|One of my fave histfic books ever. Not too many details yet evokes a time period. Driving first-person storyline.|
I just read an excellent post by Baker acquisitions editor Chad Allen here: http://www.chadrallen.com/2012/11/29/the-not-very-sexy-essential-to-your-books-mind-blowing-success/.
Basically, he was in a situation where he had to explain what need would be met by the book he presented to the publishing committee. In other words, what was the book’s purpose?
This totally got me thinking. If you’re like me, you wish you could sit in on a pub board meeting and tell them all the reasons your book would be important. After all, we have loose goals in mind when we start writing it, and they usually solidify as we go along. Especially in the Christian book industry. What’s the worldview we’re hawking with our stories?
So, to feel a little more vindicated, let’s open up and share our purposes! I know about many of your books time periods or genres, but I’d love to know more about their purposes.
I realize it’s easy to be secretive with the messages of your novel. But some things are kind of across-the-board themes. That’s what I’d like us to share. The things we feel strongly about and the topics we’re addressing.
Things that will make a difference to readers.
Okay, I’ll go first! With my Viking historical, God’s Daughter, I wanted to:
1) Dispel commonly-held but incorrect ideas about the Vikings–like that they didn’t bathe, they were all bloodthirsty, they loved having slaves, they were basically inhuman.
3) Tell a modern story set in a historical time, based around real people. Draw people into the Viking world without overdosing on details, through the eyes of a strong main character–like The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
4) Address the issue of married women who are tempted.
5) Address the issue of married women who are depressed.
6) Tying in with both of the above: addressing the issue of absentee husbands.
7) Reiterate the beauty of fighting for your marriage.
Okay, so those are a handful of my themes/purposes. Please share some of yours! Looking forward to it!