Years ago, when I began exploring writing as a career, I didn’t have a clue as to how the publishing industry worked. I didn’t know what went into writing a book worthy of publication, nor did I understand how important it was for writers to network and be involved in marketing.
I’ve learned a lot along the way, but there’s always more to absorb. Fortunately, we don’t have to do it alone. In the Christian market, there are many authors, agents, and editors who are willing to share their knowledge. I’ve been grateful for people who have been willing to encourage and mentor writers on the road to publication.
Here are some personal favorites that might help you while on your own journey ...
Faithfully Write Editing As a freelance editor, I provide proofreading, critiquing, copyediting, and substantive editing services.
Fiction Finder (created by American Christian Fiction Writers) If you’re a reader or writer of inspirational fiction (mystery, suspense, romance, women’s fiction, speculative, historicals, chick lit, etc.), you need to visit Fiction Finder! The website is an easy-access resource where you can find the latest in Christian fiction.
Seriously Write I co-host and write articles for this blog. Our mission is to encourage and equip Christian writers. We offer tips on the craft of writing, offer encouragement, and feature guest authors sharing their own experiences.
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent Rachelle offers helpful information for writers pursuing publication.
The Write Conversation Edie Melson provides wonderful tips, especially in the areas of social media and blogging.
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) This professional organization welcomes members who are beginning writers, as well as multi-published authors and other professionals in the publishing industry. The mission is to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional publishing industry.
My Book Therapy MBT is led by authors Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck provides some of the best teaching I’ve found for fiction writers. Different levels of membership are available, ranging from free to a small monthly fee. They offer articles on craft, online forums and classes, networking, resources, contests, retreats, etc.
The Book Club Network Readers and writers connect.
The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke
by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
Book Fun Magazine (online magazine associated with The Book Club Network)