1. Dana Bell says:

    Family Fiction has a listing of over 120 Speculative Christian writers, many of which are new authors emerging on the scene. Myself included.
    My book ‘Winter Emergence’ picked up by a secular small press called Wolfsinger Publications. (They’re waiting for my next three books.)
    Marcher Lord Press also publishes this genre producing Christy Winners and nominees.

  2. Julius says:

    The only name I’m familiar with at all of all of these is Marcher Lord Press… and them only because there’s been like two or three articles about them/ by the CEO on here. 😛

  3. Jill says:

    I now have 4 Splashdown publications on my e-reader, and I’m impressed by these books (mostly). 

    • Jill, you have just the perspective we need. You’ve read books from a smaller, newer indie publisher–ones lots of readers may not have heard of. Even having them listed in the library doesn’t really help a lot. How are readers to know which of the 400 plus titles we have are the books they want to read? Your review or recommendation might be the tipping point!

      Readers helping readers find the best books! That’s the way this should work, I think.


  4. Bainespal says:

    I appreciate this new review and recommendation system.  I enjoy reading reviews, and I think the CSF community was badly in need of database accepting user-submitted reviews.  I hope to help add some reviews, eventually, but I’m painfully slow.


    Full reviews aren’t the only beneficial contributions. Anyone can add a recommendation in the comments to a book post.

    About how short may reviews be, without being demoted to recommendations? What is the role of a recommendation comment? Simply to give a thumbs-up on a book you enjoyed?


    So which is most effective, a book blurb with no review or recommendations, a book blurb and one review, or a book blurb with sixteen recommendations?

    For me, it would be the blurb with one review.

    • Bainspal, we haven’t put any word counts on what qualifies as a review and what qualifies as a recommendation. The idea is, those that go in the comments will post immediately. Those that are submitted as a review with the idea that they will be featured prominently on the blog will take a little longer before they post.

      When I write my reviews, my last paragraph is always my recommendation, so I’m thinking along those lines. I wouldn’t give a story summary, a listing of strengths or weaknesses. Instead I’d go right to who I think might like this book and to what degree I can recommend it.

      That doesn’t mean everyone has to do it that way, though.

      I don’t think we have this anywhere, but I do hope we avoid spoilers unless they are clearly marked. One reason I avoid Amazon reviews of a book I know I’ll read is because I don’t want to read all the surprises there.


  5. These suggestions are (as of right now) at the end of every title in the Library:

    1. Write a brief comment about this novel.
    2. Write a longer comment with a review of this novel.
    3. Re-post your previous review of this book (just make sure to include the review’s original source).
    4. Or, submit your new or previously posted review directly with our book review submission form. It may appear in our featured reviews, and on Speculative Faith’s front page.
    • Ok, so I’m trying to figure out the best way to bring my reviews over here. Should I fill out the form or just put it in the comments? And what about outside source reviews on books? Should those be brought over as well? Thanks!

      • Morgan: for a longer review, try the submission form. If the review is your own, and previously published, that’s likely the best option. To excerpt and link another reviewer’s work, or for shorter reviews, a comment at that book’s page is best.

  6. Galadriel says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t say that the internet has changed my suggestion process much, except adding more recommendation sources. TV Tropes, actually, is one of the big ones. I got into Firefly because River Tam was on some of the same pages as River Song.

    • I agree, Galadriel. More recommendations. That’s why I think it could be helpful for us to build a trusted group of people here at Spec Faith whose voices we know. Some people, when they say they like a book or movie, I immediately know I’ll most likely like it too. Others only build my expectations, and then I’m more disappointed than if I’d never read the recommendation.

      I think this incessant product chatter will only grow, and as books also grow in number, given the easy of e-book self-publishing, I think it will be harder and harder for readers to find good books.

      If that happens, then print publishers who will be putting out fewer titles will hold the reins when it comes to what books the public at large hears about.

      But we can create a different way–a reader revolt! 😀


  7. My way of finding books is the same as yours, Becky: known authors, word of mouth, and fantasy.
    As far as reviews, I think I’m going to transfer some of my own reviews 🙂

  8. That’s what I’m thinking about, too, Morgan. That way we can maximize our efforts! 😀


  9. Timothy Stone says:

    I would say that you have hit it on the head, Ma’am. The internet has merely “widened” the traditional “word of mouth” publicity for books, but in a huge way. With me, the internet has been critical. Almost all of the new authors I’ve read the past year or two, that I would actually classify myself as a fan of (secular and Christian both), I have started reading due to reading about them on here or from friends on Facebook.
    Included in this list would be the late Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Donita K. Paul, Kathy Tyers (I knew she wrote some Star Wars that I read when I was younger, but her Christian writings were new to me), and some others. 
    I’m quite verbose, so if my (when I do try to submit a review) if changes are needed, I’ll be glad to make them. I’m excited about this idea. 😀

What do you think?