What do you get when you combine three people like John Norton, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, and Will Richardson?

An extraordinary and innovative publishing venture for educators!

Powerful Learning Press will:

….publish concise, inexpensive books that showcase the authentic voices of teachers, principals and other educators who are revamping their classroom and leadership practices to better meet the learning needs of iGeneration students.

You can read more about it at their website, and learn about an online book launch party on December 6th (and get a free copy of the book, to boot!).

Here’s another excerpt from their announcement:

How is PLPress different?

PLPress authors will be teachers, administrators, and education change leaders who are actively working to transform teaching and learning. Too few ideas, especially in education, are ‘asked’ to be published. We want to change that.

PLPress will publish books in the 15-30,000 word range, in interactive e-editions. Some books will also be offered in print. Many busy educators have great ideas and experience to share but don’t have time to write a 70,000-word book. We’ll help get those ideas out there for others to use and learn from.

Authors will retain copyright control of their work, with limited rights granted to PLPress. Many first-time book authors are annoyed to learn that they don’t retain copyright ownership of their work. Authors who publish with PLPress will own what they produce.
Authors will share equally with PLPress in profits from book sales. Compare that to traditional publishers, who offer first-time authors 8-15 percent of profits.

PLPress will provide editing, graphics and marketing support, and the authors will provide their intellectual capital and writer’s sweat. It will be a 50-50 partnership. We also intend to shorten the publishing cycle. The traditional publishing process can take up to 18 months. We don’t have that luxury in today’s rapidly changing learning environment.

Between their top-notch leadership group, their innovative procedures, and the educators they already have lined-up as authors, you know this is going to be a place to keep your eyes on….