About Icarus Press
Working with Icarus Press is a genuine delight. Their commitment to the basic values of readership and author independence is a breath of fresh air in a world whose air is often stagnant with too much noise and too little focus on the things that help our minds breathe.
– Irene Powell, author
Bringing Authors and Readers Together
Icarus Press was born out of a small group of authors and publishing professionals as a way to enable authors, to help them realize the dream of delivering books to readers. The publishing industry has changed substantially in the past ten years. While traditional print publishing has always been difficult to break into, self-publishing opened a door that was closed to many talented authors. This is due in no small part to the obstacles that must be navigated to publish traditionally. However, self-publishing has grown to such a point that getting noticed has become a new and unwieldy problem for authors and readers alike.
Putting books in front of readers is no small task. Recent estimates show that around 7,000 new books are published each day. With such a rapidly-growing list of choices, the publishers at Icarus Press saw an opportunity: a marketplace for independent authors, run by independent authors.
The cornerstone of our approach to publishing and marketing is a sharp focus on writer-reader integration and delivering content through digital channels. We feel that bringing together the two components of the book world that really matter – writers and readers – has become crucially important at a time when choice is so abundant that it has grown difficult to make choices.
It’s All About Authors
Icarus Press Publishing is a not-for-profit organization and will remain so: it’s a key part of our vision. We’re funded by a few established authors who want to give back to the writing community, along with several benefactors who love books and the arts, and we’re committed to keeping it that way. We also have a small but dedicated team of volunteers who are, of course, book lovers.
Authors retain full ownership of their intellectual property. All proceeds from book sales are kept by authors and we don’t charge authors to participate in the Icarus Press Marketplace. We work in partnership and collaboration with authors to extend their existing web presence, and if they don’t already have one, we help them by providing a good starting point.
Our new web platform is just that: new. It’s small, but we have near-term and long-term growth plans. As we add new writers and engage new readers, our library of high-quality, entertaining books will continue to grow. New features will be added to our website, including author profiles, blogs, contests, and a few cool things that we’re not ready to talk about yet. In the future, we’ll be exerting our efforts on increased engagement between readers and writers and adding new titles. Stay tuned and enjoy the new worlds that you’ll discover at Icarus Press!
– The Team at Icarus Press Publishing