Interesting Article by Eric Wilson


Here’s an excellent article  by Eric Wilson titled “Is It Time for Christian Fiction to Die?”

I’ve discussed the issue of “Christian fiction” from various angles on this blog before but this article is very well-written, very thought-provoking and from a writer who has established himself in this market and is now questioning it. A good thing!

When we stop questioning and challenging we grow stale and impotent.

Read the article.

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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on July 22, 2010, in Writing Life and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I see this in today’s Christian novels–the older authors tend to have more Scriptural basis than the younger ones. I thought I was the only one who saw this happening. It’s a trend I do not care to see happening.

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  2. This is an excellent article, but I have to say this…the secular market has the same set of do’s and don’t…even more so according to writers who have written for both markets. Recently I had a chance to interview one of the biggest names in the Christian market…and she felt freer to write the way she wanted AFTER she moved to the Christian market. I may have to go back and post this discussion on my blog.

    Christian authors are not free to write about their faith, write without the cursing and s*x ect..in the “secular” market any more than folks can include it in the work they submit to Christian publishing houses. BOTH sides have distinct and definitive guidelines within which they publish their book. To think otherwise it not to think this subject through in its entirety. The grass is always greener…comes to mind.

    Christians who write, and publish their books should do as the Lord alone leads them. Bottom line. They should write the stories the Lord has given them and trust HIM with the results. No publisher, no publishing guidelines, NOTHING can take the place of that!

    My two cents….

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  3. Interesting. I’m glad he used the Christian music industry as an example.

    There’s something to be said about having to “centralize” Christian fiction? Do we really need to create an industry to promote fiction by Christians? We already have a church that supports believers. Why not just let the Christian writers “freelance” (for lack of a better term) their ministry on an internal, personal-level instead of regulating it?

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  4. All I can say is…WOW! This article is along the same lines that God has been dealing with me in other areas of life, not just publishing.

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  5. I agree with Kim. However, as a writer and author, this translates to paying your own way in many cases and taking the hits and snubs of being self-published. As Tim George pointed out (and as I have on my blog and in comments on others’ blogs), it isn’t the CBA people who want to shelved off in Borders or B&N. Some Christian publisher reps have met with the gatekeepers of secular stores to present their needs to get out from the “religious fiction” areas and onto the mainstream shelves.

    But here’s another problem some forget to address. The militant anti-God readers go nuts if they find a “religious” book in their fiction section. When James Rubart’s Rooms was featured on the Kindle free download and those people apparently couldn’t decipher its “religious” content from the copy advertising/explaining the plot, they wrote scathing reviews of the novel on Amazon accusing it of “preaching”, etc. So there’s one problem I’m sure secular stores don’t want to engage.

    The other thing is in campaigning for basically free speech in CBA fiction and/or deriding restrictions, you’re asking those lines which cater to one demographic to potentially ignore them while appealing to a wider audience which could eliminate the very audience they cater to. Everyone should be able to find the kind of novels they want to read. And that’s where some of us could use the development or expansion of the current CBA market.

    It’s a well discussed fact lately with the economy that publishers are skittish and more risk-averse than ever. So, it’s going to take some confident investor/entrepreneur types to change the presses and widen the appeal of those Christians who write outside the box of CBA fiction, which I will say is expanding with authors like Mike, Robert Liparulo, Steven James, Eric Wilson, and from innovative people like Jeff Gerke at Marcher Lord Press. Notice most of the “chances” are taken in the thriller/horror market, however.

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  6. I’m always amazed at how many comments follow an article like this. There’s lots of opinions out there and that’s a good thing. We need to discuss this and understand each other. Kim has hit the nail right on the head. Each writer needs to write the story God has put on his/her heart.

    Look, as Christians we’re all called to reach the lost (great commission) but specifically, some are called to minister to the flock, some are called to reach out to the lost sheep. Whether we write for a primarily Christian market or whether we boldly go where no Christian has gone before and head into the general market is a decision we each need to make after much prayer (and fasting if needed).

    Do we need more Christian authors penetrating the general market? Absolutely.

    Do we need more Christian authors taking a stand in the CBA? Abosolutely.

    For me, right now, my place is in the CBA writing what I write. It’s me. It’s my heart. It’s God’s message.

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