Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house supported by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Department of English. Its cautious rate of publication – 32 titles since it was established in 1984, or a maximum of two titles per year – has enabled Cornerstone Press to be very selective about the books it publishes, and to lavish attention on each and every author with which it has had the privilege of working. Indeed, Cornerstone Press has built its reputation with readers on the back of this quality, and its reputation with authors and would-be authors on the basis of these close relationships. Nonetheless, Cornerstone Press has managed to publish across just about every major genre of book: fiction, including both novels and short story collections; non-fiction collections, including collections of essays, journalism, memoirs, and letters; poetry; children's and young adult books; local histories; translations; cookbooks; guide books; and books of cartoons.
Cornerstone Press's reputation as a publisher of quality books and incubator for talented writers has been further consolidated as a result of several notable achievements:
- Cornerstone Press published the first book by Patrick Rothfuss, Quill Award winner and New York Times bestselling novelist. Rothfuss has achieved notoriety as the author of the first two books (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear) in a projected trilogy collectively titled The Kingkiller Chronicle, but his first-ever book was Your Annotated, Illustrated College Survival Guide, Volume I, published by Cornerstone Press in 2005.
- Cornerstone Press published Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest (2007) by Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz, which quickly sold through its initial print run. Cornerstone Press then sold the rights to a second edition to the University of Wisconsin Press, which republished the book as Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region in 2009.
- Influences: How Ancient Hinduism Dramatically Changed Early Christianity by A.L. Herman. It was originally published by Cornerstone Press in 2004 and again in 2009 by Indian publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, retitled Influences of Ancient Hinduism on Early Christianity.
- Justin Isherwood, author of many books with many different publishing houses, including White Ladies and Naked Gardens (1991) with Cornerstone Press, was described as "one of the Badger state's best-known literary exports."
- In 2010, Cornerstone Press published Jake the Grizz and the World's Fastest Snowboard by Kit Kiefer. Kiefer is the author of six previously published titles, including four books in the Marvel Encyclopedia series. Cornerstone Press was able to draw upon Kiefer's connections in the field of comic books in order to convince acclaimed comic book artist Christopher Ivy to create a dozen unique illustrations for Jake the Grizz. Kiefer is also the author of numerous articles that have appeared in well-known publications such as The New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens.
However, we have not even mentioned what is arguably Cornerstone Press's most distinctive feature: Cornerstone Press is staffed by students taking English 349: Editing and Publishing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For those interested in how such a unique class began and how it has succeeded, we suggest you look at our history page
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