Call for Book Proposals on Diverse Sexualities, Genders, & Relationships

Call for Book Proposals

Diverse Sexualities, Genders, and Relationships Series

In collaboration with the publishers Rowman and Littlefield, Drs. Richard Sprott and Elisabeth Sheff invite you to submit book proposals for the Diverse Sexualities, Genders and Relationships Series. We seek books based on evidence-based approaches to understanding and serving diverse individuals, couples and families; cutting edge reports of the latest empirical research on these topics; and current reports on trends in cultural and societal developments on the status and place of diverse sexualities, genders and relationships especially as they intersect with institutions such as education, law, healthcare, religion, and public policy. Books should include an awareness of the intersections of race, culture, social class, (dis)ability, and other factors that shape the social locations and life courses of sexual, gender and relationship minorities.

This series aims to provide sound and critical resources for the continuing education of professionals in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, healthcare, criminology, human service and education who serve diverse communities. These books will also be useful for educators teaching undergraduate and graduate level university courses, as well as educated laypeople who wish to better understand diversity among sex and gender minorities.

Partial List of Potential Topics for the Series

  • Intersectionality: Race, class, (dis)ability, nationality, age, body size, and other social characteristics intersecting with gender and sexuality
  • Ethics of leadership in non-conformist sexual and gender communities
  • Legal issues facing BDSM and Polyamory communities
  • Best practices for the mental healthcare of sexual and gender diverse clients
  • Relationship counseling practices with consensually non-monogamous clients
  • Serving the educational needs of sexual and gender diverse students
  • Healthcare for sexual and gender minorities: childhood, young adulthood, building families, aging, death, and dying
  • Housing for relationship diverse families
  • Seeking the Diverse Divine: Religion and spirituality among sexual and gender minorities
  • Life course considerations for sexual and gender minorities
  • Creating or refusing sexual classification: activism and generation gaps among diverse elders and youth  
  • Effective and compassionate healing for addiction among sexual and gender minorities
  • The intersection of Trans identities and BDSM/Polyamory
  • Intersex and Non-Binary Gender Identities in the 21st Century
  • Interplay of Race, Kink and Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • Kink Clinical Practice Guidelines:  A casebook
  • Navigating collective and public sex spaces
  • Children growing up in polyamorous families
  • Aging in long term polyamorous relationships
  • What can sex and gender minorities teach cisgender people in conventional relationships?
  • How to manage having a sexually transmitted infection in consensually non-monogamous relationships and public play spaces
  • Consent and its discontents: safety in the kink communities
  • Poly Myth Busting: What research says about the lives & relationships of consensually non-monogamous people
  • Managing professional and ethical boundaries: being a clinician and living within the kink and polyamory communities
  • Hormones, pain, and altered states: A scientific search for the essence of sadomasochism
  • Swinging and the new consensual morality of committed couples
  • The health needs of the kink communities: A report of the Kink Health Survey Project


The submission process for this book series mirrors that specified in the Rowman and Littlefield website at with one exception. Rather than submitting their proposal materials to Rowman & Littlefield, authors should instead submit their completed submission packets to Drs. Sprott and Sheff.

Richard Sprott

Elisabeth Sheff

Prospectus: The prospectus should include a description of the book; a statement regarding what makes it important, timely, or unique; an analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates of publication); a description of your target audience (general readers? undergraduate or graduate students? scholars? professionals?); an indication if any of the material in the book has been previously published, and, if so, when and where and whether re-publication rights are available; the length of the manuscript in word count; and, if the manuscript is not complete, an estimation of when it will be finished.

Outline: An annotated table of contents, including a paragraph describing each chapter.

Curriculum vitae or resume: In short, what qualifies you to write the book you are proposing? If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include affiliations and, if possible, brief resumes for each of the contributors.

Writing samples: One or two sample chapters. If an introduction or overview is available, please include it. If no chapters are ready, send a comparable example of your writing.

Peer reviewers: A list of four to seven potential peer reviewers, with whom you have no personal or professional relationship, but who might advise us as to the quality, academic integrity, and commercial viability of the project. If possible, please include their affiliations, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Platform: In short, what access to media and/or readers do you have that will assist us in reaching your book’s intended audience? Previous media appearances, active blogs, author web sites, prominent reviews of previous books, a strong presence on social media help to make the case that you will be an active partner in promoting your book. Please include links to your web sites or blogs and your handles for:

  1. Facebook
  2. Linkedin
  3. Twitter
  4. Instagram
  5. Goodreads
  6. Amazon Author Page

We will acknowledge receipt of a proposal within two weeks; we are usually able to render a decision on contract within three months.

Please do not send your entire manuscript unless requested by the acquisitions editor.

Please note that we do not accept hard copies of submitted materials.

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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