|Literary agent Steve Laube acquires sci-fi publishing house|
|Written by Christine D. Johnson|
|Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:19 AM EST|
Steve Laube, president of The Steve Laube Agency, has agreed to purchase Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of science fiction and fantasy for the Christian market. The sale was finalized Jan. 1.
A champion of the genre going back to his days as an acquisition editor at Bethany House Publishers, Laube said: “The plan is to continue with what Jeff started and release between four and eight new titles in 2014. I have long believed that this genre has been underserved in our industry despite its inherent ability to tell ‘Fantastic’ stories of philosophical and theological depth.”
Jeff Gerke is founder of Marcher Lord Press, which has a backlist of about 40 titles with many of them nominated or winning Christy and Carol Awards.
“I could not have found a better person to buy the company I started in 2008,” said Gerke, who will now focus on his own writing and his freelance editorial and publishing service business.
Laube will run the new Marcher Lord Press as a separate company from his literary agency. Founded in 2004, the agency (www.stevelaube.com) has four agents and more than 150 active authors with contracts for nearly 1,000 new books.