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STORY

Portrait with a Book

Quiet Storm is a hybrid publisher that partners with underrepresented individuals and groups to create authentic books that empowers the writer and impacts the community.

 

The mission of Quiet Storm is to be a creator of books that empower the writer, promotes authentic storytelling, and supports personal and collective growth.

Our purpose is to provide meaningful connections that inspire our readers. We explore themes that contribute to a more inclusive, equitable and compassionate world, while producing books that connect to a larger community purpose.

 

We Value

  • Personal and collective healing 

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion 

  • Resilience, Awareness, Collaboration

In 2020, Danielle Ramirez wanted to bring women together to tell their stories. After googling the term, "Being Wichita Women" most of the search results included articles detailing violence against women. It was time to change the narrative. 30 local women came together to share their stories of trauma, adversity, resilience and healing.

Throughout this process 3 things happened. 

 - Contributors had an opportunity to build      community and experience healing through the writing & storytelling process

 - We created a book with stories that impact others, especially underrepresented communities and those experiencing hardship

 - This collaborative anthology birthed a deeper purpose: Quiet Storm Services, which was established in 2022

 

Even if you are new to publishing, it is 100% possible to produce a meaningful, quality book that your audience can support. Your story matters! 

What makes Quiet Storm unique? 

  • Trauma-informed services & books

  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid 

  • Meets IBPA Hybrid Publisher criteria

What does it mean to be trauma-informed? 

Six Principles of Trauma Informed Care

 

1. Safety

Throughout the organization, staff and the people they serve feel physically and psychologically safe.

2. Trustworthiness and transparency

Organizational operations and decisions are conducted with transparency and the goal of building and maintaining trust among staff, clients, and family members of those receiving services.

3. Peer support and mutual self-help

These are integral to the organizational and service delivery approach and are understood as a key vehicle for building trust, establishing safety, and empowerment.

4. Collaboration and mutuality

There is recognition that healing happens in relationships and in the meaningful sharing of power and decision-making. The organization recognizes that everyone has a role to play in a trauma-informed approach. One does not have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.

5. Empowerment voice, and choice

Organization aims to strengthen the staff, client, and family members's experience of choice and recognizes that every person's experience is unique and requires an individualized approach. This builds on what clients, staff, and communities have to offer, rather than responding to perceived deficits.

6. Cultural, historical, and gender issues

The organization actively moves past cultural stereotypes and biases , offers culturally responsive services, leverages the healing value of traditional cultural connections, and recognizes and addresses historical trauma.

Source: Centers for Disease Control 

 

 

What are IBPA Hybrid Publisher criteria? 

 

IBPA's Hybrid Publisher Criteria points to functions that a reputable hybrid publisher is expected to perform.

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Publishing Champions

 

Two sources of inspiration for Quiet Storm are Row House Publishing & Microcosm Publishing.

Row House Publishing is “Raising the Volume on Voices That Matter and publishing books at the intersection of literature and social justice."

Microcosm Publishing describes itself as having "a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom, influencing other publishers large and small with books and bookettes about DIY skills, food, zines, and art."

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