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What We Do
at Ingenium Books

We are a hybrid publisher of several types of nonfiction books.

We solicit, select, vet, curate, and publish outstanding nonfiction.  

We partner with authors who already have a solid nonfiction manuscript ready for publishing.

We help other authors develop their ideas and turn them into a solid manuscript that is ready to publish.

And we produce and publish audiobooks.

With Ingenium Books,
it's all about the book.

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HYBRID PUBLISHING

We specialize in nonfiction partnership publishing, or hybrid publishing. It's an empowering alternative to both traditional publishing and self-publishing approaches.

AUTHOR SERVICES

Author coaching and editing services — manuscript assessments, developmental editing, copy editing — when your manuscript isn't quite ready to publish.

AUDIOBOOKS

Storytelling and sound. Our two specialties. Be sure your nonfiction book is positioned to capture a piece of the fastest-growing segment of the book sales market: audiobooks.

Nonfiction Book Genres

The Ingenium Books Publishing Model

We vet and curate incoming submissions just like a traditional publisher does.

If we accept your manuscript, it fits within one of the nonfiction genres we publish, and it is ready to go, our hybrid or partnership publishing model means a joint investment in bringing your book to market — and getting attention for it once it is out there.

You’ll invest in your project up front and receive a much larger share of royalties than you would under a traditional publishing contract: 60 percent on gross receipts across all formats, including, if relevant, film, tv, or broadcast licensing.  

Your book gets professional treatment throughout the publishing process, including during the launch and sale periods so you don’t have to go it alone.

COLLAGE OF BOOK COVERS

Not all book publishers provide
intensive, customized, and personal support.
We do. 

Author Lisa King


From the first video call, I knew you were the right partners for me. Your leadership through the process, guidance, teaching, and recommendations made me feel supported and pushed in the best possible way.


Lisa King 
- Just Do You

Author Henrik Mondrup


Do YOU have a dream receiving endorsements from Harvard University, Stanford University, and others, because your book is GREAT!? I had — and thanks to Ingenium Books — my dream came true.


Henrik J. Mondrup 

- Achieving Change


You went way beyond what I was expecting. I'm patting myself on the back for trusting my gut instinct from our first call. You helped take my book from good to great.


Jamie Sussel-Turner
 - Less Stress Life

Ingenium Books' authors enjoy the best of both worlds: they are collaborative, entrepreneurial partners who benefit from greater creative control and a larger share of royalties than they'd get with traditional publishing. That, along with endorsements, pre-sales, distribution, and ongoing project management — long after their book is published — make ours a highly desirable publishing approach.

Our Publishing Package


At Ingenium Books, we may work with several nonfiction genres but we only have one publishing package: it includes everything to transform your manuscript into a professionally published masterpiece. 

  • Final proofread of your manuscript
  • Cover design brief and custom cover design
  • Interior design and layout (if your manuscript is >80,000 words you may need to work with an editor to reduce)  
  • Preparation of files for paperback and ebook file conversion, (large print, hardcover, audiobook optional but not included in the package) 
  • Management of all title metadata
  • Assignment of Ingenium Books ISBN and copyright registration
  • Distribution management to more than 39,000 global retailers and libraries and eBook uploading to more than 120 e-retailers like Kobo, Kindle, iTunes, and Nook
  • Print short-run warehousing and fulfilment options available 
  • Author copies at approximately 50-60% of retail (author or consumer pays shipping) 
  • Structure and process for getting editorial reviews 
  • Guidance, support, and partnering on launch marketing activities
  • Dedicated author page on the Ingenium Books website with your own unique URL
  • Standard social media promotion schedule for you and your book, with optional scalable packages to add on
  • We manage your book project for the life of your title

You don’t need to become a publishing expert.
You just need one in your corner.

BOOKS ON SHELF

What Happens After I Submit My Manuscript?


We treat your manuscript submission confidentially, of course. Once you submit your manuscript (actually, the first twenty pages), and answer a few questions which help us understand more about your book and you as the author, we'll do a thorough review. The first thing we check is which of the nonfiction genres we publish does your manuscript fit into? Business? Memoir? Self-help? Journalistic nonfiction, such as true crime? (There are other types of nonfiction, but we don't publish them all.)

We aim to get back to you within sixty days, or sooner. We'll tell you which of the following four possible paths your manuscript would be suited for.  


