The Crossover Alliance is a unique publishing company specializing in Christian fiction that contains edgy, real-world content. We weren't satisfied with the 'rules' that many Christian publishing companies have tried to pin Christian authors in - however well-intended these rules were - and so we set out to create a publishing company that both breaks many of these rules and also adheres to biblical principles. Our fiction is fearless, sometimes scary, sometimes raw and edgy. But there in the middle of it all you will find a light to help you find your way through it, you will more than likely find redemption within the darkness, and most importantly you will find fiction that is true to the story, not the rules.
When we say 'real-world content' in Christian fiction, you might be wondering what that covers exactly. Real-world content can mean a great many things - violence, cursing, sexual content, etc. But it can also represent themes that aren't always welcomed or addressed in Christian fiction, such as abortion, slavery, genocide, etc. We want to be a publishing company that specializes in compelling, true-to-the-story, authentic fiction while also keeping with Biblical standards. We don't try to be edgy just to be edgy. We aren't into shock-and-awe, but more into telling a story that entertains, enriches, and even sometimes digs to the deepest part of you and shows you the horrors of the world while also showing you the path through those horrors.
There are a handful of specific genres The Crossover Alliance will not publish at this time, but may later on down the road. Books that are purely romance in nature will not be included under the banner, as there is already a HUGE market and community for this type of fiction. Young Adult fiction is another genre we are not accepting at this time. There are others that we will probably come across in the future that we will not accept, but there are so many books and so many possibilities out there, it's hard to pin them all down in a simple paragraph. If in doubt, don't hesitate to contact us!
The Crossover Alliance takes a passionate and uncompromising stance in regards to the type of fiction we publish. The very nature of our company – speculative fiction with edgy content and Christian themes – requires that we uphold strict standards of doctrine.
All submissions to The Crossover Alliance must hold to central Christian doctrines. Central Christian doctrines are defined as such: the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith.
These doctrines may not always be plainly evident or present in your work, but your work must not seek to deny or deteriorate these doctrines. Additionally, all authors who publish work underneath our label must hold to central Christian doctrines in their own life.
We understand that there are certain doctrinal issues that many Christians will not always see eye-to-eye on such as the timing of the tribulation or how churches should be structured. And many Biblical verses contain gaps in story, leaving room for speculation – which is why some speculative fiction exists. Check out Tosca Lee’s Havah - The Story of Eve for an example of this. However, these stories should not veer from grounded and clear Biblical passages in both the Old and New Testament that would oppose or invalidate these views.
While your work will contain various edgy types of content such as violence, sexual content, or vulgar language, understand that we will weigh this content against a number of things. It is good to keep in mind 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NASB) - All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.
Is the edgy content included in your work to make it more relatable to your readers, add to your various characters’ development, or create a backdrop of the world we live in today? Is this edgy content introduced in your work in a responsible manner? In other words, you might have a graphic sex scene in your story. However, a story featuring multiple scenes where the main character is continually having sex with a multitude of partners with each scene being written in graphic detail, most likely will not be accepted. We will not entertain submissions that are filled with this content just to make the work edgy.
If you have any questions in regards to content you are unsure about, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask.
The Crossover Alliance is unique in that we have implemented a rating system for the material that we publish. This is for our readers who are curious as to what type of content is found in each individual title. The rating system is a color system - you'll find a colored Crossover Alliance logo on each book's webpage - and the colored system matches to the level of edgy content you will find in that title.
Green Label titles are the mildest of our offerings. Most of the edginess found in these titles is theme-related and may contain some coarse language, sexual references, and/or violence. Most of the content found in these titles may not be appropriate for readers younger than 13.
Blue Label titles are the middle ground of our offerings. These titles contain Christ-centered themes amidst coarse language, sexual references and/or violence. Most of the content found in these titles is not appropriate for readers younger than 16.
White Label titles are the edgiest of our offerings. These titles contain Christ-centered themes across a backdrop of various edgy content, including strong language, sexual content, and/or graphic violence. Most of the content found in these titles is not appropriate for readers younger than 18.
At the Crossover Alliance, our goal is to shed light on a unique genre that no other publishing house is willing to tackle, and to bring talented authors into our fold to help prove that quality fiction can cross the line between Christian and secular without compromising biblical values or foregoing solid and believable content.
Our contract(s) are tailored around our unique design and have been written to be as specific as possible. You will have an opportunity to read through our contract if your work is accepted by the Crossover Alliance, and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have in regards to it.
Please understand that this is a generalization of the major things you can expect from our company in regards to novels/novellas. Anthologies and short stories are structured differently. For the finer details, make sure to read our contract thoroughly.
* Production fees are any costs associated with printing physical copies of the book, the cost of manufacturing merchandise, or the cost of creating a physical copy of an audio novelization or drama. Processing fees are any fees that Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or other online retailers or distributors or bookstores charge to process the sale or transaction of a book, piece of merchandise, or audio file. Discounts are any discounts being applied to the sale of items related to the author's work. Minus these fees, an author will receive a 50/50 royalty on the end cash sale.