About Us
Mission Statement

HJ Kramer
The books we publish are our contribution to an emerging world based on cooperation rather than on competition, on affirmation of the human spirit rather than on self-doubt, and on the certainty that all humanity is connected. Our goal is to touch as many lives as possible with a message of hope for a better world.
Starseed Press
All children are seeds from the stars who look to adults for love, inspiration, guidance, and the promise of a safe and friendly world. We dedicate Starseed Press to this vision and to the sacred child in each of us.


A lithographer by training, Hal Kramer founded Celestial Arts in the 1960s, starting with posters and eventually becoming a publisher of inspirational books. Celestial Arts was a pioneer in the personal growth market, publishing such giants as Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls. Twenty years later he sold Celestial Arts and retired.

Linda Kramer spent much of her career as an art director in New York working for Dover Publications and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Years after moving to California to raise her family, she went back to her first love, publishing.

Company History

Linda and Hal met in 1983 and began HJ Kramer together on a whim. By 1984 they had published Way of the Peaceful Warrior that went on to become a worldwide best-seller. Within a few years, the Kramers had a dozen best-selling titles, and Linda developed the Kramer children’s imprint, Starseed Press. Starseed’s mission was to publish spiritually-based children’s picture books with themes of self-esteem, non-violence, and positive values.
Hal Kramer passed away in 2008 having changed the lives of many who never knew his name.

Joint Venture

In 2000, HJ Kramer entered into a joint venture with New World Library. New World Library took over HJ Kramer’s sales, marketing, fulfillment, production and accounting, while Linda Kramer continues to manage author relationships, manuscript acquisition and foreign rights. The joint venture is a perfect marriage that has created a strong player in today’s spiritual growth and self-help book market.

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