Four Possible Paths for Your Nonfiction Manuscript

1. Accepted, Ready to Publish

Manuscripts in one of the four types of nonfiction we work with and suited for idea path #1 have been professionally edited, are written for a clear reader audience, and are ready for the final proofread and the remaining steps in our publishing process.


2. Accepted With Copy Edit

Manuscripts falling into idea path #2 still need some editing work. (Copy editing is not included in the Ingenium Books' publishing package.) This extra work might include addressing word choice, small inconsistencies, or minor reordering of material. You are free to hire us or someone else for this work. 


3. Conditional, Needs Development

Idea path #3 is for those manuscripts requiring more in depth development work before we can formally accept it for publishing. Most often, especially with nonfiction, the culprit is a lack of structure, unclear audience focus, or other problems that require a heavier hand.


4. Not Accepted

We can't to accept every manuscript submitted to us for consideration, for a number of reasons, including that it isn't one of our types of nonfiction. If this is the case with yours, keep working on your writing craft and pursue other publishing options when your work is ready.


Author Investment


If your manuscript is accepted after the submission review process, your investment is $6900, usually in four equal monthly payments.

 $1725/4mo

$6.9k* total

*prices in USD


Author Services

Authors always need professional help when readying their manuscripts for publishing. Whether you're responding to feedback from our submission process or you want to put your best foot forward when you do submit, we can provide you with author services. Manuscript assessment, author coaching, developmental editing, copy editing. Ask us about a custom solution to address the specific needs of your nonfiction book.


Our Manuscript Wish List #mswl

We are actively seeking manuscripts in the following nonfiction genres.

Journalistic Nonfiction

  • Journalistic or narrative nonfiction that takes a fact-based view of a significant event, person, place, or all three.
  • True crime, where there is evidence of broader societal impact 
  • Investigative works that expose new views on matters of public interest  

Business

  • Unique take on capitalizing on technological developments
  • Business growth tools for specific industries or professions
  • Custom coaching programs
  • Sustainability approaches, social responsibility
  • Leadership mindset, culture

Self-Help

  • Personal finance matters 
  • Personal growth, self-improvement
  • Health and wellness matters
  • Career advice 
  • 'How-to' do something specific, perhaps unique

Memoir

  • Extraordinary experiences of survival, overcoming odds, achieving success
  • Poignant, deep reflections on life and/or career lessons 
  • Stories that help us learn more about ourselves and the human condition

What is Hybrid Publishing?

Hybrid publishing is just what it sounds like: a cross between traditional publishing and self-publishing. It’s independent publishing at its best.

Your manuscript is subject to vetting for quality, just like it would be under a traditional publishing arrangement. We select only those manuscripts that we feel have a clear audience, message, a solid story, and, of course, potential. 

IBPA's Hybrid Publisher Criteria

The Independent Book Publishers' Association (we're a proud IBPA member) has developed a list of criteria for hybrid publishers: 

  • Define mission and vision for its publishing program.
  • Vet submissions.
  • Publish under its own imprint(s) and ISBNs.
  • Publish to industry standards.
  • Ensure editorial, design, and production quality.
  • Pursue and manage a range of publishing rights.
  • Demonstrate respectable sales.
  • Pay authors a higher-than-standard royalty.

Read more about the IBPA's Hybrid Publisher Criteria here


What's the Difference Between Hybrid Publishing,
Self-Publishing, and a Vanity Press?

vanity press will take an author’s money no matter the quality or saleability of the work, and after publishing you’ll likely not hear from them again unless you’re trying to buy more of your books from them.

Self-publishing is when you write, publish, distribute, and market your book entirely on your own: a big learning curve that may be a satisfying journey or leave you exhausted and frustrated.

Hybrid publishing is just what it sounds like: a cross between traditional publishing and self-publishing. It’s independent publishing at its best. 

  • Your manuscript is subject to vetting for quality, just like it would be under a traditional publishing arrangement.
  • Your book gets the professional treatment throughout the publishing process, including during the launch and sale periods so you don’t have to go it alone.
  • If you and your manuscript submission are accepted, you’ll pay for part of the publishing and production costs and we’ll bring our nonfiction publishing skills and experience to produce and publish the most outstanding version of your book possible.


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