Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ichthus Publications?
Ichthus Publications is a family-owned, evangelical publishing company that utilizes innovative technologies. We seek to leverage the rapidly evolving changes in publishing technology to bring you gospel-centered books at low prices. Our commitment is to provide theologically reliable books on a number of topics from solid voices, both past and present.
Why the name “Ichthus”?
“Ichthus” simply means “fish” in Greek. It was the earliest symbol used by Christians to show solidarity among other like-minded believers. We at Ichthus Publications are convinced that Christians of all different backgrounds and beliefs can offer something important and enriching to our Christian experience.
How do you select your books to print?
Here at Ichthus Publications, 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 (the Westminster Standards), 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.
What if I do not see a book I want?
If you have an idea for a book you would like to see in print at a great price, contact us using our contact form at the bottom of the home page, and we will do what we can to get your book in print.
How many books are currently available?
We currently offer more than 200 books, and endeavor to add as quickly as we are able.
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. We seek to help evangelical authors get their manuscripts in print. If we decide to assist you in getting your book into print, we will take care of all costs associated with the publishing process.
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 to pay to publish with IP?
No, we are not a vanity press. We assume all costs associated with the publishing process. You only have to pay if you want to purchase copies of your own book.
Do I have input in the publishing process?
If we decide to publish your work, we reserve the right to edit the manuscript for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice to conform to our standards. However, you will be given the opportunity before publication to review all 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.
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.
How is the price of my book determined?
The list price of your book is determined by page count. Our prices are generally based on the following rates, but may vary depending on subject matter:
- 120 = $10
- 140 = $12
- 160 = $14
- 180 = $15
- 200 = $16
- 220 = $18
- 240 = $19
- 300 = $21
What about royalties and royalty payments?
Authors will receive royalties at the rate of 20% 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 a week of submission. Once final manuscripts are received in-house, we strive to complete the entire process and make the book available for purchase within 4-6 months.
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. If you are associated with a church, small ministry, college, school, or community center, please contact us to get a discount quote. We seek to work with people to get them the right product at the right price. We do not have a set number for what constitutes “bulk”, so contact us, and let you know what your need is.
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 specific tips and strategies for marketing your book.