The publishing industry may be in the dark about future trends, but four Winnipeg writers are bringing to light an imaginative new approach with Rebelight Publishing Inc.
It’s an approach grounded in two years of intense research by writers, Melinda Friesen, Deborah Froese, Suzanne Leclerc and Melanie Matheson.
“Rebelight is not your grandmother’s publishing company,” says Friesen, marketing director. “We are a traditional publisher who vets and edits manuscripts, but we consider ourselves rebels in a time when the publishing industry is in upheaval.
“Even for those who write well, it’s getting tougher to find publishers willing to take them on,” says Froese, editorial director. We strive to uncover new talent and provide established authors with a place to branch out into new genres, and we offer writer friendly contracts.”
Friesen agrees. “We’re interested in writers the large publishing houses overlook – and that opens doors to exciting new material.”
“We’re offering books that hook readers,” says Matheson, creative director. “And at the same time, we’re building a writing community.”
Rebelight’s focus includes middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction. Audiences for the latter two categories tend to include many adults.
Leclerc, president, adds that Rebelight offers a unique team approach to editing, higher than average royalties, team marketing plans and world-wide English language distribution.
The Rebelight team brings over 30 years of publishing and writing experience to the table, along with social marketing savvy and plans for expansion. These include an innovative literacy program and publication services for independent writers.
Rebelight is releasing three books this fall, including the first novel by established award-winning non-fiction writer, Larry Verstraete.