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

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 NCBAF, 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 vary widely. The NCBAF 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 the first draft of the publication. 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 NCBAF, 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 and the NCBAF 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 | lbonfiglio@ncbar.org

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

Laura Bonfiglio
CLE Publications Coordinator
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation CLE
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513

Do I get paid for publishing a book with the NCBAF CLE Department?

Each NCBAF Attorney/Paralegal Author receives a royalty — a portion of the revenue from sales of their publication in the CLE Bookstore. 

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

Feel free to contact Laura Bonfiglio via email with any questions: lbonfiglio@ncbar.org


Examples of NCBAF 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

 

  

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