Dear Miss Snark,
An editor at a mammoth university press in my home state requested a non-fiction book proposal from me after I wrote an article about an unsolved crime. I submitted the proposal and was told it has "much in house support" and that it is now up for "contract approval" at their next editorial board meeting.
What does that even mean? I'm not represented by an agent and was never offered any contract.
Think of it as "we're going to the editorial board to get approval on making you an offer".
And do NOT NOT NOT sign this without having a contract review specialist or a LITERARY lawyer look at it. If you need a name, email me and I'll give you one.