Wisdom Moon Publishing
Boutique Publishing House
 
MISSION STATEMENT

We are a nonprofit book publisher dedicated to offering fresh and forgotten texts for an audience that wants to understand and to appreciate better the human situation (or predicament) at this point in history.

Our publishing house is designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. Contributions are tax-deductible to donors under US Tax law.

We are a publishing house that brings together authors with our editorial staff, which works with a respect for the author’s autonomy and preferences, in a dialogue of viewpoints that is designed to produce a more grounded, clear, and well-presented text. We encourage each manuscript in honing it into an admirable piece of information and writing.

OUR PROCESS, GUIDED BY OUR MISSION

Wisdom Moon Publishing, Inc. has both a literary and an education mission. We are dedicated to finding works that will be published as refined, readable texts, the product of both the author and the editorial staff here, books that aim at being permanent additions to the world's literature, in many forms (from prose to poetry to plays, to essays, fiction, and non-fiction). Our interest is to include books that offer focused teachings that can be applied by all who are interested in the field being presented, as well as those that offer a broader application to many people. Our interest is in quality books worth keeping and returning to repeatedly through the years, a library of "keeper" books.

We may note that some Wisdom Moon Publishing authors are teachers or professors, published in their own fields, who have texts here available for interested students, in the system of worldwide distribution that Wisdom Moon Publishing, Inc. employs.

We are a small publishing house that respects traditional publishing with its focus on works that are in harmony with our mission; we give great importance to the vision of each author, and respect and encourage the powerful and effective use of language: We are looking for manuscripts that illuminate our situation in life, the human condition in its many dimensions, that give deeper understanding and insight into what our lives are about and can be about, that give a vision that broadens our appreciation of the specialness of life, which some call its sacred dimension and others the potential for full living on earth.

We are home to authors with many orientations, including those with an interest in the mind and psychological processes, in the interpersonal and societal dimensions of our lives, and in the very appreciation of language itself. We are interested in works that have their own value, independent of passing tastes and trends.

Our work includes going from ideas and early drafts to a refined sense of the desired nature of the manuscript in question. We are dedicated to taking the time to work with an author’s draft: an early draft invites editing, working with grammar, spelling, and diction issues, as well as with the overall flow of ideas and integrity of the work.

We are interested in inspired voices that express not only mainstream understandings of our current world, but that also question and have us reflect more seriously in coming to a more well-rounded comprehension of what we are interested in understanding and appreciating. Many are the world-renowned authors who had been unable to find a traditional publisher to invest in their manuscript, until taking matters into their own hands.

Many are those who ended agreements with those same traditional publishing houses because of the imbalanced dynamic between artist and authoritarian publisher. We believe that authors should be free to maintain their autonomy, and to remain loyal to their message, seeing their work benefiting the world, as envisioned and refined to their satisfaction. We seek to collaborate respectfully with all our authors, and remain true to their poetic vision.

OUR VISION OF LITERATURE AND OUR RESPECT FOR AUTHORS

Our publishing house honors and is focused on literature. So what do we understand literature to be? Here, we can consider literature as one major function of language. Our interest in coming to a clear understanding of any topic of concern is often best satisfied by a specific verbalization or use of language. With this is the birth of literature. In the history of literature, there are examples of oral traditions, in which a given story or teaching was repeated verbatim through the years, even if the text in question was quite long. We saw this with Serbian oral tradition, with poet-bards reciting extremely long stories. And, for several centuries, the Iliad by Homer was also a spoken teaching, taking its definitive form long after Homer’s lifetime.

When we consider written literature, the forms that are taken are many: from short stories, to novellas, to long works—novels (think of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Resurrection, or Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov), as well as poems or metered text, as prose poetry, and as plays, recitations in action that conveyed a teaching or understanding of reality. The ancient Greeks, of course, honed plays to an art that stands strong after millennia.

In addition, it may be known that many authors and poets in the past could find no commercial publishing house to accept their works and had to write, edit, and polish their work totally on their own, and then find a printer and bookbinder to take their manuscript to completion as a bound text. In earlier centuries, this feature might be taken care of by a patron, as Lorenzo de Medici for Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli (more artists than authors, of course). Or, Lord Shaftesbury, patron of John Locke, or again, King Frederick the Great, patron of Immanuel Kant, and Karl Abraham Freiherr (Baron) von Zedlitz, the Royal Minister of State of Prussia, to whom Kant dedicated the first (1781) and second (1787) editions of his Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure Reason).

In more modern times, artists whose works were not accepted by publishers and who organized and paid for their own works have included some of the most respected and honored authors in the world. These include Thomas Paine (Common Sense); Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice); Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass); Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn); Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse; Mrs. Dalloway; Orlando: A Biography)—setting up with husband their own publishing house, Hogarth Press, to do so; James Joyce (Ulysses); Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit); T. E. Lawrence/Lawrence of Arabia (Seven Pillars of Wisdom); as well as Marcel Proust (Swann’s Way) —André Gide had rejected this first volume of Remembrance of Things Past, but then recanted his harsh judgment and went on to publish the remaining six volumes of Proust’s long novel; and Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar), among many others. Other authors persisted even after receiving at times more than twenty rejections from traditional publishers, finally finding a willing partner for their manuscripts (Ernest Hemingway for The Sun Also Rises, and Edgar Rice Burroughs for Tarzan of the Apes, among others.)

If we look again beyond literature, we will come across other artists who languished in an unrecognized state of limbo; some came to recognition in rather unexpected ways. For example, Frédéric Chopin (Polish name, Fryderyk Szopen)—son of Nicolas Chopin, a Polonized French emigre and professor of French at numerous institutions in Poland—after becoming unwanted (a persona non grata) in Poland —escaped to Paris. There Frederic found no support or appreciation for his compositions, for over two full years, until the Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt played one of Chopin’s compositions at a salon gathering with some of the French elite and aristocracy present. With this, Chopin had the doors of success and recognition opened to him. (Otherwise, his plan had been to leave Paris and France and try his fortunes in the USA, which never happened.)

The culture of the world clearly benefits by patrons of the arts, as we desire to be, together with your support and good will.

 

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