Anaiah Press have stopped by YAtopia today. You can pitch them until 11:59pm January 25th in the comments with the format below. You are welcome to pitch MG, YA, NA, or adult as long as it aligns with their submission guidelines.
TitleCategory/GenreWord Count50 Word Pitch
Between now and January 26, the editors will visit to check out your pitches and make requests in the comments, so make sure you check back to see if you've had a request.
If you're not an editor with Anaiah Press, please don't comment on the pitches until after the final request date.
Anaiah Press publishes Christian Fiction. That doesn't mean that the stories need to be evangelical or preachy. But it does impact on how clean the content is within the story.
What Christian Fiction Is?
Christian/ inspirational YA and NA fiction is inherently uplifting. It’s the kind of book that can elicit strong emotion, rock you to your core, or even bring out the tears. But, it will always leave you with a message of love, hope, inspiration, or faith. Sometimes, all of the above. The main difference between non-specific YA/NA and Christian YA/NA is the content. Our characters don’t generally have sex, do drugs, etc., unless some sort of redemption is the central theme of the story. Cursing is usually avoided unless it’s absolutely necessary for realism.
You won’t see witches or fallen angels as main characters or love interests, but that’s not to say they won’t be used as secondary or background characters. Vampires, werewolves, and the like are pretty much nonexistent in Christian fiction, but we do like mythical creatures (dragons, anyone?). Christian fiction isn’t always preachy, in fact, outside of adult Christian romance, Christian fiction is rarely expressly evangelical. Usually, the message is implied, or put into perspective with fun, new worlds (like in the Chronicles of Narnia -- a Christian MG fantasy book series by C.S. Lewis). At Anaiah Press, the message can be express, or implied -- we like it both ways.
Kara's passion is romance and young love. Show her strong, unique characters with real-world problems and learnable life lessons. Love triangles, dystopian worlds, cowboys, modern day retellings of fairy tales, and stories with an element of suspense excite her. Her ultimate goal is to find a heart-pounding, tear jerking clean romantic suspense. She is sure to love any story that will put her through a range of emotions. Bonus points if you can move her to tears.
Isabel loves all things YA, but has a particular soft spot for fantasy of all kinds (high fantasy, second world fantasy, urban fantasy, etc.). Strong female protagonists are always appreciated, and well-developed relationships of all types (friendships, family, romantic love) are encouraged. Above all, Isabel is looking for stories that she can't put down and keep her thinking well after "THE END."
Eden would love to see some futuristic spec-fic, and some dystopian or sci-fi, written from the perspective of a strong male lead with a fresh voice. She's tired of the jaded, egotistical male MC’s. Show her a guy who knows how to be a gentleman, but is still strong/brave enough to save your life when it’s go time.
Two items on her personal wish list that haven’t come across her desk yet are a pirate-themed historical romance and a psychological thriller. She's still waiting for both of those.