In 2005, the John Whitmer Historical Association launched a new publishing imprint, John Whitmer Books.
In the years following, John Whitmer Books has built an extensive catalog of important titles relating to the history of the Restoration Movement.
These titles include particular emphasis on the Early Church, the RLDS/Community of Christ and the Eastern branches of the movement.
John Whitmer Books Mission & Goals
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Joseph and Lucy Smith’s Tunbridge Farm by Mark L. Staker and Donald L. Enders
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Authors Manuscript Submission
John Whitmer Books continually seeks scholarly manuscripts for publication. Our focus is on the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through 1844 and the broader Latter Day Saint movement thereafter. During this later era, special emphasis is given to the history of the Community of Christ.
John Whitmer Books does respond to query letters but does not sign advance contracts. For full consideration for publication, interested authors should send a completed manuscript formatted according to the most recent Chicago Manual of Style to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because manuscript review is time- and resource-intensive, we cannot accept simultaneous submissions. When submitting a manuscript, please include a sentence in your cover letter confirming that you have not simultaneously submitted the manuscript to other publishers and will refrain from doing so until our editorial board renders a decision.
The John Whitmer Books editorial board, in conjunction with the JWHA board and outside blind peer reviewers, will review the submission to determine viability and fit. The committee will either (1) accept the manuscript, (2) invite revision and resubmission, or (3) reject the manuscript. Please allow the Board at least three months to respond. Materials submitted to John Whitmer Books cannot be returned.
We thank you in advance for your good work and your interest in publishing with John Whitmer Books.
Reviews of Selected John Whitmer Books
The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy
The Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844-1890
Read review by Dave Hall (PDF)
The Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present
Edited by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster
Read review by Adam J. Powell (PDF)
Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer
Ronald E. Romig
Read review by Kyle R. Walker (PDF)
Herstories: Ten Autobiographical Narratives of RLDS Women
Danny L. Jorgensen and Joni Wilson
Read review by Andrew Hamilton (PDF)
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Kirtland Temple: Basement to Bell Tower
Ronald E. Romig
Read review by Christin Mackay (PDF)
Read review by Andrew Hamilton