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The Making of a Christian Bestseller: An Insiders Guide to Christian Publishing [Paperback]

By Ann E. Byle (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 6, 2006
ISBN  1932902570  
EAN  9781932902570  

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Success stories and inspired interviews from inside the world of Christian publishing. More than forty well-known authors, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals who help shape the books enjoyed by millions provide inspiration and up-close insights for readers as well as aspiring writers. Among those interviewed are Left Behind series co-author Jerry Jenkins (on handling success), bestselling authors Terri Blackstock (about writing fiction), and Karen Kingsbury (on connecting with readers).

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Journalist Ann Byle takes readers and writers inside the world of Christian publishing. Includes reflections and interviews from more than forty well-known authors, editors, agents and other publishing professionals. Provides inspirational and up-close insights from those who help shape the books that are enjoyed by millions as well as helpful information about the publishing craft for aspiring writers. Among the interviews are Jerry Jenkins on handling success, Terri Blackstock about writing fiction and Karen Kingsbury on connecting with readers.

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More About Ann E. Byle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ann Byle is a freelance journalist, author, and literary agent. As a journalist she writes for "Publishers Weekly, ", and "Christian Retailing" magazine. She is the author of "The Making of a Christian Bestseller" and coauthor of "Soul Surfer Devotions "with surfer Bethany Hamilton and "The Edge of Redemption" with Troy Evans. She and her husband have four children and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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get past the cover and read!!!  Jul 4, 2008
I have read some of the other reviews, and I have to agree that the cover did not thrill me, but the content is more than enough to make up for it. To read so many other authors and their ideas, is beyond helpful. They share the does and dont's so you don't have take a full college class to try to learn the techniques. I would recommend this book to all new authors who do not care what the outer skin looks like in a person, but what is in the heart!!!
Helpful Advice the Title Doesn't Tell You About  Feb 9, 2007
This is a smart purchase for anyone interested in Christian writing, but neither the title nor the subtitle captures what the book is really about. The author interviewed 40 authors, editors and others involved in various aspects of publishing summarizing input from each one in a separate chapter. From Responding to God's Call to Write to Learning from Genre Experts to Building Your Presence with Readers and the Media, the seven sections provide advice, helpful sidebars, and URLs for more information.

A quick read but, even more, a book that can be returned to again and again for reference and guidance.
Wrong Title, Poor Cover Design but Excellent Content  Jun 2, 2006
Some books have a radical disconnect in the way they come together--and this book is one of them.

Almost everyone inside and outside of publishing would like to know how to make a bestseller--and for those of us involved in Christian publishing--in particular a Christian bestseller. You will not learn how to make a bestseller in this book. The word doesn't appear in the index and barely appears in the entire book. It's not about The Making of a Christian Bestseller. It IS about the subtitle, "An Insider's Guide to Christian Publishing."

I was discussing this book with a well-known literary agent who has been involved in Christian publishing for many years. He pegged this book cover design as "the worst cover design on the planet." I agree. Whoever selected florescent orange with white type knew nothing about selling books. The back cover is not readable. Poor is a kind word for this type of effort.

Even with these caveats, I recommend this book. Ann Byle has compiled some of the more unusual (yet vastly experienced) voices of Christian publishing into a single volume. Any writer who wants to thrive in the business of Christian publishing will want to read and follow the sage wisdom from writers like Davis Bunn, Sally Stuart, Dennis Hensley, Jack Cavanaugh, Charlene Ann Baumbich, Angela Elwell Hunt, Terri Blackstock, James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Nancy Rue, Brandilyn Collins, Julie Ann Barnhill and Karen Kingsbury (to name a few of the top writers who each have chapters in this volume). Or writers will want to learn from seasoned professional editors like Judith Markham, Dave Lambert, Ami McConnell, Jeanette Thomason and Lyn Cryderman--who also have chapters in this volume.

My overall impression from reading The Making of a Christian Bestseller is valuable information in the wrong package with the wrong title. Don't let these flaws put you off from getting this book.
From a Christian Writer  May 9, 2006
What a great resource Ann Byle has put together. This book is chock full of the answers to so many questions I had and many I did not know to ask. I appreciate the clarity and organization which allowed me to flip right to the issues I needed addressed first and to get those answers directly from the sources. With information on blogging and self-publishing, the book is very current and I will keep it close to my work station to be able to refer to it often. Added bonus ;) the hunter's orange cover helps me find and grab it quick when I want to check a fact or review a subject.
Must Reading for Those Interested in Christian Publishing  May 8, 2006

If you are connected with Christian writing, or even interested in Christian publishing, order a copy of Ann Byle's book, The Making of a Christian Bestseller. It is engagingly readable, well organized, and highly informative.

The great strength of the book is that Ann has mined for publishing gold by interviewing a number of leading authorities on every aspect of Christian publishing. After finding priceless nuggets of insight, she has shared them with the rest of us.

The overall organization of the book allows readers to move immediately to those areas most relevant to his or her situation whether it is how to find a publisher, pursuing the passion of writing, writing fiction, writing non-fiction, or promotion.

Within each chapter, side-bars and summary statements make central points accessible, even for the reader with limited time.

Ann writes in a clear and engaging way. Each chapter captured my attention and held it until the end. In addition to benefiting from the content, I enjoyed her style.


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