Because there are a lot of misconceptions about Christian fiction writers and the market we write for, I thought it would be fun today to share an updated post.
See if you can identify.
What We Wish You Knew…
1. We write in many different genres within the Christian market. Yes, even the (*gasp*) inspirational romance genre.
2. We love Jesus, but please don’t put us on a pedestal. We have faults and shortcomings.
3. When we’re asked “What do you write?” we’re happy to share. If you reply “Whoa! I’d never read that in a million years!” we’d rather you bite your tongue.
4. We appreciate candor. Rudeness, not so much.
5. We’re not “holy rollers.” We’re real people, living in a real world, and traveling similar destinations. Our stories often reflect this.
6. Christian fiction is evolving, but Christ remains our cornerstone. If you’d like to know more, please ask! Nothing thrills us more than to share about Jesus.
7. We read other books besides Christian fiction. BUT…please don’t label us “intolerant” when we refuse to read profane rants. We want to expand our horizons, not promote ignorance.
8. Writing and crafting are hard work. It takes time, practice, and commitment. All the brotherly love in the world can’t tell you how to write, acquire an agent, or pursue publication unless you’re willing to put forth the effort. It’s un-Christian for us to fuel misguided thinking.
9. We love God, but we’re still business people. Meaning: Please understand that while sharing the Gospel is our first objective, writing is our job. We must write to deliver the Message. We must write to meet deadlines. We must write to finish books. We must write to potentially earn an income. In other words, writing isn’t merely a hobby. It is fun and we do enjoy it, but it’s our career.
10. We’re moved by your kind words and encouraging e-mails. It blesses us to know that something we’ve written has blessed you. On the other hand, please don’t diss our work as “some more of that Christian fiction junk” without ever having read anything we’ve written. It doesn’t make us like you. Of course, we still love you in a Christian kinda way!
If you write Christian fiction, what else would you add?
Perhaps, you’re a reader. Anything surprise you?
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Here’s to a Happy Weekend! See you again on Wednesday!