The new year has begun, and it looks exciting to me. Mantle Rock Publishing LLC has some exciting plans for 2018. We have books to publish that are very interesting, plus we’re starting to accept a new genre, Fantasy/Speculative.
For the past few years we’ve noticed Fantasy/Speculative growing, but not many publishers are publishing it. If you’ve read the Harry Potter Series, you’ve read Fantasy/Speculative. If you read the fairy tale books that are being written now, and you like them, you’re a fan of Fantasy. There are a lot of books out there that are in the Fantasy/Speculative genre.
Our first Fantasy/Speculative will release the last of February. It’s exciting to put together a new genre. When we started the company, we only wanted to take Historical Romance. Things have changed in the last five years. One thing we will never change is publishing clean fiction.
We’ve read statistics that show more people like Clean Fiction opposed to Christian Fiction. The difference you might ask? Clean Fiction is writing without sex, filthy language, drinking, and lose living. I would also include smoking because of my personal feelings about it. You can have a Christian element, but not a preachy book. In other words I can’t tell you what you must do to be saved, but I can show you what a Christian life is like. You can have a church scene, but don’t over do it. We have published several that would be considered Clean Fiction. The most recent one is Smoky Mountain Brides. There are a couple of church scenes, and one of the characters has a problem with God, but it’s not preachy. I also consider The Copper Box as a Clean Fiction. There is a church scene, but it’s a funeral. There are problems to work through, but it doesn’t preach to you.
As I look back on 2017 I see progress we made in our publishing company. We added an acquisition editor. She takes a lot of the pressure off me by looking and editing the book first. This gives me more time to do marketing and working directly with our authors. All in all, 2017 was a good year.
What’s in store for 2018 besides what I’ve already stated. We plan to publish twenty books. That is a lot for a small publisher, plus we don’t release any books in December and January. I’ll be speaking and attending more conferences to tell people about Mantle Rock Publishing. With our acquisition editor on board I have more time to prepare for these conferences. I’m looking forward to telling more people about Mantle Rock Publishing LLC and what we can do for authors. It’s going to be a great year!
Kathy Cretsinger writing as Katt Anderson