Become an Author

Welcome to the Pearson ELT author page! As publishers, we are always looking for creative, talented writers for a variety of materials including student books, teacher editions workbooks, and testbanks for English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language. If you are familiar with Longman's offerings, you know that we are the world's largest publisher of ESL/EFL materials. We are proud of what we publish, and we are open to new ideas that will make our list even stronger.

  • In general, we are looking for authors who are experienced classroom teachers and have a good sense of what works and does not work in the classroom.
  • If you have an idea for a textbook that you would like to share with us, for Guidelines for Submitting a Prospectus for an ESL Manuscript.
  • If you are submitting a proposal for the first time, you might want to take a look first at Why Do You Want to Write ESL Materials? A Short Q & A.
  • If you would like to review manuscripts, proposals for new books, or our published books, download a Reviewer Information Form (in Word format).
  • If you would like to be considered as a writer for supplementary materials like teacher editions, workbooks, or testbanks: Please send us a cover letter explaining what you are interested in doing and your background as an instructor, a curriculum vita or resume, and a list of any other writing projects in which you have been involved (with copies, if available). (Please send to Pearson ELT, 10 Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606; phone: 914-287-8000; fax: 914-997-8115.)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Manuscript Submissions/Reviewers

Reviewers: If you wish to be considered for reviewing Longman ESL/EFL manuscripts, please download the Reviewer Information Form.

Manuscript Submissions: If you have an idea for a book, we are interested in hearing about it. The following is a list of items Longman would like to see when you submit an idea for consideration for publication.

Guidelines for Submitting a Prospectus for a Manuscript

  1. A complete proposed table of contents. This can consist of either:
    • A formal outline, or
    • A list of part and chapter titles with a paragraph describing proposed contents of each chapter.
  2. Description of the book. This is the most important part of the prospectus. In it you are, in effect, "selling" your idea to the teacher and the publisher, so it should have as much specific information as possible. Please include:
    1. The reason for writing the book (in other words, why do you think this book is necessary?)
    2. A summary of the content. Include the skills, level, topics, if appropriate.
    3. Approximate length of the book (the number of printed pages) and/or number of chapters and length of chapters.
    4. Approximate number of illustrations, photographs, and/or charts per chapter.
    5. Approximate length of the time you need to complete your manuscript.
  3. Description of the market and competition.
    1. A profile of the target audience. Please be as complete as possible. Include:
      • The age and type of student who will benefit from your book.
      • The kind of class (level and skill if appropriate) in which your book will be used, and the kind of program.
    2. A comparison of your book with the competition. Please select the best-selling books with which yours will compete and briefly compare each book with yours, naming strengths and weaknesses. (Why does your book need to be published in addition to the others?)
  4. Two or three sample chapters (paginated) that are representative of the book.
  5. Please include a copy of your current curriculum vitae or resume. Note:
    Please do not include your name or affiliation on the prospectus or sample manuscript. If Longman sends your material out for review, the proposal should remain anonymous.

Please send your materials to:

Pearson ELT
10 Bank Street
White Plains, NY 10606
Phone: (914) 287-8000 Fax: (914) 997-8115

Or you may e-mail your submissions to: karen.quinn@pearson.com

Thank you for giving Pearson the opportunity to consider your prospectus!