Welcome to Conscious Capitalism Press!
Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and Round Table Companies (RTC) are proud to announce the launch of a publishing imprint to support businesses at large, the Conscious Capitalism community, and our shared goal of elevating humanity through business.
We imagine a world that has unleashed the heroic spirit of business, where organizations champion each of their stakeholders in leading lives of purpose and meaning, and where sharing vulnerable stories strengthens our bonds and celebrates our differences.
Our mission is to tell the stories and share the wisdom of those who are inspiring transformational change in the world through business.
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Books That Conscious Capitalism Press Will Publish
Various publications related to the ideals, tenets, and credo of Conscious Capitalism, including:
- Business titles
- Books on Conscious Capitalism theory
- Books on aspects of consciousness that can be applied to business
- Business memoirs of Conscious Capitalists
Value for Authors
For those who would like to publish with CC Press, and who are approved, we offer the following:
Approved authors will be shepherded through the publishing process by a conscious and communicative expert team who have been packaging and publishing books for over a decade.
CC Press authors will receive 33.3% of the net revenue from every print and digital book sale.
Ease of Ordering
CC Press will dropship orders around the country and internationally for our authors.
Conscious Publishing Agreement
A first of its kind, CC Press has invested in a conscious publishing agreement to present to authors at the time of acceptance.
By publishing with CC Press, authors will gain valuable exposure to the members and followers of the movement.
Cost Savings on Bulk Copies
Authors will receive a discount of 50% off retail for books they want to sell via their own website or events where they are making appearances.
Accountability to High Standards
CC Press sets a high bar for authors who want to publish under the imprint.
Investment to Participate
Authors who meet the high standards of CC Press and are approved will be presented a publishing agreement (a conscious contract) and upon signature for inclusion in CC Press, will be charged a one-time packaging fee of $7,500. The fee includes custom cover design, custom internal formatting for print distribution, formatting for digital distribution, copyright submitted in the name of the author, submission to the Library of Congress, unique CC Press ISBNs, last-looks proofreading, a galley proof for approval prior to release, and 100 paperback copies.
Added Benefits for the First 20 Authors
The first 20 authors who publish with us will be named CC Press Founding Authors. Founding Authors receive the additional following benefits:
- Announcement of the Founding Authors at the 2019 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference
- Promote a speaking tour to local Conscious Capitalist Communities
- Extra 100 paperback copies of the final printed book
- Hardcover setup in addition to paperback
- Thunderclap Campaign to support Amazon Top Release status
- Audio Interview with the CC Press Publisher (or CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc.) to promote the book to the community.
- Promotional Graphics: 3 book launch graphics and 4 inspirational graphics for social media promotion
Apply to Become a Founding Author
CC Press is looking for the first 20 authors who will make up our 2019 publishing calendar. Authors can apply at any stage in the writing process*. Click the APPLY NOW button to be taken to the application submission page. A synopsis (description of the book you have written or plan to write) will be required. Additional material you may upload if available includes an outline, sample chapters, or full draft of the book.
*The cost to apply is $250 per title. Authors approved for CC Press will have their packaging fee reduced by the amount of their initial application fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will books be selected for publishing?
Once an application is submitted, our editing partners at RTC will review the contents and produce a short analysis that includes three sections:
- Assessment of how the theme of the book meets the philosophy of Conscious Capitalism, the four principles of Conscious Capitalism, and the Conscious Capitalist Credo.
- Commentary on the writing style (clarity, reader engagement, flow, rhythm, cohesiveness, cleanliness, etc.)
- One of three recommendations to CC Press:
a. Approve for Packaging
b. Approve for Packaging with Required Writing/Editing/Revision
c. Approval Requirements Not Yet Met.
- Recommendations to the Author on how to address any unmet requirements.
All assessments will be shared with the author and passed along to CC Press’s editorial board for final consideration. If more than 20 candidates meet the criteria for publishing, CC Press reserves the right to expand the initial group of Founding Authors, or to invite authors to participate in the 2020 publishing calendar.
Can I apply to CC Press if my manuscript is not complete?
Yes! We are accepting submissions that vary from concept all the way through to full draft. If your manuscript is not complete, and you are approved for packaging with required writing/editing/revision, it will be your responsibility to finalize your manuscript in accordance with the standards set forth by CC Press.
If I am not accepted to CC Press, can I reapply after my next revision?
Yes! For authors who are not accepted due to approval requirements not yet being met, we encourage those authors to address the issues reflected in the assessment and then to consider reapplying. For those reapplying, there will be a secondary application fee that we expect to be in the $100 to $150 range.
If I need help finishing my manuscript, will you be offering that kind of support?
When Authors receive the written assessment based on their application, recommendations will be included for how to write/edit/revise their manuscript to further prepare it for publication. If an Author would like support in doing so from a writing coach, an editor, or a full writing development team, RTC has been offering those services for over a decade and will be an available option for appropriate titles.Their partnership with Scribe (formerly Book-in-a-Box) will be an appropriate alternative for some. Authors can also work with a writer/editor of their own choosing, or handle their revisions on their own.
