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On 7/2/2019 at 2:01 PM, Kymberly Miller Renkoski said:

Hello! I am new to Christian Writers and would like to know if I should use a literary agent for a Christian book I am writing. I have self published 3 children’s books. One that received honorable mention in the Paris book festival a few years ago. I am concerned that most publishers will not take a look at my book without an agent. Any thoughts?? Thank you so very much! I am a nurse practitioner who absolutely loves writing and want to expand my world with other authors. I appreciate any guidance. 

How are your children's books doing? Because if you do well self-published, I'm not sure why you feel like you need to be traditionally published. 

 

Can you tell a bit of what kind of book it is and what your goal is other than publication? If I can see a bit of what your plans are, I can probably point you towards a good option for you.

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1 hour ago, Kymberly Miller Renkoski said:

I love it! I have truly found my home with all of you! 😂 ✏️✏️

 

So glad you like our little family and we're glad you've decided to let us adopt you! :D

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Thank You for the response. My children’s books have done well due to promotion from my office. I am still working as a nurse practitioner so I did not promote them other than at my office because of the love of writing only. I am going to start focusing on promoting them since I now have the time. The Christian book I am writing is a book for believers. It was not a book I intended on writing but was called to write it. It is on faith. I was thinking about using an agent just because this one is for God. The others were for preschool and middle readers, one of which got an award. I have now realized that I am a Christian writer above all else. If you have other suggestions for me I am grateful to hear them. I have been asking God for the right direction. He led me to all of you!

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9 minutes ago, Kymberly Miller Renkoski said:

The Christian book I am writing is a book for believers. It was not a book I intended on writing but was called to write it. It is on faith.

Faith is a broad topic that can be handled many ways. (I'd go with fiction, but I suspect that's not your plan.) If you were looking for this kind of book in a Christian bookstore, which section would you go to?

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Right! I would say Christian life. The chapters are each a call from God. For instance: The Call, The Cost, The Answer are the first  3 of twelve. The book is about the Christian journey. A modern day version of some of the encounters on our journey. It starts with enlisting in God’s army and the commitment it requires. The topic and titles of the chapters were given to me in a closet one stormy night. I basically felt I was taking dictation! Then over the next 18 years - I found I was walking through the chapters!

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Your closet is a lot bigger than mine. xD

 

So, somewhere between self-help and Bible study? One thing you'll have to do is enough research to figure out what genre it is. (Again, I'm writing fiction, so don't know anything about nonfiction genres. Can't help you there.) 

 

But you have an advantage here. You're still writing it. At those moments when you know what you want to say, but not how to say it yet, divert your mind for a little bit and try and find articles/sites online that teach what is needed to qualify for publishing that genre. Look for sites that can tell you all the things you don't know yet in your category of writing. Absorb as much as you can. (I save most of the places I like.)

 

When I started writing my novel, I knew how to write articles. I didn't know how to write fiction, so had to learn. And it wasn't just learning how to write. It's learning how to publish. I knew more on how to write a story than know to publish. Somewhere along the way, I learned there were five ways to publish.

 

Then I had to figure out which best served my needs. (I did go for traditional, which didn't work, so trying a different approach.)

 

I can tell you this much. Since you know your book can fit into a section of that store, it is publishable. Try looking into each way to publish something, and then you can aim toward that way. No matter which way you go, it does require going through some hoops to get there. If you know that upfront, at least you can aim for the hoops as you go along.

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5 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

Now, I bow to the Comma Queen! :D

Wow! I'm embarrassed. If I knew half of what you know ...

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LOL At my age, all that I "remember," I have to look up 'cause it all flies out the fibro (fibromyalgia) holes in my brain! xD🤣 :oops:

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Hi,

 I’m happy to hear you’re writing in the children’s book genre. Two tips I’m using to go the traditional publishing route:

1. Join your local SCBWI (society of children’s book writers and illustrators) - their conferences are great opportunities to meet and greet good agents

2. Check out 

https://mswishlist.com/mswl/children

the site shows you what agents are looking for, you can search/sort by category (children), then check the agent’s agency if it’s a good one

 

God bless!

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Welcome Kymberly.  

It is a lovely community here.  I hope you enjoy being with us.



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These are such valuable words!! Thank you so much! I will do as you suggest. I don’t know how to publish and will look at all the options closely. I may have more questions! ☺️ My closet was definitely kind of crowded😉

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