As it was in mainstream fiction, so it is still among a lot of Christian writers. Many still believe the only way to be validated and sell Christian fiction is to be traditionally published. Validation, however, depends on the writer’s idea of what success means.
What is success?
If the only way a writer will feel as if he succeeded is to find his book in a brick-and-mortar store, then traditional publishing is about the only way that will happen.
However, if reaching an audience is the real answer to “what is success?”, then perhaps epublishing is the better choice.
Mainstream indie authors are continuing to prove the DIY method can lead to satisfying sales, but what about Christian indie authors? How do they fair in the Kindle Top 100’s in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Here’s what I found.
Top 11 Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy
- The first five books listed in Top 100 Paid were by Vaughn Heppner, an indie author selling his books for $2.99 or less.
- In sixth and tenth place was Mary Doria Russell, traditionally published by Ballantine and selling her books for $11.99.
- Vaughn Heppner reappears in slots 7-9.
- In the number 11 spot was Angela Hunt, also traditionally published by Thomas Nelson and selling her book for $1.27.
So what can we conclude from this little snapshot?
What’s happening in the mainstream is also happening in Christian speculative fiction. The main difference I’m seeing is that some publishers seem to be adapting quicker to the new paradigm: readers want good ebooks at low prices.
It also means that getting traditionally published will only validate your writing if that is how you view success. Indie authors writing Christian fiction have the same opportunities as any other author, provided we work smart and give it our all.
Success is a matter of choice regardless whether you choose traditional publishing or indie publishing for both mainstream and Christian fiction.