CSFF Blog Tour – Marcher Lord Press

First, I want to announce the winners of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis contest in the speculative division:

In the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory category, the finalists are:
1st: Chawna Schroeder, Metamorphosis
2nd: Lynda K. Arndt, The Song of Blood and Stone
3rd: Valerie Comer, The Girl Who Cried Squid

Congratulations to these writers. Some of you may realize that Chawna and Valerie are both CSFF Blog Tour members, so it’s especially gratifying to see that they’ve received recognition for their own writing.

This month CSFF is NOT featuring a book. Instead we are highlighting a new publishing venture. Some of you may remember that a little over a year and a half ago, Jeff Gerke announced his plans to begin a new kind of publishing company, Marcher Lord Press. My initial reaction wasn’t particularly favorable because MLP is a print-on-demand publisher.

In part because of the discussion about POD that came about among CSFF members, I’ve changed my views. Another factor in my new position is a result of my awareness of the realities of the writing business. From agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog post last Thursday:

I think there are way, way more people writing books than the market can ever support. At least this is true within traditional royalty-paying publishing.

I began to understand this as I joined groups like The Lost Genre Guild and ChristSF. Lots and lots of writers. Very few spots for speculative titles released by traditional publishers serving the Christian market.

Another reality, quite frankly, is that the entire publishing industry is undergoing fundamental changes because of technology. With the development of Amazon’s Kindle and other such readers, I suspect books will, in a generation or sooner, be sold primarily via cyberspace.

Which brings us back to Marcher Lord Press. Here is a new, cutting edge, publisher devoted exclusively to speculative fiction written from a Christian worldview. As Jeff states in the introduction to MLP, “If it’s speculative and it comes from the Christian worldview, Marcher Lord Press is your publisher.”

Without a doubt, I see this new venture as filling a need, and I’m happy CSFF has the opportunity of letting others know about it.

Read what other bloggers on the tour are saying about MLP.

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Kameron M. Franklin
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Tina Kulesa
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Rachel Marks (not on the original list)
Shannon McNear
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Hanna Sandvig
Mirtika or Mir’s Here
Greg Slade
James Somers
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

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  1. Congratulations to Chawna Schroeder,Lynda K. Arndt, and Valerie Comer on winning the top three places in the Genesis SciFi and Fantasy genre!


  2. Becky,
    I, too, am eager to see the impact that Marcher Lord Press has on this genre of fiction. Traditionally, the smaller houses are able to take risks that the larger houses can’t. This is where fresh voices and new ideas often come from.

    Congratulations to the Genesis winners and congratulations to Jeff, on the launch of his new publishing venture.


  3. I view this as more of a necessity as well, Becky. And what could be better than having a respected editor at the helm? One who knows the ropes of producing a quality product and specializes in the genre of your choice–you can’t beat it. Believe me, Becky, I think especially in your favored genre, this is a potentially vibrant new opportunity to usurp what MLP offers which will eventually surpass what CBA’s version of specfic/SFF presents and make it available to a waiting market.

    As you know, Becky, I don’t care for the hoops required for royalty publishing, and I’ll argue forever that “quality” is not the primary basis for being published. (That is also not to say there is not a lot of quality out there in CBA publishing.)


  4. Congrats to the winners!!!

    I’m really looking forward to seeing MLP begin its new venture!


  5. Becky, I’m anxious to see how MLP will do. Since I started writing and following the Christian publishing industry, Jeff Gerke has been a consistent advocate for “spiritual speculative.” I’m hoping that his efforts will be rewarded. Even moreso, however, are the writers out there laboring to bring good tales. Here’s hoping that both find a home.


  6. Becky,

    I appreciated your comments about POD publishing. Like you, I intially felt that form of publishing was inherently inferior compared to traditional publishers. But as technology changes, so do ways of getting books out into people’s awaiting hands. I think Jeff might be onto something here, and he seems to realize this.



  7. I’m not sure what happened to my post but it’s not showing up so here I go again!
    Congratulations to the Genesis winners! It was great fun to watch them receive their awards:)

    I met Jeff Gerke at the conference and I’ve posted for the tour. I think I forgot to opt-in this time or I opted out without realizing this was MLP month! So, if you get an opportunity please stop by my blog to read the post.




  8. Thanks for the congrats 🙂


  9. How can I join your site? This is WONDERFUL! I would love to be a part of the blog tour, too. If I might be able to join, of course.


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