Frequently Asked Questions

For Readers

Where can I buy your books?

Our first titles are scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013. You’ll be able to buy them on, in lots of bookstores and directly from Columbus Press. We’ll post lots of links and more information when titles become available.

For Writers

There are so many types of organizations that call themselves “Independent Publishers,” it’s hard to know what you’re getting. We’re happy to provide as much transparent information as possible up front so that we don’t waste your time and you don’t waste ours.

What’s your typical budget for a first-time author?

We typically invest $5,000 to $10,000 into books by first-time authors, but this varies greatly based on the genre and target market.

Do you pay an advance to authors?

We do not pay advances. We don’t get paid unless your book sells, so we think it’s fair that the author waits too. This allows us to invest more money into marketing and distributing your book, which means higher payouts for you down the road.

Total author payment varies greatly based on the book.

How do you distribute your books?

We have an in-house distribution network for regional bookstores, online retailers and e-books, and we currently hire an Ohio-based company to distribute our books to the national wholesalers.

Do you publish previously published manuscripts?

Typically no, but we do make exceptions. If you’ve self-published your manuscript, we’ll be willing to look at it in some circumstances. Please view our submissions page for more information.

How long will it take you to review my work?

We’ll respond to your initial query within two weeks, and let you know if we’re interested in reading more. From there, the final decision can take up to 12 weeks, but we’ll do our best not to waste your time. In exchange, please do not submit your manuscript to other publishers or agencies until we make our decision.