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Lana Christian

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  1. Hey, @Celebrianne, thanks for your kind words! Glad you liked it! (Gotta admit I had fun writing it!)
  2. Did you know the Bible contains communication snafus? This light-hearted look at a few offers four takeaways for your writing: https://www.lanachristian.com/how-snafud-bible-communications-speak-to-us-today/
  3. @Shamrock, I don't know what genre you write in, so I can only speak to biblical fiction. The big 5 trad publishers who produce biblical fiction don't want to take on books in that genre unless the MC is female (and all the agents who rep biblical fiction know that). So, as of today, unless a miracle happens, writing biblical fiction with a male MC becomes a matter of whether to woo a smaller press (no agent, little or no advance, more marketing work for yourself) or go indie (everything is on your head).
  4. If you sub other kinds of chases for car chases, there are plenty in the Bible! (My book about the Wise Men has Herod's guards and Nabataeans and an unknown enemy chasing them.)
  5. iSTOCKPhoto has a lot of vector art. Lightstock has photos, videos, and vector art. Neither of those are free, but they're much more reasonably priced that Shutterstock.
  6. I appreciate everyone's comments, but we're getting a little off topic. Here's the deal: The mindset of larger publishing houses (and, by extension, many agents) is that (1) mostly women read biblical fiction, so (2) they want to read about female protagonists. I'm sure publishers have statistics to back that up, but it's pushing THAT NICHE in a certain direction. Agents who rep biblical fiction coach those authors to write in a certain way for this reason. Writing a male MC IN THAT NICHE gets a kindly rejection. That's the current climate FOR THAT NICHE. It's given me pause because I've sunk
  7. @carolinamtne, I'm not trying to find female characters. (There's no shortage of them to write about.) The issue is what publishers are demanding in the biblical fiction space--for the MC to be female, not male.
  8. @zx1ninja, forgive me for not knowing what genre you write. Publishers are very particular about the % of female readership they draw for biblical fiction and what they think that readership will be more likely to buy.
  9. Agents and publishers want to guarantee that biblical fiction will draw a whopping % of female readers, so there's a big push for biblical fiction to have female MCs. I recently had a very prestigious lit agency say I had a great book proposal, my writing met their standards, but they wouldn't rep me if my MCs were the Wise Men.
  10. Could you help me out with a quick poll? If a work of biblical fiction had male main characters and only a couple orbital (secondary) female characters, would you read the book? (This will help me with my book proposal. TIA!)
  11. I'll try it out with what I picked for this week's blog posts. Hope they're OK!
  12. Oh, dear. I noodled around the tineye.com website. Without using MatchEngine (which requires a subscription fee), I don't see at a glance how the site can figure out whether someone put their name on someone else's image. Am I missing something? (Quite possible ... my brain is mush from writing today.)
  13. Thanks for the tip, @lynnmosher! I had not heard of tineye.com before. I use Pixabay and Unsplash, always with proper attributions. If we don't know a stock photo has been submitted illegally but give the right attribution, wouldn't the onus be on the photo's "author" and venue instead of us? (I have no idea; just wondering.)
  14. @dprowell, may I ask if you intend to trad or indie publish? If it's the former, your agent and editor can help sort it out for you. (And your editor would pick your Amazon categories for you.) I keep thinking about people like Madelaine L'Engle (one of my fav authors) ... non-Christians criticized her because her book "A Wrinkle in Time" had too much of a "Christian" message. In the other camp, Christians criticized her for not having enough of a "Christian" message. (Spoiler alert: I'm writing a blog about this topic.) Whatever you choose, you'll have detractors. Obviously, detractor
  15. Yes, @paulchernoch, you're so right about the different degrees of feedback. Beta reading is not necessarily the same as critiquing. Those lines can be fuzzy. But in my mind, the first is reading like a reader would read and offering first impressions. The second is reading like an acquisitions editor would read (a critique that points out plot holes, pacing, other things that would cause an agent or editor to round-file a manuscript). I've done both, and both are time-consuming. Because both are time-consuming, I try to make it as simple for beta readers to provide feedback. When they finish
  16. @Alley, I'm coming late to this discussion, so you're probably already settled on what you want to do. But in my research for my 1st-century biblical fiction series, I found a number of inventions that could have started the industrial revolution centuries before it really happened--if those inventions had caught on. Instead, they were simply used as toys for the rich. I weave some of that into my books (which is totally fun). You're taking that several steps further, Sooo ... brainstorming here: James, the son of Zebedee, was said to have taken Christianity to Spain. What if he also landed/st
  17. The first Harry Potter book was rejected "only" 12 times. Sounds like a lot, but it doesn't even make the most-rejected-books-that-went-on-to-become-bestsellers list. (I read this list when I get discouraged): https://lithub.com/the-most-rejected-books-of-all-time/
  18. Gosh, I hope so, @Connie Eberhardt! Sleep is when our brain sorts all those wonderfully creative details about our characters and our story!
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