|On October 1st, 2009 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with Paul Muckley, senior editor for non-fiction at Barbour Publishing, a Christian book publisher. He helped answer some key questions that face authors entering the Christian book market, including
- What exactly is a “Christian audience”? How narrow—or broad—is that category?
- What really is a “Christian book”? What does a “Christian book” include, or exclude?
- How does Christian fiction differ from secular fiction? What is included or excluded from a specifically “Christian” novel?
- How does one’s Christian faith “come through” in a manuscript? What should—and shouldn’t—be done in assembling a manuscript?
- How can an author know whether his or her idea fits a particular Christian publisher’s niche?
- What does a publisher want to see in a book proposal? What helps—or hurts—a prospective author’s submission?