Small-Press Shoutout: Checking in on Little Pickle Press

A perfect little gift for anyone who loves to write…

Readers! Writers! Book lovers! It’s time for another small-press shoutout! These are the posts that remind us all that even in a faceless, sterile, bottom-line industry like publishing, there are people out there doing some great work envisioning their dreams and making sure good books get to good people.

We ran a ton of these last year around the holidays, and my hope was to do that again. Unfortunately I’ve haven’t gotten to as many as I’d like. But I did want to check in on one small press…

That’s right. Little Pickle Press! Continue reading

Small Press Shout-Out: Little Pickle Press!

Here we go, people. Ask and ye shall receive. We were looking for a small press brave and bold enough to venture into B Corporation* waters.

*A fuller explanation of a B Corporation is here. The nutshell version is that it’s a legal entity that enables a company to adopt a broader mandate than the traditional for-profit corporation. Whereas traditional corporations are required by law to maximize profits for their shareholders, a B Corporation is allowed to include goals such as giving back to a community or helping the environment.

And now we have it!

Striving to be the change it seeks, Little Pickle Press has proudly become a B Corporation.

Awesome! And what are they planning to do with the power that the B Corporation affords them?

Little Pickle Press is a 21st Century publisher dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques.

In an effort to reduce our impact, we print and distribute our materials in an environmentally-friendly manner, using recycled paper, soy inks, and green packaging.

Got it? So when you’re reading Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons)  or What Does It Mean To Be Green?, you can be happy knowing that there’s more behind the cool artwork and sound message than some corporate behemoth looking to prey on your do-gooder tendencies. There’s actually a do-gooder corporation behind it! With real people! Doing good!

Naturally, Little Pickle is as excited as I am about the promise of the B Corp, proudly describing their B Corp community on their website (which is beautiful, by the way):

B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

And how’s it working out for you, Little Pickle?

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Little Pickle Press has been named among the “Best for the World” B Corporations. The second annual “Best for the World” list recognized 66 companies across 20 countries and 25 industries, and we are honored to share this distinction with other dynamic, socially-responsible companies.

Spectacular news. Good luck to you, Little Pickle! Thanks for helping to save America!

You can check out my own adventures in small pressing, or indie publishing, or whatever it should be called, by picking up a copy of The Race: A Novella, now available in paperback, or the latest e-book, The Promotion!

Previous Small Press Shout-Outs:

B Corporation Update: Any Small Presses?

I’m still glowing about the rise of the B Corporation—or at least the promise that this new legal entity might someday fulfill. Now that I’m immersed in the small press world (through my shout-outs and paperbacks), I’m wondering if there are any small presses out there that have qualified as B Corps? Not to disparage the many not-for-profit small presses, of course, or even the traditional for-profits who do great work bringing us quality works. But I’m curious.

If you are a small-press B Corporation, or if you know of one, let me know—I’ll be happy to give you a shout-out here on the Jacke Blog!

Onward and upward!

Who’s Saving America? The Promise of the B-Corp

We’ve had enough of cheaters for a while. Today let’s look at someone (or something) with the potential for saving America, or at least one corner of it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the B Corporation!

What’s a B Corporation (or “B Corp”), you ask? It’s a new type of business that aims to benefit the community and turn a profit. These entities have a much broader mission than traditional companies and as such are rebooting the idea of business success. But they’re only one aspect of what I consider to be a trend among intrepid millennials – a new economic movement I’ll call Indie Capitalism.

The quote comes from an article by Kathleen Sharp, who (probably at her editors’ request) frames this in terms of Baby Boomers vs. Millennials, a sideshow that she herself winds up contradicting. Put that aside. This is a story worth reading!

While some may argue that B Corporations run counter to the free market system, I don’t see it that way. Rather, they look to me like an attempt to fill a hole. Most corporations are required by law to maximize profits. If you, as the head of the corporation, want the freedom to pursue other goals as well (such as doing good for the community or helping the environment), you are out of luck.

Well, that’s not exactly true. You can own the business yourself and do whatever you want. But if you want access to capital, you will probably need to buy into the profit-maximization plan.(Let’s leave not-for-profits for another day.)

That’s all fine. Investing stockholders, for the most part, like the system of maximizing profits. The last thing you’d want is to invest in some company that fritters away money on some pet cause. But what if investors also want to help the environment or do good for the community? Can’t they invest in responsible companies with a well-defined broader mission? Probably not, at least in the traditional model. The law doesn’t really allow companies that freedom.

Enter the B Corporation. A legal entity, available in some states, that embraces the concept of broader-mission corporations—and in so doing increases the freedom of corporations and investors who want to see their time and money spent in advancing these goals.

Here we go, America! Long live the B Corporation! Let’s start saving America from the cheaters!

And…onward and upward!