In considering whether to approach Signature with a proposal, please be certain you have sufficiently familiarized yourself with Signature’s mission statement, publications, and editorial interests.
Proposals/one-page cover letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Submission) and should include the following:
- A brief description of your proposal/manuscript that emphasizes its contributions to scholarly Mormon studies
- The targeted audience (general readership, scholarly, etc.) for your book
- The length of the finished manuscript (double-spaced, 12-point type, and font); you may be asked to cut your manuscript if it exceeds 500 double-spaced pages
- A proposed title; table of contents; introduction/preface; sample chapter; and résumé/vita
Do not send a completed manuscript; wait to be asked for it. You will be expected to provide all illustrations, all permissions, and, if requested, an index. Because of unfortunate past experiences, we do not accept for review simultaneous submissions. Be prepared to supply a list of possible reviewers/endorsers.
If you are asked to submit a finished manuscript, the hard copy you provide should be double spaced, single-sided, and consecutively paginated, and be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope for possible return of the manuscript. You should also be prepared to submit a digital copy in Microsoft Word (not a PDF file).
All of Signature’s books go through a rigorous evaluation process that includes several readers and may take up to six months. We are not able to respond personally to all queries, especially to unsolicited submissions. Sending an unsolicited submission and not receiving a response within a week or two thereafter means that we have decided to pass on your submission.