Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why I Write for Astraea Press: Kelly Martin

A little over a year ago, I had just finished my first manuscript and was deciding what to do with it. I knew I wanted it published, but how? My first thought was an agent, so I sent queries to several of them. Nothing worked out.

I knew this story, was one that needed to be told so I learned from a writer message board about small publishers. From there, I found a friend of mine and learned she was being published through a new(ish) small publisher of clean fiction. I also found some other smaller publishers. I sent query letters to all of them… and waited (and prayed).

After a whirlwind week of offers and requests, I signed with Astraea Press and haven’t regretted it.

I love Astraea Press because Stephanie Taylor, the owner, saw something in me that I didn’t even see myself—a great writer. She’s the biggest cheerleader at AP (and that’s saying a lot because we have many of them.) She’s patient, funny, and has the best staff of editors and cover artists of any small publisher I’ve seen.

The other writers at Astraea Press are amazing! I’ve made so many new friends, write on sprints with them, am encouraged by them—we aren’t competitive, and that’s a good thing. We truly want each other to be successful and cheer when we see a book’s ranking go up.

The main reason I love Astraea Press is because I know when I pick up another AP book, it is clean, well-written, professional, and entertaining. I’m proud to be part of Astraea Press.


Kelly Martin is a writer, blogger, and teacher. She has a hunk of a husband and three angelically ‘energetic’ daughters. Her first novel, CROSSING THE DEEP, was published by Astraea Press in October ’12. Her newest book, SAINT SLOAN, will be released by AP on February 28th, 2013. And she has one more in the works.

Kelly loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep.

Crossing the Deep by Kelly Martin


  1. It's good to hear that you writers rally for each other. --Thanks for this book ..I downloaded it when it was free. :)

  2. Oh, thank you Jinky! I appreciate it. My second book, SAINT SLOAN, comes out today if you are interested. I'm glad you liked the first one :) :)

    And thanks Tracy :)