Monday, January 13, 2014

Spotlight on Small Publishers: Castle Gate Press

So many small presses have been cropping up in the Christian publishing industry that I thought it would be interesting to talk to the chief editors and see what they had in mind when they opened their doors to others' works.

This month, I'm featuring Phyllis Wheeler and Suzanne Hartmann from Castle Gate Press. These two authors/editors are the reason I decided to do this series of interviews--their press is the newest of the ones I'll be featuring. I wondered what made them stick their toes in the water.

Here's what Phyllis had to say about it:

1. Why did you choose to open your own publishing company?

Suzanne Hartmann and I have been talking about it for a couple of years at least. We both like the idea of making a difference in the publishing world, using the editing gifts God has given us. We'd like to see more quality fiction on the market written from a Christian worldview. We realize our effort is most likely a labor of love, not a money-maker, but the time seems to be right to get it off the ground.

2. How do you see your role in the current industry?--competing? providing a service? filling a neglected niche?

We're looking at filling a neglected niche. Stories that contain speculative elements but are set in this world often have difficulty in the publishing world because they don't really fit in established genres. Also, Suzanne and I both like to read and write in this vein.

3. What does your publishing house have to offer the author?

We want to offer authors the opportunity to be published by a third party who will make sure the end product is well edited. We hope and expect that our authors will use this boost to find further success. Also, we'll be offering marketing coaching and some exposure that authors can't get on their own.

4. What genre/style are you most interested in? What are you looking for?

We are looking at established CBA genres--including young adult and new adult--that have a touch of speculative, for example works containing some elements of time travel, science experiments gone awry, the supernatural, fantasy or sci fi.

5. How does an author submit to you and when?

Check the submissions guidelines on our website ( and plan to email the submission on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

About Phyllis Wheeler: Fiction editor and writer with a background in the news business. Reviewer of speculative fiction from a Christian worldview. Publisher of homeschooling curriculum at Wife and mother of four.

About Suzanne Hartmann: Author of Fast Track Thrillers, including Peril, published by Oak Tara, and Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level, a resource for novice and veteran authors. She is a teacher, wife, and homeschooling mom.
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