I have had more than one conversation of late with more than one friend or colleague about contract-getting and whatnot for tenure-and-promotion getting. It's that time of year, you know, when we drag ourselves back to earnest work toward that stuff.
(You'll have to forgive me for my lack of attention to elegance here, I have already spent about eight hours today on the textbook revision, and my head feels like a saltblock.)
Anyway, lots of people have asked me about getting book contracts, deciding who to send proposals to, etc., and I have gone around with people about the whole advanced contract business--one lovely round in a faculty meeting, no less. And lo, Tenured Radical has posted a really straightforward, super helpful entry about the book-publication process that has subsequently attracted lots of good comments (Siva's are particularly good, as are Anthony Grafton's as usual). I laughed more than once at TR's example of what NOT to leave in the footnotes, and will no doubt repeat Susan Ware's analogy about what is NOT in an advanced contract.