Monday, July 18, 2011

Meet DP Matinez from Risen Books as He Tells us The Story So Far

Guest post by
DP Martinez
Co-Founder & Senior Editor, Risen Books

How do you make money in the publishing business? That’s the question we asked ourselves when starting Risen Books in 2009. Not that we did it for the money—there are other more profitable businesses.

Yes, we got on this boat because we love books, but someone has to pay the editors, designers, printer and the postal office.

We had experience in online marketing to niche audiences and bet our money on finding authors who would appeal to faithful readers. And if we were to make a splash in the industry, we better make it good.

What if we published books that no other Christian publisher would touch, yet are well written? Our criteria consisted in two main elements: the author believes wholeheartedly in his work and can identify a niche to write for.

So we started with a historical novel that had been rejected by traditional publishers for its stance against evolution—The Gentlemen’s Conspiracy by Nick Daniels. The author was a science writer with many years in the Christian apologetics arena. The two conditions were met: his research and beliefs made Nick a passionate promoter of his work to the apologetics-minded Christian.

Our next project was a young adult series with Manga illustrations—The Truth Chronicles by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook. Traditional Christian publishers wanted nothing to do with the scary looking Japanese drawings. Ironically, this series is our bestseller.

Then came the demons versus teenagers novel, Driven; the war criminal love story, The Unforgivable; the Viking time travel adventure, Undercurrent; and the alien warrior who talks to God, The Story in the Stars. This coming Fall we will release an end times thriller, The Jihad’s Messiah, that will surely cause controversy because it compares Biblical and Islamic eschatology with chilling implications.

That’s all good and exciting, but somehow we knew there was more to a publishing house than selling books. One of my greatest satisfactions is to offer a publishing contract to an author, because in a way, I’m making a dream come true. But that’s just one person at a time.

We wanted to bless more people.

So we asked ourselves another question—besides books, what is it that we love and are passionate about?  The answer was helping orphans. We have been sponsoring children since 2006, through Holt International, a Christian organization that finds and supports permanent, loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or separated from families, or at serious risk of separation.

We contacted the organization and told them that we wanted to help. Our first step is to donate to Holt a portion of the profit from every book sold through our online store (  The purpose is to raise awareness of their labor and to get people involved in showing the love of God for the suffering children.

This is just the beginning of our partnership with Holt, as it is the beginning of many books and authors that we will publish. As our mission statement says, we are committed to publishing books with a strong Biblical worldview and fascinating stories. But we are also committed to make an impact in our world.


Judy said...

Wow..thank you for being a Christian based business. Your commitment to helping Orphans touched my heart. In these times we all need to stand firm in our Faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you and God Bless,

ann said...

I like the fact that your christian based and are committed to make an impact on the world.


Shellie said...

It's a blessing to be a part of an organization that cares for the children and faith of the world. A true blessing. Mr. Martinez will be back tomorrow and Wednesday to share more about Risen Books, so please come back and find out more about what makes this great publisher tick.

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