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Christian Book Proposals.com

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A while back I posted asking if people had come across this site which promotes itself as a link between writers and publishers. It stated that it provides a way for new writers to market their work to christian publishers who don't take unsolicited MS,

 

Since then I have been doing some research on christian publishers in the UK. 

 

The market here in the UK for christian writing is very different to the USA.  For a start, it is a much smaller pool.  Second, most sale  non-fiction books - bible commentaries, theological books. Prayer books/devotional books & biographies.  The bulk of the market for fiction books is with larger publishing houses which have imprints that specialise in christian writing or publish books that might have a christian underlying theme (i.e Twilight and Hunger Games) but is not specifically christian writing. There are small independent publishers but they tend to either specialise in a particular kind of writing or want very clean books.

 

Interestingly, the big publishing houses do point writers toward CBP & Writers Edge (another 3rd party portal) and say they take writing from there.

 

The upshot of this is that I will register with CB and see what, if anything, transpires.  I will let you know what happens.

 

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OK - one question on the proposal form  is - which books does my work bear a resemblance to - preferably newish ones or which writer (if any) do I write like 

 

 

 

 

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I recently read through a listing of some Christian book publishers (US) and at least one mentioned receiving proposals from this website. I apologize for not remembering which one.

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6 hours ago, Shamrock said:

OK - one question on the proposal form  is - which books does my work bear a resemblance to - preferably newish ones or which writer (if any) do I write like 

 

My approach is to go to Amazon.com to the category for my book and sort by popularity.

  • Look at the names of top 1000 books
  • If the book title is obviously not relevant, skip it.
  • If the book title looks relevant, read the product summary page.
  • If the book publication date is too old and it is not an obvious classic that I must acknowledge, skip it.
  • If the product summary looks relevant, I check if the author or publisher has a website with more info.
  • If the book looks very relevant and might assist in my research (nonfiction mostly), then I buy it and read it. That way I can fairly compare and contrast my book to theirs.

For example, I wrote a Supernatural Fantasy novel and needed to know the competition. If the book title had vampire or werewolf in it or on the cover, I knew it was not related to mine. That eliminated a huge number. Over the course of three or four two-hour evening sessions I was able to identify my competitors. Then I read a few of them and was able to compose my market research section. It is work, but it is necessary. 

 

When I wrote my last nonfiction book (on resilience drawn from the book of Job), I did the same thing. This time I also used keywords to search for books on "resilience" and "Job". I found a book with a similar title to my chosen title. I bought it, read it, and added a new section to my book to comment on what I agreed with as well as what I disagreed with in the other book. Again, searching the Amazon Website sped up the process. I also was able to segment the books on resilience and show how my book touched on a market not served by the other books. For example, I saw books on resilience for teachers, military veterans, inner city youth. I saw books based on psychology, eastern religions, but only a few from a Christian viewpoint. By segmenting the market, I showed that "resilience" is a large category and "Christian faith-based resilience" is under-represented.

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