Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A New Resource for Novelists

I occasionally tell you about a book or writing resource that I have found helpful, and recently a fellow author has written a book that I have found an excellent resource so I want to tell you about it.

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is not just for writing Christian fiction. This book is an excellent resources for any genre. It covers many techniques of writing fiction and will help you excel as a writer. Although I've sold forty-one novels, I found some great ideas on the craft of wrting and will use them. Gerke not only explains the aspects of writing but also provides good examples from popular movies and fiction so that it helps the writer understand. Some of the topics covered in the book include: beginning a novel, using setting effectively, dealing with point of view, showing vs. telling, dumb puppet trick (a great resource), using description, word choices, dialogue and more.

Jeff Gerke is a popular writer's conference teacher, professional book doctor, and Christian novelist. A Christy Award-winning editor, Jeff Gerke entered the Christian fiction publishing industry as a novelist. Under the pen name Jefferson Scott, Jeff has had six of his Christian novels published. He has served on the editorial staff of Multnomah, Strang Communications, and NavPress. Novels that Jeff has edited or acquired have won multiple Book of the Year awards. He is the founder and publisher of Marcher Lord Press.

You can purchase this book at Amazon Click here: The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction: Jeff Gerke: Books or in Jeff's store through Paypal at


Camille Cannon Eide said...

I'll be sure and get this one, Gail. I have Jeff's ebook called, "How To Find Your Story", a great plotting tool for us character-first writers. It's a great tool, I highly recommend it.

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

I'm sure you'll find the book helpful. It's very easys to follow. I did this in Writing the Christian Romance and it seems to have worked. So many said the plain language and examples were great. This one does the same.


Sue Dent said...

I'm glad that Jeff saw a need to distance himself from the narrowly targeted market of evangelicals that CBA serves. Perhaps this book will help those Christian authors who want to write beyond that market. :)

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Sue - I think CBA has opened many doors to "writing real" depending on the publisher. Some remain very conservative and some much more librel in content, but yes, some writers want to write crossover books or outside the CBA market.

When I wrote Writing the Christin Romance for Writers Digest, I focused on some elements that differ in the Christian market, but most of the book is just plain old good writing technqiues -- so be hopeful. You can find many books that teach good writing.

Wishing you great stories.