Community Supported Publishing (CSP) Membership

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 is 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.

We are are offering $50 memberships in our online store right now that include Waveland and The Corn Belt Almanac + chapbooks and extras in your spring 2015 package and your choice of what we are calling “Pick Your Own” for your Fall 2015 package. We are taking a break for our editorial calendar for the fall to focus on our chapbooks. So you can pick 2 books from our vast selection of novels, non-fiction and almanacs as well as 2 chapbooks of your choice. Whatever you fancy.  Visit our store or go to our Contact Form to send us any questions or concerns you might have. You can also email us at


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, our almanacs, our chapbooks series, and other offerings created in our workshop. We will also offer our shareholders exclusive insights into how the work was produced, plus access to our offerings before they hit the street. Buying a CSP share is a mutually beneficial investment that will allow our staff and our writers to invest more thought and energy into the process of crafting quality books for our readers.

If you buy now, you will receive Waveland and The Corn Belt Almanac in your spring 2015 package + chapbooks and extras. And you will be able to “Pikc Your Own” for your Fall 2015 Package. Please visit our bookstore to find out about these titles and to get your CSP today.