Last week I said I am a Christian writer. Then I asked the question, is everything I write a "Christian" story?
I’ve heard from other (published) authors in the Christian market that Christian publishers have an array of qualifiers to help them answer that question. Each house, each agency has its own parameters for dubbing a fiction manuscript acceptable by that Christian publisher or not.
The criteria for that judgment might include the presence or absence of:
- Characters who are Christians
- Characters becoming Christians
- Profanity and/or innuendo with sexual connotations
- References to church, worship, prayer, salvation, the Bible etc.
- Unacceptable activities the characters participate in such as drinking alcoholic beverages, using illegal drugs, implied or stated sexual activity
- The characters reaping the just results of sinful or unlawful activity
- A satisfying ending that reinforces Christian principles
- A moral lesson that is implied or stated
- A theme based on Christian morals or doctrines
- The use of Christian symbolism
I also read that simply pasting the right things onto a manuscript doesn’t make it "Christian." Nope, sticking a little prayer or Bible verse to the end of a story does not make it a Christian story, folks.
I’m still favoring the definition I posted here a few days ago.
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