The most significant news, to me at least, is that the Hinterlands imprint is being closed down. At least, in a comment on the Speculative Faith piece, Steve Laube says that he chose not to buy Hinterlands or Amish Vampires in Space. (Speculative Faith also made a specific announcement about A Throne of Bones before the MLP news broke.)
I support all the entrepreneurs who are enabling Christian artistic expression. But my gut reaction to so much change is unease.
Anyways, I miss the old days of MLP, when the MLP newsletter was circulated every month, and Jeff Gerke used to show up on this forum! For auld lang syne!
I liked Jeff a lot, and its a significant accomplishment to have sold MLP to Steve Laube. So congrats to them! Hopefully this will mean good things for MLP. I'm hoping (as I believe most of us are) to one day be published there so a change like this does make me a little uneasy. Hopefully they will still be open to previously unpublished writers. I'm curious how this will change the submission procedure...?
I'm really intrigued by the development. I've already been rejected by MLP (at least for my main WIP), so it doesn't make me uneasy per se, but I am very interested to see what this will mean for the quality of the books they publish (which I've been impressed by so far). Hopefully this means they just get better and there are more of them! I was also planning to query agents within the Laube agency next time I put my book on submission, so I wonder what that'll mean when I get to that point? Maybe this means I can feel free to submit to MLP again since they're under new management? I'm not in a position to submit at the moment so I'm just curious and interested to see where things go.
“The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God’s world because God made us to be creative.” – Francis Schaeffer