Thursday, May 5, 2016

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Dan Balow and Sue Brower of Gilead Publishing, A New Christian Fiction House


Dan Balow
Gilead Publishing was founded in early 2016 by Dan Balow and Bill Giarratana, both who spent decades in the Christian publishing industry. The vision behind the company grew from a desire to see Christian fiction grow, feeling a partial solution to the decline of the category was to create a unique single-focus publisher who published nothing but fiction.


Gilead also acquired the sci-fi/fantasy titles of Enclave Publishing and formed an Enclave imprint that will continue to publish a dozen titles annually.

Plans are in place to publish 6-8 new titles under Gilead by the end of 2016 and then 40-50 titles in 2017. 

Main offices for Gilead are in Wheaton, Illinois with an editorial office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company can be found on the web at www.gileadpublishing.com and in various social media: 




Sue Brower is Vice President of Editorial for Gilead and will be meeting with conferees at Write-to-Publish.


What are you looking for and how can a person best prepare for an appointment with you?

I hope to meet with writers who have quality fiction written from a Christian perspective and have completed manuscripts in these genres: contemporary women’s fiction, historical, suspense, mystery and romance.


How can a person best prepare for an appointment with you?

An author can best prepare by preparing their pitch ahead of time and knowing the hook for their story. Notes are fine, but I want to have a conversation! I don’t want the author to just read a pitch to me.


Give us a snapshot of your class.

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch to Sell Manuscripts (Thursday afternoon):


We will talk about what information needs to be communicated in a pitch and how to get to that ONE hook that encourages the editor or agent to want to know more about your story.


Write-to-Publish meets June 8 – 11
in the Chicago area.

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