Page One Press
If you’ve read a recent TNR, then you are certainly familiar with the name Debra Moon. In addition to being a top notch contributor to our humble small town newspaper, Debra also owns and operates Page One Press here in Talent. We recently had the opportunity to ask Debra a few questions about her career path.
When did this business open?
Page One Press started in 2003. It was born out of a company called Southwest Human Empowerment, which operated in Arizona and California, focusing on grant writing, facilitating and implementing programs for personal and social development. Relocating to Talent brought a new focus to the company. Now, myself and Page One Press consider community involvement and improvement the end goal, but approach the task through publications, workshops and training to give voice to individuals, authors, and educators.
How long you’ve lived in Talent, what brought you here, and from where?
I am the head, and sole proprietor, of Page One Press. Myself, and the company, have lived in Southern Oregon for two years, moving here permanently after my retirement from teaching in a home-schooling support charter school, CORE, for 16 years. Before my move here, I have visited and spent summers in the local area for 40 years, having family in Medford and the Grants Pass area.
What is your background in this type of business, and what motivated you to follow this career:
I have served on several boards for non-profit corporations. I incorporated and ran a small Montessori School for many years before taking the position as teacher/evaluator at CORE. In between the two positions as an educator, I worked for nine years on the Hopi Indian Reservation, mainly helping establish and administrate programs for economic development and for programs for youth. Not to pass over that experience too cursorily, I have to say that I found myself almost in a foreign country, but it was right within the U.S.A. I was an exchange student in a small, undeveloped town in Mexico in my junior year of high school, so I have experienced an actual foreign country. During this nine-year visit to a subculture of the United States, the Hopi Nation, I did social work, but I also constantly wrote for newspaper and published books. I also served as the editor of the Hopi newspaper, The Tutuveni, for one year.
I have, since moving away from the Hopi Nation, been self-employed through Page One Press as a part-time business. I have a passion for writing and for supporting authors to publish their work. There is no genre that have not participated in. I started in newspaper, writing a humor column, Moonshine, then quickly added both news and human-interest articles. I have written and published poetry, vignettes (slice of life observations—a whole book of them titled Parking Meter Blues—a second book is in the making), magazine articles, history books and novels.
Any interesting personal items that you would like to share:
When I moved to Talent, I was immediately (after living here only two days) invited (I believe, in some kind of synchronistic way) to join the Talent Historical Society. I became a Board Member and have loved being part of this organization, which is very sincere about preserving and sharing local heritage. I, being a great lover of local history, along with the other Board Members, have obtained grant funds for writing a local history curriculum for Talent Elementary students—and creating new exhibits to go with the curriculum. I am thrilled to be doing this work!
Describe your business:
Page One Press is quite as mercurial as I am—funny how that works. It weaves around the enterprise of self-employment to create, share, publish, empower, network and grow practices that will reach authors, educators, students, and ultimately to inspire and enrich lives. Page One Press is passionate about life: observing it, chronicling its most amazing events, improving it, and making and recording legacies.
What can customers expect?
Page One customers can expect to be thoroughly entertained and somewhat enlightened by reading my writings. If the client is an author hoping to publish, he or she can expect to be guided through the mire of the publishing world to select an appropriate path to publication: self-publication, online or books; electronic publication; finding an agent; or going directly through a publisher. I have navigated and used all paths myself and can offer helpful tips and resources. Page One offers small classes (held on Zoom or at the Talent Café), or-one-on-one consultation. I am also a presenter, speaker and facilitator. I have organized and presented at many events. I can write grants. I prefer to be part of a team working to obtain the grant.
What other services or products do you offer your customers?
There are two other businesses under the umbrella of Page One:
Magpie Fashions—Booth #598 at the Ashland Artisans’ Emporium, where customers can find interesting and unusual fashions, sometimes re-purposed, as well as jewelry, hats and cool stuff.
Essential Oils--I am a certified essential oils specialist and know the chemical compounds of many essential oils, and their possible contributions to healing and wellness. I am a plant lover and enjoy promoting the power and healthful effects of plants. I do training and consultations as a Wellness Advocate for doTerra.
Anything else unique about the business:
I think everything about Page One Press is unique. It is my own invention, but I do think it adheres to age-old principles. I do not think that coming to Talent was any kind of accident. Talent and I were meant to be together. I am continually impressed by the history, the sense of community, and the beautiful people and environment here. I strive to contribute as much as I receive.