Author’s Questionnaire [Laxmi Publications(P) Ltd.]
Dear Author,

To make an informed publishing decision about your proposed book, we need certain essential information. This proforma shows the approximate amount of information we need to evaluate your proposal properly. Please fill it up with as much details as possible and return to us at the earliest.

FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
(If more than one author are involved, fill separate forms and send them together)
Your Name :  
Address : Office
Residence
Phone : Office
Residence
E-mail :
Your Position and Affiliation :
Date this Questionnaire was completed :
 
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
If you have a biographical release which gives the information we need, please attach.
1.  Your academic record starting from most recent. (Include honorary degrees)

Degree

Subject Area

College/University

Date

       
       
       
2.  Your professional record starting from most recent.

Recent Positions

Affiliation

Dates (Years)

   

From

To

       
       
       
 
3.  Honours, Offices in Scientific Societies, Previous Books and other important Biographical Information.
FACTS ABOUT YOUR BOOK
Proposed Title :
Author(s) or Editor(s) :  
 
 
THE MARKET OF YOUR BOOK
1. Does the book cover syllabus of any particular University/Institute.
80% to 100% syllabus:
  
60% to 80% syllabus:
 
2. Does your book has application as a textbook?

Yes :            No :        :          as supplementary reading             

  If "Yes":
(a) Give a brief description of the Courses/Class/Semester/Subject Area for which the book is written. (If known, please indicate levels and courses).
  
(b) Describe the level and length (semester hours) of the course.
(c) Describe the type of student enrolled in the course (i.e. major field of interest, minor, etc.)
 
3. Any other Contacts/Avenues/Channels you can recommend that can help in selling copies of your books?
 
 
SUBJECT MATTER OF YOUR BOOK
Please be concise and factual. This information is important if we are to promote your book effectively.
1. Please furnish us with a description of your book, including what new information, ideas, or philosophy a presented. What are the benefits or values for readers?
 
2. Why did you write this book? What gap in the presently available literature is your book intended to fill? 
 
3. An expanded list of features that set your book apart from others in the field. Please list in order of importance. Where appropriate please cite specific or special chapters or illustrations when listing features.
(a).
(b).
(c).
(d).
(e).
4. What aspects of your book will create and sustain the interest of the reader?
 
 
INFORMATION ON THE COMPETITION
What books compete with or similar to yours? This information will not be used in advertising, but your answers to these questions are invaluable to our sales staff. The better we know the competition the easier it will be to work with your text. Please give us a detailed analysis of the most important competitors. Where appropriate cite specific chapter or illustrations. List in order those books which most directly compete.
 
1. Competing Book (title, author, publisher) AND ADVANTAGES AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR BOOK.
Strength and weaknesses.
(a) Indicate areas (cite chapter / illustration) where your text is superior.
 
(b) Indicate areas (cite chapter / illustration) where your text is not superior.
2. Direct Mail. List professional or academic associations, societies or journals with addresses whose membership lists might be used for direct mail advertising.
 
Strength and weaknesses.
(a) Indicate areas (cite chapter / illustration) where your text is superior.
 
(b) Indicate areas (cite chapter / illustration) where your text is not superior.
ADVERTISING
1. Direct Mail. List professional or academic associations, societies or journals with addresses whose membership lists might be used for direct mail advertising.
 
2. If you have access to mailing lists to which promotional material on your book should be sent, please attach or advise us.
3. Journal Advertising. What are the three most influential professional journals which accept advertising and are most effective in reaching potential adopters of your book?
4. Please list the names and full campus addresses of your friends and associates.
   A special announcement of the availability of your book will be sent to the individuals you list below:
 
 
Please note :
1. Give as much information as possible.
2. Please keep one copy of this form with yourself so that it helps you in preparing "About the Book" and "About the Author" which we require later once the book is ready for publishing.
3. We would be unable to accept any form by email. Only forms sent by post would be accepted. Please fill the above form, Print and send to our Head Office.