Our mission is to publish quality books so yours is recognized as the proud release of a top-tier publisher. That means we have to reject some submissions. Still, we look for creative ideas and smart writing, so we do not reject a book just for not being ready. Instead, we recommend how to improve your book’s quality and marketability. We work with our authors to help them achieve their best work. The Fresh Ink Group brand means a great book. Your name on the cover should, too.
Our rapidly expanding catalog is open to nearly every kind of book. From novels, collections, and graphic stories to memoir and self-help, quality writing from great authors is what we publish. We do avoid hate literature and instruction in illegal activity. We support free speech, but prefer not to help spread harmful messages. Material like tasteful erotica might be welcome, but not porn. We cannot risk filters blocking the websites our authors depend on. All of our author-members are proud of the wide-ranging selection of FIG books. Submit now, and we’ll tell you what we think.
Many of our authors have switched to earn higher royalties, offer lower cover prices, and work with a top-notch team. Some want to put out updated editions. Switching depends on your current contract, but it’s usually quick and easy. Often we can help, especially moving from vanity companies, bookstore platforms, or e-format distribution networks.
You might be eligible for a FIG discount if you own some or all of your book and e-book files. If you already have a great book, talk to us about how to join the FIG member team.
The advantages are many. Here are a few of our authors’ favorites:
HIGHEST ROYALTIES: Our 75% royalties cannot be topped. Those who claim that high or even 100% invariably charge thousands of dollars in enrollment fees, processing charges, annual renewals, pre-pay printing costs, author book-purchase requirements, and more. Divide all that into the number of books sold and you’ll see the difference. Another trick is to mark up the per-book production costs and pay a high percentage of the pittance left over. For example, would you rather earn 75% of $5 generated per book, or 100% of a dollar? Make them show their numbers like we do, and you’ll see why FIG royalties dominate the industry.
LOW COVER PRICES: Authors decide their own cover prices, but FIG offers recommendations that make selling to thrifty readers easy while generating good compensation. In more than twenty years we’ve yet to find a competitor offering lower production and worldwide distribution costs per book–even for as few as ONE book. When it’s time to set your cover price and wholesale discount rate, you’ll appreciate that kind of power and flexibility.
WEB MARKETING: FIG’s websites are designed to promote authors’ careers and their books. Members have their own pages in the primary FIG site, live social-media streaming, individual pages for each book, unlimited pages for posting short material from excerpts to teaser sample, and more–all controlled with individual password protected dashboards. Members even use their FIG presence to promote other material and projects not produced by FIG. Once you’re a member, we support you and and everybody supports each other in exciting new ways.
LOWEST COSTS: Whether you’re subsidy publishing or self-publishing with our author services, you cannot beat FIG’s costs. Nobody offers all of what FIG does for its authors. Those who try to come close charge way more and/or add budget-busting hidden charges, ongoing renewal levies, and processing fees. If you think you’ve found a better deal, talk to us first. FIG is not for every author. . . just the smart ones.
NIMBLENESS: FIG stays ahead of the changing industry, and keeps your books current, we constantly tweak our worldwide distribution for new markets. We adapt our e-book platforms to ensure maximum access in all the popular formats. We exploit clever new ideas to market all of our authors’ work. We don’t put your book out and forget about you. We build writing careers so each new book helps sell more of the earlier ones. Don’t be somebody’s “customer.” At FIG you deserve to be a MEMBER.
We absorb all costs from retailer shipping to cataloging, listing, tracking, billing, collecting, and royalty payment. We offer printing costs among the lowest anywhere. Even if someone claims to beat our printing by pennies, ours includes restocks within days, often overnight. We don’t charge added fees you have to prorate into the cost of each sold book.
Our current formats include Kindle, Nook, PDF apps, and compatible devices. These include all Android devices, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, PC, and Mac. What’s more, as the industry changes and new formats emerge, FIG expands its catalog to exploit every great opportunity.
We acknowledge every submission and estimate the time we’ll need. In most cases, we provide a manuscript-sample evaluation in 2-3 weeks. Too many publishers pick through submissions and ignore the rest. Every author smart enough to submit to FIG deserves our respect.
FIG’s author services are available to all. Some authors prefer to have FIG publish under a brand owned by the author. Others might use FIG for services such as editing, cover design, bookblock layout, and marketing, then publish somewhere else. FIG is proud of helping launch great books, whatever our role. If we think your unique goals are best achieved elsewhere, we will gladly help.
In most cases, yes. Some authors, especially non-fiction experts building a multimedia platform, want their own publishing imprint. FIG can do this, yet still offer all the other Member’s benefits.
Yes. In fact, you never stop owning your copyright from the moment you write the book through publication and beyond. FIG’s Member’s Packages also include registering with the U.S. Copyright Office. Registration may be to an individual, writing team, organization, or pseudonym (“pen name”). Pseudonym registration may reveal the writer’s true identity, or FIG will document your anonymously owned book. Every author owns his or her work, but FIG offers that extra legal protection.
FIG is happy to work with an author’s agent or manager. However, we specialize in saving authors the expense. We accept direct submissions, then package worldwide distribution without an agent’s help. When your work is ready for spinning off third-party rights such as film, television, games, and merchandise, we will discuss your options. The choices are up to you. Whether we shop rights for you, refer you to one of our member agents, or recommend you seek out your own, maximizing your success is the goal.
Yes. FIG recognizes that even name-brand authors must help promote their work to drive sales. Each member gets a free private 30-minute session with our marketing director, with optional assistance any time after. While FIG supports all of its books, the core is helping each author develop a unique plan. We know what works, and we measure success. The bottom line is, we lose money on your book until you start seeing a profit. Learn more in the Member’s Package and Member’s E-book Package. Contact us to arrange
your own Marketing Consultation.