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Do I have to be a long-time, experienced attorney to write for the NCBA?

We welcome proposals from both new and edperienced attorneys. 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 attorneys 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. The NCBA acknowledges that there is not a single format that is appropriate for each and every publication. Therefore, we are not adamant that each publication should adhere to stringent size and/or page standards; we will work with you to determine the best fit.

How long does it take to produce a publication from the time an initial proposal is submitted to the time that it is released?

If your initial submission consists of an outline and brief summary, you will typically be given 6-12 months to write a 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 CLE Publications 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 NCBA CLE Publications Department, with each round lasting about 4-6 weeks.

What should my submission include?

In your proposal, please include the following:

  • Two or three 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 the legal practice areas to which it would appeal
  • Estimated completion date for the manuscript (usually 6-12 months)
    - OR -
  • Completed manuscript in PDF format
  • Your curriculum vitae or resume
  • Your current contact information

Please note that proposals and the materials submitted with them cannot be returned. We suggest using inexpensive recording media. Do not send original documents.

How should I submit my proposal?

Please send elecronic proposals, including the above-requested information, to:

Laura Bonfiglio |

If you would prefer to submit a hard copy of your proposal instead, please address as follows:

Laura Bonfiglio
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 CLE Department?

Writing a book is one of the most effective marketing tools for a lawyer 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 licensed North Carolina attorneys.

Through this business development opportunity — available exclusively to NCBA members — authors are equipped with dedicated resources, expert guidance and an established publishing platform. 

I have a question about becoming an NCBA author. Whom should I contact?

Feel free to contact Laura Bonfiglio via email with any questions:

Examples of NCBA NC Attorney-Authored Publications

    The ABC's of Traffic Law: 
Do's and Don'ts of
Traffic Court, Second Edition

  by NC Attorney Chad D. Garrett


Common Interest Communities

in North Carolina
by NC Attorney
Brian S. Edlin



The ABCs of DWI
by NC Attorneys
Chad D. Garrett &
Joel N. Oakley



Product Information
Product Date:
November 30, -0001
Become a North Carolina Bar Association Author
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