Become an Author
Do I have to be a long-time, experienced legal professional to write for the NCBA?
We welcome proposals from both new and experienced legal professionals. If you are informed, enthusiastic and dedicated, we encourage you to reach out to us.
What if I am interested in writing, but I don’t have a particular topic in mind?
We are more than happy to work with you to determine a topic that will be a valuable resource for other legal professionals in your practice area.
Is there a specific page count that is required for the submission?
In short: no! If your submission is accepted by the NCBA, you may be asked to expand upon the content, but there is no set page count that must be met initially.
Depending on the topic, format and other relevant factors, target page count for the final, published work varies widely. We will work with you to determine the best fit for your specific publication.
How long does it take to produce a publication from the time an initial proposal is submitted to the time the final product is published?
If your initial submission consists of an outline and a brief summary, you will typically be given 6–12 months to write the first draft. However, if you have submitted a more complete manuscript and are asked to expand upon the content, you may be given approximately 1–2 months to complete this task.
Once the draft is accepted by the NCBA, the publications manager in the CLE Department will begin initial production — including proofing, editing, formatting, etc. — which typically takes about 1–2 months.
The formatted manuscript will go through 1–3 proofing cycles with the author(s) and the publications manager, with each round lasting about 4–6 weeks.
What should my submission include?
In your proposal, please include the following:
- Your curriculum vitae or resume
- Your current contact information
- 2–3 paragraphs summarizing the subject matter and how it will be presented
- A detailed outline or table of contents*
- A completed sample chapter*
- The intended audience or target market, including applicable legal practice area(s)
- Estimated completion date for the manuscript (usually an average of 6–12 months)*
* Not required if submitting completed manuscript
How should I submit my proposal?
Please send electronic proposals, including the above requested information, to Laura Bonfiglio at [email protected]. If you would prefer to submit a hard copy of your proposal instead, please address as follows:
CLE Publications Manager
North Carolina Bar Association CLE
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
What are the primary benefits of publishing a book with the NCBA?
Writing a book is one of the most effective marketing tools for a legal professional and their firm. Becoming an NCBA author also:
- Establishes credibility among your peers and potential clients;
- Increases visibility and the potential for referrals; and
- Sets you apart from the thousands of other legal professionals in North Carolina.
Through this business development opportunity, an author is equipped with dedicated resources, expert guidance and an established publishing platform.
I have a question about becoming an NCBA author. Whom should I contact?
Please email Laura Bonfiglio at [email protected].