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Steps towards Self Publishing

When most people think about self publishing, their hearts are filled with fear. This is an uncertain terrain for many aspiring Christian writers. They do not know which platform to use, which agent or publisher to use, and a lot more. We endeavor to put down some steps that one can use to make it as a self published Christian Writer.

Find the right Publisher

Always search for a publisher who shares your views. It is important that you pray before you go out and get a publisher. You need a publisher who publishes books which have Christian themes and morals. If you decide to publish where secular books are also being published, then your message may become diluted in the process. So always make sure that you really know the kind of publisher that you want before you start your grand self publishing journey.

A publisher who walks with you

You need to find a publisher who will walk with you through every step of this new literary journey. For a first time writer, this journey can be confusing and the publisher should be sensitive and patient with your requirements.  Every contact that you make within the organization should be ready to answer your questions and allay your fears and concerns.

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You want a publisher who will understand your vision right from the submission of your manuscript, all the way to viewing your cover image and design. They should have a deep understanding of what your objectives are in publishing the book. They should be willing to go out of their way to accommodate your vision for the book. The service should be exceptional and all-inclusive.

Get proper recommendations

You need to find people who will recommend you to certain Christian publishers. You should do your due diligence and find out which publisher is the best when it comes to publishing and marketing the book. Some publishers have a wide array of channels that they use to market your book. They should be enthusiastic in their efforts. Reading through some forums will help you get a clear picture of the publishers that are available for you.

Pray Always

The power of prayer is clear to every devout Christian. When you reach the point of writing your own book, you need to pray a lot for the vision of the book and also getting the right publisher. This may seem like a small matter to many, but it is not. Take time to pray before you even start structuring the book and let the Holy Spirit guide you on what you should do.

In conclusion

There are many other aspects that you should consider when you are staring off into self publishing. Not all Christian publishers may share your vision, and this could result in a frustrating process, and a bad result in the long run. The message of your book will not get to the people in the proper manner, and your vision will be diluted.

How to succeed in Christian Fiction Publishing

Christian Publishing has been fraught with a lot of challenges, especially for small publishing houses. The industry is dominated by just a few of the major publishing houses. So how does one succeed in this field of Christian publishing? There are a few strategies that smaller publishing houses are using and this article will take you through some of them.

Follow your readers

There are several subgenres within the Christian fiction industry. Some of the most popular are Amish, romance and holiday themes. These already are dominated by the major publishers and a small publisher would face a big challenge in succeeding I these subgenres. Well, one way that you can succeed in this area is to create a series of novels, which tell just a part of the full story. This strategy has successfully been used by some small publishing house, because it leaves the readers in suspense. Once the first one comes to its conclusion, it indicates that the story is not yet finished, and reads are let anticipating the release of the second novel.

Another way to follow readers is to write a historical fictional story. One can take the history of a successful personality and then research on the spiritual life of that person and write a quasi-fictional story that would show how the spirituality of the person influenced his or her success. For example, one could think of writing a spiritual story of Nelson Mandela and how his spirituality gave him strength through his struggle to end Apartheid.

Consider the libraries

Marketing channels are another challenge for smaller publishing houses that do not have the resources of the bigger publishers. When it comes to Christian fiction publishing, there is a great demand for books in libraries. The library editions should be in hard cover so they can stand being borrowed many times over.  Librarians play a great role in advising people on which the popular titles are, and also new releases, whether they come from small or big publishing houses.

Go for the mass markets

Mass marketing a book can be a costly affair, and this is where pooling of resources comes in. Several small publishing houses can pool resources and take a book to the mass markets. This model has the effect of having high sales volumes of the low-cost books, resulting in quick returns. This model is successfully used by large and established publishing houses.

There is a lot of soul searching going on within the circles of smaller Christian fiction publishing houses. They need to know how to survive in a very competitive industry. These strategies mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg. It only requires some great imagination in order to break it big in this industry. Questions about whether they should use data or go by the gut and just publish are issues that they are looking into. New methods may be empirically researched or adopted just because they seem like “Good Ideas”.

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Becoming a Christian Author or Publisher

It is really great and encouraging that you are considering becoming a Christian writer or publisher. Getting the word of God to people is a truly noble and admirable venture. However, you need to know the proper way of becoming a Christian writer or publisher.

