Information For Authors



Reverb is a series of books on the cultural history of popular music, published by Reaktion Books and distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press. Each of the books in the series offers a new perspective on the connections between music, particular artists and performers, musical cultures and the times and / or places they emerge from.



Please bear in mind the focus and concerns of the series before drafting a proposal, and have a look at the titles we have published and those in preparation (below). At present we are mainly interested in publishing books on popular and folk musics (broadly conceived) and jazz .

Books in the series are generally c. 50,000 words in length and feature up to 30 illustrations. For us to consider a book for publication, it is useful if we receive a book proposal drafted as follows. You should find 4–5 pages of A4 adequate, but this is only a guideline.

This needs only be a working title. However, it should give as clear and as full an indication as you can manage of the area of focus and the contents of your book.

This should offer a concise introduction — a page — delineating the themes and scope of the proposed book.

This should be arranged under chapter headings. Each chapter should need no more than a paragraph or two to detail content and show how the argument progresses.

Our titles typically include up to 30 illustrations. Please give us a good idea of the number and type of illustrations proposed. If at all possible, supply a few photocopies / a Word document with low-res examples pasted in.

The Author
Please provide a CV. This should cover your professional background and current position, relevant experience and previous publications (books and articles).

The Market
Give an outline of the proposed market and also the level at which it might be pitched, and the likely readership. If you have courses in mind where the book might be used, give us further details. As we will aim to market your book overseas, you need not restrict your thinking to the UK.

Please supply information about any works in the same field which might be seen as competition for your book, or give some indication of how yours differs from these.

Date of delivery
Please let us know when, realistically, you would be able to deliver a finished typescript.



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A list of books already published in the series can be found here.


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