Into the Book is here to spread a love for literature throughout the world by inspiring people to create stories and fill their lives with truth in a like-minded community. We are culture influencers, passionate about speaking truth into our culture. Furthermore, we are enablers, teaching writers not only how to speak truth, but also how to do so well. Both of these come together in our community. We exist to create and spread good culture. We want to replace the garbage with good.
We are Christians. We have found truth and want other people to know. Literature isn’t the place for outright sermons about what we believe. Yet what we believe influences us so strongly that our beliefs overflow into our lives and literature. We want both these things to echo the truth we live for.
C.S. Lewis believed that stories can powerfully influence readers, even subconsciously rewriting what they believe. Our goal, like Lewis’, is to influence culture through stories. Rather than write ‘Christian fiction,’ we want to be Christians who write fiction – and more than that, great fiction, so that, after reading our book, you have been pointed to real-life truth. That’s where Press comes in. It’s our project to put out those books that ring true, that are solid to the core, and that are a good read too.
ItB Press has a tag-team partner, and that’s ItBU. ItBU is our quality control to make sure that we really are publishing good fiction. We want to enable people to be heard, to speak truth, but sometimes those people have good things to say and don’t know how to say them. By offering classes on writing and editing, we aim to build up our community to speak skilfully. There’s more to publishing than just putting a book on the web, and ItBU aims to be that strong framework behind Press that will ensure we’re not only publishing books with truth in them, but books and authors that speak truth skillfully.
Current is the third pillar of our creating. It’s an overlap between writing and real life, a leading by example. Current is a literary journal, full of writing by ordinary people who are seeking to live life to the fullest, wading through rich truth. We are adventurers and explorers, dropped into the world and searching for where we belong. It’s all of the beautiful, all of the rich, and all of the true, a macro-lens look at real life. There’s an entire world waiting to be explored. There’s truth to be discovered. Will you join us on this crazy adventure?
The other half of ItB spreads great content that’s not original to us. There are a lot of other people doing a lot of the same stuff as us, and that’s where Reviews and Awards come in. These projects tie us into the broader culture. Awards promotes self-published books that run on similar lines we do. We don’t have a monopoly on truth, and we know from experience how hard self-publishing is to promote; so when we find someone who has published a book that gets this stuff right, we want to make sure people know about it. The Verve Literary Awards promote the best writing in self-publishing.
Reviews is the oldest part of Into the Book. It exists because we want to be engaged with the culture around us, so we read, interact with, and study other peoples’ ideas. We want to learn, and know what type of world we live in. Just like Press, Reviews is backed by its own quality control. We peer edit every review that we publish, and peer edit each other’s writing. This project allows us to learn from each other, and it is a perfect way to grow new reviewers into experienced readers. We hope to grow as readers and students and become experienced readers who can read critically and carefully, understanding how powerful literature works.