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Complete Guide to Writing and Selling the Christian Novel Paperback – February 1, 1998
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In addition to providing advice from which any fiction writer would benefit, Stokes does a fine job of defining Christian fiction. It is, she says, first and foremost fiction. It is not sermonizing. It is not about saving lost souls ("Rarely," she says, "does a religious novel find an audience among the unconverted"). It best not be full of religious jargon or Bible-quoting zealots. Still, it must have "a distinctly religious viewpoint, usually marked by the personal conversion of one or more characters." And just because, as a believer, you see your writing as a gift and a calling, don't think for a minute that your work is beyond revision. "Creation is not the end of the process," says Stokes. "It's the beginning. In the image of our Creator, we continue the work of ongoing re-creation. We revise, refine, reorganize and rewrite. And at the end of the day we, too, can rest and say, 'It is good.'" --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In addition to sharing her knowledge of the industry, Ms. Stokes writes about some of the common errors Christian fiction writers make. She provides solid instruction about several things the writer needs to check before submitting a book for review.
Overall, I found this to be a wise, general teaching tool for me. It also gave me some other resources to read.
I agree with a previous reviewer that there are peculiarities in the Christian fiction market that are frustrating, such as what I would consider the lack of realistic stories. Ms. Stokes discusses the type of Christian novel that is published and it is a conservative, evangelical book for the most part. Christian publishers may avoid a book that presents a different view of Christians from what they think is congruent with readers' values. Essentially, Ms. Stokes lets us know that there is a precise type of Christian fiction that most of the Christian publishers are looking for.
If you are trying to write and publish Christian fiction, this is a good learning tool for you. It was for me.
Of course you'll also find practical writing dealing with the craft itself - and I might add that whether you plan to write Christian fiction or not you will benefit from her teaching on these topics.
But what I found most enlightening was her insight into the Christian market... Genre definitions, what is popular now, writing proposals, etc.
A great book for the Christian novelist!
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I own a bookshelf full of how-to-write books, but this does the best job of explaining how novels go together; the component parts. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mayo Quin
This book is full of content does a great job in each chapter defining table of contents section. I expect to use this book a lot in the near future.Published on December 18, 2013 by Fred M Tolliver
Author Stokes does a great service with her book. First, she differentiates between the secular ABA and religious CBA, the 2 behemoths that control what goes into bookstores, and... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by likes good books, music, movies
This is a very practical book with helpful examples every step of the way so that you understand what the author is trying to teach. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by TheOrangeFather
Writing and Selling the Christian Novel was an excellent choice for my co-author and myself. The information was complete and useful. We were glad to find this.Published on April 17, 2012 by Connie Fleishauer
I bought this book because I was new to novel writing and had just started writing my first Christian novel. I wish I had bought this book before I started writing my novel. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Emely
This book to me was a must to help with the advancement of my Christian and inspiration writing. It portrays several aspects and spiritual truths, which was a great help to keep me... Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Skohope05