Christian Writing Online

  • Christian Writers - Online community of Christian writers. Features discussion areas and workshops. Membership is free.
  • Faith Writers - Online community of Christian writers. Features writer forums, areas to post articles and poetry, opportunities to have your writing critiqued, free writing courses. Membership is free.
  • Spirit-Led Writers - Free articles to help Christian writers from beginner to advanced.

Books On Writing

  • Birthing the Book Within You by Ben R. Peters - Writing and publishing your own book has never been easier, thanks to computer and digital printing technology. Ben Peters has been down this road many times, and now in this book, he shows how you can do it, too. With spiritual insight and inspiration, he offers many practical tips to help you give birth to the book within you.
  • The Christian Writer's Manual of Style by Robert Hudson - A definitive guide focusing on the unique demands of anyone who writes or publishes religious materials. Updated and expanded edition.
  • The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing by Goss & Goss.
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk & White - "Composition teachers throughout the English-speaking world have been pushing this book on their students since it was first published in 1957. Co-author White later revised it, and it remains the most compact and lucid handbook we have for matters of basic principles of composition, grammar, word usage and misusage, and writing style."
  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss - Recent bestseller on punctuation and grammar.
  • Write His Answer: A Bible Study for Christian Writers by Marlene Bagnull - Encouragement for Christian writers who are struggling with procrastination, discouragement, rejection, self-confidence or writer's block.

Writing Children's Book

Book Publishing and Marketing

Printing Options for Self-Publishers

  • Lightning Source Inc. - This is a POD (Print On Demand) operation. It has close ties to Ingram / Spring Arbor book wholesalers. Ingram supplies for the secular bookstores; Spring Arbor supplies for Christian bookstores. Lightning Source supplies to Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and many other online booksellers.
  • Self-Publishing.com - Broker for both offset (traditional) and digital (POD) printing. Also offers services for editing, interior formatting and cover design.
  • Lulu - Simple to use. Fairly priced for very short runs. If you don't have professionally formatted manuscript, you can create a basic one using Microsoft Word. If you don't have a professionally designed cover, Lulu offers simple, generic ones.
  • CreateSpace - POD owned by Amazon. Simple to use and gets your book listed on Amazon. Must have properly formatted PDF files for interior and cover.

Publishing for Amazon's Kindle Reader

More and more people are getting Amazon's Kindle Reader and it is pretty simple, easy and inexpensive to get your book into this digital format. Kindle 1 blew off the shelves. Kindle 2 is even better. Mobipocket is a digital format that can be read on Blackberry and a number of other PDAs, as well as on desktops and laptops.

Amazon also owns the Mobipocket system as well as Kindle, and offers free software to convert your book file into both the mobi and Kindle format (they are really both the same format, just different distribution systems). The free Mobibook Creator software is easy to use and can convert your Microsoft Word, RTF (rich text format) or html file into the Mobi/Kindle format.

Here is a good resource to help you get into this digital publishing revolution:

      Blogging as Publishing

      Consider blogging as a of publishing your creative work. It is inexpensive and can have a wide reach. More than one book public these days started out as blog posts.
      • Blogger.com - Popular blog  site creator owned by Google. Immediately indexed by Google. You can set up your own blog site very easily, and for FREE. Visit my blog site, The Faith Log, for a sample of what you can do.
      • Wordpress - Another free blog creator that is popular and easy to use.

      Bible Permissions

      Many Christian writers ask about how to get permission to quote the various Bible translations of the Bible that are copyrighted. It's easier than you might think. Follow these links for publishers' quotation policies. They are very generous in how much they allow.

      Legal Aspects of Writing and Publishing

      Here are a couple of helpful resources concerning the legal aspects of writing and publishing:

      ISBN

      ISBN - ISBN stands for International Standard Book Numbers. You apply for ISBNs for your books at this site. Whoever holds the ISBN for your book is the publisher of record.

      Royalty-Free Stock Photos

      Here is a good, inexpensive source for royalty-free stock photos for your book cover.
      Please read and observe all terms of use.

      For best image results, use digital photos that are high resolution (300dpi - basically, this is 300 dots or pixels per inch). So, for example, for a 6 x 9 inch finished image, the stock image size should be at least 1800 by 2700 pixels (or 6 x 300dpi by 9 x 300dpi).

      Fonts/Typefaces

      Here are some links for various fonts and typefaces to add interest to your text layouts and cover designs. Many of these are free.

      Design Software

      • Adobe Indesign CS3 – Excellent page layout software (updated from Pagemaker). A bit expensive, and takes a little while to learn, but can be worth the time, effort and expense.
      • Adobe Photoshop CS3 – Latest edition of Photoshop. Like Indesign CS3, it is a bit expensive, and takes a little while to learn, but can be worth the time, effort and expense.
      • Microsoft Publisher 2007 – Okay page layout software. Less expensive and a bit easier to learn.