No Gossip Policy

“I am going to sue you.”
Competitor rightly rebuking Athena Dean Holtz for her slanders.

Finally, after pushing it time and time again Athena Dean Holtz had to be demoted – Winepress just couldn’t endure the slandering of competitors anymore. Athena Dean Holtz always despised the No Gossip Policy because one of her selling methods was to bad-mouth other companies. Eventually things got so bad that Winepress received calls from other self publishers that they were going to sue because of Athena Dean Holtz’s statements.

So vile are the sins of Athena Dean Holtz that she has led some astray right into the unpardonable sin. Hopefully the reader has not gone there concerning WinePress’s no-gossip policy.

I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemies against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” He said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”
(Mark 3:28-30)

So destructive have the lies and slander of Athena Dean become, that even WinePress Publishing’s “No Gossip” policy has become an object of scorn. Just think, taking up the practice of “not gossiping” has been vilified and defiled because of slander.

Of course the reason the “No Gossip” policy had to be abased is because Winepress was a stellar company and the foundation of it’s quality had to be assaulted.  As the hate crime was built on a cesspool of  gossip that which is bitter had to be made to appear as sweet, (see Isaiah 5:20).

“For years, I personally had the privilege of working under WinePress’ ‘No Gossip’ policy and witnessed first-hand the unparalleled kindness, honesty, and protection it provided to authors. How sad the state, however, when ‘not gossiping’ becomes an object of sport and ridicule. It’s appalling that individuals in the industry and abroad have sunk to vilifying a policy meant only to help and serve customers. This policy was only one of many things that made WinePress a remarkable and trustworthy publisher for authors of a wide variety.” —Winepress Then Employee

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Each WinePress employee signs an agreement stating that they will talk only about our authors in a constructive manner at all times – inside and outside the office. Information about authors, WinePress, and the inner workings of personal relations is limited to those closely related to a project. There are several reasons for this policy.

One, it’s natural for us to complain about life, but we’re all called in the Lord to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The “No Gossip” policy helps encourage an uplifting atmosphere.

Two, bringing a quality custom book to completion is a labor intensive process. At WinePress we don’t just print books, we partner with our authors in making their books shine. Most people do not realize just how many details go into bringing a book to print. However, to draw a parallel with the food industry, WinePress is like a gourmet restaurant rather than a fast food drive-in. There are many places one can get a quick print, but the old saying, “You get what you pay for,” is really true – not just at restaurants, but in publishing as well. Unlike a fast food place that advertises so many fed, we are interested not in quantity, but quality. Like any high quality product, it takes a great deal of time and real skill to smooth over the difficulties and make it look easy. Therefore, our “No Gossip” policy guards the interactions, struggles, and joys between authors, printers, and WinePress staff.

Every department at WinePress has one goal in mind – to provide quality service. Therefore, our conversations always have a positive point to them. If someone were to listen in on a conversation at WinePress they would only hear wholesome talk that builds others up according to their needs. We know and understand fully that a book is an outpouring of the author’s heart and we jealously protect it.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

May we all, authors and WinePress employees, joyfully commit ourselves to this wholesome dining. This portable place mat is a great way to remind ourselves to examine what we eat: the choice morsels of gossip, or the rich food of God’s love. Drop by our website at hardtruth.us for more info.

Timothy Williams