Enclave Publishing Has Been Sold!

Enclave Publishing, the premier publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy from a Christian perspective has been sold!

Many of you know of my love for the Speculative Fiction genre. In January 2014 I purchased Marcher Lord Press from Jeff Gerke. Later that year I re-branded the company as Enclave Publishing.

While my work as a literary agent has been my #1 full-time job, I carved out nights and weekends to be the owner of Enclave, overseeing nearly everything from idea to print. (I did secure some part-time marketing consulting and some day-to-day help from Thomas Umstattd and Margaret Stroud.) In addition, there has been considerable investment into the re-branding of the company, increasing the annual title output, and getting the books to market. It has long been my opinion that to take Enclave to the next level it would need a partner with deeper pockets and a sales and marketing team to focus on getting the books into the hands of more readers.

A case can be made that we have chosen some of the best writers in the genre. It has been a blessing to see the development of Enclave over these past two-plus years, but to really make this whole thing shine, it needs a new push. And so we have…

A New Owner

The new owner of Enclave Publishing is Gilead Publishing!

Last week I wrote at length about Gilead and their founding. They have the right vision to support all genres of Christian fiction and the right infrastructure and financial support to make a strong impact.

They desire to keep me a part of the process because of my love for the genre and the experience I bring to the ongoing publishing efforts (which only shows you can fool some of the people some of the time). Thus they have asked me, as a consultant, to be the Publisher for the Enclave imprint. I still get to set the vision for the imprint and acquire all new titles for Enclave. The name will not change; it will simply become an imprint of a larger entity (much like Bethany House is an imprint of the Baker Publishing Group).

(In case you are wondering, my work as an agent has not changed, it has never changed! That is still my main focus and full-time job. For all intents and purposes, nothing is different.)

The Net Effect

In practical terms, nothing will change on the acquisitions side of Enclave. The only difference is that the company is now part of a larger team to help move it forward. We will still plan on 12 or more new Enclave titles per year and now the production, sales, and marketing will be shared among people who have expertise in each area.

You may sense my excitement for the future of Enclave, and for the genre as a whole. This is something I’ve been hoping would happen in the Christian market for a long time. It is a dream come true to be a part of that!

Click to read the official press release!




28 Responses to Enclave Publishing Has Been Sold!

  1. Julie Wood April 25, 2016 at 5:05 am #

    Sounds like a blessing for all concerned Steve!

  2. Chris Jager April 25, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    This is very exciting for writers, readers and bookstore owners.

  3. Leilah Wright April 25, 2016 at 5:47 am #

    So excited for this new step you and Enclave are taking, Steve!

  4. Steve Hooley April 25, 2016 at 5:47 am #

    Congratulations, Steve.

    You are full of surprises this past week.

    I hope the genre of Speculative Fiction with a Christian perspective really takes off. It could be a big witness to young people who love the genre but are getting a lot of anti-Christian bias in the secular publishing.

    I know now what I should do with that stack of Sci-Fi short stories that I never tried to publish.

    Congratulations and good luck in your new endeavor.

    • Steve Laube April 25, 2016 at 9:59 am #

      And not just “young people.” It has been nearly 40 years since the first Star Wars movie came out, and 66 years since “The Chronicles of Narnia” was first published. So we have people of all ages who love stories of the “Fantastic.”

      As I like to say, Enclave books are “out of this world!”

      I did a quick video that expresses that a little better:

  5. Jeff Gerke April 25, 2016 at 6:04 am #

    Congratulations to Steve and all the Enclave authors!

    • Steve Laube April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm #


      Your vision to start Marcher Lord Press began it all.
      Well done.


    • Kathleen Freeman April 29, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

      And to you, Jeff! Must be cool to see your baby taking steps.

  6. Jon Guenther April 25, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Wow! Congratulations, Steve! And just when I was about to pitch to you. 🙂

  7. Richard Mabry April 25, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Congratulations to the folks at Gilead. And glad you’ll be able to keep your hand in with Enclave, Steve.

  8. Pam Halter April 25, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Wow, Steve – very exciting times for Christian Spec! I’m sure we’ll celebrate this at Realm Makers. 🙂 Congrats and God’s blessings!

