Last Friday, I was accepted to the team of editors for Port Yonder Press publishing company. I am now an “associate editor in training”! For the past few years, I’ve had editing/critiquing jobs and projects and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Now I have an opportunity to learn this end of the industry better.
Port Yonder Press is a young, small traditional publishing company, not a vanity press, which does print-on-demand publishing. What this means is that we use modern technology to publish our books instead of typesetting, which means we don’t have warehouses full of printed books. Otherwise, we’re just like any other publishing company. We accept queries and reserve the right to refuse any manuscript. We read, edit, suggest changes and corrections, publish, pay royalties, and help promote the books for our authors.
Our Publisher/Managing Editor, author Maggie Woychik, is a stickler for quality. She’s an award-winning writer herself and knows what good material is. She won’t settle for less, and for that alone, I’m proud to have my name associated with her publishing company.
What I love about Port Yonder Press is that it allows an avenue for Christians who want more freedom in what they write, but who are currently limited by the rules of larger publishing companies. Don’t get me wrong–explicit language and graphic sex and violence are prohibited, as is mysticism and witchcraft, but sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction are welcome. Maggie defines what is allowed in terms of movie ratings–We aim for PG. PG-13 is allowed and determined on a case-by-case basis. (Check out the Port Yonder Press website for more.)
While that may sound restrictive to secular authors, what we are striving for is family-friendly books as well as entertainment for folks who wouldn’t be interested in the things we’ve prohibited anyway. The books we hope to publish don’t necessarily have to be Christian, but they do have to be clean–which is another reason I’m proud to be on the team. I’ve been known to utter a few words I shouldn’t, but signing my name to them is a different matter. That goes for my own by-line or anyone else’s, if my name is to appear in the acknowledgements their book.
And the rest of the editors feel the same way. I’m privileged to know most of the editorial staff through our membership at ChristianWriters.com (and the occasional Facebook snowball war), and respect each one of them for their talent, knowledge and abilities. Suzanne Hartmann, Naomi Musch, Lorna Poston and Tony Lavoie are terrific folks and I’m honored to be numbered among them.
So, I’m excited and ready to go to work. My future’s looking brighter all the time!