The Christian Speculative Fiction community has been all a-flutter this week over news that Jeff Gerke, founder of Marcher Lord Press, sold the five-year-old company to Steve Laube. Here’s a roundup.
Laube is a literary agent with an appreciation for Christian Speculative Fiction, having represented Bryan Davis, Sharon Hinck, and Tosca Lee. Gerke intends to focus on freelance editing and book production services.
I’ve heard concerns about a potential conflict of interest in an agent operating a publishing company. I’ve heard concerns about the dropping of the Hinterlands imprint and Amish Vampires in Space. I’ve heard concerns that the CBA is taking over and crushing the genre…I’m only exaggerating slightly there.
It is way too early to say what the end result of this deal will be. But I am confident that Steve Laube is a believer in and a fan of our genre, and that Jeff Gerke would not have handed over the reins if he didn’t trust Laube to do a great job. As I said over at Speculative Faith, you don’t spend five years raising and training a racehorse and then sell it to someone who’s going to use it as a plow mule. You sell it to someone you trust will take care of it and put it to its highest and best use.
I’m eager to see what happens next. Both for Jeff Gerke and for Steve Laube. I wish them both the best.
Speculative Faith has a great write-up on the deal, and an engaging conversation in the comments.
At least two MLP authors have blogged about it:
Marcher Lord Press is certainly the biggest fish in the Christian Speculative Fiction pond, but not the only one. See our list of other publishers that accept Christian Speculative Fiction and are open to unagented authors.