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An HIP Christmas Letter - 2023


As the Christmas holiday approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on the year that has passed, filled with both trials and triumphs. In the midst of uncertainty and challenges, we are reminded of the immeasurable power of human connection, and the role that stories play in bringing us together. It is with a heart full of gratitude that we write this letter to express our deepest appreciation for our team’s invaluable contributions to HIP’s first book, "Soul to Soul: Tiny Stories of Hope and Resilience" by Faye Rapoport DesPres.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to order this incredible little book, you can do so at the link below. Your orders give us a chance to spread joy this year unlike any other company. “Soul to Soul” is a literary collection that would be considered genre-defining if it were to fit into any at all.

This year has been unlike any other, where the world has faced unprecedented difficulties. But even in the darkest of times, the light of hope has shone through, and it is through the pages of "Soul to Soul" that this light has been captured and shared. Each story, carefully crafted by our talented Faye, has the ability to touch the depths of our souls, reminding us of the strength within us all.

This remarkable collection of drabbles (100-word stories) made it’s  to my desk shortly after HIP opened it’s doors to the public, and I knew right away that I would have to publish it, whatever the cost. “Soul to Soul” has been painstakingly illustrated by European artist Anya Lauchlan, who’s work has been in many exhibitions around the world. This book is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Please show your support for Faye and Anya by purchasing a copy and sharing it with a friend.

Authors, you are the architects of these stories. With your pens as your tools and your imaginations as your canvas, you have woven tales that have the power to heal, inspire, and ignite hope. Your dedication to your craft and your willingness to share your words with the world have not only enriched our lives but have also given us the privilege of spreading joy to countless readers.

To our beloved artists, your illustrations have breathed life into the words of our authors. Your talent and creativity have transformed each story into a visual masterpiece, capturing the essence of its message and evoking emotions that words alone cannot convey. Your artistry has bridged the gap between the written word and the reader's imagination, creating a truly immersive experience.

And to our treasured customers, you are the heart and soul of our book. Your support and enthusiasm have made this journey possible. By embracing the stories within "Soul to Soul," you have not only become a part of our HIP family but have also become ambassadors of hope and resilience. Your feedback and encouragement have fueled our passion and reinforced our belief in the transformative power of storytelling.

Christmas, with its message of love, kindness, and compassion, is the perfect time to reflect on the significance of our collective efforts. It is a reminder that amidst the chaos of the world, there is still goodness to be found. And it is through the stories we share that this goodness is amplified, spreading love and joy to those who need it most.

We are reminded of the power of stories to connect us, transcending barriers of time and distance. Stories have the ability to unite us in our shared experiences, reminding us that we are not alone in our struggles. They have the power to comfort, inspire, and instill hope, reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit.

As we celebrate this holiday season, let’s be mindful of the essential role of authors in writing and readers in reading. Without your unwavering dedication to the written word, the stories and traditions we hold dear would not exist. Your passion and commitment have shaped the literary landscape, offering solace and escape to those who seek it.

In closing, we extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. May this holiday season bring you warmth, joy, and an abundance of blessings. May the stories we share continue to inspire and unite us, spreading love and hope to all corners of the world. And may the spirit of Christmas remind us that even in the darkest of times, there is always a flicker of light to guide us home.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Joshua Adams

Owner / Publisher

Huntsville Independent Press



Huntsville Independent Press is the premiere publishing imprint of the Southeast United States, and we want to help you, the author. HIP provides, at no cost to our signed authors, a better solution for the publication of your story. Our contracts are non-restrictive and offer higher royalties for our authors. No HIP advance is taken out of royalties. Your advance from us is a one-time payment for the privilege to publish your book and is not a loan. Our passionate team of editors work diligently to ensure that the uniqueness of your story is preserved through the editing process. While you’re here, feel free to look around to see if Huntsville Independent Press is the right home for your work. We are always happy to have talented authors find a publishing home here with us.



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