Monday, December 19, 2016

Iconic publisher says farewell with gratitude.

Since establishing Volcano Press Inc. in 1981, I am extremely proud to have published so many meaningful books in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse and women’s health. It has been said that our books literally--saved lives. I believe that to be true.

However, it was the vision and courage of our authors, some who wrote their stories at great personal peril, to whom these accolades must go. Volcano Press will be forever in their debt and proud of our affiliation with each and all of them.

It is my fervent hope that the books we published over the years inspired women to get out of dangerous relationships, enter (or re-enter) the work force, educate themselves, family members, alert friends and co-workers, as well as encouraging countless advocates and professionals in the field to continue their hard work.

We also published a number of marvelous books for children, on art and California’s Mother Lode history. Each book that ended up with a Volcano Press logo on it--was a labor of love and desire to enlighten our readers.

Over the years, the Independent Publishers Services (IPS) division of Volcano Press has also provided authors and other independent publishers with exhibiting and foreign licensing arrangements that have extended the reach of their books to international markets.

It has been nothing short of an amazing 35 years for me as the owner and President of this company.

However, it is now time for me to retire from the business and wind up company activities, which will be completed by the end of 2016.

I thank all of the authors and organizations I have worked with over the years, and of course the many readers of our publications.

I bid you all peace and prosperity in the future. I just know that others will carry the torch forward and for that, I am both hopeful and grateful.

Ruth Gottstein
December, 2016