Another excellent article by author Dave Alderman.
My thoughts? KEEP PRAYING. KEEP WRITING.
Originally posted on David N. Alderman:
Last Tuesday I posted about how some Christians stray away from any type of entertainment that doesn’t fulfill their idea of good Christian morals and ethics. Today I’m going to talk about my perspective of the state of Christian fiction in today’s society.
I’ve noticed a lack of exciting and/or realistic Christian fiction in today’s market and the impact it is having on the attitude of readers (both Christian and non-Christian) venturing out to give Christian fiction a chance. This is the main reason why I created the Crossover Alliance (soon to be a publishing company) and the genre, Edgy Christian Speculative Fiction, under which I contain my Black Earth series. It is Christian fiction, but it contains elements and themes – violence, sexual themes, unhappy endings, cursing, magic, other worlds, aliens, rape, etc – missing from much of today’s typical Christian fiction.
Now, to start off, I’m not…
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Are you Amazon exclusive? Or do you find other venues like Smashwords and B&N viable?
With my first books, Amazon sales out-paced those two 100-1. Easily. From Shift Tense then on I concentrated on Amazon, and opted for electronic/Kindle format over print.
However, I’m considering multiple venues for my next project and was hoping for feedback.
Thanks much and take care.
The next installment in The Clar1ty Wars series.
Coming Q1, 2015.
Cover art by Michal Oracz
The short fiction piece “Sozo” is currently featured at The Crossover Alliance. Many thanks to Mr. Alderman for the opportunity and gathering the like-minded. Only.99, “Sozo” is a quick read for your Kindle, and all proceeds from Dec/Jan sales will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Thanks much.
The short story “Sozo” is now available at Amazon for Kindle, IPad, or whatever your flavor of eReader. Set in a fictional near-future, it is a redemptive story focused on a combat vet who faces hard choices instead of easy answers. A hair under 5K words, it’s only .99. All the proceeds for Dec/Jan will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Thank you and happy new year.
ps. if you enjoy it, please tell a friend and/or fire off a quick review. Much appreciated.
It’s the promo poster for “In the Heart of the Sea”, the film about the whaleship Essex. (The basis for “Moby Dick”.)
I was awestruck first time I saw it. It captures not merely the tenor of its movie, but – for me – the essence of good spec-fiction writing; there is a sense underneath of larger things, moving. The story is merely the bits that break the surface, the indicators of some terrible, wonderful immensity.
To continue the analogy; every story is another throw of the harpoon and the desperate prayer my aim is true.
I post this poem every year because I believe it captures the essence of the incarnation and redemption offered in Jesus Christ. Christmas is about God’s gift of Himself to us, not just for religious spit-and-polish or pious moralizing mixed with creeds and rituals, but God coming to us at the very place of our need. In Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins, transformation of heart, redemption at the very core of who and what we are. It’s a relationship with God forever. It’s eternal life.
Genuinely accepting God’s love means change – sometimes confusing, uncomfortable, inconvenient change – but most what is most remarkable is that it’s real And free. Jesus is alive and He loves you. Really.
Here’s the poem.
Let the Stable Still Astonish
Let the stable still astonish:
Straw- dirt floor, dull eyes, dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling, crooked walls; No bed to carry that pain.
And then the child –
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry in a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said:
“Yes, Let the God of all
the heavens and earth
be born here, in this place”?
Who but the same God who stands in the darker, fouler rooms of our hearts and says,
“Yes, Let the God of Heaven and Earth be born here – in this place.
May you come to trust in Jesus Christ as Redeemer. I pray God bless you all and keeps in health and peace in the new year. May God be real to you and in you, and express His Courage, Compassion, and Grace through you.