The Power of Christian Fiction

In the past couple of years, Christian fiction sales have increased to rival that of the sales of Bibles. That is a lot of Christian fiction being sold.

Christian fiction can be powerful. Not only can it touch a person through their emotions in a way that nonfiction may not be able to, it can also make one think about an issue on a deeper level.

I have a friend who is going through a very difficult season of life. Her husband has been unemployed for over a year with no job prospects and she has not been able to find work after staying home as a full-time mother for over ten years. One day she was lamenting to me that, in this economy, it appears that unless you already have a job, employers are not willing to consider you.

Our conversation than segued into end times and how what she was experiencing in not being able to find work because she was not currently employed might parallel not being able to purchase food and other necessities without a mark of some sort (often referred to as 666 or the mark of the beast from Revelations). We began talking about how our society might evolve to reach that point.

I told her about an end-time trilogy, The Fellowship of the Mystery, that I had read. This set of three books proposed a very plausible plot about how such a mark and a one-world government might come about in our society.

When my friend remarked that she had never heard of these books, I explained to her that they were published by a small publisher and had not reached the bestseller list as the Left Behind Series had and so they had not garnered the same attention.

I then loaned her the books.

After reading them and upon returning them to me, my friend read me the following from the last book’s Epilogue. “The truth is, we can’t promise anyone that if they accept Jesus they will escape the horrors of persecution, or imprisonment, or plagues, or wars, or famines, or earthquakes…or that they will pass untouched through the everyday sorrows of this dark world.” (Swordsman by Terry Craig).

My friend took encouragement from the story and from these words. I am thankful that I could use these books to minister to my friend.

Those of you who are writing or publishing Christian fiction, know that people will be touched and drawn closer to Christ through your work.


Voting Now Open for Book of the Year Award

All Christian book readers are invited to vote for the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

Readers can vote online now at Voting on the Book of the Year Award is open through March 31, 2011.

Although small publishers are often less well known than larger publishing houses, they produce fresh and innovative books to inspire readers or fill niche needs. The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year award honors books produced by small publishers for outstanding contribution to Christian life.

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award features 72 books in the following eight categories:

  • Fiction
  • Biography
  • Christian Living
  • Relationships/Family
  • Bible Study/Theology
  • Children’s Book 4-8 years
  • Children’s Book 8-12 years
  • Young Adult (12+ years)

The winners of this award are determined solely by the votes of Christian retailers and book lovers alike.

Christian retailers are invited to also vote for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. In honor of Small Press Month, Christian retailers are encouraged to highlight the books they vote for in their stores during the month of March.

The winners of the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award will be announced on April 15, 2011.

The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association.

What are you waiting for? Go Vote!


The Power of Social Media

Last year, I wrote a blog post (Creative Funding for Publishing a Book) on how authors and publishers could raise capital to produce a book by using one of the creative of fund-raising websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

Raising funds through these sites can really work.

Donald Miller wrote a book called Blue Like Jazz that was published by Thomas Nelson. The book was a bestseller and was on its way to becoming a film. Then, the project got put on hold due to not enough funding.

Don Miller wrote about the glitch on his blog, and two fans of the book decided to do something about the problem. These two normal guys had been impacted by the book and believed that a movie could reach even more people than the book. They decided to use Kickstarter to raise the money needed to complete the movie.

These two guys, Jack Prichard and Jonathan Frazier, launched the website Save Blue Like Jazz and posted the project on Kickstarter seeking to raise $125,000 to complete the movie. They were able to raise $345,992 from 4,495 backers, well over their goal.

This story not only illustrates that, with the right project and the right push, Kickstarter can be a very successful way to raise funds for a project, it also shows how powerful social media is in raising awareness and mobilizing people around a cause or a project.

If you are not getting any traction for your books, maybe its time you rethought your social media strategy.

his-to-ry from Save Blue Like Jazz on Vimeo.