Desert Museum Press Submission Guidelines

Please note: The Desert Museum Press has suspended new acquisitions indefinitely. If you would like to submit a book proposal, we will keep it on file and consider it when our acquisitions activities resume. Thank you for your interest in the Desert Museum Press.

The following items should be addressed in your book proposal or in the cover letter that accompanies your manuscript submission:

  1. Author's name, address, telephone numbers, faxes, email address.
  2. For children's books and other heavily-illustrated work: illustrator's name, address, telephone numbers, email address.
  3. Working title of manuscript.
  4. Describe your book. What is your purpose in writing it? What will be its significant contribution or features?
  5. Who, in your opinion, is the primary audience for your book?
  6. How does your book fit in with the books already published by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press? Is it appropriate for one of our series?
  7. Have books been published recently that are similar to yours? What makes yours different?
  8. How will the book be organized? Include a table of contents if one is available.
  9. Is the entire manuscript now available for review? If not, how much remains to be completed? Include a representative sample of your work, such as a chapter (if the introduction or the preface is available, please be sure to include that).
  10. Have any parts of the book been previously published?
  11. Do you intend to apply for any publication grants/awards, or for underwriting?

Manuscript Specifications:

Please send your material, including a current vitae or resumé in cases of scientific manuscripts, to: Roxane Ramos, Desert Museum Press Manager, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743. Email submissions should be sent to:

If you would like any printed materials you've sent returned, please be certain to indicate this in your cover letter. Thank you for your interest in publishing with the Desert Museum Press.

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