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Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract Paperback – April 15, 2011
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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.
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"
In this highly practical, readable guide to publishing, author David Fessenden takes you by the hand and walks you through the process, warning of pitfalls such as spending too much time on one part of the process before moving to another. Opening chapters help you pin down your idea and conduct research before facing "The Dreaded Outline." If you're stuck for book ideas, the author offers you a list to consider and even a formula to test your brainchild.
Cute cartoon characters make a point and set the stage for each chapter. With subtle humor, Fessenden helps you decide whether to write the proposal or the book itself. He guides you in structuring the book and reminds you to take care of details, such as credit lines and permissions. Each chapter ends with practical "Tips."
I've published two books--one traditionally and one self published--and this book would have been invaluable to me at the start of the process. But I'm finding it helpful even now, as I consider another book idea.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! Encouraging to anyone that seriously writes. Truthful, honest and gives you a path to run on as you continue to complete the writing project that you were inspired... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bonnie Patterson
I learned quite a bit and was especially interested because the author used a Christian perspective.Published 22 months ago by Kathryn
Been in Christian publishing for 33 years. Dave Fessenden was a contributing editor to my worldwide newsletter, Cross & Quill. He is a prince among writers--and editors!Published on October 17, 2013 by Sandra H. Brooks
A good source of materiel for helping with the overwhelming task of a first book. The outlining ideas were insightful.Published on April 9, 2013 by Thelma G. Babin
I was about to present a book proposal at my first writers conference and happened to read an interview with David Fessenden. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Linda Lochridge
Having been a Christian bookseller for over thirty years, I've sold thousands of books. I've probably read thousands of books. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Joan N.