Small publishing isn’t the world that most would have you believe. I both work for and write for two of the best companies in the Christian industry. Neither have brick and mortar offices where they can entertain authors or agents. They’re run on a small budget, and they offer the best product that I’ve seen in the industry. More importantly, they have opened the doors that have long been closed to authors, and they help us to reach our dreams.
Make no mistake about it. An author still must present exceptional material for consideration, but the doors of the small publisher are open and writer friendly.
There is no gatekeeper or agent blocking the door to submissions. The owners are friendly and available to the authors, and the editors they hire are personable. As one of those editors, I hope that I am considered personable.
Small publishers have made my dreams come true. In high school, I was given an aptitude test. The result: I would either be a librarian or a writer. Secretly, I also wanted to become an editor. I remember watching an old black-and-white movie starting Lauren Bacall as an acquisitions editor, and I thought how wonderful it would be to work with authors. Now, I have a place where I can do just that: with a small Christian publisher.
However, before I could write, I wanted to be a storyteller. I’ve told some whoppers in my life, and God is so good to set my desires on writing fiction, which is much better than telling tales. I write complex stories, and I write simple stories, but God has given me the venue in which I can entertain with both: a small Christian publisher.
I’ve written much about the Christian industry lately because exposing facts and fallacies has been placed upon my heart.
This week, I’m asking my readers to take a look at the small Christian presses. Get to know them: Find out more about Write Integrity Press, Pix-N-Pens, Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing, Harbourlight Books, Watershed Books), OakTara, White Fire, and others like them who are holding firmly to the Truth in this industry. Look at the names of the authors they have signed. You might be surprised at how many of them you know. You’ll also find that these writers have been given contracts because they write exceptionally well.
Also, take a look at the folks behind the small Christian publishers. Owners, editors-in-chief, and their staff. What you’ll find is a group of people who have a common goal: to see God glorified in the stories that their authors tell. You’ll also find a desire to reach outside the wagons circled around the Christian reader and to bring the non-Christian reader into the circle. They do this by taking chances on books that might not see the light of day outside the small-publishing world.
Still, look even closer at the writers for these houses. What you will also find is a kinship. A sense of belonging. A family of sorts. Writers helping writers. In some instances, you see writers from one small publisher working with a writer from another small publishing house. Why? It goes back to the common goal: glorifying God.
Dog-eat-dog does not glorify God.
We need to get the word out about small Christian presses: the ones who are writer friendly and produce good books.
Thanks, Fay Lamb, for being our guest during The Road to Publication month…read more by Fay at On The Ledge...