to-day operations
of CYC-Net and support its mission to supply training and
professional development materials for care workers around the
Submitting your Proposal
Your proposal will be the basis on which we judge
the book's publication suitability. It therefore needs to provide the
right information – for our use, and for use by the referees we use. The
following will help you with your proposal.
We would suggest a proposal no longer than three
standard pages (not including sample chapters and curriculum vitae(s),
if available). If you've completed a draft manuscript, please indicate
this in your proposal. Please do not send us an unsolicited draft
manuscript as your initial correspondence.
After an initial review, a commissioning editor
will recommend whether you should submit a full manuscript. If possible,
please send your proposal and any accompanying material by email to
Your proposal should address
four main areas:
The aim(s) of the book including the rationale
behind the book
• What is your book about?
• What are its main
themes and objectives?
• How is your book different or better
than existing books on the subject matter?
A detailed synopsis as well as chapter
headings, indicating length and schedule
• Please list chapter
headings and provide a short paragraph explaining what each chapter
covers. Chapter headings alone will not suffice for a meaningful
• An estimate of the number of tables, diagrams and/or
• An estimate (in number of words) of book length
– and whether that includes references and footnotes/endnotes?
A realistic timeframe (date) for when you will be able to deliver a
• Who is your book primarily
aimed at? Students? Practitioners?
• Is it a textbook, reference
work or research monograph?
• Would your book have worldwide
appeal? If so, where?
Are you familiar with
competition for your proposed book. What will make your book better
than your competition?
How We Evaluate Your Proposal or Manuscript
Your proposal will be considered by a suitable
editor. The editor will ask some questions:
Is the book of
sufficient overall quality?
Is the book a fit with our editorial
policy and publishing strategy?
Is there a market for a book on this
What is the need for the book internationally?
editor is satisfied with the above, the proposal moves on to the next
Evaluation by independent referees
We ask respected specialists in
the field to give us independent advice on the content, quality and
potential market for a finished book based on your proposal (or
manuscript). This will take eight weeks, but may take longer, depending
on the ease with which The CYC-Net Press can find suitable reviewers.
If reviews are generally positive, we put together a publishing plan
and strategy, which includes your proposal and editors/referees’ reports
and requirements/suggestions. At this stage, your proposal is considered
Only when the manuscript has fully met all
the requirements of our referee(s) and editor(s), will it become finally
Once finally approved, we issue a draft contract –
and when terms have been agreed, you sign and return the contract with
an agreed date for the delivery of the final manuscript.
text has been written and delivered, you will liaise with a
representative of The CYC-Net Press over the copy-editing and production
process. We will then publish, market and sell the book.
all proposals, queries or concerns to: