How to Become a HAP Author

Thank you for considering Health Administration Press as your publisher. We are always interested in exploring new publishing opportunities. Please read a description of our publishing program.

How to Prepare a Proposal

HAP welcomes book proposals on a wide range of issues related to health services administration. Topics of interest to HAP include, but are not limited to, executive leadership and career development, financial management, information management, health services management and administration, workforce issues, legal issues, quality and safety, health systems and delivery, and healthcare marketing and planning. Click here for a list of the textbooks we are seeking.

The primary audiences for our books are senior-level healthcare executives in provider organizations and faculty and students in health administration and related courses. Although some books are suitable for both audiences, we encourage you to choose one audience when you prepare your proposal. Books that focus on and are written for one audience tend to more successfully convey their message.

Please be advised that we are unable to consider proposals for memoirs or autobiographies; books that are very personal, based solely on your own experience; or fictional tales set in the healthcare workplace. For HAP's executive audience, we recommend proposing books with practical strategies to maximize job effectiveness. For HAP's academic audience, proposed books should align with courses in the health administration curriculum.

Submitting Your Proposal

To help us learn about your book idea, your proposal should include:

  • A working title and all authors' names, street addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
  • A clear statement of the subject matter, including your approach and reason for writing.
  • A detailed outline, including chapter titles and chapter subheads, with accompanying prose as you see fit.
  • A description of the book's primary and secondary audience. If you are writing a textbook, tell us whether it is primarily for graduate or undergraduate programs and in which course(s) the book might be used.
  • An assessment of the book's position in the market, including a list of and comparisons to competing titles. When compared to already-published books, tell us how you think your book will be different from or better than the competition.
  • A description of the key features and benefits. If you are writing a textbook, detail the pedagogical features (for example, case studies, special-feature boxes, discussion questions, or chapter summaries) that will be included. Also, for textbooks, describe the ancillary material provided for instructors and/or students.
  • An estimate of the number of pages (use 8 1/2 x 11, double-spaced manuscript pages as a guide).
  • One or more sample chapters or a writing sample. Chapters other than the first introductory chapter(s) often are more representative of your style.
  • A CV or biographical sketch for each author. Especially, tell us the aspects of your background, including professional and writing experiences, that qualify you to write this book. If you will have the opportunity to promote your book via speaking engagements or the like, tell us too.
  • An estimated date or time frame for your completion.

Feel free to include any other information that will expand our understanding of the project.

Developing a proposal for a book in HAP’s Executive Essentials Series
Books in the Executive Essentials Series are written for the reader with limited time. Healthcare executives quickly get the essential information they need and are able to fit reading into their overbooked schedules with HAP’s Executive Essentials series.

Executive Essential books are short and practical and include very little background information. Each book is tightly focused on one topic. An Executive Essentials book is written in a straightforward, to-the-point style, and all supporting detail is provided at the level needed by healthcare executives. To produce one of these books, the manuscript will be 70-90 double-spaced manuscript pages. Depending on the lengths of the chapters, an Executive Essentials book has 5-10 chapters.

To enhance readability, each Executive Essentials book includes elements such as:

  • Boxed highlights
  • Sidebars
  • Questions to consider
  • Illustrations
  • Tables and charts
  • End-of-chapter summaries or bulleted key concepts
  • Additional resources for readers who wish to dig deeper into the topic  

To develop a proposal for an Executive Essentials book, please follow our standard guidelines above and add all pertinent detail to describe how your book will fit into the Executive Essentials Series.

Our Review Process

Upon receipt, your proposal will be reviewed internally by the acquisitions staff and then, if appropriate, will be sent for external peer review. These reviewers are experts in the field of interest related to your book idea. In general, we ask reviewers to assess whether the book proposal is of current interest; whether the outline covers all important facets of the topic in a logical sequence; and whether the writing style, level of detail, and frame of reference are appropriate for the intended audience. Frequently, reviewers will provide ideas and suggestions that can help you develop the manuscript.

Based on feedback from both the internal and external reviews, we will decide whether to proceed with the proposal and enter into a publishing agreement with you. At this point, we will also determine the appropriate imprint and we will come to an agreement with you about a reasonable time frame for completion of the manuscript.

Sending Your Proposal to:

Acquisitions Editor
Health Administration Press
One North Franklin Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 424-2800
Fax: (312) 424-0014

We encourage you to discuss your book idea before submitting a proposal, and we welcome exploratory telephone calls or e-mails.