I’ve decided to leave the drive-bys to the professionals. There’s something else I want to talk about.
The interview with Jeff Gerke, founder of Marcher Lord Press, over at The Least Read Blog on the Web has been my favorite post so far from this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour. One question, in particular, (and its answer) grabbed me: Read more
One of the two internships I served in college was with a small press publisher as an assistant to their Sales & Marketing Director. There were 3 full-time employees, including the president, and a part-time receptionist. They worked out of what could have been an automotive service bay. My duties included making calls to potential reviewers, filing tear sheets (copies of published reviews), and sending out reviewer copies via media mail. I even got to write a couple press releases.
Small press publishers generally serve a niche. This particular publisher’s niche was retro-Americana. The president had a large collection of vintage art from the 40s and 50s. Their initial offerings were compilations of World War II pin-up art. They got creative from there, publishing retro-themed cookbooks and encyclopedic volumes of cover art from the pulp era. Read more
What is a marcher lord? To summarize the article at marcherlordpress.com, a marcher lord was a knight who patrolled, defended, and sometimes even expanded the borders of a kingdom.
Jeff Gerke, Marcher Lord Press’s founder, is seeking modern marcher lords for the world of Christian publishing. These knights are the authors of works that lurk at the edge of what Christian publishers, and their primary demographic, are interested in. The stories would push the boundaries of speculative fiction while maintaining a Christian worldview. Read more
Today is the last day of the May 2008 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour, featuring the Mindflights webzine. The editors’ vision for Mindflights is to provide quality science fiction and fantasy stories that respect “traditional values and Christian principles.” However, their submission guidelines reveal they aren’t interested in “works that appear to function mainly as a Sunday School lesson or modified sermon.”
Religion in fantasy fiction can be a difficult subject for any writer. It’s too easy to become preachy, whether you’re for or against. However, avoiding religion eliminates a wide range of themes and motivations that add wonderful complexity and depth to a fantasy world and the characters that inhabit it. Read more
When I think of serial fiction, the first thing that comes to mind are those old black-and-white serials that used to play in theaters before the main attraction. However, serial fiction has a longer tradition in the written word than the moving picture. Writers from as early as the 19th century made their livings by submitting stories broken into contiguous installments to magazines. Many of Charles Dickens novels were originally serials. Sherlock Holmes debuted in serial fiction.
In more recent times, Stephen King published The Green Mile as a six volume serial shortly before its release as a single book. He also experimented with another serial released in 2000. Elaine Cunningham recently announced a serial project for Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG. The webzine Mindflights, subject of this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour, also has a serial fiction feature. Read more