The first thing that you need to do is read all about the Christian publishing industry.  There are certain tenets that govern the industry, which are quite different from those of the secular publishing industry. For example, in the secular publishing industry, many people will use unethical marketing practices in order to drive traffic to their websites to maximize sales; in the Christian publishing industry, such methods are discouraged.

The next thing you need to do is think about your book as a business. You need to study the business like any other business, which means that you should know what your prospective readers want, and how you will put the message across to them.  This will require you to do some research of your own, and also talk to people about what kind of books they would like to read.

You need to look for a literary agent, and you may start off by following some of the best literary agents on social media such as Twitter or Facebook. Attend some writer conferences and introduce yourself to fellow writers and agents, and then connect with them on social media. You should also start reading their blogs. You may wonder why you need to read their blogs, but they have a lot of helpful information that you can use to build yourself as a writer or publisher. These blogs will carry information on what is going on in the world of Christian Publishing

In order to grow your knowledge and understanding of this industry, you should start commenting and also interacting with people online. Try to start up tops on forums and be a major contributor.

When you are preparing to take the next step and write a book, you should read the submission guidelines properly. If you want to be a publisher, you need to understand how you are going to launch your business and get writers to stock their books with you.

You should also avoid being the writer who is too aggressive in a negative manner. When you have your first manuscript, do not send pitches to literary agents on their social media, or hound them at conferences. They have very clear guidelines on how to submit your manuscript, and you should follow them.

As a Christian writer, you have prayed a lot about the kind of message you want to put across and also how it will perform in the market. Keep on praying even after you have submitted your manuscript. You may have just handed in the next best seller.

Keep strong in the belief that you will be a great writer. Becoming a Christian Author or Publisher has its challenges just as any other business, but with prayer, you can become successful in your endeavor.

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Christian Publishing and Secular Holding Companies

Christian publishers who are owned by secular companies have always made for strange bedfellows. Christian publishers are bound by some ethics which they follow – one of the main ones is that they must always remain Christian in the materials that they produce. So what happens when a Christian publisher is owned by a secular company?

A certain case comes to mind, where one secular company produced a controversial book about gay Christianity, and the publisher had to ask that the ethics be examined. This brought to an end a business relationship that had endured for long. This case underscores the problems facing Christian publishers who are owned by secular companies.

Different ethics
A secular publisher will sell a book as long as it can bring about high readership volumes – the readership may be a result of outrage, excitement, amazement and more. Basically, as long as they are within the law in releasing a publication, secular companies will not balk at selling any book.

A Christian publisher is bound by the ethics that are in line with the teachings of the bible. Even if there is Christian fiction being sold, the titles have to show some Christian value. Children’s books are written about monsters and how they are defeated, but the whole story has to toe the thin line between a fairy tale and a horror story.

A tale of survival
In order for some publishing houses, Christian or secular, to survive in the tough publishing business, they sometimes form mergers. Some of the companies that run these mergers are strictly secular in the way they publish books. This is a story of survival, and sometimes it does not auger well for the Christian publisher. Stories of corporate battles over the kinds of books to publish are seen on the news every day.

Do Christian publishers have to work with profitable secular publishers in order to keep their books on the markets? This is an interesting question and this is because this is what happens most of the time. In rare cases is a Christian publisher acquired by another Christian publisher. Secular publishers have great incomes and funds, given that their titles are more widely sold. Christian publishers lack this financial backing and that is why they seek such mergers, which can sometimes be very embarrassing.

So what should be done?
Christian publishers need to find a way to merge and form bodes that can come together and pool resources to get financial and market stability. There are associations for Christian publishers but these are not run as enterprises. It is now time for Christian publishers to run a collective enterprise. They will be better positioned to compete with secular books once they do so. It is all up to the individual publishers now to think of other ways, other than getting acquired by secular companies.

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Creativity Targeted at Young Minds May Shape Their Christian Life

Creativity has always been highly regarded in Christianity because it reflects the creativity of the Maker of the whole universe. When you look all around you, you see the Creativity of God in all its Glory. Creativity can be used to shape the minds of youngChristians so they grow up rooted in the Christian faith.

Any good Christian Bookshop London should have books that bring out creativity in young people. The kind of creativity that glorifies and builds a Christian life. Creativity may come in the form of song, art, dance and a lot more, all of which can be used to shape the Christian lives of young people.

