Enhance Your Contribution to the Field of Corrections by Publishing Your Book with the American Correctional Association

For more than 144 years, the American Correctional Association has been serving the needs of corrections professionals by providing them with the resources, support, and services they need to excel in the fields of corrections and criminal justice.

Whether you come from a prison, jail, probation, parole, juvenile, or counseling background, our members need your expertise. We are seeking submissions on topics to enhance and contribute to the field of corrections. 

What better way to contribute your knowledge, research, and insight to this dynamic field than by authoring a publication which can be used by your colleagues. Many of our authors are first time book authors. Others choose to continue publishing with ACA.

Where Do I Start? 

If you are interested in publishing a book with the American Correctional Association, please contact:

Mina Grace
American Correctional Association
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200 
Alexandria, Va 22314
Phone (703) 224-0193     Fax (703) 224-0054
email: publications@aca.org

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* We do not publish fiction, poetry, or materials from offenders.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 insure 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 authors 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.