October 26, 2023
Are you interested in Christian writing? Whether you want to inspire others or be sure your writing reflects your faith, you can become successful at Christian writing. Here are some pointers to get you started.
Every writer needs to know what niche their writing fits into. While this may strike you as limiting, it makes the most sense when publishing and marketing your book. Publishers—including publishers of Christian books—use these niches to categorize their authors.
Inspirational and spiritual books have soared in popularity. Across all genres, they currently outsell almost every other category. That’s good news if you want to write an inspirational Christian writing book for fellow Christians.
Currently, the top-selling inspirational and spirituality books of all time include these titles.
Many writers have achieved success writing fiction. These include the genres of romance, mystery, detective, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.
The genre known as “sweet romance” is hugely popular; the term “sweet” means there are no explicit scenes or language in the book. Sweet romances range from Amish love stories to modern romantic comedies. They enjoy an avid readership and excellent sales.
Bestselling Christian writing in fiction include Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Frank E. Peretti; and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, authors of the “Left Behind” series.
For some writers, poetry is the most natural expression of their spirituality. Some well-known Christian poets are Malcolm Guite and Sarah Emtage. It is difficult to publish poetry as a first-time writer, so consider self-publishing your collection. You can also submit your poetry to Christian magazines.
Do you have a gift for penning lyrics? Christian music is popular, in fact, it is the second most popular genre of music in the U.S. You can find a market for your gospel, country, pop, or worship songwriting. Some music publishers specialize in Christian music. You can also find organizations like the Nashville Christian Songwriters, an educational and resource group for faith-based musicians.
Christian writing has its own literary writers whose works are highly rated by literary critics and the public. They include classic writers like G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis, but they also include modern writers like Pat Conroy, Diane Glancy, Madeline L’Engle, and Frederick Buechner.
Christian writing for children is an enjoyable way to reach young minds and inspire them. A well-written children’s book will find many buyers. It’s important to couple your book with beautiful illustrations.
Christian readers can’t get enough of well-written devotionals, sermons, and prayers that help them get through life. Whether you’re writing sermons for ministers to use or daily prayers for people going through hard times, you can find a market for your faith-based Christian writing guides.
The best Christian writing comes from the writer’s personal faith journey. Your values can inform your Christian writing and lay a solid foundation for your work. Here are some tips to inspire yourself before and during your Christian writing.
There are essentially two types of authors who pursue Christian writing.
There are those who have always loved writing, dreamed about being published, and began writing stories, plays, and poetry from an early age. If you were lucky, you were able to hone that talent during your education and by taking every opportunity to practice. You may have kept a journal, or maybe you are known for your long, entertaining letters to family and friends. Whatever your situation, you have always known that you were a writer. Combining that God-given talent with your faith seems like a natural combination.
Other Christian writers aren’t so sure about their talents. They feel called to share their experience or their knowledge, but they aren’t certain they have the writing skills to create a book that people want to read. If that’s your situation, don’t despair. Christian writing is a skill like any other, and it’s one that you can improve with some time and dedication.
Whether you are a novice or experienced writer, you can use these techniques to improve your writing.
You need a publisher if you want to share your words with the word. Whether you’ve written a poem, a short story, or a book, here are some options.
Whether you choose to self-publish or find a commercial outlet for your Christian writing, you will find a welcoming community of readers. At Publishing Xpress, we regularly work with churches, first-time writers, and Christian writers of all kinds. We will be happy to help you get your Christian book in print.
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