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By John Reese, Jul 16 2018 06:43AM

The religious book market continues to see year on year growth, which certainly indicates a surge of public interest in what has historically been a minority genre and with congregations around the world increasingly engaging in communal discernment it’s a trend that seems set to continue.

With Christian authors, there is a distinct and unique difference in the message and values they share through their written work. and for many, there is either a special reason to write or a significant life influence that guides their hand whilst those who read religious, spiritual or inspirational books want reads that provide them with genuine insight. How to meet the challenges they might find themselves facing or how to further embrace their beliefs and as authors, Christians bring a unique perspective to the written word because of what and who they believe in.

However, as with all genres that enjoy a surge in popularity it’s often hard to single out the dross and charlatans from the genuine gems. Attractive covers and polished marketing copy doesn’t cut it when there is little of substance to be found inside. Religious readers are looking for authentic authors who are willing to share what they have learned from their mistakes and experiences, how they arrived at their choices, and how they have grown and were transformed by their beliefs and devotion to God. On many levels, the accounts and stories are universal reflections on such things as rites of passage or dealing with pivotal events but invariably readers are looking for what made it possible for the author to grow, change and become a stronger and better person.

Unfortunately, in western commentary religion is often overcomplicated and this is something authors writing in the religious genre should remain cognizant of. Their words must first and foremost be accessible and one author who is doing this is Horace Williams Jr. with his debut release Unleash the Power of Prayer in your Life. Recounting his story from a stroke survivor to an Award-winning author you can find our review HERE.

By John Reese, Jul 10 2018 01:19AM

Whilst the evolution of self-publishing has proved a genuine boon for readers the bar for publishing has been notably lowered and in no genre more obviously than Literary Fiction. Yes there are a lot of great covers out there and carefully penned book blurbs hailing the masterful use of language and thought-provoking explorations about the human condition but there are far too many Literary Fiction novels failing to meet expectations.

Fans of literary fiction tend to lean away from fast-paced or tightly plotted novels with a preference for good prose, complex characterisation and challenging themes but whilst literary and commercial fiction have their own distinct conventions readers are still often confused about what the terms mean. Perhaps it is irrelevant and the only worthwhile distinction between books is whether they are good or bad. After all, arguing the merits of one genre over the other is fraught with contention but one thing is for sure and that is historically literary fiction has embraced a greater level of intellectual and psychological sophistication whilst rejecting formulaic tropes and cliché.

On this level, literary fiction embraces novels which tend towards the formally innovative and are preoccupied with a deeper understanding of the human condition as opposed to serving up an instantly gratifying story. Of course, there are other genre reads with literary merit too but perhaps we have veered too far from our original question.

We asked what the difference between Good & Bad Literary Fiction is and when it comes down to it the answer is extremely simple. It doesn’t matter what genre a reader leans towards a good novel should always engross and captivate a reader's thoughts because in the final analysis beautiful writing is no substitute for a compelling story.

One author who embraces the Literary Fiction genre is Jamie Zerndt who we recently had the pleasure of reviewing You can read our review HERE and also see how Jamie is using his rather distinctive narrative voice to attract an enthusiastic following.

By John Reese, Jul 1 2018 03:58PM

When Stephan J Myers asked his wife, Pixie Woodstock, to write an inaugural blog for his website site he couldn’t help but notice the wry smile on her face when she told him she had sent it to his inbox. Or how she discretely left the room as he opened it! Well, the title certainly got our attention and we thought you’d like to read it too.

How To Kill Your Lover by Pixie Woodstock - No, not physically...that would be foolhardy. But we all have the capacity to kill relationships with emotional damage. How could we do this? Apart from the obvious damage abuse does to a relationship, there are other behaviours that we could exhibit which may not be connected with abusive behaviour, but come very close. What are these things that could see the demise of a previously loving relationship?

By John Reese, Jul 1 2018 10:21AM

The popularity of Crime Fiction might wax and wane but at the end of the day, it still remains one of the most popular genres. Of course one might argue the popularity of a genre based on revenue or the number of books published but when it comes down to good old fashion sentiment Crime Fiction and particularly Thrillers takes some beating.

By John Reese, Jun 24 2018 04:34PM

We said it so often it seems like we are on continuous replay but we make no apology for saying it again. The days when an author could simply write for a living are over. Whether you write best-selling illustrated children’s books or something less magical authors are increasingly becoming publishing entrepreneurs and that means navigating the myriad of social platforms and knowing how to best maximise your valuable investment of time and increasingly money.

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