In considering whether to approach Signature with a proposal, please be certain you have 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. Be sure to state if you are making a simultaneous submission and be prepared to supply a list of possible reviewers/endorsers.
If you are asked to submit a finished manuscript, the 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 an evaluation process that usually includes two to three reviews, either by members of Signature’s editorial advisory committee or outside readers. Thus the evaluation process can sometimes take up to six months.