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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Sonfire Media LLC (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982577338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982577332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is why "Writing the Christian Non-Fiction Book: Concept to Contract" is a must read for every author.
Elaine W. Miller
Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract is very clearly written and logical in how it teaches the reader to move their work forward.
Scott Place
Fessenden has written this book to help people like me in the process of research, writing, and publishing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on June 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Over 83% of Americans plan to publish a book at some point in their life. The majority of Christian nonfiction writers are filled with passion yet they have no experience in how to navigate the book publishing world.

In the pages of WRITING THE CHRISTIAN NONFICTION BOOK, David Fessenden boils the process into eight steps: 1) Brainstorming 2) Researching 3) Outlining 4) Preparing the Proposal 5) Writing the Rough Draft 6) Revising 7) Fine-tuning the Manuscript 8) Getting the Contract.

As the author of more than 60 nonfiction books (many of them Christian books and all from traditional publishers), I've repeatedly been through this process. I resonated with Fessenden's insight and instruction which are mixed with humor and honesty. He is a skilled communicator who has written Christian nonfiction books and guided other authors as a book editor. That experience shines in these pages. Each chapter includes three tips for the reader to apply the teaching to their own plans for book publishing. If you study and apply the information in this book, it will take you down the path to getting your Christian book published. I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Shoemaker on April 29, 2011
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The Christian Non-fiction Book: Concept to Contract gave me great insight, tools, and encouragement with my own writing. Sprinkled with humor and wit, this book on the craft of writing is an easy read . . . and a hard act to follow. David's book showed me how to write better . . . and made me want to write more. This is more than a typical "how-to" book. It almost seems David comes with the book, and like a personal trainer he encourages and coaches you through each step in the process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William C. Shumway on May 6, 2011
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I am a retired attorney and a first time author that met Dave at a writers conference in Asheville in May, 2010. That conference showed me that I needed to use my background as an attorney to organize the writing process of my book, which is now a completed manuscript. After reading the first few chapters, I realized that Dave's book clearly lays out the necessary elements of a complete plan for the writing cycle, spiced with doses of both reality and encouragement. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to read this book before I attended the writers conference. If I had, my five days at the conference would have been spent more wisely. I strongly recomment that new writers attend a writers conference, but that they read Dave's book before they attend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine W. Miller on July 11, 2013
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Do you want to write a book? I did. If you are like me, you don't have a clue how to write a book or find a publisher, or develop a proposal, or outline, or all the things you don't even know you are supposed to know about writing a book.

This is why "Writing the Christian Non-Fiction Book: Concept to Contract" is a must read for every author.

With insight, wisdom, experience, and humor, David E. Fessenden takes the wanna-be author's hand and walks you through the writing and publishing process. As Fessenden's title states, he takes you from "Concept to Contract."

As an author about to write my fourth book, I will read "Concept to Contract" again so I won't forget all those little publishing details. "Writing the Christian Non-Fiction Book: Concept to Contract" sits next to my dictionary and thesaurus as a writing reference tool referred to throughout the writing process.

Many writers ask me how to get a book published. My best answer is "Read 'Concept to Contract' by David E. Fessenden." You will want this in your writing library!

Elaine W. Miller
Speaker and Author of "We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Place on September 28, 2011
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This book helped get me out of the ditch on my first book. Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract is very clearly written and logical in how it teaches the reader to move their work forward. I unsucessfuly looked for a long time to find a how to write a Christian non-fiction book guide, until I found this book. This is very likely the only book on the subject, which is fine because you really don't need another book.

I hope I can mail David Fessenden a copy of my book with my thanks for his help.

Buy this book if you're working on a Christian non-fiction book or considering it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy G Wentz on June 4, 2011
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Dave Fessenden's book offers a distinct, `eight element' process for writing the non-fiction book, coaching the writer as they take inspiration to the printed page. These elements, such as brainstorming, researching, and outlining are detailed in an uncomplicated format. This book should be a staple in every non-fiction Christian author's repertoire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Doyon on May 2, 2011
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From the first waves of brainstorming to writing the proposal and then landing a contract, David Fessenden provides clear, logical and practical steps for anyone with a non-fiction book idea. I first encountered these concepts as a writing workshop taught by Mr. Fessenden and it inspired me with a can-do attitude. Rolling through his writing cycle gives fluidity to the project and wings to your idea. The Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract is a must for the non-fiction writer.
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