thrilling saga about three young people coming of age on the
battlefield during the Children’s Crusade. A horror novel about a
vampire puppet who takes control of its masters. What do these books
have in common? A faith element that identifies both books firmly as
Christian fiction, and a publishing company known as Written World
While relatively new to the
industry, Written World Communications is growing rapidly. The company
started with a conversation the CEO had with a friend who was worried
that her Christian steampunk manuscript had no place in the current
markets. As the author struggled with letting go of the novel she
loved, Kristine realized the solution was pretty simple.
For a writer who wanted to
publish, there seemed to be two options. She could either change what
she writes—or she could change the world.
After a fair amount of thought
and prayer, Kristine started sharing her vision with others she knew
within the industry. The idea was simple: create a company that
actually looked for niche projects. She calls it Gap publishing—books
and magazines that were either too specialized to have a large market,
or were either too edgy or too secular for the more traditional
markets, while being too faith filled for the general markets.
Bringing the idea to reality
didn’t happen overnight. It started with the vision of five separate
magazines that would be published both in print and electronically, and
expanded to four book imprints. In a year’s time the plan solidified
with the help of nearly two dozen volunteers, some who came only for a
season, and some who stayed and signed on as editors or marketing and
Currently a dozen people are
working for Written World Communications. Every person employed started
out as a writer first, which makes the company fairly unique, though
many have experience in the editorial and agenting fields. (Kristine
herself started out working for Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency
as an editorial assistant, and also has worked with Jeff Gerke of
Marcher Lord Press, which she used as a model for her own company.)
The vision is simple. Publish
quality manuscripts and short pieces, with sales primarily directed at
the Internet, though the marketing doesn’t stop there. While Written
World is a traditional, royalty-paying publisher, it uses a
print-on-demand distribution to cut the costs associated with large
print runs and the warehousing of books. For 2010, two books are
forthcoming and two magazines are launching. In 2011, the plan is to
publish six to ten books and another three magazines.
A quick look at the imprints
shows the diversity within the company.
is a magazine and book imprint for Stories that Resonate. The magazine
is the first of all the magazines to launch, with the first issue
available to purchase June 1. You can expect it not only in a print
format but also as a download in various formats. Harpstring
delivers a variety of fiction and nonfiction articles that will
resonate with the reader. The magazine is always looking for short work
to include. In books, current needs include romance, suspense, cozy
mysteries, lits, and, of course, historicals and light speculative
fiction. The first
to be published under the Harpstring imprint is
Caron Guillo’s historical novel Children of Light,
which will be out November 1, 2010. Executive editor Rowena Kuo handles
both book and magazine divisions, with the assistance of Rachel Davis.
is the magazine and book imprint for the out of the ordinary Christian.
Here you’ll find speculative fiction of all kinds, including Christian
horror and, yes, even steampunk novels. The first book from this
imprint, a horror novel, Ripper Grimm by N. Paul Williams, is due out
July 1, 2010. The magazine is currently seeking short work that
embraces the unusual, with an expected first-issue release date of
January 2011. Dale Hansen is not only the editor of both magazine and
book imprint, but also he is the president of the company.
magazine is written for young people, by young people. With 95 percent
of the content written by those aged ten through nineteen, this is a
magazine intended to showcase the short work of today’s youth. It is a
general market publication with an expected distribution to libraries,
homeschool groups, individuals, and schools. Every issue features a
column by a published author who takes the time to mentor the young
people in the craft of writing. While the first issue is expected out
in fall of 2010, there is right now a real need for short work, be it
poetry, short stories, essays, or articles written by kids. So if you
know a young writer, they’ll want to contact the editor, Patti Shene.
While this is the only magazine without a book imprint, there is
instead a contest for young writers that will be announced later this
is probably the fastest growing of our book and magazine divisions. A
Christian imprint aimed at young adults, the magazine’s main focus is
teens living the Christian life. Intended to be edgy and dynamic, this
is a magazine not afraid to talk about the hard questions in a godly
light. Young contributors are encouraged, but adults are free to submit
short work as well. The book division is seeing the most activity.
They’re not only looking for young adult fiction and nonfiction, but as
they move into 2011, Untapped is branching out into children’s books
under the keen eye of editor Daneen Padilla. Expect to see the first
magazine out in summer of 2011.
enters the publishing arena as kind of an odd choice at first glance.
Reflecting the passion of several staff members, this book and magazine
imprint concentrates on the world of Japanese anime and manga. While
this is a general market publication, the focus is on fan fiction, fan
art, and articles on both the Japanese culture and industry, but it
also has something to say about America’s answer to the Japanese
invasion into our popular culture. The book imprint is seeking original
graphic novels, appropriate for either general or Christian markets.
You never know, you might just run into the staff of this magazine
(including our beloved Michelle Sasaoka) at the next anime convention
in your area. The first magazine is expected to release in spring of
This is an exciting time in
publishing. The quick advances in technology require a publisher to be
able to turn on a dime when it comes to marketing and distributing the
works of authors. The small press is uniquely poised to take on that
challenge. And Written World Communications is ready to change the
world one story at a time.