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Christian Publishing Veterans Launch Gilead Publishing

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(Wheaton, Illinois)  Two Christian publishing industry veterans announce the formation of Gilead Publishing, LLC, an independent publisher of fiction with Christian themes.

President and Publisher Dan Balow and CEO Bill Giarratana are co-owners and senior management for the new company with a main operations office in Wheaton, Illinois and an editorial acquisitions/management office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Susan Brower, former Executive Editor with Zondervan and Harper Collins Christian Publishing will serve as Vice-President of Editorial and manage the acquisition strategy through the Michigan office.

Counting on the flexibility of a small infrastructure – currently an initial staff of ten employees, Gilead will be assisted by several key strategic partnerships with service providers. The company is planning to release several titles launched as soon as Fall 2016, and 40-50 titles in 2017.

Gilead is only considering proposals from recognized literary agents at this time.

Balow comments, “This has been a long time coming as we have been writing business plans and preparing the vision for a company like this for almost a year. When the commitment for investment in a startup traditional publisher was made at the end of last year, we started the count-down toward making this a reality.”

“The first person I called was Sue Brower. I have known her for almost twenty years and have the highest regard for her thinking, vision, reputation, and how she goes about her work. She was the ACFW Editor of the Year in 2010 for a reason.”

“More detail will be revealed in the coming weeks, but we are honored to be a sponsor at the 2016 ACFW conference in Nashville this year and will have plenty to talk about.”

A landing page for the company website is at with contact information included.