1. bainespal says:

    Maybe I’m the only one who thinks Christians who love speculative fiction, working together to promote the genre and other writers, other groups, is a good thing and will benefit all of us–readers, certainly, but also writers of all stripes, published in whatever venue. Or maybe there’s a weariness for this topic. Or maybe the “how to” seems daunting.

    I didn’t really understand the question. It seems like there’s a fair amount going on in the Christian speculative fiction world — a live conference, etc.

    I’m curious about the blog tours. I never really understood those.

    I’d like to help write reviews, when I can. However, I’m unwilling to stop reading secular speculative fiction, and I go through novels so slowly that if I read two secular fantasy novels in a row, it blocks me out from reading much Christian stuff for months. I don’t deliberately choose either secular or Christian novels for my personal reading, but secular fantasy novels have the advantage that I can find many of them for free in the library, like The Hero of Ages, which I’m reading right now. I can find the popular Christian novels in the library too, like Peretti and Dekker, but I’m no so much interested in spiritual warfare as in high fantasy and space opera. I tend to also have an ebook that I’m reading while I’m going through paperback novels more quickly. (I read ebooks on my laptop and desktop; I read paperbacks primarily while waiting for the bus and for classes, and before bed.) Right now, I’m reading The Superlative Stream on the Kindle ebook software. I could review it when I eventually finish it, but I’d rather spend the time starting to read a different CSF book that doesn’t already have thorough reviews on the web.

    • A blog tour is essentially a trade between publishers and bloggers: The publishers give free books to the bloggers, and the bloggers post reviews of the books at a set time. The bloggers are also given links to post – links to all the other participants in the blog tour.

      That’s the basic model, with all sorts of variation possible. Blog tours can run from a few days to a few weeks, can involve guest posts or giveaways or interviews. Some tours distribute e-books to reviewers, and some distribute hard-copy books.

      If you’d like to join a blog tour, or at least think about it, I would suggest the CSFF Blog Tour. That was my first blog tour, and I’ve enjoyed it a good deal. It requires some investment of time, and it is a commitment – request a book and you have to review it, during the tour. But for me, it’s been a worthwhile investment.

  2. Galadriel says:

    I agree that it’s often a matter of finding the Christian books to review. Sure, I can read ebooks for less, but as I do not yet own a Kindle, I have to read them on my laptop, which is rarely a source of causal reading. I had A Cast of Stones on my laptop for at least two months before I found a paperback copy and actually read it.

  3. I do a lot of the above already, when and where I can. Like some others have mentioned, my reading time is limited (and thus are my reviews).

    If we all do what we can, I’m sure it will help!

  4. notleia says:

    I’ve had good intentions about doing book reviews in earnest (of any sort, but Christian fiction is a niche less traveled and probably a better chance at distinguishing myself), but either time or motivation has been lacking, and I’m not used to haggling for free copies to review (Lord knows I’m too cheap/poor to buy everything I want to read). I’ve talked myself out of starting a blog because I would be terrible at maintaining a consistent schedule, but the day may come when I submit reviews to Spec Faith.

  5. Hi guys,
    I know what you mean about limited funds and purchasing a book. I’m in the same boat 🙂

    However, I know many libraries are willing to purchase a book for their shelves if you ask. And as an author, I love it when people request my books for their library.

    Also, it never hurts to ask an author privately if they would be willing to give you a copy for review. Once in a while I am asked this. I usually can’t give out paperbacks, but am willing to give ebooks to people who will review and post their reviews in various places.

  6. Hergot says:

    It seems writers coops are gaining steam as a way for writers to pool resources. New Authors Fellowship, for instance, though their format seems short-sighted. As their members graduate I’ve not always followed them to their own blogs.

    My impression is that you intended to build the same with spec faith and realm makers. Unfortunately I missed this year’s conference, but I think the spaceship is heading in the right direction.

    I say keep it up and stay encouraged.

  7. For those considering reviews, but expressing a desire to write about more than specific-marketed Christian fantasy and sci-fi — we at SpecFaith hope soon to expand our reviews section. That way reviews of books listed in the library (which does only list specific-marketed Christian spec titles) will attach to those books, yet reviews may also be focused on other novels, maybe even television, films, games.

What do you think?