MNM Press


We request that authors submit book proposals rather than a full manuscript for review.

Authors should first familiarize themselves with MNMP titles in order to determine the suitability of their projects to the Museum Press. A proposal should include a query letter describing the subject of the book and the approach taken.

Questions to address in the letter include:

    Why is this book important?
    What are the unique features?
    How does it compare to other books on the same or similar topics?
    Who is the audience?
    Why will people buy it?
    Why is it appropriate for the Museum of New Mexico Press?
    How long is the manuscript (how many words)?
    If an illustrated work, what kind and how many?
    Is the book intended to supplement or accompany a museum
    collection or exhibit or is it tied to another event?

Please include a resume or vita, a table of contents, and a sample chapter and samples of artwork (if an illustrated project). Also include information on previously published books (title, publisher, year).
If author is an artist, please provide a list of galleries or museums which have exhibited your work.

Address proposals to:

    Editor (WS)
    Museum of New Mexico Press
    Box 2087
    Santa Fe, NM 87504

Featured Title

Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment
Katherine Ware

Earth Now is the companion book to the New Mexico Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition of the same name. At 188 pages, it has 25 duotone and 66 color plates, with a two-part essay by museum curator Katherine Ware. The essay is the heart of the book, as it provides context for the exhibition and the included images. It's informative and easy to read, two qualities that don't always go together in museum publications....The book surveys the broad spectrum of landscape photography and what it tells us about our relationship with the natural world. Hope and pessimism are given nearly equal weight, and the photographers range from international icons to small-town New Mexico artists. There's an egalitarian approach to media as well; black and white, color, film, digital, view cameras, cell phones, f64 and image-constructions are all represented. The desire to represent our environment is what unites these disparate ways of making images, and I'm impressed with how tightly knit and well integrated the selection of images is.... I found the book very absorbing and I'm eager to see the exhibition when it opens on April 8th. —David Ondrik, Photo-Eye
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