You may have noticed a trend among NAF authors to end up with Splashdown Books as their publisher. Perhaps you thought it was slightly odd. As indeed it could seem—one could very easily get to thinking it was an inside job, and wondering how much cheesecake changed hands.
Well, I’m here today to tell you we do have some fine cheesecake here in New Zealand, but the local recipe of choice is actually pavlova: a marshmallow meringue delight topped with plenty of kiwifruit. It certainly induces sighs of longing much like cheesecake does in some circles.
Here’s how the tale began. It’s all Jeff Gerke’s fault, and I’m incredibly grateful. Way back in ’09, he invited me to participate in the Marcher Lord Select contest with my book Legendary Space Pilgrims. The contest ran for several months, and I followed several entries with great interest. Before and during that time I was busy publishing The Muse by Fred Warren, the first author to join me at Splashdown.
I had my eye on Paul Baines (anonymously, since we didn’t know whose the stories were) from the moment I saw his premise among the others. Then, what do you know, he throws in his lot with this gang of co-blogging authors headed by that chap Keven who spells his name funny. Oh yeah, the guy with the Goth thriller from that selfsame contest. Yep, yep.
So I began to watch this blog very carefully, and soon realised that these authors were a talented bunch. Eventually I published Paul, and the support from over here was incredible. It was around that time that I thought I had better take a look at Keven’s book, and, well, the rest is history.
And now there are three of you in my spacecraft. Kat’s a slightly different story, though—we met via the Lost Genre Guild in mid-2009, and she’s been on my team as an artist for over a year now, drawing interior illustrations and parts of covers. Not forgetting all the other stuff she’s dived into with me: Avenir Eclectia, short story critiques, even a little company administration when I had no time to send out review copies. Add to that the almost ceaseless bouncing off each other in wonderful creative ways, and we have a pretty good recipe for continued collaboration, whether cheesecake or pavlova.
Splashdown isn’t just a publishing house. It’s a family, and we treat each other as such. So it should come as no surprise that it has a lot in common with NAF, another family of authors who happen to be in our little niche.
There isn’t a secret. It’s no inside job. Just plain fact: NAF gets good authors, and good authors get to NAF. I even knew most before NAF existed—but now, moving forward, it’s got a reputation. And for me, it’s a no-brainer. Any group of highly motivated Christian spec-fic authors with a huge blog platform is certain to grab my attention. And there aren’t too many of those… 😉
It’s just a matter of 1+1=Cheesecake. And I’m bringing my pavlova recipe, too!