Chi Rho Connection, Vol. III, No. 2
CHI RHO CONNECTION
The Chi Rho Press eNewsletter
Vol. III, No. 2
25 January 2002
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
that word is love.
1. Improved Credit Card Access
2. Featured Book: �Positively Gay�
3. New Promissory Notes Offered
4. FYI: Chi Rho Press Royalties
5. Adam's Last Word: Exciting Times at the Press,
Inez Berry�s Passing
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1. Improved Credit Card Access
In our continuing efforts to better serve our customers,
Chi Rho Press has increased its ability to accept credit
cards. Over the past year and a half we have been able
to take credit card payment only on our Web page
(http://www.ChiRhoPress.com). We were working through
an intermediary company, using their merchant accounts.
D3 Marketing Innovations, of Lexington, KY firm has been
in charge of our Web page and shopping cart. Dotti Berry,
Angie Childers, and the other marvelous folks at D3 have
been a huge help to Chi Rho Press as we continued to
improve our Web page.
Thanks to the hard work of the Press� Editor/Office Manager
Kevin Stone Fries, we now have our own merchant account!
This means we are not limited to our Web page when
accepting credit card payments, but can take credit card
payments over the telephone, by fax, by e-mail, by snail
mail, or even in person. (Wait until you see our cool
Our first real credit card payment was taken over the phone
from a bookstore customer for over $340! A new bank account
has been opened to receive and keep track of credit card
payments (especially important for royalty payments!) and
other systems are in place.
So whether you want to order something on line, over the
phone, by e-mail, in person, or any other way, you can
now pay by credit card. You can even call us to become
a Guardian Angel and we can take your contribution over
the phone on your credit card.
Chi Rho Press accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express,
2. Featured Book: Positively Gay
Chi Rho Press has copies of the third edition of
'Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life'
(Celestial Arts, 2001).
Chi Rho Press is now carrying this book in part because
our founder and Director, Adam DeBaugh, wrote the chapter
entitled, 'Using Your Gay and Lesbian Voting Power.'
This is an important book and the updated new edition,
in the bright red cover, is an important addition to every
'I wish we had published that!' says Adam DeBaugh. 'But
I am proud to have been a part of Positively Gay since the
publication of the first edition in 1979. This book has
been a classic for 22 years, a must read for all LGBT people
and their allies!'
'Positively Gay has been widely and consistently praised
for its practical treatment of the variety of topics
affecting the lives of gays and lesbians. In this revised,
third edition, Dr. Betty Berzon has brought together an
impressive list of contributors from diverse backgrounds,
disciplines, and approaches to spotlight significant but
frequently overlooked issues that often take center stage
in a gay or lesbian person's life.� (From the book jacket.)
Author Michelangelo Signorile says, 'Positively Gay was the
first gay book I ever read. It scared me. It challenged
me. It excited me. And it eventually made me feel good
Sections of the book include, Being Gay: Personal Issues,
Social Options; Partnering: The Special Issues of Same-Sex
Coupling; Family Relations: Fresh Perspectives; Aging: A
Season of Grace; Religion: Reconciling the Spiritual
Dilemma; The Practical Aspects: Taking Control of Your
Life; People of Color: The Special Experiences of
Minorities Within a Minority; Young People: The Future
of Our Community; and Telling Our Stories. There is
also a helpful discussion guide.
Authors include the compiler and editor, Betty Berzon,
Mark Thompson, Betty Fairchild, Del Martin and Phyllis
Lyon, Rabbi Denise Eger, Rev. William Johnson, Father
Robert Nugent, Brian McNaught, R. Adam DeBaugh, Teresa
DeCrescenzo, and John Preston. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank
wrote the Foreword.
'Positively Gay' sells for $14.95, plus $2.50 shipping
and handling. Currently it is only available from Chi
Rho Press through mail order (not on the Web page yet,
look for it online soon!). Please send your credit card
information, check, or money order for $17.45 to Chi Rho
Press, P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898.
3. New Promissory Notes Offered
The Board of Directors of Chi Rho Press has authorized
issuing new Promissory Notes at 6% simple interest. The
Promissory Notes are a way for Chi Rho Press to seek
capitalization for our ministry. The investments will
be used to pay down existing, more expensive debt,
increase staff effectiveness, and fund the printing of
new publications. We urge you to invest in this ministry
with $1,000 or more in Promissory Notes.
Promissory Notes in $1,000 increments are available from
Chi Rho Press, at 6% simple interest, repaid in eight
quarterly payments over a two year period.
Write Adam@... for the text of the Promissory
Note, and send your check or credit card information for
$1,000 (or $2,000, $3,000, or even $5,000!). We will
send a signed Note upon the receipt of your check or
credit card payment.
