Marcher Lord Press
On October 1, 2007, the website for Marcher Lord Press went live, and one year later the publishing company released its first set of books. Instantly, it became the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction.
Marcher Lord Press grew out of a frustration and a dream.
What is a Marcher Lord?
In medieval times a marcher lord was a knight who was given lands on the borders of the kingdom. These knights were charged with patrolling and defending these wildlands, the marches, and thus protecting the heartland. Marcher lords were both the first line of defense and the secure bastions from which civilization could expand.
God willing, Marcher Lord Press will be a keep on the borderlands, a base from which Christian publishing can begin to settle the untamed frontier of speculative publishing.
You know, the kind of publishing that lies beyond where the map ends.
Marcher Lord is not a Vanity Press
In the minds of some, print-on-demand (POD) technology is synonymous with self-publishing, subsidy publishing, or vanity publishing. Sometimes that association is true, but it is not so with Marcher Lord Press.
POD is the technology I use. It is merely a delivery mechanism that enables me to produce short print runs or even one-offs of the titles Marcher Lord Press releases.
But whereas with subsidy publishing an author can usually get about anything published (for a fee), with Marcher Lord Press the author doesn't pay anything and the books that are published are only the ones I approve. So far, it has been only a handful a year. (Typically six.)
Six of the finest Christian speculative fiction titles I can find.
In most respects besides the fact that we use POD technology instead of traditional printing presses, Marcher Lord Press is a "regular" publishing company.
Our books have had hundreds of positive reviews, been lauded by professionals and amateurs alike. Used by writing instructors as examples to be followed. Been mentioned in Publisher's Weekly. Become finalists for numerous awards. We've even won two awards that used to be reserved for the big guys—both a Christy and a Carol.
If you're a fan of WhereTheMapEnds, then I know you'll be a fan of Marcher Lord Press.
For more information on our books, our authors, or anything else Marcher Lord, check out the site here. We've achieved so much, but it still feels like we're only getting started...stay tuned!