Many of the world’s great religious traditions urge us to be mindful, to focus on the present moment, and to fill our hearts with gratitude. It is this charge, to take things “one step at a time,” that drives the mission of theÂ Grateful Steps Foundation.
Based in Asheville, Grateful Steps is a non-profit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures:
We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours.
Grateful Steps not only wants to publish great books, they want to publish books that further the causes of other worthy non-profit organizations; expand the interfaith conversation in western North Carolina; and support economic development and social enterprise.
As part of that mission, each month they feature a different visual artist’s collection in their space. Their on-site store emphasizes local authors and niche genres.
Donations of $5 or more are welcome here.
Printing costs are often off-set by donations. While a book’s saleability is not their primary concern, according to a 2014 write-up in Mountain Xpress, Grateful Steps does have the occasional runaway hit.
â€œIf we were a business that picks books that made money, we wouldnâ€™t have picked Tonda and TK: Friends,â€ owner Micki Cabaniss Eutsler says of the childrenâ€™s book by Mary Byrd and Stephanie Willard. Itâ€™s about a friendship between a cat and an orangutan. â€œBut National Geographic picked it up, and it wonâ€™t stop selling.â€
There’s no real information on the website in terms of how to submit to Grateful Steps, but if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll be the first to know when their short story contest opens and be able to keep up to date with all their goings on.