Getting Started as a Christian Writer

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There are 1.9 billion Christians in the world and virtually all of them are  hungry to read more about the faith they hold dear. Not only do they want  instructional books and articles that help them understand their faith to a  greater degree, but they also want inspirational material. As a result,  Christian writers are in demand. You have the potential to become a successful  Christian writer by following these three basic steps.

1. Learn to write, and then learn to write well

I hope you don’t think I’m  being simplistic in stating the obvious, but many people put pen to paper or  fingers to keyboard without the slightest notion of the writing process. Writing  is essentially capturing the ideas that are in your mind and converting them  into words that others can easily understand. Most of us learn to write in  elementary school where we gain a vocabulary and learn sentence structure. To  learn to write well, you must read widely. Yes, that’s right, reading  accomplished authors is the best way to learn how to write well. If you intend  to write for the Christian market, read books by C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancey or,  for contemporary fiction, an author like Karen Kingsbury.

2. Do not be satisfied with your first draft

Good writing is a craft. It is  not so much the filling of the page as it is the polishing a diamond. Too often  Christian writers believe they receive their message directly from the Lord,  that it comes to them in a perfect state, and needs no changes. This is a false  assumption. All work needs to be edited, often many times. Your first drafts can  be horrible, but if you have good editing skills you can turn your lemon into  lemonade. A serious problem with all writers is that they get so involved in  their manuscripts that they lose objectivity. That’s why it’s important to have  a peer reader take a look at early manuscripts and make recommendations so you  can edit accordingly.

3. Let the world see your work

In my experience I have discovered that most  writers never finish the writing project s they start. They do not have the  discipline required to create something to present to the world. To be a  successful Christian writer it is essential that you complete your writing  projects, and then present them to book publishing companies, magazines or  Internet sites. Even those who finish projects sometimes do not present them for  publication because they fear rejection. If you have faith in the idea that God  wants you to be a Christian writer, then you must also have the faith that your  writing will see the light of day if you remain persistent in presenting it to  appropriate markets.

What is the take-away from all this? Invest some time in learning to write  well. Master the basics of grammar, but go beyond that and learn about style  from established Christian writers. Next, view writing as a craft, and don’t be  afraid to let others give you feedback about your work. Finally, be persistent  when it comes to seeking publication. If you do not immediately find a market  for your writing, you may need to rewrite and reshape it. You need to have faith  that your work will be published and will touch the lives of others.

 


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2 Responses

  1. I’ve written a few Christian Inspirational books, two of them are 73 to 81 pages. I haven’t submitted those to publishers just put them on Amazon. But the book on my life story and testimony I have sent to a number of publishers and got accepted by two the only problem was they wanted upfront fees I cannot afford 🙁

    • Donald L. Hughes says:

      I’m sorry to hear about this Matthew. Your book has not been accepted by a traditional publisher, it has been accepted by a vanity publisher. They make money by selling services, not books. Sure they may sell a few books from their websites, but they don’t care if they do or not since they have already profited from your fees.

      Even Christian companies like Westbow (Thomas Nelson imprint) and Xulon are offering over-priced services to gullible Christian authors. You are doing well by self-publishing. A genuine traditional publisher will not ask for ANY money from you. They pay you. You don’t pay them.

      I believe the “New Vanity Press” as I call it, is unethical in almost all cases. I have written a book on the topic to educate and warn authors and you can find it here: https://amzn.to/35M0fFu. Also, I have also done a video highlighting the different kinds of publishers. You can view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-E_bmcscpwc. Hope this helps.

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