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