American Psychiatric Association Publishing, is eager to consider proposals for new books in its publications program. Although APA Publishing will consider completed manuscripts for publication, we prefer submissions at the proposal stage so that we can help authors in the development of their books.

To receive full consideration, prospective authors must submit:

  • Completed Author Questionnaire (in PDF or Word format)
  • A detailed outline or table of contents
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A brief prospectus explaining why, in the author's view, APA Publishing should publish the proposed book.

Once complete, please send two full copies of your proposal to the Editor-in-Chief at the following address:

Laura Roberts, M.D., M.A.
American Psychiatric Association Publishing
800 Maine Avenue, S.W. Suite 900
Washington, DC 20024

Appropriate Submissions

Projects with significant research, educational, or clinical applications in psychiatry are given the highest priority. We also consider books about psychiatry and related issues for other health professionals. Finally, we also publish books about psychiatry for the general public; we are interested in authoritative books that interpret the scientific and medical aspects of serious mental illness for the lay public.


When we first receive a proposal, we review it internally for several factors: whether the project is suitable for our publishing program, the potential audience and sales for the book, whether the author(s) or editor(s) can complete the book as proposed on time, a financial analysis of the project, and how the book compares with books published by us and by other publishers in the same subject area. This initial evaluation is made jointly by the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Director, Associate Publisher for Advertising, Sales, and Marketing, and the Director of Financial and Business Operations and may involve outside editorial advisers.


If your proposal is accepted, we may offer you a publication contract, which sets forth the basic terms of our agreement. In brief, APA Publishing agrees to publish the work within a specified period of time and pay a royalty based on a percentage of all monies actually received by us for the sale of the book. In exchange, the author agrees to complete the manuscript by a given deadline, grants exclusive rights to the work, and warrants that the material is original, nonlibelous, and free of any copyright restrictions. The contract is subject to negotiation.

When the completed manuscript is submitted, it is reviewed by at least one peer reviewer selected by the Editor-in-Chief. An anonymous copy of the peer reviewer's comments is provided to the author so that appropriate revisions can be made before the final acceptance of the manuscript by APA Publishing. After final acceptance, the manuscript is then prepared for publication, usually with about 10 months elapsing between acceptance of the final manuscript and publication of the book. If the book is not received by the date specified in the contract, the publication date may be substantially delayed.

At American Psychiatric Association Publishing, we involve our authors in the process of marketing and promoting their books. After signing their contracts, authors are asked to complete a detailed Marketing Information Questionnaire, which forms an essential part of the information needed to promote the author's book.

Author Discount

American Psychiatric Association Publishing authors/editors are entitled to a 50% discount on books with your name on the cover and a 20% discount on any other APA title.

All titles you purchase at a discount are, however, solely for personal use. They should not be purchased on behalf of an institution or for resale. The 50% APA Publishing author discount applies only to authors whose name appears on the cover of the book. This discount cannot be used for APA journals, publications by other publishers that APA Publishing distributes, or CD-ROM or video products (unless your name is on the cover). The discount becomes effective as soon as your book appears in print. To receive the author discount, please submit an APA Publishing Author Discount Form.