The pandemic creativity disease in Christianity
There has been a long-standing disease that seems to eat away at creativity within Christiancircles. People all seem to copy and clone what other people do. For example, Bishop T.D Jakes had a particular style of dressing that simply made him stand out from the rest. It was not long before preachers in churches all over the world were wearing outfits similar to his.

Now this is not the way that a Christian Bookshop London should teach creativity to young people. Creativity targeted for young people should teach them to build on their unique talents to uphold Christian values. If an individual has a great voice, he or she should look for publications that will enhance their own unique singing style. Not just copy what other Gospel artistes are doing.

True creativity from a Christianst and point
True creativity is that which follows the same process as that which God followed when he created the universe. From darkness and chaos came beauty.Creativity is always the first step towards light and deliverance. When creativity is used to its best, it produces an effect that can shake the whole world.

A Christian Bookshop London should think of creativity from this point of view. The books and publishers in stock should help young minds to use their creativity in ways that will truly be unique. Creativity is boundless, and Christians have to stop the bad habits of cloning their own works.

Creativity targeted at young people will help them build on the dreams that they have from an early age. It is true that children have a very wild imagination, where they believe that lions and lambs can coexist together in peace and harmony. This may not be the case in real life, but it speaks of the potential that can be found in young children. Material in a Christian Bookshop London should teach them how to creatively build on their dreams, factor in some real-life experience and then use these to build their Christian lives.

Christian Publishers and any Christian Bookshop London have the responsibility of nurturing this creativity. By simply stocking creative works, the creativity of the young ones is also primed. The young generation still have a lot to offer when it comes to creativity and Christianity. Publishers and authors should realize this and create content that will feed this creativity.

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Christian Publishing Delivering the World from Secular Privilege

There has been a lot of misunderstanding about the Christian faith from the secular world. The term “Christianophobia” was coined to show just how the secular world looks down upon things that pertain to the Christian faith. In one case, a Colorado State University Christian organization applied for a grant to get a speaker to come and speak about Christianity at the college. The grant was turned down, and this led to a serious court case, where the student’s organization claimed that they were discriminated against since they were Pro-Christianity.

It is up to Christian publishing to deliver the world from such secular privilege, by coming up with books that teach about Christianity in a manner that is acceptable to the secular world. Any Christian Bookshop UK should have publications that will appeal to a secular audience, but have a Christian message.

Secularity and its effect on daily life

The secular world has always tried to maintain a sort of secular exclusivity especially to things that are based on the Christian faith. For example, a hospital may be looking for a doctor who would not hesitate to give an emergency abortion to a mother who may lose her life. The secular world will prefer a doctor who is not firmly rooted in Christianity, as opposed to one who upholds the Christian faith and may hesitate to perform such a procedure. The hospital management will be thinking of the financial implications of lawsuits brought about by such decisions, and therefore favor the non-Christian doctor.

Events such as these happen in daily life, but there is a need for the secular world to start accepting Christian tenets and norms as part of daily life too. This is where Christian publishing and Christian Bookshop UK come in.

The solution to secular privilege

The secular world has also accused Christians of promoting Christian privilege when it comes to sharing resources from a Christian organization or institution. However, secular privilege is much more embedded than Christian privilege. Christian publications and Christian Bookshop UK should address these issues from a “world view”. Issues surrounding both Christian and Secular privilege should be addressed academically and spiritually.

People have to know why they react as they do when secularism and Christianitycollide. They need to know how to handle issues that stem from such situations. Christian publications and Christian Bookshop UK are some of the best channels to do so, since they do have an unbiased world view.

All situations should be approached with alternatives from both pedagogies. What would a Christian do, and what would a non-Christian do in any situation that brings about these privileged view on issues?

The Christian Bookshop UK should have books that encourage conversation and not confrontation. Christian authors and publishers should be the first to out an end to this kind of view, since they are supposed to be more accepting and welcoming.

Christian publishing has a great role to play in changing these kinds of views. It is time that they picked up the mantle and set the world free from secular and/or Christian privilege.

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Should Popular Stories Be Used To Tell Christian Stories?

Children love popular stories and fairy tales, since they are universally known and read as they have always been. Hansel and Gretel will sound the same, whether it is read in the UK or in Asia. Given the universal nature of these stories, do they have the potential to be used in teaching Christian Values?

