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      Support Us!

      The Concord Free Press is a labor of love. No one gets paid. But we do have significant expenses—printing, postage, and rent. Please make a donation today.


      Our Previous Books

      The Rockaways. A devastating photographic essay from Gilles Peress, published on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

      Round Mountain
      by Castle Freeman Jr.
      Available as an ebook
      from the Concord ePress

      A Handbook of
      American Prayer

      by Lucius Shepard

       

      Rut by Scott Phillips
      Now available as an ebook
      from the Concord ePress.

      IOU: New Writing on Money 
      edited by Ron Slate

      The Next Queen of Heaven
      by Gregory Maguire
      New edition out
      from
      HarperCollins »

      Push Comes to Shove
      by Wesley Brown
      Now available as an ebook

      from the Concord ePress

      Give and Take
      by Stona Fitch
      Now out from
      Thomas Dunne Books
      » 


      What Is Your Business Model?

      If we had a dollar for every time someone asked that question, we wouldn’t need a business model. We’d be taking the money home in bags.

      It’s simple. We’re not proposing a new business model for publishing. We’re an author-led, all-volunteer non-profit organization interested in:

      • expanding the definition of publishing
      • exploring the connection between people and books, and
      • inspiring new levels of engagement among readers.

      Like any non-profit, we keep our expenses incredibly low (e.g., our office rent is not exactly Manhattan-esque). Writers, designers, printers, and others generously donate their work and services for free. Our press runs are fairly short—2,500 copies or so—making our books limited editions. And to pay for any expenses (mostly printing and postage) we ask people who like what we’re doing to support us via grants, checks, and the occasional wad of cash.

      In short, we are freed from the burden of profitability. That said, though our books don’t generate traditional profits, they create real value:

      • Writers get a chance to get their work to readers via an interesting new channel, one that can help them sell commercial US rights, foreign rights, film rights, etc.
      • Readers get a great book for free and a chance to be part of an experiment in publishing and community
      • Charities and people in need receive real support from generous readers—who turn their good intentions into cash donations

      The bottom line? Our books generate about $45,000 - $50,000 per title in donations (and that's only the donations people tell us about). Factoring in our costs (mainly printing/postage), that’s an ROI of more than 800% – even though others, more in need than us, received that money. And each book keeps going, generating more generosity along the way.