  9. Jennifer Dyer April 25, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Congratulations to all involved! In the words of Darth Vader, “Most impressive. 🙂

    • Steve Laube April 25, 2016 at 9:45 am #


  10. Yaasha Moriah April 25, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    That’s so exciting that Enclave Publishing is moving forward in this way. I’ve been following Enclave for a while now and read quite a few books by Enclave authors.

    I noticed that Gilead accepts submissions only through agents, but Enclave does not require agent involvement. Do you see Gilead’s acquirement of Enclave changing Enclave’s submissions process?

    • Steve Laube April 25, 2016 at 9:45 am #

      For now, nothing with change in the way Enclave acquires new titles. Go to the Enclavepublishing.com web site and follow the guidelines found there. A submission form is there and goes to acquistions@enclavepublishing.com.

  11. Kathy Ide April 25, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    This is super-exciting news! I’m thrilled that Enclave (and Christian science fiction/fantasy as a genre) is taking this leap. And really glad that you’re still going to continue to be closely involved, Steve.

  12. Jeanne Takenaka April 25, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    As soon as I read the title for this post I wondered if Enclave had sold to Gilead. That’s exciting, and it sounds like a win-win for all concerned. How wonderful that you can still have a part in bringing great Spec fiction to readers! How nice for Gilead to already have an imprint.

    I’m looking forward to seeing where all this leads.

  13. Sheri Dean Parmelee April 25, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Steve, congrats on moving on to the next phase of your life. I pray that the Lord will use your work, both in the past and in the future, to reach others for Christ in the most meaningful way possible.

    • Steve Laube April 25, 2016 at 9:43 am #


      I’m not sure I would characterize it as a “next phase of life” since it is very much the same as the last two years while simultaneously owning and running the agency while also owning and running Enclave.

      What it exciting is that, for Enclave, other professionals will handle details and take those books into the highways and byways.

  14. DG Spillman April 25, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    Good move, been following your predecessors attempts and your improvement in marketing the genre upstream against the CBA bias. I applaud your wisdom in searching for deeper pockets and a bigger market hammer. Christian spec. fiction could and should be the natural cross-over market. Thanks for what had to be sacrificial on your part in this sale. I appreciate that you’re staying with the imprint. May the Lord bless your work.

  15. Jan Cline April 25, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    I love seeing movement in the publishing world. Steve, you have been such a big part of all aspects. Christian authors everywhere thank you! It will be exciting to see how this sparks new ventures for other areas and genres of Christian fiction. Great news.

  16. Rachel E. Newman, Freelance Editor April 25, 2016 at 10:23 am #


    This is wonderful news! I’m so glad you’ll still be involved and that things are moving forward with so much support. I see God’s goodness all over this!

  17. Mary Felkins April 25, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Great news! Thanks for keeping readers updated on the change and your role in all of it. I always appreciate your positive perspective on publishing. Rock on!

  18. Georgiana Daniels April 25, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Congratulations for taking Enclave to the next level!

  19. Patti Jo Moore April 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    May the Lord bless you in this endeavor.

  20. Jessica Kruppa April 26, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Question: What differentiates “Christian” science fiction and fantasy from “Non-Christian”?

    I’m sure it’s not an easy, cut and dry answer.

    I am a Christian, I adore Fantasy and Science Fiction, and I write it. When I finally produce a novel that doesn’t suck, how do I know if I have written Christian SF/F? I guess I am not certain how one intentionally pulls off a “Christian Worldview” in a non-Earth setting. Is it intentional at all (“How do I stick the Gospel into this world of Dragons?”)? Or is it that writers subconsciously reveal their worldview in their writing and so it just happens?

    …Maybe I need to read through the entire Enclave bookshelf and try to figure it out. 😛

    • Rachel E. Newman, Freelance Editor April 26, 2016 at 10:36 am #

      Dear Jessica,

      Every book contains themes and a main message. As an author, you need to be able to identify yours. If you are a Christian and your novel’s themes and message line up with biblical teaching, you can consider it to be a Christian novel.

      I endorse your idea of reading through the Enclave bookshelf! And I would also suggest you have your manuscript evaluated by a professional editor who can help you identify your themes and message and analyze the theological tones.

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