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Christian Fantasy Novels

Updated on November 13, 2014
Don't let your book be overlooked.
Don't let your book be overlooked.

Thinking Toward the Future

In my longstanding search for a literary agent, I came across some interesting information regarding the aforementioned genre. In my mind, I think that a book that can possibly be classified as fantasy that still holds Christian values is a unique winner sure to sale out fast. However, agents (and I do not know if every single one of them thinks this way) don't see Christian Fantasy novels as opportune. They apparently see it more as a waste of effort whether the story is amazing or not.

You see, the market for Christian Fantasy is not a very profitable one. Many fantasy based novels do not promote righteous behavior--in the Christian sense. Most books or movies that contain any kind of magical element is sure to receive some scorn and shunning from those who are religious. The sad part about this outcast of a book category is that such fiction would be passed over simply because it is fantasy on the Christian literature aisle. It's a shame, but true--for the most part--nonetheless.

Here is an example of someone who would be totally against the mentioned genre:

How to Avoid Being Overlooked

I think it's safe to say that going the Christian Fantasy route is an enter at your own risk area. You are more than likely going to be passed up if you choose to pitch your book as said type. So, this is a little trick I learned not so long ago.

It doesn't take a magician to notice that a smorgasbord of novels contain more than one genre within their pages. This is opportune for those of you who are Christian Fantasy writers. If the main focus of your book is Christianity, keep the fantasy bit out of the conversation when talking to a potential agent. They are more inclined to give your manuscript a fighting chance without the controversial tag attached to it. Plus, publishers love making money the fastest and easiest way possible. Call it, killing two birds with one stone.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This falls under the category of "what they don't know won't hurt them," and I agree with your strategy. Breaking the established mode in the publishing business is a tough, tough path...but I will always believe that quality writing will eventually be noticed no matter what the genre....so...keep trying my friend.