I recently sat under the teaching of Jeff Gerke, aka Jefferson Scott, at a Christian writers’ conference. “You can’t sell Christian fantasy to the Christian market,” he told our fiction-writing class. “But look at the teenagers who are here. They’re all writing fantasy.”
Jeff wondered what that meant for the future of Christian fantasy – and so do I.
In fact, I came home from the conference with a new agenda: to write with my own teenagers who were both writing – guess what: fantasy.
I understand that publishing companies, Christian and otherwise, are concerned with their bottom line. And, as Jeff so eloquently pointed out, the biggest customers for CBA are women who are purchasing books for women. Christian romance, for example, is selling very well.
Fantasy, not so much.
Many women don’t buy fantasy.
Jeff hopes to be ready for the change he sees coming when our teenagers are book-buying and book-writing adults. He’s started an independent publishing company, Marcher Lord Press, with the first books to be launched on Oct. 1, 2008. We’ll track that progress here.
If you’re an author of speculative fiction, check out Marcher Lord Press submission requirements. If you’re a reader of speculative fiction, get ready for some fresh work about to appear.
Head on over to Marcher Lord Press to sign up for free prizes. And be sure to indicate that Kathy Brasby referred you. (I get more chances that way.)