It would be great if one could walk into a Christian Bookstore and find one of these popular books which has been adapted to fit certain Christian values. One should note that the stories do not have to change at all, but their summary can be used to teach a different lesson, other than the fact that good wins over evil.

A look at some stories that have the potential to teach Christian values

When you walk into a Christian bookstore and find the book about Hansel and Gretel, you immediately think of the “entertaining value” of the book and do not see much value from a Christian point of view.

Now imagine that the story is told just as it has been for centuries. Hansel and Gretel are lured into the lair of the wicked witch by the sweets and yummy stuff that she had laid out for them. Little did they know that they were to be fattened so they could be eaten.

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Hansel and Gretel eventually defeat the witch and escape with their lives. The Christian value here is about how temptation looks very sweet at the start. How temptation can lead a person into a life that could eventually have serious consequences. It tells of how one should rely on the good lessons learned from a Christian point of view to defeat the temptation.

The challenges to be addressed

Publishers who would like to see such popular stories end up in a Christian Bookstore have a lot of challenges to face.

The first is the copyright issue, which should be addressed with the publishers holding the rights for such stories. With such partnerships, popular stories can be used to teach Christian values to young children.

Publishers and authors also need to sensitize parents and children that the stories now have a new lesson to teach and they should visit a Christ bookstore to get the new versions. This means proper marketing to Christians through social media and other online avenues.

What other stories can be used to teach the same values?

Various cultures have their own popular stories that they tell their children. A Christian Bookstore should explore stories from several cultures all over the world. Pastor Andy Yiangou has a book, Jungle Tales, which has stories from the Karoomba Jungle, a popular jungle in Asian Folklore.

Kingdom Publishers is a Christian Bookstore that has a wide range of books that use popular stories to teach Christian values to children and adults alike. Visit their online store and check from their extensive catalog and see which books would be great for you and your children. Popular stories and characters can play a crucial role in shaping the Christian lives of both adults and children alike.

Christian Publishing and the eBook Boom

Electronic books, also known as eBooks, have become a popular means of getting literature to readers. The ales of electronic books have by far surpassed those of hardcover and paperback editions. Christian Publishers UK have embraced this kind of dissemination, with a wide range of publications available for Christian readers.

The audience for digital Christian books has continued to grow over the years. Many publishers have seen it grow exponentially and have structured their online stores to provide eBooks for their readers. How has the eBook boom affected the Christian publishing environment?

The Copyright Issue

The copyright issue was quite a sensitive one, when eBooks were launched. One book would eventually and up being distributed to so many people, thereby denying the author and publisher their dues for the intellectual property.

The main distribution software developers eventually developed ways in which copyrights could be protected. Digital signatures were developed which meant that a digital product could only be downloaded once to a particular computer or Smart device, and could not be distributed beyond that device.

This was great news for Christian Publishers UK and the world over. Finally digital books were protected and they could publish without fear. This kind of protection further accelerated the use of eBooks as a means of disseminating published Christian works.

More authors can be accommodated

Traditionally, Christian Publishers UK would have a warehouse where they would store books from the authors that they publish. There is a limit to the number of slots that you can have in a warehouse for such books. When it comes to eBooks, such limits become obsolete.

Christian Publishers UK were able to concentrate on quality without thinking of the confines of quality. It can take about 6 to 12 months to print a book, right from the manuscript stage to the final print edition, but when you look at digital eBooks, the final copy is ready within a very short time. This has resulted in more books being published in the digital platform within the same time that it would take to publish a single book.

The costs associated with printing books are minimized when it comes to digital eBooks. Christian Publishers UK have given authors a means of earning money from their published work, without having to incur large initial costs. Some authors prefer to have their printed editions done after they have reached certain sales benchmarks for their digital versions. This means that they will have some money to cover the costs of printing their books.

Christian Publishers UK have digital Christian eBooks from great authors such as Pastors Andy and Maria Yiangou. Their books appeal to both young and old, and have valuable Christian Lessons to teach. Publishers have taken up digital publishing to easily give people from all over the world, access to such inspiring books. Spreading the Word of God is not as difficult as it used to be in the past. eBooks have ensured that the books can be easily downloaded from Christian Publishers such as Kingdom Publishers UK.

Christian Publishing Embraces Folklore to Spread the Good Word

It has been the norm to think that anything that is not rooted in Christianity is detrimental to the development of Christian values in children. Many believe that folklore contains too much paganism and can lead children astray from a Christian upbringing. However, tales and folklore can be used to cultivate Christian values in young minds.

