If you are interested in publishing a book with the American Correctional Association, please contact
American Correctional Association
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
We are seeking practical, how-to books based on professional experience. Our audience includes correctional practitioners. We also have texts suitable for college students taking courses in corrections, criminal justice and social work. If your idea appears to have potential for inclusion in our publishing program, we will ask you to submit a full proposal. A full proposal includes an outline and a summary plus one or two sample chapters.
Information About Our Authors
Many of our authors are first-time writers. Others have been published with major publishing houses but choose to work with ACA because of the personal attention we provide. Other authors choose ACA because they see an opportunity to make a significant contribution to corrections through our books.
* We do not publish fiction, poetry or material from offenders.
The Review Process
Your proposal will be reviewed by the core management team of ACA. It
also will be sent out for a blind review to your peers for their opinion. If
the submission is deemed to have merit and market potential, we then will ask
you to submit your entire manuscript for review. At this point, you will need
to submit one paper copy of the full manuscript plus an electronic copy in
Microsoft Word format. The review process usually takes four months.
As a result of the review
process, ACA may suggest modifications of the original manuscript, or we may
accept it as is. If you agree to make the revisions or changes, we will review
your changes to see if they meet the recommendations of the reviewers. We may
need to resend to additional reviewers. If the manuscript meets the needs of
the field and ACA, we will extend a contract. Once we have your signed contract
and your manuscript, we can begin the processes of editing and formatting your
manuscript into a book. This stage generally takes between four and seven months.
The ACA Publishing Team
Our editorial department will review your manuscript to ensure that it
meets our standards for clarity, punctuation, grammar and style. We work
closely with our authors to ensure our books are readable and look inviting.
During this time, we select a title and in conjunction with our graphics team,
design the cover and interior pages.
Throughout this process,
staff will meet to discuss the format, price and marketing strategies for your
book. We will ask you to complete an Author Questionnaire. This will give us
additional information on how and where to market your book. Marketing will
include announcements to the criminal justice media, direct mailings, exposure
at annual and regional ACA meetings, and at other criminal justice conferences
and meetings. The author’s participation in marketing greatly impacts the sales
of your book.
Additionally, we will look
for partnerships outside the organization as ways to promote your book. These
may include bulk sales to bookstores or other organizations that wish to
distribute your title. We look forward to your active participation in the
promotion of your book.