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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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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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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As a new author of Christian non-fiction, I found this book very useful and informative. It answered a lot of my questions. I only wish I had known about it sooner in the process of writing my first book. It is very comprehensive without ever becoming boring. I would strongly recommend it to any Christian who is thinking about writing a non-fiction book.
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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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Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract by David E. Fessenden

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.
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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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Easy to read and informative. A wonderful example. The author clearly explains complex ideas and the variability of the process. His ideas and suggestions align with scripture and are reasonable and ethical. Highly recommended!
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