Candlemark & Gleam is an experiment in publishing. We consider ourselves modern anachronists – creative types dedicated to preserving the beauty and individuality of age-old publishing forms while adapting them for the digital era.
Our goal is to distribute innovative, high-quality creative works in an innovative manner.
We don’t believe that the Electronic Era has to mean the death of the book. In fact, we think it opens up some exciting new avenues…and reopens some exciting old ones, too. Some long-forgotten publishing concepts are due for a revival, and Candlemark & Gleam is out to inject new life into ideas like serial fiction, book clubs, bundling, and bespoke and artisanal binding.
We also aim to experiment with publishing tricks only possible in this brave new era of digital wonders: embedded content, multimedia and reality-bending fiction, and more. If you can dream it up, Candlemark & Gleam wants to give it a shot.
We specialize in fantastika and speculative fiction – it’s another way we want to explore what’s possible. We believe wholeheartedly in the power of imagination, and we want to promote fantastika (sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, horror, etc.) as it deserves to be promoted: not a genre, but a way of looking at things with fresh eyes.
We’ve been told that our “genre” is sf/f/wtf, or possibly “qüirky” fiction. Run with it.
We believe in marrying the best aspects of digital and print publishing to create something beautiful, sustainable, and beneficial to readers and writers alike. We prefer to use sustainable, ethical publishing models – we choose to create digital versions of all our works, and we’re eschewing the old “guess at a number and print thousands of books hoping they’ll sell” model in favour of digital short-run printing, which uses modern technology to create high-quality books in small print runs, or even right as they’re ordered, eliminating much of the waste of the old system and streamlining things considerably. It’s better for the environment, and still gives the reader a wonderful, tactile printed book.
We’re also proud to offer a return to the glory days of the printed book, in the form of very limited edition handbound versions of our novels. These are special editions for discriminating collectors, and are individually designed to suit the contents of the novel within. There’s a format for everyone at Candlemark & Gleam, whether you prefer pixel, pulp, or papyrus, so to speak.
In short, Candlemark & Gleam aims to marry the best of publishing’s past with the best of its future – combining Victorian publishing concepts with 21st-century technology in order to create something new, something exciting, and something that can update the book and the story for whatever lies ahead.
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