About New Degree Press

New Degree Press was founded in 2017 as an Independent Book Publisher Association-recognized hybrid publishing house focused on empowering authors as owners. To date, New Degree Press has worked with more than 600 authors, many of whom have routinely been recognized in media and press including Newsweek, The Washington Post, USA Today, and dozens of other media brands and publications. Our culture is grounded in being kind, community-driven, and deeply practical.


As a publisher, New Degree Press is based in an educational pedagogy of “creation-based learning”—which means that the goal of the publishing experience is a taught and guided experience through all the aspects of publishing (pre-launch, revisions, cover design, layout, marketing, and printing).


We believe in making the experience rich and fulfilling for each author so they have the agency and autonomy over decisions related to their book with the support of experienced professionals.


Our Model

New Degree Press is a new approach to the University Press model of publishing. We operate as a public benefit corporation—B Corporation—that doesn’t rely on grants or donors but is focused on impact.


Our mission: “To help creators create, demonstrate, and inspire while putting good into the world.”


The books we publish tend to have a social focus or have a mission-impact in some way, and the authors we work with often partner with nonprofits, schools and other organizations to create awareness and raise money toward different social and political issues.

New Degree Press is a platform for creators, not a controller of creativity. Authors are involved in each part of their publishing journey—from cover design and layout to launch and promotion.


At New Degree Press, we believe our authors should always own their work (and all derivative rights). We help them produce, publish, and sell their books. As the owner of their work, our authors collect all royalties (or profits from book sales) when they publish. We also connect creators from all backgrounds worldwide and help give a voice to those who thought publishing their work was impossible.


Our publishing model consists of a pre-sale model designed to help you both (a) build your audience; and (b) offset your production costs so you are profitable when you publish. If you are unable to reach your pre-sale goal, you are under no obligation to publish with New Degree Press. (We’ll even refund your preorders.)


Although we’re a relatively young publishing company, each of our editorial departments have, on average, at least a decade of experience in publishing, writing, production and design, and marketing.

Meet the Team

Editorial Department Heads:



Venus Bradley

Head of Acquiring Editing

Venus Bradley has been working in book publishing for over a decade. She began her book career in bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble, before eventually obtaining a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. She then went on to get an MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults at Hamline University. Over the years Venus has done freelancing and worked for several publishers in various editorial and production capacities including Candlewick Press, McGraw Hill, Pearson Education, and Duke University Press. One of Venus’ favorite quotes is by Barbara W. Tuchman, “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” Venus strives to make that philosophy part of her editorial perspective, to help authors create their best books and make their voices heard. 


Leila Summers

Head of Marketing & Revisions Editing

Leila Summers is an author, editor, and book coach with a love for all things creative and human. Since 2009, Leila has been advising, inspiring, and assisting fellow writers and creatives to realize their full potential and authentically spread the word about their wonderful talents. She specializes in the writing, publishing, and promotion of books and is currently Head of the Marketing & Revisions Editor Department at New Degree Press.


Amanda Brown

Head of Copy Editing

Amanda Brown has been with New Degree Press from the beginning. She has more than fifteen years of experience in copy editing and proofreading for publishing houses, independent authors, and a wide variety of businesses in every genre imaginable. Her background also includes nearly two decades in engineering, mathematics, and information technology. When her nose is not buried in a book, she is pursuing one of her other facets as an entrepreneur, farmer, rental property owner, and mom of an amazing kiddo and two great danes. She always welcomes new ideas, warped humor, and enthralling projects.


Brian Bies

Head of Publishing

Brian Bies joined New Degree Press in 2017. Brian's book, Indie Gaming: Finding Entrepreneurial Success in Video Games, was part of New Degree Press's first batch of published books. Brian manages New Degree Press and volunteers his time with Creator Institute through their partnership.

New Degree Press - Advisory Council

The New Degree Press Advisory Council is a group of Creators, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs in and from across the various fields of publishing who want to help inspire and empower others to also become Creators.


Shane Mac

Chairman of the Advisory Council

Shane Mac is the Chairman of the Board for New Degree Press. Shane is the CEO & Co-Founder of Assist and the author of Stop with the BS.


Daniel Houghton

Member, Advisory Council

Daniel Houghton is the former CEO of Lonely Planet, one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. Daniel is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Alum.


Adam Brotman (CDO, Starbucks and CEO, Brightloom)


Chase Jarvis (CEO, CreativeLive and author)

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Catherine Spence (Co-Founder and COO, Murmur)


Christina Mallon (Managing Partner, Open Style Lab)

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David Marquet (President of Intent-Based Leadership Institute and bestselling author, Rated #1 Business Book by Forbes)

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Joshua Schwartz (CEO, Pubvendo)


Megan O'Connor (CEO, Clark)


Robert Stephens (CTO, BestBuy and Founder, The Geek Squad)