Kalos Press
a literary imprint of Doulos Resources

New General Editor for Kalos Press

It is my weighty privilege and responsibility to make an announcement that involves all of us: once more, we have a "passing of the baton" in leadership with Kalos Press.

Jessica Snell, who has ably served in the position of General Editor since 2014, informed me in November that she had reluctantly reached the decision to step down from this post at the end of the year, in order to pursue her own writing career in earnest. Jessica's two-plus years of leadership, administration, service, and oversight of Kalos Press have been an amazing blessing to me, to Doulos Resources, and to all of you; she has worked tirelessly to see many projects to publication—some of which are still yet to come—and has never ceased to give of herself and her many talents. She has brought Kalos Press to new levels of achievement and organization, and it is fair to say that we would not be where we are today without her; not only so, but I am certain that the impact of her work with us will be known for a long while to come. I cannot sing her praises loudly enough, and I am sure that you join me in bidding her the fondest of farewells.

(Pauses for applause.)

As great is my regret that Jessica is moving on, I am equally pleased to announce her successor, David Bedsole, who is returning to the position of General Editor effective immediately. When the vision for what would become Kalos Press was a new idea in 2010, and the board of Doulos Resources gave its approval to move forward, David was the first (and only) person who came to mind as an ideal candidate to help me/us to see that vision come to fruition. He served as the founding General Editor from 2011 to 2013, and we are as pleased as we can possibly be to have him return to that post now.
For those of you who do not know David, I offer alongside my wholehearted endorsement a brief summary of his credentials: he holds a BA in English from Huntingdon College, a masters degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, and an MA in Professional Communication from Clemson University; he is also a doctoral candidate in English from Florida State University. David taught at King College (now University) in Bristol, TN prior to beginning PhD study, and currently is an instructor in the English department at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

I might also mention that David has served as an elder in his local church, and is a great lover of church, kingdom, and culture; I have no reservations whatsoever about his capacity to tend and shepherd the work he is taking up.

David, we welcome you back to Kalos Press, and look forward to working with you! Jessica, thank you, so very much, for sharing your gifts, talent, and time with us for these 28 months; there will always be a place for you at Kalos Press.

From Ed Eubanks, Publisher

Book Signing Celebration for "Surrounded by Evil"

We're delighted to announce the publication of Taylor Shepherd's memoir "Surrounded by Evil: Saved by God"!

Taylor's harrowing story of abuse, dissociative identity disorder, and restoration has resonated with early readers and we're excited to see it make its way into the world.

In order to celebrate her release day, Taylor's church threw her a book-signing party! Here are a few pictures of the joyful event:

Congratulations, Taylor! We're honored to have you as part of the Kalos Press family.

Meet Kalos' General Editor at the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference!

We're happy to announce that Jessica Snell, Kalos Press' General Editor, will be taking appointments at the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference, on April 15-16, 2016, in Fullerton, California.

Jessica is looking forward to talking to attendees about:
-small press publishing
-the querying process
-working with an editor
-publishing with Kalos Press specifically.

She's also willing to give feedback on your query or pitch.

The OCCWC is a great opportunity to receive mentoring, attend classes, discuss your work with publishing professionals, and meet other writers.  There are options for those who wish learn more about fiction and non-fiction at all writing levels, as well as a more economical option for those who simply want a chance to spend time in the Resource Room attending appointments with the publishing professionals. See the full menu of options here.

This is a great local conference for writers in Southern California. We hope to see you there!


"Grander Stories"

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Luci Shaw on Nancy Nordenson's "Finding Livelihood"

We're always delighted to hear good things about our authors, and this endorsement for Nancy Nordenson's book "Finding Livelihood" from poet Luci Shaw is especially heartening. Luci Shaw says:

"Nordenson describes wrestling with work as with a large force that wants to have its way with you, even as you want to have your way with it. This wrestling, sinewy and particular as its wrestler, enlarges us as we read our way into her life with its incisive insights and explorations. Can one wrestle meditatively? This author has learned the art and we are the benefactors."

You can read more about Luci Shaw and her work here, on Nancy's own blog.

"The Golden Age for Small Publishers"

Popping in to post a link: I was interviewed over at Writing Prompts about Kalos and here's the article that resulted: "The Golden Age for Small Publishers".

If you're a book-lover (writing them or reading them), you might enjoy learning a bit more about how small presses are working to reach their audiences with good stories. It's a good time to be alive if you're a book-lover!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

Finding Livelihood—Where Labor and Love Meet

Just yesterday I read this overused line in a magazine for perhaps the millionth time, “find work you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This kind of cliché implies that if you don’t love everything about your work, you just haven’t found the right work yet. It doesn’t admit that even if you find work you love, work can be hard in all kinds of ways—physically, emotionally, spiritually.


Praise for "Finding Livelihood": Leslie Leyland Fields

Leslie Leyland Fields, author of "Surviving the Island of Grace: A Memoir of Alaska", had this to say about Nancy Nordenson's "Finding Livelihood":

"In this extraordinary new book, Nordenson asks what we all want to know: Can our daily workplace grind really become our daily God-blessed bread? (My personal question: Can cleaning fishing nets of rotting jellyfish really be redeeming work?) Nancy answers an unequivocal "yes"! Through layered eloquent prose and her own vast experience, she offers us real ways of finding astonishment and transcendence even in the most stultifying jobs. This book is a revelation. It goes with me to my fishing camp."

You can read more about Leslie Leyland Fields and her work here, on Nancy's blog.

Author Bret Lott on "Finding Livelihood"

Bret Lott, author of books such as "Jewel" and "Letters and Life", had this to say about Nancy Nordenson's book "Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure":

"This is an absolutely timely book, and an absolutely beautiful one too. Ms. Nordenson examines what it means to work, and does so in a lyrical, practical, moving, and spirit-filled way. In giving us her personal stories and universal observations, we are given as well the means by which, in these difficult days, to make sense of what it means to work. I like this book a lot for its voice and vision, and especially for its hope."

You can read more about Bret Lott and his work here, on Nancy's blog.

Kalos Press authors around the web

It's no surprise that the staff here at Kalos Press are fans of the writers we publish. But we don't just love reading their Kalos Press work, we love reading their work wherever it shows up!
And we love sharing it with you. So here, from around the web, are some of the latest articles and posts from our writers:

-Taylor Shepherd, author of the upcoming title "Surrounded by Evil: Saved by God", writes about Broken People on the Outside Looking into the Sanctuary of the Church. Here's a snippet:

How Christ must weep at every lonely, hurting heart seeking the fellowship of His body and finding none. Worshiping God and the teaching of His word is the backbone of the church but loving those the world calls “unloveable”, befriending the lonely, caring for bruised reeds and fanning into flame the flickering flames is the flesh of Christ’s Church.
Read the rest here.

-Jennifer Hallmark, one of the contributors to the upcoming title "Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage", was interviewed this week on Blog Talk Radio's "Literally Speaking". The conversation covers her writing life, in both fiction and non-fiction.

Jennifer's segment starts at about the 6:16 mark, and she and the hosts discuss "Not Alone" at about the 19:20 mark.

-Finally, in their update this week, Image Journal included a lovely little review of author Nancy Nordenson's book "Finding Livelihood".   Here's a snippet:

Lyrical, layered, and philosophically rich, this book shows compassion for different walks of life, and a loving observance of life's minutia.

Read the rest here.
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