In Fact Books

In Fact Books is an independent book imprint specializing in high-quality, research-driven narrative nonfiction on a wide variety of topics and real-life experiences. We believe that small publishers have the opportunity to provide a platform for original and underrepresented narratives, and it's our mission to publish stories that create a richer understanding of our world.

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Our catalog: 

What I Didn't Know
True Stories of Becoming a Teacher

"These true stories of mistakes and triumphs, memorable students and classroom challenges celebrate a demanding, essential, and noble profession" - Booklist

Every day in every classroom, teachers take on incredible challenges. Whether in the Mississippi Delta or Malawi; Alaska or Los Angeles; whether in their first day or their tenth year on the job—every day, educators reach deep to find strength and grace they didn’t know they had.

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Show Me All Your Scars
True Stories of Living with Mental Illness

"Conveys what it is like to experience mental illness and ... demonstrates that narrative ... can be the most effective way to impart information and promote activism." - Publishers Weekly

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, the twenty fascinating stories collected in Show Me All Your Scars vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows—and sometimes, too, the unexpected rewards—of living with mental illness.

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Oh, Baby!
True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love

"Thoughtful, often funny... This collection's wide range of topics should resonate with an equally wide range of parents." - Publishers Weekly

23 original stories by mothers and fathers from all walks of life--straight, gay, single, surrogate, biological, adoptive--exploring the challenges and rewards of parenthood.

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Same Time Next Week
True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness

"Hope for those seeking help." - Booklist

18 frank, often intimate true stories that reflect the writers' struggles to overcome--both as professionals and as individuals, as current therapists and as former patients--the challenges presented by depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other mental disorders.

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True Stories, Well Told
From the first 20 years of Creative Nonfiction magazine

"Inviting, inquisitive and attentive." - Kirkus Reviews

In 20 years, Creative Nonfiction magazine has published brand-new nonfiction by more than 500 writers. Here, we've collected 20 of the most vital and vibrant stories we've published--the ones we've been unable to forget.

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Southern Sin
True Stories of the Sultry South & Women Behaving Badly

A diverse array of contributors--mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancees, divorcees, middle-aged lesbians--lend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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True Crime
Real Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-robbing, and More

"13 must-read tales." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In this collection of 13 compelling narratives, writers--among them criminals, law enforcement officers, and victims--elevate their personal stories of crime to high-powered literature.

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out
True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

"Beautifully wrought." - New York Times

This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them through long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. 

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An Immense New Power to Heal
The Promise of Personalized Medicine

"Stories of innovative patients and doctors." - Publishers Weekly

Through intimate patient stories as well as profiles of leading-edge doctors and scientists, this clear-eyed, lively, and highly engaging book explores one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of our time: the sequencing of the human genome and the subsequent development of personalized medicine.

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At the End of Life
True Stories About How We Die

"Unsparingly honest." - New York Times' New Old Age Blog

These twenty-two compelling personal-medical narratives explore death, dying and palliative care, and reveal the inner workings of a system in which doctors, patients and their loved ones battle to hang on—and to let go.

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Since the imprint's launch in 2011, In Fact Books titles have broken into the Top 20 of the Amazon Bestsellers list and have been reviewed by the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, New Pages, and more.

In Fact Books is founded and edited by Lee Gutkind, author and editor of more than 30 books and founder of Creative Nonfiction magazine.

In Fact books is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All titles are distributed by Publishers Group West.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept book proposals and queries at this time. 

For media related questions, please contact:

Stephen Knezovich
Publicity Manager
knezovich [at] creativenonfiction [dot] org
(412) 404-2975