Christian children are able to tell that the characters in some of the folklores are fictional, but they stull identify with them to some level. When you talk about the Legends of King Arthur, and how he defeated evil dragons, the Christian child can relate this to how good always wins over evil, and he or she will be convinced to embrace the good values taught in Christianity. Christian publishers are now realizing that characters found in folklore can be used to teach Christian values in a manner that children can relate to.

How to start using folklore in Christian publishing for children

Christian Publishers need to look at how children start off learning to read and write, and how this can be used in developing Christianity from an early age. Children start off by listening to what parents read to them, and also reciting nursery rhymes. Publishers should look at rhymes and simple stories that children can understand, but have a basis in Christianity.

The next stage is that of folklore and tales –Most tales and folklore talk about the basic good that is found in humanity. Granted, there are some evil characters in these tales, who eventually get defeated, but the good characters outshine the bad. Folklore embraces basic human desires and experiences, which are eventually fulfilled by having a good spiritual life. Getting children to have an understanding of the good that is enshrined in folklore will help them understand the basic tenets of Christianity.

Why folklore?

There are many stories contained in the Gospel, and they contain marvelous, moving and artistic form. Similarly, there are stories contained in folklore that have the same characteristics. Christian Publishers have a vast wealth of stories with characters who can be molded to fit a story with deep Christian values. Children will already be familiar with the characters, and this new twist in the stories will have a profound effect on their minds.

Children will always relate to the charactersin the stories that they hear, and will usually imagine themselves taking part in the events unfolding in the stories. When they hear about a magical land, filled with great people and animals, they want to instantly be transported there in their minds. Christian Publishers should take advantage of this desire to tell Children about Heaven and the fulfillment in going to meet their maker after life here on earth.

Pastor Andy Yiangou has published a book entitled “Jungle Tales” which tell stories of various events in Karoomba Jungle, which have a deep Christian lesson to teach. Christian Publishers are today looking for such stories to help develop Christianity in young children.

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Christian Publishing is ushered into the New World

Some Christian writers have accepted that they have to keep up with the new-age type of writing and publishing in order to get their message across to their targeted audience. Gone are the Good Old Days, when authors did the writing and left everything to the publisher. Although many people still enjoy having a good paperback to read while relaxing or going to bed, new ways of publishing have made an indelible mark in the publishing world, and Christian publishers must step up and embrace the new methods.

The challenges facing Christian authors today

Today, Christian publishers face some steep obstacles when it comes to getting readers to love their books. Apart from coming up with a good book, they also have to build an engaging online presence travel, speak, give interviews and build a healthy social media following, in order to be successful.
The challenges affect the writing capability of most authors, who now have to spend more time building an audience and marketing their books.

Although the past methods did give Christian authors more time to come up with more titles, they had very little control over the intellectual property that they were creating. The Christian publishers would decide on the prices of the book, the marketing channels and a lot more, leaving the writers with very little in hand.

The flip side associated with writing today, is that although the authors have more control over their work, most of their time is spent marketing the books that they write. In the past, a writer could create two or three books a year, but today they can only write a single book and spend the rest of the year marketing it.

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Opportunities presented to Christian Writers today

The Internet and social media have presented Christian writers with new avenues of influencing their prospective readers and building a following that eventually brings a lot of buyers for their books.
There are Christian influencers who have used YouTube to build a following, before launching their first books, which usually end up becoming best sellers. Blogs have also been used to achieve the same purpose as these YouTube channels.

Christian publishing now

There are websites, such as Kingdom Publishers that already have a great following with readers eagerly waiting to see which new titles will be released. Christian authors can once again concentrate on writing inspiring books, which touch a lot of people, while leaving the online marketing to the Christian publishers.
Pastor Maria Yiangou is one of the authors who have released titles on Kingdom Publishing, and they have achieved what many could not do on their own. Such partnerships are slowly replacing the traditional Christian Publishing model, with far better results.

Reading one of her books, “Deliverance: Your Key to Freedom”, you can almost feel the relationship between the freedom and deliverance of the individual Christian, and how the deliverance of Christian publishers platforms could help spread the Word of God further. Take a moment and read an excerpt of the books she has written and find the true Word as it relates to this new world that we live in.