However, rest assured that neither concern reflects reality! Not only is indie publishing easily accessible for Christian authors, but there’s a flourishing niche of self-published Christian fiction on Amazon and other online retailers.
But what makes self-publishing superior to publishing through an established imprint? As something of an expert in the field of self-publishing, here’s what I’ve observed about it that might appeal to Christian authors in particular.
Mainstream Christian fiction often presents faith as an unswerving personality trait, rather than as a sometimes-shaky aspect of one’s identity. For authors who wish to explore a different, arguably more realistic side of Christianity, this can make finding a traditional publisher tough.
Fortunately, this form of Christian fiction isn’t the only kind of book that sells. Plenty of readers are interested in “atypical” stories and characters — in fact, they crave it as reprieve from the formulaic. And this doesn’t just apply to one’s portrayal of faith and spirituality, but to every element of storytelling.
Self-publishing means your plotlines don’t have to be neatly parceled into three acts, and your characters don’t have to end up as beacons of total morality. They can be messy and imperfect, just like in real life, and still be worthy of God’s love.
Needless to say, if you have a manuscript (or even an idea for a manuscript) that you absolutely love, but you know is a little “out there” even for a small indie press, self-publishing might just be your path to liberation. Not to mention you can then market your book however you like, without having to stick to a commercial message or a well-worn mold.
Join me next week to learn reason number 2.
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Author - Desiree Villena is a writer with Reedsy, a platform that connects authors with the world's best resources on how to publish a book, as well as publishing professionals to help them reach their goals. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. She’s currently working on an untitled romance novel, which she hopes to self-publish in 2021.