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OUR STORY

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Fulcrum Publishing started as a conversation between two friends, in a tent, deep in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, in the summer of 1983. 

 
 

An unrelenting rainstorm kept Bob Baron and Hunter Holloway huddled inside their shelter for the better part of two days. So instead of exploring the Wyoming wilderness, they found themselves discussing how to best preserve and protect it. 

 
 

Their exchange became the bedrock for the conservation-minded publishing company Baron founded in Denver the following year. 

 
 

Baron envisioned Fulcrum as an unbiased matchmaker between hungry readers and ardent authors. 

 
 

As a place of equilibrium or point where action begins, as the name Fulcrum suggests. 

 
 

As a vessel through which current issues and the story of the American West could be thoroughly charted. 

 
 

As a platform for continuing the conversation that started in the Yellowstone backcountry in 1983, with the aim of expanding that conversation to an even broader readership through established and emerging voices. 

 
 

Nearly 40 years later, that lasting vision continues to shape the work we do. 

 
 

Today, Fulcrum is recognized as one of the nation’s leading independent publishers of civics, conservation, and Native American titles. Its authors have earned accolades from the Harvey Awards, National Book Foundation, New York Public Library, PEN USA Literary Awards, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, among many others. 

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ENGAGE

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. 

EMPOWER 

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. 

CONSERVE

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. 

CONNECT

We have valued and cultivated communities for nearly 40 years and will continue to do so as we grow and evolve in the future. 

OUR GUIDING
PRINCIPLES

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OUR MISSION

Fulcrum Publishing is a leading independent publisher of literary works that explore conservation, 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. 

A STORIED HISTORY

1986

First book published

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First Conservation book published

1986

1987

First Self-Help book published

First copublishing project

1986

1987

1988

First Native American book published

50th book published

1990

1992

100th book published

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50

100

500th book published

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2002

 SELECTED AWARDS

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WHAT AUTHORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH FULCRUM:

“I am particularly indebted to the great folks at Fulcrum publishing. I could not have hoped or wished for a better team to work with. Who would have thought that publishing a book could be such a fun, fulfilling, and uplifting experience? Even though I wrote the manuscript, I have no opposition to considering this our book.” 

—Bernard. L. Osborne, author of Servant Leadership from the Middle 

Timberly Williams