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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W. Terry Whalin (terrywhalin)
I am an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. I have written more than 60 books for traditional publishers and for more than 50 magazines. My blog on The Writing Life has more than 1,100 searchable … more
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"There are three rules for writing a book," a famous author once said. "Unfortunately, no one knows what they are!" To some extent, the process of writing a book is shrouded in mystery. Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract takes the confusion out of the writing and publishing process. Based on Dave Fessenden's regular column in Cross & Quill magazine and the seminars he teaches at Christian writers' conferences across the country, this book presents eight steps every author must take to be successfully published.