What is the Print-On-Demand model for distribution?
Print-on-demand means we are not producing major print runs and warehousing books with a distributor. Instead, when print books are purchased online, our distribution partners (Amazonand Ingram) print the books immediately and ship them, often the same day.
How is the CC Press business model different from traditional publishing?
Traditional publishing distribution has its advantages, particularly when it comes to celebrity authors. Publishing houses generate the bulk of their profit from proven authors with existing fan bases, as well as the occasional breakout hit. Traditional publishers typically take losses on most new authors as they look for a small number of breakout hits. They invest in an initial print run, ship books around the country, and if those books don’t sell, the cost of shipping and returning those books eats into the profitability of the units of that title that do sell. Under that model, it often takes 12 to 18 months to bring a book to market, the author isn’t given the opportunity for much input, and it is not unusual for a new author to never receive a dime past their advance. The publisher in that equation typically moves on if the book hasn’t generated serious sales within the first three months of release.
CC Press opted for a different model where authors will invest in having their book expertly packaged in exchange for revenue generated off their first book sale—no return fees or warehousing fees eating into their revenue. For entrepreneurial authors who like to have more of a say in the process, who like to move at a faster pace, and who want to experience more of the financial upside related to selling books, we believe this model is ideal.
If I publish through CC Press, where will my book be available for purchase?
Recent statistics cite that 70% of print books are purchased online. CC Press will focus on the online market through relationships with Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, Powells, and other prominent online retailers. Digital titles will be released through digital distributors with a focus on Kindle. Physical books stores will be able to order CC Press titles at the store level. While we do not currently expect to work with Barnes and Noble stores at the national level (due to their discount and book return policies), individual store locations will be able to place orders through our model.
Will I be able to resell books through my business or speaking events?
Absolutely. Authors selected for CC Press will be able to buy their books for 50% off retail to sell them on their own website, through their business, or at events. CC Press can dropship copies most anywhere around the world. Please allow at least two weeks for bulk orders from the date of request. Rush options for both printing and shipping will be available.
What does it mean to have a Conscious Publishing Agreement?
RTC engaged the services of Glenn Meier, the founder of the Center for Conscious Law to support this partnership. Together, Glenn, RTC, and CCI spent several months developing a series of assets to support the relationship. We began with a thorough Letter of Intent to ensure our expectations were aligned, to express what was imperative to each organization if we moved forward, and to share where there was flexibility. When we recognized we were indeed holding a shared vision for the CC Press, Glenn led us through the development of a “cornerstone” document that articulated the vision and mission of the partnership, and the values we would agree to operate by (Love, Brilliance, Foresight, Diversity, and Impact). Lastly, we moved into a formal Collaboration Agreement which included what Glenn refers to as our Proprietary Justice System—four pages of the contract that define how we will address change and engage in disagreement over the course of our engagement. Glenn’s process is now being applied to the publishing agreement that we will present to authors to ensure that we are infusing consciousness into the legal aspects of our relationship with those who publish through CC Press.
What are the core values of CC Press?
Below are the definitions of our values as printed in our “Cornerstone Document.”
LOVE – We intend to work together from a position of love, meaning that we choose to: remain loyal to one another; to assume best intentions on each other’s part; and to engage in the challenging conversations that make one another and our partnership stronger. Collectively, we intend to approach all our stakeholders in the same manner.
BRILLIANCE – We aspire to create an environment where every stakeholder in our ecosystem feels called to do their best work and is inspired to exceed their own expectations and those of one another. In our efforts to produce exceptional work that enhances the reputation of the authors we serve, their brand(s), and their personal and organizational identities, we will enhance the reputations of the Conscious Capitalism and RTC brands. To serve us in this manner CC Press will establish high standards for the work it publishes, engage in the challenging conversations that support those standards, and live to the high bar we have set. We also recognize that producing brilliant and timely work requires establishing certain timelines and holding ourselves accountable to balancing those timelines with the creative demands reflected in our standards.
FORESIGHT – We commit to making decisions for the long term sustainable health and longevity of CC Press. In making those decisions we will always ask ourselves if we are seeing reality clearly and if we are understanding the consequences of our proposed actions.
DIVERSITY – We recognize that Conscious Capitalism is a framework that is independent of any particular political philosophy. We also believe that diversity of age, race, gender, and orientation support the larger Conscious Capitalism movement. As such, we intend to be open-minded and open-hearted in evaluating and developing work that reflects the differing lenses through which people see and contribute to Conscious Capitalism. We are committed to striving for inclusivity, diversity of thought, and diversity of author backgrounds, as well as vulnerability in the work itself.
IMPACT – We recognize that Conscious Capitalism challenges the current dominant thinking in business and as such that the work of the imprint must likewise do the same. We intend to embrace the role of Challengers and, when we believe in the validity and value of a book, will not shy away from publishing the work over concerns that it may cause discomfort, controversy, or generate negative reactions.
What if I have questions?
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.