Today seemed like the best day to pass on some great news for Spec Faith. With the success of Lorehaven Magazine, we’ve made the decision to dive into full book publishing as soon as June. We are happy to announce that submission guidelines are in the works, will soon be published, and open.
Our own Shannon McDermott, who writes for Spec Faith every other Wednesday, has come on board to be our primary acquisition editor. Travis Perry, who already has experience in the publishing arena, will handle the formatting, art work, and production. Stephen Burnett, the publisher of Lorehaven, will head up the promotion for the new SpecFaith imprint.
I and others of our staff will handle the various levels of editing. We anticipate that we will put out our first book as soon as January, 2020. We have yet to determine what our parameters will be, but we know we want speculative fiction that is Christian. Not quasi-Christian, and not secular. There are lots of publishers which already provide avenues for such books. We want to publish books that make no apology for telling stories aimed at helping Christians grow in their walk for Christ.
You can get a good feel for the books we’ll be interested in by reading the Spec Faith Statement of Faith.
Some other ideas we are considering: partnering with Realm Makers to form THE go-to publisher for Christian speculative fiction; working with Enclave and perhaps becoming a subsidiary to their publishing house; coming under the umbrella of ACFW (the American Christian Fiction Writers organization).
We’d love to hear some of your ideas. We’re especially interested in any volunteer help and in art work for the new Spec Faith imprint logo.
How do you feel about this kind of a publishing venture? Do you see a need? What do you think the parameters should be?
One more thing . . . April Fools.