Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ichthus Publications?
We are an independent, evangelical publishing company that utilizes innovative technologies to bring you gospel-centered books at low prices. Our commitment is to provide theologically sound books on a number of topics from solid voices, both past and present.
What is your publishing model?
Our publishing model includes using digital imaging and printing technology from vendors to order a single copy or hundreds of copies and allows for fulfillment (generally speaking) in three to seven business days. This method allows us to
- publish books based on individual merit and not projected sales exclusively;
- ensure your book never goes out-of-print and is always available for ordering;
- publish your book within a few months.
How do you select your books to print?
We are Reformed in our soteriology, hopeful in our eschatology, and gracious in our harmartiology, and we seek to provide books that meet those standards. However, we offer a number of books that differ from our stated position, as we believe it is best to read and understand differing points of view from the leading proponents themselves. And, sometimes we publish works that just simply pique our interest.
How many books are currently available?
We currently offer more than 200 books in the areas of theology, philosophy, religion, and social issues.
Do you offer ebooks?
Yes, most of our titles are available in Kindle format. If you publish with us, your book will be made available via Kindle. The easiest way to browse our Kindle selection is by clicking here or searching on Amazon.
Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts?
Yes. However, we have a limited number of books we publish annually from unsolicited authors, so we operate on a first-in-queue basis.
Do you accept works of fiction?
While we specialize in non-fiction works, we accept other genres that are edifying to our readers.
Do I have a financial commitment to publish with IP?
No, we do not expect our authors to pay for the publishing process. Additionally, we do not require our authors to purchase a minimum amount of their own books.
What are the expectations of the author?
We strongly encourage manuscripts to be professionally copyedited before final submission, but we do not require it. Final manuscripts are expected to be submitted in a single Word file with the following setup:
- 8”x11” paper size,
- 1” margins,
- Times New Romans font,
- main text should be double-spaced,
- a single character space should follow each punctuation mark,
- use hyphens (-) between words as required; use en dashes (–) between page numbers, Bible verses, and dates; and use em dashes (—) in main body to separate phrases where appropriate;
- tag the level of headings within each chapter (as applicable) with an [A], [B], or [C] immediately before the heading(s) in each chapter as follows:
[A] for main-level headings,
[B] for sub-level headings,
[C] for tertiary-level headings;
- use footnotes (as applicable).
Manuscripts that do not meet this basic manuscript set-up will be returned to the author for correction.
Do I have input in the publishing process?
You will be given the opportunity to review your manuscript once it has been typeset. However, that is not the time to make editorial changes, only typesetting or typographical changes.
What should I do if I use copyrighted material in my book?
If you use copyrighted material which goes beyond what is commonly referred to as “fair use,” it is your responsibility as the author to request and obtain permission from the publisher. (Some publishers may require a fee for use of their copyrighted material). You will also need to notify us, as your publisher, and provide us with copies of the permissions you have requested and received.
Do I need to purchase an ISBN?
No. We will provide the ISBN.
What binding types do you offer?
All books published under the Ichthus Publications imprint will be printed in paperback exclusively. Books published under the Areopagus Books imprint are eligible for hardback and paperback binding.
Who will design my cover?
We assume sole responsibility for all artwork and cover design. In creating the book cover, we take into account house style, book content, and market trends. However, if you have an idea for a design or a specific concept in mind, feel free to let us know.
Will my book contain an index?
We generally do not index a book unless it is published under the Areopagus Books imprint. If you wish to include an index, it is your responsibility to complete this process. You can compile your own index before publication or have the choice to pay Ichthus Publications to complete the index for you. However, please note this step cannot be done until after the typesetting has been completed.
Can I make changes after my book is typeset?
Once you receive the typeset proof of your book, this is your one chance to submit a list of corrections. Please note, however, that is not the time to make editorial changes or to revise your book. Instead, the changes should only be typographical or typesetting (layout) changes. Editorial changes (revising, re-editing, replacing content, improving, etc.) will be made by us at the rate of $60 per hour charged to the author.
What about royalties and royalty payments?
Authors will receive royalties at the rate of 10% for every paperback and ebook sold (exclusive of publishing costs), which will be paid semi-annually (January and July). A minimum of $10.00 must be earned, or the balance will be carried over to the following pay period.
How long will my book remain in print?
Our production method (digital print technology) allows us to keep books in print in perpetuity at a substantially reduced price.
How long does the publishing process take?
That all depends on the time it takes for any reviews, revisions, or additional information requested during the publishing process. However, we strive to give a potential author a decision whether to publish the book within two weeks of submission. Once final manuscripts are received in-house, we strive to complete the entire process and make the book available for purchase within six months.
Can I make changes after the book has been published?
Any change to your book following publication can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. For this reason, changes, corrections, or updates requested by the author after a book has been published is subject to a flat-rate fee of $100.00.
Marketing & Ordering Questions
Do I, the author or contributor, get a discount?
Absolutely. Authors and contributors receive a 50% discount off the list price on their books (no limits apply).
Do you offer bulk-purchase discounts?
Yes, we offer additional discounts from our already-discounted prices for purchases of 100 books or more. Please contact us for your discount quote.
What is your marketing strategy?
We promote our books using social media and may advertise on various websites and blogs depending on the title.
What distributors do you work with?
Your book will be made available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon and to distributors such as Ingram and NACSCORP. Select books will also be made available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
How can I assist in the marketing process?
The role of the author in marketing his or her book is just as important, if not more so, than the publisher’s. You can read this blog article for several specific tips and strategies for marketing your book.