Book Proposal Guidelines
Do you have a can’t-miss idea for new book? Our acquisitions team invites you to share your proposal with us.
We are currently seeking new manuscripts in the following areas:
Detailed Table of Contents
Your Vision of the Book
Sample Chapter (optional)
Brien Cummings is a dedicated and driven publishing professional. In his role as Senior Acquisitions Editor, Brien is focused on the creation, development, and acquisition of new educational resources. Brien currently manages the Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, and Speech, Language, and Hearing product lines for Slack Incorporated.
“I value my relationships over all else. My number one goal is supporting authors. I want the book development and publishing process to be enjoyable and achievable.”
Throughout the last 16 years, Brien has collaborated with authors, contributors, reviewers, and industry colleagues to bring the highest-quality books to the market. If you have a book idea or would like to get involved in our publishing process, Brien wants to hear about it.
With over 25 years of experience working in all areas of publishing—from big-picture content acquisition to the nitty-gritty of digital production and marketing analytics—Tony brings a wealth of knowledge to the table to complement a lifelong interest in book publishing. When speaking to first-time authors, he often encourages them to write where their passion is, hinting that an idea for a great textbook is often sparked when a potential author looks at the existing resources and says, “I can do this better.”
In his areas of acquisition, Tony is currently focusing on ramping up SLACK’s textbook program for Special Education teacher preparation, filling out our textbook offerings for students in Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant education programs, and acquiring new atlases and professional books for Ophthalmologists.
Julia has been working in book acquisitions for 5 years, but derives her interest from a lifelong love of books. An English literature graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and the daughter of a Nurse Practitioner, Julia is fascinated by the intersection of knowledge and communications to improve and inform healthcare. Through experiences in journalism, public education, and academic research she has gained expertise in honing author ideas to best reach their intended clinical audience. When not in the office, Julia enjoys exploring her home city of Philadelphia, volunteering for the Society for Scholarly Publishing where she helps to produce The Scholarly Kitchen’s Early Career Podcast, and taking trips down the shore.
In her areas of acquisitions, Julia is currently focusing on developing SLACK’s nursing book publishing program, building on SLACK’s storied 50+ year history in Nursing Education, Psychosocial, and Gerontological journals. She also fills out our offerings for clinicians, residents, and fellows for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Orthopedics, looking lately at quick-reference handbooks and high-yield pocket guides.
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—Jeff G. Konin, PhD, ATC, PT
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"I have worked with the SLACK editors and publishers since 1986. In every circumstance, they were fully supportive of my ideas, wonderfully helpful in editing and in design, great at publicizing my work, and as an added bonus, have become treasured friends. I recommend them without hesitation to all my friends and colleagues who hope to publish."
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"I was lucky to have been introduced to the team at SLACK early on in the inception of my [Orthopedics] textbook. They are talented, professional, and efficient. I have been involved with many publishing endeavors throughout my career, but my partnership with SLACK has been by far the best one I have experienced."
—Joseph A. Abboud, MD
"I have worked with SLACK for several years and everyone goes above and beyond to be supportive. Authors receive individualized attention when needed, but are left to work when they need time to do so. When my co-author and I requested purple and pink be worked into the color scheme for our cover, the designers came through!"
—Dee Berlinghoff, PhD,
You may direct your proposal to one of our acquisitions editors at:
ATTN: Acquisitions Department
Health Care Books and Journals
6900 Grove Road
Thorofare, NJ 08086