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112 Christian Authors and Publishing Professionals Share Their Best Advice for Novelists [Kindle Edition]

C. J. Darlington
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Book Description

The most recognized names in Christian publishing share their personal answers to the question, “If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?”

Imagine a coffee shop packed with award-winning Christian novelists, top editors, literary agents, and publicists. Each one is taking turns sitting down with you, giving you their best writing advice. Sort of like speed dating for writers.

In the ever-changing publishing world, you must stay on top of your game to succeed. This book will give you a leg up, with practical tips and advice you can use on your novel writing journey.

Includes advice from Karen Kingsbury, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Jerry B. Jenkins, Josh McDowell, Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, James Scott Bell, Terri Blackstock, Randy Alcorn, Melody Carlson, and many more!


Product Details

  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC (November 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A70QZ6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 112 Publishing Professionals Talk About Writing November 25, 2012
By L. Fox
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great little e-book of quotes from Christian publishing professionals. The quotes vary in length and quality, but if you are in, or want to be in, the Christian publishing industry, this is a must have. The advice varies from person to person, but most center around either: God (your calling), the craft, the art, the business (pay especial attention to the acquisitions editors- of which there are several. Gold mine!), and inspiration vs perspiration.

And, in case you're wondering about the quality of those quoted who are not listed by name in the description above, rest assured, these ARE professionals. There are several agents (from reputable firms), editors, acquisitions editors, etc from big name publishing houses (off the top of my head, at least one from Bethany House and at least one from Tyndale), and many more prolific authors, such as Tracie Peterson, Lisa Samson (love her Hollywood Nobody series!), Kristin Billerbeck, Robin Lee Hatcher, Jenny B. Jones, Robert Liparulo, Alton Gansky, etc. They span pretty much every major genre out there, though most of the advice is not genre specific.

As for layout, this is done in alphabetical order. If you go to the table of contents, the individual names are linked, so you can just click there to go to a favorite. Each author/editor/agent/whatever-else has a short blurb about who they are- books they've written, their position in a publishing house, agent, etc along with a link to their website. For most, the quotes are of the perfect little bite size that you can pull up and read for a bit of inspiration before starting on your novel for the day- unless you're like me and just keep reading one after another after another.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this book, and I do recommend it to writers and aspiring writers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best February 8, 2013
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Age Appropriate For: All Ages

Best for Ages: 15 and up

When I started writing books, I often wished I could ask authors for their best advice. This book fulfilled those dreams. I only wish I had this book sooner.

The formatting of this book made it not only easy to read, but also a quick read. I was able to read and re-read the authors whose advice I found helpful, and I could quickly move on if an author had advice that wasn't helpful.
The advice itself was great. Some of it was more helpful than other parts. Some of the advice made me smile, some made me think, and some drew me closer to God. No matter what stage of writing you are in, this book has advice and encouragement that is relevant to you.

One of the things that sets this book apart from many other books is that it gives advice from editors, agents, and other people in the publishing industry in addition to that from authors.
I highly recommend that every author get a copy of this book. I would also like to thank C. J. Darlington for putting this together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement January 30, 2013
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I recommend this book for anyone on the writing journey. You should read it any time you're discouraged about the glacial slowness of the publishing world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful advice for fiction writers. February 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever wished you could pick the brains of top writers, editors, and agents? This ebook offers brief entries from 112 who know the business. They tell it like it is, and help readers to determine if they are truly called to be a writer. I found it inspiring and challenging. This is like the highlights of 100 writers' conferences and will motivate any writer. It would be worth reading again and again, perhaps one entry each day before you begin writing. The contributors are arranged alphabetically by last name, but can be read in any order. Don't miss this bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I found this e-book to be inspiring and quite useful. If you are an aspiring Christian novelist, or if you've been at it for a while, you will appreciate its variety and depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement for the writer January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
C.J. Darlington has collected some of the best advice available from some of the brightest stars in Christian publishing. This isn't a "how-to" book. It's better than that. It's a succinct offering of insiders' advice that will encourage, edify, and enlighten you on writing and the publishing industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 112 Well-Known Writing Professionals Encourage You January 20, 2013
By Neil
Format:Kindle Edition
In despair, I wondered about my journey as a writer. Then C.J. Darlington let me know about her book--and in its pages, well-know, respected writing professionals offered encouragement. I knew I wasn't alone. I knew how to continue on and I finished the book greatly encouraged.

This book contains 112 snippets of advice--an easy read and well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! January 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As an aspiring Christian novelist, I found this little book to be a gold-mine of advice from those who have "made it." It's not a how-to book. Rather it focuses on just one question: "If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?" And 112 authors, agents, and publishers answer that one question. Ranging in length from one sentence to about 3 pages per person, the advice naturally varies from one person to the next. Some of the suggestions I already knew about, other ideas were new to me. It's a resource I'm sure I'll refer back to again and again on my writing journey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Authors, editors and publishers comment on what it takes to break into...
Authors, editors and publishers comment on what it takes to break into publishing. Reasons include examining your motives, is this a dream you've always had? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Lover in NE LA
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice from professionals
I appreciate the info from seasoned professionals in the industry, especially from Christians committed to their craft and working as for The Lord.
Published 4 months ago by D. Clinkscales
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Diverse
I loved reading the writing advice in this book. I have read many of the authors interviewed and it was a real treat to hear from them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by annebrookstone
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and helpful
I loved this compilation of quotes by authors, editors, and publishers! Full of easy to read, enjoyable, and valuable insights!
Published 7 months ago by LadyM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited to read these!
This was an excellent idea! I've felt impressed to write some type of Christian book for some time now but couldn't quite get started. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Snow Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I enjoyed reading this book. Lots of words of encouragement to keep going and keep trying. I was a little disappointed that it did not include any authors whose success was found... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of tips from some of the best writers of our time.
A wealth of inspiration and knowledge taken from many of todays most successful writers. Lots of great tips one might delve into again and again. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Collie Cowhand. Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Thoughts RE:View
Have you ever wondered what your favorite author would tell you if you had a moment of their time? Maybe you've craved advice from published authors in your genre or field and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Emilie A Hendryx
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection but still missing...
This was a nice collection of quotes from authors and industry people, but I was hoping to learn more than I had already taught myself
Published 21 months ago by dmp
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning how writing and publishing work!
This is a Handy and helpful guide with good resources. Time-tested advice and counsel on writing and getting published. Hope it get updated periodically.
Published 22 months ago by Nance A. Wabshaw
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More About the Author

C. J. got her big break in publishing when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the Christian Writers Guild 2008 Operation First Novel contest. She hasn't slowed down since and wrote and published her second and third contemporary novels Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. Her newest novel Jupiter Winds is a YA/dystopian/space adventure.

In 2013 C. J. went indie and started her own publishing company, Mountainview Books, LLC, with her mom and sister. The goal of the press is to publish fresh books to inspire your faith.

A homeschool graduate, C.J makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint horse named Sky.

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