Nothing is sweeter than having your hard efforts recognized by your peers, is there? Blogging is one of those activities that (in my opinion) requires you to lay everything out there for the world to comment on and possibly criticize. There’s a great deal of vulnerability expressed every time the ‘Publish’ button is pressed.
Today I’m blogging over at Girls With Pens continuing our genre/sub-genre blogging blitz. Today, I’m looking at what it takes to write for the inspirational fiction market.
Second only to romance in terms of book sales, earning $759million in 2010 according to the RWA, inspirational fiction is a growing niche market worth paying attention to. Just as there are ‘rules’ for writing in any other genre, inspirational has its own staples and inviolable rules. In Canada and the USA, inspirational fiction includes any religious or faith-based writing, however an overwhelming percentage of that category is Christian fiction.
Written primarily for a conservative (traditional) Protestant Christian audience, the conventions for this genre are largely determined by the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association), and are specific and largely inflexible. Read more…