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Book Proposal Guidelines

Trade and Professional Books

Princeton Architectural Press welcomes book proposals for general and professional audiences in the following categories: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, graphic design, visual culture, photography, craft, and gardening. We do not accept technical manuals or books of purely academic interest, such as unaltered master’s or doctoral theses.


We are happy to respond to query letters, but can make no decisions without the following information (delivered in electronic form only):


Proposal summary:



Author or editor(s)

One-sentence overview

Projected submission date for manuscript and illustrations

Word count (include endnotes and other back matter)

Image count (b/w, color)

Permissions (acquired, not acquired, in progress)

Contact information

Book description: 500-word maximum


Annotated table of contents: list and describe the essential content or argument presented in each component or chapter.


Sample text: include introduction and two sample chapters, representative project texts (monographs only), or writing sample on a related topic.


Sample illustrations: provide 20 to 30 representative images, with captions or labels.


Bio or CV: include for each author, editor, and contributor.


Audience: identify primary and secondary readership; if for academic course adoption, list courses and degree levels.


Competitive titles: list published or forthcoming works and explain how your book differs from or expands upon them; include title, author, publisher, year, format, pages, price, and ISBN.


Additional information: if applicable, list sources of project sponsorship or endorsement; describe plans for related exhibitions, symposia, or other events; name experts who have reviewed your research or manuscript; note any previously published components.


Please send your proposal as a PDF via email or file transfer service, such as WeTransfer, to: File names must include author and book title. Due to the volume of submissions we are unable to respond to each individual proposal. If we are interested in learning more you will hear back from one of our editors.

All proposals are treated with the utmost confidentiality and any ideas or materials submitted to us remain the intellectual property of the author. Please direct submission questions to


Children's Books

We review fiction and general nonfiction picture books for children ages three to eight. Please note that we only review complete submissions, which include text and illustrations. Please send a low-resolution PDF of your proposal to