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 (the one exception being books purchased in the month of December). 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 of starting the process.
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 carefully select and offer a small 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. If you wish to submit a manuscript, you must (1) send us your completed manuscript and (2) fill out the author proposal form before we will review your manuscript.
Do you work with authors throughout the world?
Yes, we publish authors who reside outside of the United States. However, please keep in mind that books printed and shipped from the United States are subject to longer lead times and can add an additional 2-3 weeks for delivery, as well as increase shipping costs.
How long will it take for Ichthus to review my proposal?
Please allow four to six weeks before you hear back from us regarding your manuscript proposal once you have (1) submitted your completed manuscript and (2) filled out the author proposal form. All inquiries regarding the status of your proposal should be made via email.
What kinds of books are you interested in?
We accept and publish most genres, but we are not interested in publishing the following:
- Children’s books/Illustrated
- Romance novels
- Art and photography books
- Books that deny or are contrary to the Apostles’ Creed
- Books opposing the Reformed understanding of salvation
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.
Editorial & Publishing Questions
What are the expectations of the author?
Author submissions are accepted and reviewed for possible publication in any format, but manuscripts accepted for publication must be re-submitted in accordance with our house guidelines.
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 the process. 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. Authors with PayPal accounts who wish to be paid electronically will be paid every pay period regardless of royalty amount.
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. 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.
Do I, the author or contributor, get a discount?
Absolutely. Authors and contributors receive a 40% 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.
How long will it take to receive my order?
The answer to that question depends on how many books are purchased, but as a general rule, it takes approximately 3 to 7 business days to fulfill an order. In the month of December, lead times can take two to three weeks before an order is shipped, so please take that into account when making a purchase. If you have a deadline, please contact us before you make a purchase so we can try to accommodate your need.
Marketing & Sales Questions
What is your marketing strategy?
We promote our books using social media and may advertise on various websites and blogs, depending on the title. Some titles may also be annotated in Ingram’s Christian Advance catalog (circulates to top 3,300 Christian retailers, 2,200 retailers, and 3,500 librarians). Additionally, we may also send gratis copies of select titles to bloggers and authorities, as appropriate, on a particular subject matter for possible review. However, we also expect authors to use their platforms to actively promote their own book(s).
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/indiCo. Select books will also be made available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
What kind of sales can I expect?
That all depends on the title and the effort an author puts into promoting his/her own book, and blanket statements about sales numbers do not always apply. Having said that, however, with millions of books available for purchase, the market is oversaturated. The sobering truth is that an average U.S. nonfiction book sells less than 250 copies per year and less than 2,000 copies over its lifetime. And many books do not even achieve those numbers. The reality is most authors have a difficult time selling beyond family, friends, and outside of their own circle of influence/audience. This hard truth is not intended to dissuade authors from publishing but simply to help manage their expectations. Also, be sure to check out this article for some additional sobering truths about book publishing.
Will you arrange a signing at a local bookstore?
It is best if the author makes contact with a local bookstore to establish a working relationship and to coordinate an event.
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.