Thursday, November 19, 2009

Writer Magazine And Christian Fiction

The Writer is one of the writing magazines I make an effort to read each month, along with Writers Digest. Each month, The Writer devotes one article to marketing. In December, the focus is--are you ready for this?--Christian fiction.

I'd have to say that I have mixed emotions about the article. Someone once said that there's no such thing as bad publicity, so I guess it's good to see this subject in a mainstream writers' magazine. But I wish they'd gone a bit more in-depth about the subject. For instance, Jerry Jenkins' Christian Writers Guild, is listed prominently as a resource, but no mention is made of the largest organization and meeting for writers of Christian fiction: the American Christian Fiction Writers. The article lists a dozen "agents for Christian fiction," and although my own agent is featured, others that I consider prominent in the field are missing.

The writer of the article credits the "Left Behind" series from Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye for opening the mind of the general public to this genre. They also discuss how The Shack has affected this market. What authors introduced you to Christian fiction? And to help those of my readers who don't read it, whose work would you recommend for a start?

2 comments:

Carol J. Garvin said...

I just got around to reading this post, Richard. My blogging has been hit and miss lately. FWIW, I especially like Jane Kirkpatrick's historical Christian fiction.

Carol J. Garvin said...

I just got around to reading this post, Richard. My blogging has been hit and miss lately. FWIW, I especially like Jane Kirkpatrick's historical Christian fiction.