Cedar Fort began in 1986 with Lyle Mortimer and Lee Nelson working together to release the book Beyond the Veil, Volume 1. Since then, Cedar Fort has grown and currently produces uplifting fiction and non-fiction books that are known across the globe. We have a solid catalog of LDS fiction and non-fiction, general release titles, including cookbooks, clean romance, and young adult adventures, and an LDS-oriented product line.
Cedar Fort’s Vision
We want to publish uplifting and edifying books that help people think about what is important in life, books people enjoy reading to relax and feel better about themselves, and books to help improve lives. Whether or not a book is written specifically to the LDS market, all of our books should be suitable and uplifting for any group. Our authors believe, as do we, that books should inspire readers to be better people, and we strive to always publish books that are in harmony with that spirit.
In the past few years we have grown substantially, and we hope to continue growing, bringing more authors and more great books into the marketplace. We are also excited to increase our CD and DVD product lines.
Cedar Fort’s Mission Statement and Motto
It is the mission of Cedar Fort to gather and develop life-enhancing and inspiring ideas and products, and convey them to our customers in the most professional, friendly and efficient manner while providing for our families.
Be Clean: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain!
Cedar Fort’s Imprints
Cedar Fort, Inc., consists of ten imprints, Sweetwater Books, Bonneville Books, Front Table Books, Hobble Creek Press, Plain Sight Publishing, Horizon Publishers, Council Press, King Dragon Press, CFI, and Pioneer Plus. Each imprint offers fun and exciting titles for all ages.
- The CFI imprint features LDS religious nonfiction books.
- Sweetwater Books consists of our national juvenile, young adult, and adult fiction titles.
- Bonneville Books includes our LDS fiction titles for all ages with stories to inspire and engage.
- Front Table Books consists of beautifully designed cookbooks full of delicious recipes.
- Hobble Creek Press features our outdoor cooking, Dutch oven cooking, gardening, and outdoor survival.
- Plain Sight Publishing presents our lifestyle and life-enhancing general interest nonfiction titles, including self-help, parenting, relationship, crafting, and other nonfiction books.
- Horizon Publishers produces LDS nonfiction and interest books of all categories.
- Council Press presents our collection of historical western fiction and nonfiction.
- King Dragon Press has our martial arts books.
- Our non-book items, including jewelry, artwork, stationery, and other products for LDS families are produced through Pioneer Plus.
We are proud of the success of our imprints, and we continue to strive to provide excellent quality books and products to the public.
Cedar Fort’s Leadership
Bryce Mortimer, President and Owner
Bryce Mortimer is an entrepreneur and problem solver, innovating systems and processes for over ten years. Currently serving as president of Cedar Fort, Inc. and Books & Things, Inc., Bryce loves the LDS industry and the opportunity to develop products that can bless lives. He also serves on the Pub West Executive Committee and LDS Bookseller’s Association Board of Directors. Bryce served a full-time mission in London, England in 2004. He and his wife, Jessica, have a son named Lyam. They currently live in Spanish Fork, Utah where they enjoy raising a family, beekeeping, and serving in their local community.
Katreina Eden, Director of Operations
Angie Harris, Senior VP of Sales
Vikki Downs, Director of Marketing
Vikki Downs is committed to working smart, building connections and contributing value. She originally saw herself doing this as a Court Stenographer and tailored her education accordingly. After graduation but before employment, Vikki’s well laid plans were unexpectedly yet joyfully abandoned to invest fully in raising her two daughters who proved to be her life’s dearest treasures. While impressing upon her children the importance of being life-long learners who don’t expect education to be handed out but rather sought and devoured veraciously, Vikki lived that principle. Through study, mentors and innovation, she volunteered and served in many capacities including event coordination, workshop-management, private school educator and community program director. Upon re-entering the workforce full-time, Vikki discovered Cedar Fort Publishing & Media and was immediately inspired again to commit herself, time, and talents to a career. As Marketing Director, Vikki is eager to forward Cedar Fort’s mission to work in partnership with dedicated creators to develop and publish wholesome, life-enhancing content that serves individuals in strengthening self, family and community.
Melissa Caldwell, Director of Production
Anyone who works at Cedar Fort knows Melissa Caldwell. That’s because she has a hand in nearly everything that goes on here, and everyone has seen her around the office, perennially cheerful. She’s been here almost ten years. It could be said that Melissa lives and breathes books.
As the production manager, she plays an important role in every phase of the book production process, ranging from pitch meetings to receiving the finished books in the warehouse. Melissa started at Cedar as a receptionist before becoming a copy editor and a work group leader, then finally the production manager.
As she has been a part of the Cedar Fort team in different capacities, she has gained a solid practical knowledge of publishing (current copy editors swear she can answer any question!) as well as a deep understanding of Cedar Fort’s mission and vision.
Melissa loves books, and she always has. She said she got “hooked” on editing and publishing in college, and she loves playing a part in the creation of more good books. She and the publishing industry are a good match.
“The publishing world is competitive, exhausting, and thrill all rolled up in a package that’s a lot of hard work and a little good luck,” she said. She would know.
She has enjoyed seeing the change in publishing platforms as technology has advanced. She’s motivated by passion. She said her most meaningful experience at Cedar Fort has been fighting to publish a book by an author she believed in, The Cookie Companion by Georganne Bell.
“To see the joy on Georganne’s face when she saw the book was amazing,” Melissa said. “It was one of my highlights of working here.”
She grew up in Utah County and said she feels at home in the mountains and at Cedar Fort. And the constant smile on her face?
“That’s because I enjoy what I do!”
Bevan Olsen, Director of Logistics
Bevan Olsen has been a part of Cedar Fort for more than ten years. As the warehouse manager and a Cedar Fort author, he has rich experience with every part of production, from the book editing process to warehouse organization. He’s passionate about the business of publishing, and he said it’s rewarding work.
“I find satisfaction in my work within the publishing industry, where I take part in changing lives for the better on a daily basis,” Bevan said. “I like to be a part of making a difference in the world by doing my part in getting our wonderful, life-changing products into the hands of those who need them.”
Bevan has written a children’s book and several short rhyme books that tell the Christmas story from different perspectives.
Plus, if you’re a fan of fresh garden tomatoes all year round, Bevan would be a good friend to have. In the summer he and his family plant a fifty-by-seventy-foot garden. In the fall, he bottles as much of his harvest as he can. In the winter, he tends to the smaller garden he grows in a geothermal greenhouse.
“I love having fresh spinach, lettuce, and even tomatoes all winter long!” Bevan said.
He’s as well rounded as his garden. Along with being the warehouse manager, an author, and a serious gardener, he’s a husband and the father of five.
Mike Gee, Director of Acquisitions