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INSPIRING PASSION, PROGRESS, AND PERSEVERANCE FOR 40 YEARS.
Fulcrum Publishing is a leading independent publisher of literary works that explore conservation and stewardship, American culture, civics, and the American West. Our mission is to empower authors and engage readers through timeless, thought-provoking titles that inspire passion, progress, and perseverance.
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We take pride in maintaining an independent business model that is both mission-driven and author-centric.
Fulcrum books aren’t built in a factory; they’re sewn from the heartstrings of storytellers. They’re born atop the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and the marble steps of the US Capitol Building. Along the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma, and the sandy shores of the Great Lakes.
We strive to tell untold stories and to spark constructive conversations.
We seek to amplify the voices of new and emerging writers, just as we desire to be a destination for established and enduring writers.
From our readers to our authors to our colleagues—the passion of the Fulcrum community extends far beyond our four walls, as it has for nearly four decades.
Fulcrum is not a corporate conglomerate but rather a collection of inspired individuals, ready to meet you with a helping hand and a fresh idea.
How does literature empower lives?
We have always believed that books can transform the lives of everyday people because we’ve seen it happen time and time again. And we knew Deborah Davis’s Empty Cradle, Broken Heart was destined to do just that when it first hit shelves in 1996. Now in its third edition, this gentle and insightful guide has helped thousands of parents and families navigate a silent but all-too-common struggle: the heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. “I’ve heard from so many parents over the years, and many have literally said, ‘Your book saved my life,’” Davis said.
How does literature empower conservation?
Sam H. Ham’s Interpretation has changed the way docents, naturalists, zookeepers, and park rangers see and understand the natural world around them. For Christiana Admiral, the National Park Service’s regional chief of interpretation, this meant developing a new nationwide training program—based on key principles in Ham’s book—that will be rolled out in 2022. “Interpretation has been the basis for global philanthropic programs operated by National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund,” Ham said. “These programs have raised millions of dollars to support conservation and community development programs that have had a transformative effect on the use of thematic interpretation to protect some of our planet’s most precious icons, including the oceans, polar bears, and Galápagos Islands, to name a few.”
How does literature empower culture?
For more than 35 years, one of our highest missions has been to share the story of America—its people, places, and principles. And we can only share a complete story if we, as a publisher, provide a platform for diverse and historically underrepresented authors. In Keepers of the Earth, Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac and educator Michael J. Caduto use more than two dozen Native American parables to teach future generations about the importance of environmental stewardship. “Keepers of the Earth should be in every library,” late environmental biologist Helen Ross Russell said of the book. “Social studies, science, and environmental responsibility can be greatly enriched by using this book. The 25 legends from 20 different cultures selected by Abenaki Joseph Bruchac and interpreted by easily understood scientific information and hands-on activities by Michael Caduto make this a gold mine for teaching important concepts.”
"While books would continue to be published in a world without small, independent presses, the overall quality of books would suffer, and we would lose the platform that allows for the untested and unheard. Small presses embrace topics not because they are popular but because they are important, and when these topics come into fashion and then fall out, as so often happens, indies continue to stick to their mission-driven publishing programs."
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—Sam Scinta, Publisher
Hear It from Our Readers
"Offers wonderful read-aloud material for parents who want to teach their children to revere the Earth."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We believe in the transformative power of literature and stop at nothing to fine-tune and fully realize every book that bears the Fulcrum name before it reaches the hands of our readers.
We develop one-on-one relationships with each of our authors to ensure they are heard, supported, and organically integrated with our publishing and marketing processes.
We believe in being responsible stewards of our country and the environment and aim to meaningfully advance public discourse and deliberation with the titles we publish.
We have valued and cultivated communities for nearly 40 years and will continue to do so as we grow and evolve in the future.
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