HP Organizational Culture

Hurn Publication’s leadership has defined an organizational culture for its publishing house that aligns the staff, volunteers, authors, illustrators and members with not only a shared view of “what is” but also of “why is.” This organizational culture is the story in which people within HP are embedded, and the values and rituals that reinforce that narrative.

HP’s organizational culture is made up of five things: Mission, Vision, Core Values, a membership-wide Code of Ethics, and a DEI Committment. As always, we welcome your feedback on each.


HP Mission & Vision

A summary of why HP exists (mission) and what’s possible because HP exists (vision).

HP’s MISSION is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.

HP’s VISION is a world where every independent author and illustrator has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.


HP Core Values

The implicitly understood, deeply held convictions that guide the spirit and nature of the HP, its staff, volunteers, authors, illustrators and members.

SERVICE, which expresses HP’s commitment to openness and accessibility. HP’s desire to be authentically helpful without further agenda reflects an understanding that the essence of leadership is service.

LEADERSHIP, which is expressed through HP’s position as a continuously growing Independent Publishing House in the United States, as well as in its commitment to providing expert programs and perspectives to aid authors and illustrators in an inclusive publishing experience and to the reading community.

INDEPENDENCE, which reflects a deep commitment to independent points of view and the belief that enabling access to these points of view is essential to creativity and innovation.

INCLUSIVITY, which reflects allegiance to a publishing industry where everyone can tell their story and find themselves in the content they read.



HP Code of Ethics

A commitment to professionalism, confirming HP’s collective belief that the production of content of lasting financial and/or cultural value is just as important as securing open markets for this content.

As part of the independent publishing community, HP members pledge to the following CODE OF ETHICS:

  • To uphold the highest standards of our industry, to create works of lasting financial and/or cultural value, and to pursue editorial, design, and production excellence.
  • To respect the rights of authors and other creators, to observe all copyright laws and conventions, and to never knowingly publish plagiarized work.
  • To reward authors and contributors for their work, to be honest in our financial dealings, to write contracts in understandable language, to resolve all disputes promptly and fairly, and to foster equal opportunity in our workplaces.
  • To not mislead readers or buyers with false promises, inflated sales data, or manipulated reviews.
  • To not publish works that encourage violence or hate speech.
  • To recycle and reuse and to follow green practices whenever possible.

HP DEI Commitment

An acknowledgement that the legacy of the book publishing industry is one of privilege, bias, and exclusion, which has significantly affected the books that are traditionally published.

To realize its vision of a world where every independent author and creator has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry, HP commits to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within its leadership, policies, practices, publications, and membership.


HP DEI Priorities, Goals, & Strategic Initiatives: 2020-2021

On July 1, 2020, the HP DEI Task Force launched its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) priorities, goals, and strategic initiatives for July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Click below to download the full plan.