The Christian fiction genre has been around since the late sixties, but the Left Behind series made it explode. This book walks you through the genrewhat it is and isn’t, how plot integrates with a Christian message, how to approach edgy subjects, how to navigate Christian and mainstream publishers, and more. Coverage includes discussion of everything from mystery and romance, to historical and young adult.
About the Author
Ron Benrey has co-authored, with his wife Janet, seven Christian novels and a Christian romance novella, Once Upon a Shopping Cart. Benrey frequently teaches at leading Christian Writers' Conferences (in 2006 at Mt. Hermon CWC and Blue Ridge Mountains CWC) and is a mentor at the Christian Writers' Guild. An ordained elder at his church, Benrey also frequently teaches adult courses in theology.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book is a must-have for anyone just starting out writing Christian fiction. You'll learn about content, point of view, theme and message, establishing your own voice, finding time to write, research, how to write a proposal to submit to an editor, or how to pitch an idea to an editor at a writers' conference. But there's also so much here for the established Christian author. Even as the author of 40 published novels, I learned about the 'magic paragraph,' dealing with reviews, critique groups, marketing your book yourself, how the publishing process works, and a most helpful chapter checklist. Altogether, it's almost mind-boggling how much information Ron Benrey has managed to include in these 300-plus pages.
I bought this book for two reasons: first, my friend had dared me to write a cheesy Christian historical fiction book; and second, I thought it was hilarious to find a 'Complete Idiot's Guide' to something Christian. I did end up reading it, and although I didn't find much that was really novel (pun intended) it was also a good concise overview of the writing and marketing process.
Very good guidelines on how to write Christian fiction. Took some good tips to develop on my writings.