Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hybrid publisher?
Indigo River Publishing is a cooperative, hybrid publisher. Traditionally, publishers take on the full financial risk of a book and, consequently, make all the decisions about how that book is published. At Indigo River Publishing, we partner with authors financially to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table. We offer expertise where it’s important and partnerships in decision-making where they’re meaningful. Our authors receive expert-level multilayered editorial and marketing support, sales distribution, and production across all formats while having an equal voice when it comes to the publishing strategy, cover design, title, and book positioning.
What types of books do you publish?
We publish across all genres and are actively acquiring fiction books (thriller, mystery, adventure, romance, science fiction, dystopian fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary, literary and other), non-fiction books (self help, business, cookbooks, wellness, lifestyle, fashion, history, and other), as well as children’s books. We encourage you to reach out to see if your book is a fit for our publishing goals.
What kind of authors are you looking for?
We work with authors across all genres and have proudly published books from internationally recognized executives and celebrities as well as debut authors. We pride ourselves on identifying and shepherding new voices and rising talent while leading the evolution of the publishing industry’s business model.
Do I need an agent?
You do not need an agent to work with Indigo River publishing; however, we happily work with agents all the time.
What kind of services do you provide?
We are a full service independent publishing company and provide expert publishing services in the area of editorial, book design, book production and book distribution. We also offer our authors marketing guidance and each author is paired with an author liaison.
Where do you distribute your books?
We are proudly distributed by Simon & Schuster distribution services. This partnership has helped Indigo soar to new heights by expanding our distribution to over 38,000 retailers nationally and internationally. Through this partnership, our books are available at leading online retailers including Amazon, Apple, Kobo, B&N.com and presented to book buyers across the country at independent bookstores, airport stores, and mid-level chains, such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, as well as retailers, such as Target and Costco. While not every book ends up on bookshelves of each of our retail partners, many do. We have the channels and relationships in place to maximize each title’s distribution opportunities.
What's the difference between a query letter, a book submission and a book proposal?
Great question! Query letters are often sent from an author to an agent in hopes of representation. A book submission is when you submit a book to a publisher for consideration. That submission often includes a proposal for non-fiction titles (book overview, chapter outline, marketing potential and about the author) or a full manuscript for fiction titles. Still confused? Feel free to reach out so we can talk about your book!
Should I copyright my manuscript before submitting it to you?
There’s no need as we’ll do that on your behalf as part of our publishing process. Working with Indigo River Publishing means you retain the intellectual property rights associated with your book, including any modifications, additions, images, and designs created by us.
Can I submit a book that was previously self published?
Absolutely. However, we’ll likely want to work with you to make sure the book is fresh before republishing. That might include an editorial update, perhaps a new cover and sometimes even a new title.