In the entire publishing industry, Moon & Son Publishing Company stands out as the largest publisher (in Fithian, Illinois although the Fithian Methodist Church Newsletter runs a close second). It was originally established in Danville, Illinois in 1982 as Edward J. Moon Publishing and its primary purpose was to publish music I'd written along with a partner. The name means absolutely nothing--we needed something to call ourselves, and after a few beers (probably Schlitz or Pabst Blue Ribbon we'd liberated from somebody's garage refrigerator) we thought that "Edward J. Moon" sounded cool. We were still in high school at the time, but I must admit that I still think "Edward J. Moon" sounds cool.
|Edward J. Moon Studios: The Early Years|
By 1994, our partnership dissolved. We didn't get in a fight or anything, we just realized we were spending a lot of time at it and just breaking even. We decided to spend a little more time focused on careers and family. I did a few projects here and there using the name Moon Publishing on the copyrights--that consisted mostly of writing advertising jingles and a few more video production soundtracks. But by 1996, Moon Publishing had faded away into oblivion.
At least, that's what I thought . . .
In 2010, I wrote my first novel One Last Shot. I knew one thing for certain--I didn't want to publish my fiction the same way I'd published my non-fiction previously. After several frustrating experiences with agents and publishing companies, I decided to be my own publisher. I didn't have a name for the publishing company, and hadn't really thought about it very much. The only name I'd considered had been Twin Rivers Publishing--Twin Rivers is the fictional town in my novel. But as fate would have it, I ran into my old recording partner for the first time in almost twenty years. I told him what I was up to, and he said, "Let me guess, your publisher is Edward J. Moon?"
I hadn't thought about that name in years. It was a heck of a thought.
|Moon & Son's New Production Facility at Bikini Atoll|
My good friend and Brother Master Mason, Ray Gordon, is a graphic designer, and he created the colophon for the company. The moon in the logo is actually based on an old Masonic woodcut--Ray added my profile to it.
|One of the authors Moon & Son is talking to?*|
In the last couple years, I've been asked to publish a few books that I didn't write. In fact, there is one writer in particular that is interested in publishing with Moon & Son, and if we can work out the details, Moon & Son may very well move in that direction in the next few years.
Oddly enough, we've come full circle. Moon & Sons still operates out of one of my spare bedrooms--with the exception of our brand new production facility at Bikini Atoll. I just don't get why real estate is so cheap there!
Anyway, that is the long and almost completely true story of Moon & Son Publishing Company.
Todd E. Creason
CEO, CFO, Marketing Director, Distribution
PR, Shipping, Accounts Payable, Janitor
*Stephen King is talking with Moon & Son? Well, believe it or not, it's true. I've talked to him several times. He's starting to sound interested in some kind of legally binding document--I think he called it a restraining order? It sounds promising.