The eternal conundrum for Christian writers: do I go for straight hell-fire preaching, or do I dilute the ‘message’ of the book? Truth is; readers don’t like being cheated. They paid money for a good read. If they wanted a sermon, they would’ve gone to church, not bought a novel. It’s much better to concentrate on telling a good story, with strong, believable characters, and let your readers work out what the ‘message’ of your book is – if indeed there is one.
“Pick a publishing service that gives only what you need. Don’t spend money on what isn’t required. If you don’t want the full professional treatment but just want to get word out in a simple way, then choose cheaper options. If your ambition is to be stocked by shops, then you ideally need a full professional service. As a publisher, it’s painful to print a book that hasn’t been edited. Always source this service… But editing by friends, even highly qualified ones, is no replacement for a professional editor.”