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Publisher: Lycaon Press

Canada-based Lycaon Press is the newest addition to our Publishers List. Lycaon is a royalty-paying publisher specializing in Young Adult novels.

We are looking for paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, general fiction, or anything that targets young adults.— Lycaon Press

The company has several subgenre imprints:

Get Steamed!—steampunk
Shifterized—paranormal stories with shifters
Parawho?—paranormal stories without shifters
Realms—high fantasy or other fantastical fiction
Our Future is…—science fiction

Lycaon coversLycaon is an e-first publisher, but follows e-book publication with print editions. It accepts works as short as 20,000 words and up to 100,000 words. Royalties are 40 percent of net sales, which is a good rate.

Most of the company’s books published so far do not seem to have strong religious themes, although some of its paranormal stories feature angels, including Awakening by Scott Wieczorek and Sunrise by Scott J. Abel. Both books could maybe be classified as spiritual warfare, but Lycaon does not tag them that way.

I asked what the company’s editorial policy is on religious content. A representative answered, “We try and avoid religious matter as it can become a heated debate with any circle. Our angel stories assume the reader has a grasp of what an angel is and we do not go into the religious aspect of one.” That makes Lycaon Press a good option for Christian writers whose stories are not “religious enough” for the Christian submarket. Lycaon does not publish books with sexual content, but they make no comment in their submission guidelines about language or violence.

For more information, see the Lycaon Press website.

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About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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