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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction (Complete Idiots Guide) [Paperback]

By Ron Benrey (Author)
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Item description for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction (Complete Idiots Guide) by Ron Benrey...

Suggests techniques for writing stories that reflect the principles of Christian faith while avoiding the pitfalls that specifically apply to religious fiction, and discusses business questions.

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The Christian fiction genre has been around since the late sixties, but the Left Behind series made it explode. This book walks you through the genrewhat it is and isnt, how plot integrates with a Christian message, how to approach edgy subjects, how to navigate Christian and mainstream publishers, and more. Coverage includes discussion of everything from mystery and romance, to historical and young adult.

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Studio: Alpha
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 4, 2007
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Series  Complete Idiots Guide  
ISBN  1592576818  
ISBN13  9781592576814  

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More About Ron Benrey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ron Benrey has co-authored, with his wife Janet, seven Christian novels and a Christian romance novella, "Once Upon a Shopping Cart." Benrey frequently teaches at leading Christian Writers Conferences (in 2006 at Mt. Hermon CWC and Blue Ridge Mountains CWC) and is a mentor at the Christian Writers Guild. An ordained elder at his church, Benrey also frequently teaches adult courses in theology.

Ron Benrey was born in 1941.

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A good guide for non-fiction writers as well as fiction writers.  Aug 1, 2008
I aquired the book,"The Complete Guide to Writing Christian Fiction," in a group of several otherbooks I wanted to buy to help me learn how to write non-fiction books. What I didn't see was that it was for fiction writers, and I am a non-fiction writer. I decided that I really had wasted my time and money. But I decided to check it out anyway, because I didn't want to send it back.

I was very pleasantly suprised to find out that many of the principles that Ron Benery was directing toward fiction writers also worked well for me.

To tell you the truth, I got more out of his book than I did from some of the other so called non-fiction guidline books.

So if your are not sure if you want to stick with one genre, this book would be a great choice for you to have no matter what direction you go.

BTW.. I met Ron Benrey at a writer's conference, and you know what? He breathes the same air I do. He is a very friendly, caring, concerned, guy, and it shows in his work.
Textbook On The Subject  Jul 19, 2008
I have read quite a few books on this subject. I can honestly tell you this is the best of the lot. It is loaded with lots of information, is well written and easily readable. The content is a must read if you are considering becoming a Christian writer I would consider it the textbook on this subject. Do you know what words are prohibited in Christian fiction? Or Content is prohibited? Can two characters spend the night together in the same house? Before you answer read The Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction . You may be shocked. He also instructs you on how to improve on your craft, and to write the dreaded proposal that will get attention.
This book has changed my writing life forever.  Jul 1, 2008
The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing Christian Fiction is a MUST HAVE book for any writers or hopeful writers of Christian Fiction. And it needs to be the FIRST book such folks should read. I have a pretty good library of resource books on writing but this one tops them all. I wish I had known about it much sooner! I have recommended it to all our writers' group. ---Elva Martin, President, Upstate SC American Christian Writers Chapter, Anderson, SC
How to write publishable Christian fiction  Mar 28, 2008
After reading "Left Behind", I thought to myself "I could write something like that". After reading this book, however, I realize just how wrong I was. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction" functions both as a writing manual and as a set of detailed guidelines as to just what Christian publishers are looking for and it was through reading those guidelines that I came to the realization that I just wasn't cut out for writing Christian fiction. That's OK, though, it's better to know this sort of thing before I begin, rather than after I've wasted two years of my life on writing un-publishable fiction. That is why this is such a fantastic book. Writing Christian fiction isn't just about writing a book without any sex, violence or coarse language, there's a lot more to it than that and that's what Ron Benrey (a published Christian fiction writer) explains in this book. The writing manual (how to write a novel) sections of this book are mediocre in quality, I've seen better secular books on this topic (for example, "The Plot Thickens"). However, even if you don't read those sections, this book is well worth your money just for Benrey's insight into the way Christian readers and publishers think.
Good reference tool  Mar 21, 2008
Love the ease of use in this book. Benray obviously knows his way around the cba market and it shows. His references and advice on what/who/where/when/why to include in manuscripts and submissions is priceless.

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