One more post on editing books for the Christian market, and this one’s a touchy subject. The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style calls for lowercase deity pronouns (that is, he and his when referring to God). This deeply offends some people, who see it as a sign of disrespect, despite the fact that for 1800 years no one ever capitalized these. Pronoun capitalization first turned up in the Victorian era and faded out in the mid-twentieth century. CWMS notes that it therefore gives text a dated feel.
But many people feel very strongly about capitalizing these pronouns. Continue reading
To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, Ireland • Photo by Andreas F. Borchert, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license, via Wikimedia Commons
Blessings to you this day and in the new year. Thanks for letting me contribute, in whatever small way, to your writing journey. Continue reading
Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns and Linda Yezak
My Rating: ★★★★★
This is a truly wonderful book that will help Christian writers, especially novelists, clarify their place in the market. It helps us sort out whether our writing is a calling or an offering by describing the difference. It also examines the different types of audiences we may write for and how to tailor your writing for each audience.
The detailed breakdowns of how different stories need to be structured for these different audiences are alone worth the cover price. I have never seen that information anywhere else. Continue reading