Why You Want To Find A Popular Christian Fiction Genre To Write
Shelly is a genius.
Shelly sells seashells by the seashore.
It’s a popular childhood tongue twister, but it’s also an interesting business strategy.
At first glance, you might think it’s a terrible idea to sell seashells by the seashore. After all, can’t anyone just pick them up for free?
They could. But that doesn’t mean they will. Sea shells by the seashore are wet, sandy, and often broken or flimsy.
I spent a little time living in Hawaii a few years ago. It’s beautiful. I recommend it. And do you know what they sell in every story in Hawaii? Seashells, seashell necklaces, and little jars filled with seashells. Why? Because that’s what tourists want. They went to Hawaii for the experience and they want to take it home with them.
Christian authors can learn from this by finding out what their market wants and giving it to them.
Knowing The Christian Fiction Market Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
We live in a world of expert analysis. There are charts and graphs and algorithms crunching numbers that will eventually answer these questions for you.
But I’m going to show you how a simple eye test will help you research the most popular genres within Christian Fiction.
It won’t take more than a few minutes of your time to get a real world understanding of what the Christian fiction market looks like and how you can adapt your writing interests to the current market.
Do You Want To See Your Christian Fiction Reach People?
Imagine you have the most exciting news to tell someone. But when you go to tell them they aren’t around. And what’s the point of great news without being able to share it with someone?
A message without a recipient is about as useful as a book without a reader.
And I know you have a message to send. Otherwise you wouldn’t be interested in writing Christian fiction. So you definitely want to find an audience. And you’re going to find an audience with this simple guide. You’re going to come home and have a living room filled with people ready to listen to your good news.
How To Search And Find The Most Popular Christian Fiction Genres
We live in the digital age. That’s no secret. After all, you’re reading this blog post online. And while I believe there’s still a market for good old fashioned paper books, I put most of my focus on ebooks because that’s where the market is headed.
And that’s where we are going to being our search: At my favorite ebook retailer – Amazon
No, Amazon is not the only bookstore in the world, but the good news is that this will work at any bookstore, both online and in brick and mortar stores.
Now the link I sent you to is just one of many “Best Sellers” lists on Amazon. Specifically it is the Contemporary Fiction -> Christian list that every Christian Fiction author would love to make. An even better one might be the Religious & Inspirational -> Christian list as it has several sub-genres listed on the sidebar. But those are generic genre names that don’t tell you everything about what’s popular.
The way to find popular Christian fiction genres is to study these lists. Study what sells at bookstores. Learn from what the market is proving every single day. These lists will show 100 books by Christian fiction writers who have done something right.
What have they done right? They’ve picked a genre that people want to read. Maybe you’re the next Jan Karon, Karen Kingsbury, or Beverly Lewis (authors with the top 3 selections from the first list as of the time I’m writing this post). Look at what they’ve written, how they’ve displayed it, and how it relates to you.
Maybe you don’t want to write exactly like those three authors. My books are certainly different from theirs. But maybe you can find someone else on the list who has succeeded and learn from their victories.
Some writers will insist on forging their own path. That’s fine. Maybe they’ll be the one genius to invent a new genre. But most of us will have a better chance of flourishing by following in the footsteps of those who have followed in the footsteps of other champions of the craft of Christian literature.
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