- Wed, Apr 13, 2011
- About Randy Alcorn
I just read a wonderful novel, Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry. I like Angela Hunt and Jim Bell as novelists, and anything by Francine Rivers. I know Ang, Jim and Frani, and respect them, which helps, too. For nonfiction, I like John Piper, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and others.
- Thu, Feb 17, 2011
At the beginning of all novels, they have a page that says something like, "Any resemblance between the characters in this book and real-life people is completely coincidental." Every novelist I know totally laughs at that page....
At a book signing at Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Beaverton, Randy answered a variety of questions. In this clip, he shares a funny truth about the way fiction writing works.
- Mon, Nov 15, 2010
Randy Alcorn speaking at the 2010 International Christian Retailers' Show.
Don’t buy the myth that writing is easy.
It’s not. I heard one author say, “Writing is like giving birth to barbed wire.” Others say writing is 5 percent inspiration and 95 percent perspiration. Books that were easy to write are invariably hard to read. Some writers seem so natural, so effortless. Don’t be fooled. It takes a lot of effort to appear effortless. With everything else competing for your reader’s attention, you must work to earn it. Many people say they want to write a book, but what they really want is to have written a book. Big difference!
The big three are C. S. Lewis, A. W. Tozer and Francis Schaeffer. Others include J. I. Packer, C. H. Spurgeon, John Piper, Eugene Peterson and J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Wed, Jan 06, 2010
I’m not a published author but feel God has gifted me to write full time. Do you think it is a realistic goal to expect my writing to provide my yearly income?
It takes about 1.5 to 2 years to write a book. Assuming you have a publisher interested in your book, the book would need to sell between 10-12,000 copies in order for the publisher to break even. 20,000 copies is considered a good seller. An established author would need to sell 50,000-250,000 in order to break even depending on the advance, printing, marketing budget, etc.
The amount of money brought in does not usually justify the amount of time spent on writing the book. There are very few full-time Christian writers. It's very rare ...