Community Supported Publishing
We have a great new Community Shared Publishing (CSP) option for the spring 2016 season!
The Spring 2016 Half Share is what we're calling "pick your own," where you can choose 2 titles from any of our books, and will also receive 2 staff picks from our various chapbook collections. That's 2 books and 2 chapbooks—all for $25.
All shares will ship directly after purchase. We thank you for your support!
The Story Behind CSPs
It may seem strange that a publishing company like The Head & The Hand Press owes much of the inspiration for its business structure to the farming world. But to us, it’s a perfectly normal connection. Just like food is necessary for our physical survival, we feel that good writing and storytelling are necessary for our social progression. And just as both farmers and writers know, it’s hard to make a living in either business, especially when the focus is on the quality of the craft and not the quantity of the profits.
A few years ago farmers addressed the imbalance between high quality and good value by creating Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In this system, the consumer pays the farmer forward in the beginning of the farming season for weekly boxes of vegetables, meats and other staples that can feed a family of four for usually much less than if bought in a supermarket. By receiving money for the share in the beginning of the season, the farmer starts off with a secure investment and can spend more time in the fields growing quality produce than worrying about what kind of traffic will be at the local farmer’s market. And the CSA members benefit from more thought, craft, and quality being invested into their food.
The Head & The Hand Press' Community Supported Publishing (CSP) membership follows the same model. For an upfront annual investment from our shareholders, we produce bi-annual shares of our creative work including our novels, almanacs, chapbooks series, and other offerings created in our Workshop. Buying a CSP share is a mutually beneficial investment that allows our staff and our writers to invest more thought and energy into the process of crafting quality books for our readers.