We know what you’ve done, to get where you’re at! If you’re a smart, talented professional who’s been struggling to get your work published, we understand your frustration. Publishers either don’t want to talk to you or tell you “your work is really great, but it just won’t sell. Sorry.” And as for agents – it’s only worth their time if they think your book will go viral; they’re looking for “Best-Sellers”– not “Best-Written” or “Most-Worthy.” But what about all those great ideas you have and all the things that you’ve discovered and developed since you’ve started your journey? Should they just sit there and rot because your ideas, although brilliant, may not appeal to the mass market?
If you’re a graduate student with ground-breaking research in a small field, we know that publishers don’t want to talk to you because you haven’t made a name for yourself yet. We also know (because we’ve all walked those same hallways) that you’ve done a lot of really good research and probably have an outstanding dissertation or thesis that should get published. We also know that, if you’re graduating soon, once you hit the working world, you’re going to be consumed by it for a while, and that beautiful little dissertation will fall by the wayside until it’s no longer relevant. We know what it’s like to watch someone else (who already has a reputation) publish the same conclusions that we had arrived at years before but hadn’t bothered to publish.
Cambridge Ivy Press believes in discovering tomorrow’s great minds today. You’ve done the work, now it’s time to get recognized for everything that you’ve done. We know where you’ve been and where you’re going; we’re here to help you today. We publish cool, clever, erudite books for cool, clever, erudite people.
Are you ready to be discovered?
Cambridge Ivy Press was started by four Harvard graduate students from different disciplines that, after entering the working world and attaining success, pooled their respective talents to help their friends who were still struggling.
We were talking about some of our friends still in grad school that were doing brilliant work – as well as some really cool, smart people that we knew – and about how difficult it was for them to get published because they were still relatively “unknown,” or because their work didn’t quite meet the standard for a Best-Seller.
We talked about the entire process of submissions – sending numerous hardcopies of manuscripts to multiple publishers and agents who never write back—which quickly discourages even those who know they have a great book in the works. It’s so hard to get your foot in the door until you’ve already established a reputation – it doesn’t matter how good your work is or how brilliant your ideas are; to sell books, publishers want a “name” or a “guaranteed” seller. You really can’t blame them – they need to make a lot of money on each book: they have big buildings in expensive parts of town, they have lots of staff that need to get paid big salaries – and their margins are getting smaller because new technology is threatening their entrenched business model.
And, if you’re an associate Professor who needs tenure, you’re in a really tough spot. Sure, one of the academic publishers will publish your book, but how much do you get from all your hard work – six free copies and no royalties – for years of research – for original, brilliant ideas?!? One of our friends wrote a book about how to get into one of the most prestigious law schools in the world; it sells thousands of copies every year, but he doesn’t get a single penny because the contract that the publisher gave him to sign doesn’t allow him to audit the company’s records. The publishing company claims the book isn’t selling – but go to any bookstore and you’ll see it on the shelves.
The publishing world is a racket. We know.
Two of CIP’s founders have had books published by other companies, another is a produced screenwriter, and yet another has financed large deals for entertainment entities. As we discussed the obstacles that we had each encountered and how frustrating it had been for each of us to get our work into print or on the screen, we also realized the practical experience that each of us had gained in the process.
We also realized that because of that experience, we were now in a unique position to help.
So, four Harvard grads came together to create Cambridge Ivy Press: an Assistant State Attorney and author; a finance and business guru; a produced screenwriter and graphics genius; and a magazine editor and NPR radio host. With our respective talents and experiences, combined with the new technologies of publishing and the digital universe, we are able to do things that the other publishers can’t do – like publish really cool, smart stuff that we think should get published – regardless of whether or not it becomes a Best-Seller.
The publishing and production world is tough. We know — we’ve fought through it. But much of the publishing world is being transformed by the information age and many publishers are still locked in by old methods and paradigms. They have to pay huge overheads and, as a result, they start royalties at 10% (if you get them at all for an academic book); we start higher and actually promote your book.
There is a better way – a smarter way – Cambridge Ivy Press. Look at the authors we’ve published and you’ll see that we really are about finding tomorrow’s great minds today.