Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract
by David Fessenden
“There are three rules for writing a book,” a famous author once said. “Unfortunately, no one knows what they are!”
It’s true—to some extent, the process of writing a book is shrouded in mystery, and is probably the main reason why so many potential authors are simply treading water. They just don’t know how to get started. Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract takes the confusion out of the process. Based on Dave Fessenden’s regular column in Cross & Quill magazine and the seminars he teaches at Christian writers’ conferences across the country, the book presents eight steps every author must take to be successfully published.
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I am the author of seven books; I’ve written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous books. I am a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. In 2011 I compiled my experience in Christian publishing to produce Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, published by SonFire Media. Following this book’s success, SonFire asked me to write the first in a series of instructional e-books for Christian authors. A Christian Writer’s Guide to the Book Proposal was released in April of 2014.
My first novel, The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy, came out in 2013 through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It reflects my love for history and for the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan-Doyle. I am furiously working on the sequel, to be entitled The Case of the Boomerang Body.
I am also a literary agent with WordWise Media Services, and an independent publishing consultant with degrees in journalism and theology, and over 30 years of experience in writing and editing. I have served in editorial management positions for Christian book publishers and was regional editor for the largest Protestant weekly newspaper in the country.
My wife and I live in southcentral Pennsylvania; we have two adult sons/daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.