This historical novel was originally published in April 1991 by Random House/Ballantine. It was the last book that Patricia Nell Warren published with a major trade publisher, before she went independent and (with Tyler St. Mark) founded Wildcat Press, her own imprint. Agent of record on this contract was Janklow & Nesbit.
The book was little promoted by Ballantine, even though they had paid the author a $300,000 advance to write it and waited nine years for it to get done. The original editor who brought the project into the house, Marc Jaffe, later went to another publisher, leaving One Is the Sun "orphaned." Subsequently the book contract was the subject of several disputes between the author and Ballantine, regarding editing, cover art and other matters.
Ballantine's failure to support the book prompted Warren to organize her own national book tour in that year, driving around the country in her Toyota pickup that she called "the Silver Pony." Between the author's efforts and the buzz about such a radically different historical novel about the Western "frontier," One Is the Sun did eventually find its readership. Americans and people in other countries were eager for fresh material about powerful women, native American spiritual ways and pagan subjects generally.
Ballantine let the book go out of print in 1997. Copies of the first edition became eagerly sought after on used-book sites like alibris.com and bibliofind.com. In an interesting example of crossover reading, many of Warren's gay and lesbian readers are fans of this "non-gay" book. There were so many inquiries about this book that Wildcat Press finally decided to bring out a new edition. Wildcat's own first printing was already partly pre-sold when it rolled off press.
With One Is the Sun's new edition, Wildcat Press features for the first time the cover design of New York graphics artist Calvin Ki. The book's text block utilizes the offset film that author Warren purchased from Ballantine after their edition went out of print; consequently it is almost identical to that of the old Ballantine edition, save for updates on the copyright page and a few other pages.