1. notleia says:

    I wonder if they have opportunities for copyeditors as well as authors. I need to justify my English major by making money from it.

    • bainespal says:

      I’m glad that I ended up in communications/media instead of English or humanities. Not that I expect to be able to make much money, either. There doesn’t seem to be very much of that to go around, in all the many projects on the Internet. It’s terribly difficult to get any takers even on dedicated micro-services platforms, even if you’re offering to work for dirt and peanut shells. Kickstarter only works for certain kinds of endeavors, and I think there’s probably a lot of luck involved in it.

      I guess the American dream turned out to be a lie. At least we can always complain about it on our free blogs. 😉

  2. Kaleb says:

    Real world with a touch of the fantastic. Interesting. I think mine all have more than a touch, unfortunately. I’ll keep checking back, though.

  3. Your description of your reading experiences back in the day really hit home. I’ve always wanted fantasy books with a strong tie to reality. The miraculous is wonderful stuff. I moved on into Clancy, Thor, Flynn, Brown, Baldacci, and others who gave a speculative look into the near future. But they quickly became too raunchy. Cussler, De Brul, and others get far too much into new age and anti-religious speculations. So, my goal has been to write near future speculations from the point of view of spirit-filled characters dealing with an increasingly sinful and lawless world. My WIP is a fantasy dealing with those issues, for example.

    I pray the Lord will show you the strait and narrow path toward your calling.

  4. @notleia, we have opportunities for volunteer editors, a great opportunity for you to build your editing resume!

  5. Would you include alternate history as “real world”? I have an idea for a story series that takes place in the mid-1800’s.

  6. What books have you written/edited? Any Amazon links? 🙂

    I write urban fantasy–people with magic/superpowers running around in the real world. In this case, Phoenix, AZ. And it’s YA. Not sure if that’d fit your guidelines, but it’s what I want to read!

    Do you mind listing some titles of books similar to what you’re looking for? My books are similar to Dresden (though not so dark), or Hounded, or Harry Potter if Harry mostly ran around London instead of Hogwarts. Except with fast cars.

  7. bainespal says:

    Do you like to read secular fantasy fiction? Why or why not?

    I spent my teen years reading almost exclusively secular fantasy, most of which I found at the public library. I didn’t think about the Christian book industry much back then. I knew there were Christian publishers, and I knew they produced Christian fiction. Back then, the phrase “Christian fantasy” might have evoked the thought of the allegorical stories in my late elementary English curiculum at my Christian school.

    So, instead of answering why I read secular fantasy, I can only ask, why not? Secular fantasy is readily available for free, and it has produced some very epic stories alongside its decent share of trash.

  8. D.M. Dutcher says:

    It’s always great to see a new publisher arise. Best of luck on the business.

    What books would you see as examples of “a touch of the fantastic” in Christian or secular fiction? I’m not sure what you mean, whether you want more of a literary magical realist book (Jill Domschott’s Anna and the Dragon comes to mind for a Christian example) or romance/mystery/historical with some spec genre elements?

    I read secular fiction because I grew up on tales of the fantastic. I read it less now because I like Christian spec fic better, and a lot of the modern secular SF worlds aren’t the kind of place I want to live in even when presented as a good thing.Ever since the 60s-70s new wave there’s been a rush by the avant-garde to be as transgressive as possible, and I think it’s worn on me.

    • @DM, actually, we are just looking for great manuscripts. They could feature literary magical realism or romance/historical with speculative elements, all of the above. Hope you’ll have something to show us!

  9. Galadriel says:

    I have some secular authors I adore–Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett, Jasper Fforde–but concerns about explaining certain elements to certain people keep me on the fence more than I’d like.

What do you think?