Publishing Books with NAGC

NAGC publishes books addressing the needs of gifted and talented children.  The NAGC Publications Committee, chaired by the NAGC Association Editor, coordinates the solicitation, review, and publication of materials deemed relevant and timely for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and university personnel.  We invite you to consider publishing your research, ideas, strategies, and practices with NAGC.  Your contribution will benefit children and foster a stimulating and supportive learning environment.  Your work will receive prompt attention and careful consideration and, once published, your book will reach a wide audience.

NAGC has three major categories of books that it develops for its publications program.  Each is described below.

  • NAGC Co-publications 

Co-publications are books that are produced in conjunction with NAGC that are consistent with the mission and goals of NAGC, but originate outside of the organization. Collaborative projects are subject to review by the Publications Committee, which assesses the quality and appropriateness of the publication for NAGC.  Review of the substantive content is required prior to publication.  The likelihood of the proposed publication being approved as a collaborative publication of NAGC is increased if the project is reviewed at the conceptual stage. Authors of collaborative publications do not receive any remuneration for their work from NAGC and royalties from the publication are negotiated by NAGC, the author and the publisher.  Copyright is negotiated by the author and the publisher. Collaborative publications approved by the NAGC Publications Committee may display the following statements prominently on the cover, “A Joint Publication with the National Association for Gifted Children,” “Published in Partnership with NAGC,” “A Publication of the National Association for Gifted Children.”

  • NAGC Service Publications

Service publications typically originate from within the organization, created and supported at the request of the Board of Directors or from the work of a task force, Committee, or Network. They are deliberately solicited and designed to further the specific goals of the organization. Authors do not expect to receive any remuneration for their work and 100% of any royalties generated are returned to NAGC. The body that is charged with writing the content receives input from the Publications Committee on both the conceptual framework of the project (e.g. goals, foci, outline, structure, format) and the substantive content of the final product (e.g. sample chapters).  The Publications Committee carries out the review process in accordance with approved procedures.

  • NAGC E-books

Electronic publications (E-books) are consistent with the mission and goals of the organization, are short overviews (7500 to 11,000 words in length (excluding references)), of topics of interest, originate from both outside and within the organization, and are available by subscription and/or a per item fee. E-books are like service publications in that all royalties/fees collected are returned to NAGC.  E-books are subject to conceptual approval and subsequent substantive review of content by the NAGC Publications Committee.

Submitting a Manuscript Proposal

Before the Publications Committee can consider publishing a book or E-book proposal, a prospectus from the author or editor is reviewed by an associate editor for the specific publication category. Follow the steps below to submit a proposal to the Publications Committee.

Book Prospectus

1.  The NAGC book prospectus should contain the following information:

  • The proposed title
  • The name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, and e-mail address of each lead author or editor
  • A brief statement of the book's purpose, its benefit to NAGC members, and how the book is distinguished from other books on this topic
  • The intended audience for the publication
  • How the project supports the NAGC strategic plan
  • The anticipated length of the publication
  • The proposed timeline for the project
  • A list of the major headings or chapter titles and proposed authors for each
  • A list of other books, articles, or monographs published by the lead author(s) or editor(s)
  • An indication of whether the author/editor has discussed the manuscript with a commercial publisher
  • For co-publication submissions, include the book introduction and 3-4 chapters as examples of book content

2.  Send the book prospectus to the Association Editor Dr. Jennifer L. Jolly

E-book Prospectus (the NAGC Select series)

1.  The NAGC E-book prospectus should contain the following information:

  • A one-paragraph abstract of the proposed E-book. The abstract should:
    • summarize the basic content
    • indicate the proposed author of the paper
    • indicate the author(s)’ expertise in the area and writing experience
    • indicate the target audience.
  • An outline for the NAGC Select Publication
    • include the major concepts in each section or chapter and the basis for inclusion (supporting theory and/or research).
    • include a proposed timeline for completion.

2.  Send the E-book prospectus to NAGC Select Series Editor Dr. Cheryll Adams

Note that although the Association Editor and the NAGC Select Series Editor will gladly answer questions about the submission process, neither NAGC nor the Publications Committee can make any commitment or decision about publication until the prospectus is received and reviewed. The review process takes approximately six to eight weeks.