Of course, contributions to Chi Rho Press are fully tax
deductible. If you are able to make a financial gift to
this ministry, we would welcome your support. Gifts and
contributions of any size are welcome and appreciated!
Our Guardian Angel Individual Sponsors program starts
with a minimum gift of $150 a year and our Guardian
Angels receive discounts on Press publications, free
gifts during the year, and special other perks.
Thanks for your support!
4. FYI: Chi Rho Press Royalties
We are introducing a new column called FYI, which will
discuss aspects of publishing and the business of Chi Rho
Press. This month�s FYI column is about Royalties.
Authors make money from their writing, in part, from
royalties. Royalties are a percentage of sales of
published books. Publishing houses have a wide variety
of policies about royalty payments.
Early in the life of Chi Rho Press, we were negotiating
publishing a second edition of a book published by another
small house. The author told me he was eagerly waiting
for his first royalty check from the first edition,
especially since the other publisher had decided not to
keep the book in print and returned publication rights
to him. Out of curiosity, I asked what his contract said,
and he told me that he was to start earning royalties
after the first 1,000 books were sold.
Since he was updating and adding new material to his
already published work, I talked with the publisher about
taking over publication rights for this excellent book.
I asked what their press run had been for the first
edition and was told 1,000 copies. Only later did it
dawn on me that they had cheated the author, he would
never earn any royalties because they would never sell
over 1,000 books. When I told the author this, he was
quite dismayed. He hadn�t been told what the press run
was and the implications of that decision on his contract
in terms of royalty payments.
That is one reason why we have always had a royalty policy
that is rather generous by industry standards, and why we
involve our authors in all decisions about their books,
from page design, cover art, editing decisions, price, and
even the press run.
Chi Rho Press is a small, independent publishing house.
We started with no capitalization. We have pretty much
lived hand to mouth, spending what we take in. Only over
the past couple of years has Chi Rho Press sought
capitalization through loans and our Promissory Notes
program, and most recently with gifts and contributions
made possible by our 501(c)(3) status, which make
contributions to Chi Rho Press fully tax deductible.
We customarily don�t pay advances to our authors but we
are proud that our royalty schedule is better than most
other houses. Our royalty policy is that we pay our
authors 20% of actual sales income for their books.
Royalties start being paid after the printing costs (and
only printing costs) have been recouped in sales.
Royalties are paid quarterly.
Editor Kevin Stone Fries likes to call Chi Rho Press a
�micro-press� and he is right, we are a small house with
limited staff and resources, though we are continually
growing. For 12 years we have been committed to
publishing quality books on religious and spiritual
themes of special interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgendered, and seeking community and our friends.
For the most part we have published authors who have not
been published before and whose work might not have been
published by larger, mainstream houses. We feel that it
is important to give our authors the opportunity to have
their work published.
Our royalty system won�t necessarily enable any of our
authors to retire, but we think it is one incentive to
come to Chi Rho Press with their manuscripts rather than
to some of the big houses.
Just For Your Information!
5. Adam's Last Word:
These are exciting times at Chi Rho Press! We will soon
roll out our new, improved Web site. We can now accept
credit cards everywhere, not just on the Web site (please
see article 1). We today launched a new periodic feature
article in your Chi Rho Connection, FYI (article 4). The
Board has authorized a new issue of Promissory Notes
More exciting changes are in the works as well. We are
preparing to launch a new, on-line theological journal,
the Chi Rho Quarterly. New books are in the works. Kevin
continues editing Dr. Sandy Bochonok�s book of daily
meditations, �Living as the Beloved.� We have new
manuscripts to review.
Our list of Guardian Angels is growing as well and we
encourage our supporters to become Guardian Angels, with
your tax-deductible contribution of at least $150.
2002 is going to be a busy and challenging year. Thanks
for being a part of it with us!
We are saddened at the death of Inez Berry, the mother of
UFMCC evangelist the Rev. Delores Berry, last Saturday,
Jan. 19. I will be attending Inez� funeral at MCC DC
tomorrow (Jan. 26). MCC founder Troy Perry will officiate.
Inez was an amazing woman of faith. She was intensely
loyal to her family, especially her daughter Delores and
Delores� partner Judy. She was a great supporter of
Delores and Judy�s ministry of evangelism and of MCC.
Inez was one of the first heterosexual parents who became
members of MCC and was a familiar figure at church
I remember Inez Berry as a wonderful cook, a sweet spirit,
a generous and caring woman, and a real mother to many
people to whom she reached out with love and devotion.
The love and prayers of all of us here at Chi Rho Press
go out to Delores and Judy and the rest of their family
as we mourn Inez together. May she rest in peace and may
light perpetual shine upon her as she finally rests in
the loving arms of her creator.
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Chi Rho Press. We are eager for your comments, your
suggestions, your assistance with selling our books,
and your own purchases! And of course, we covet your
prayers for this ministry.
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