Austin Boyd, former navy pilot and spacecraft engineer and now award winning author, has some excellent advice for Christian novelists on his website.
And when he says “invest in yourself”, he means it. He spent nearly $7,000 before he ever considered approaching publishers or agents. Not that you need to spend that much, but the important thing is that if you are serious about being published, don’t skimp on the time or training you need to get there.
Here is one quote from his advice:
I could have self-published for about $10,000, but I wanted to sell my work, not force my novel on the market.
And his patience and efforts have been rewarded, with three novels in print, and a new novel coming out soon co-written with Oliver North. His last novel, THE RETURN is part 3 of the Mars Hill Classified series, and was released in 2007.
With nothing left for him on Earth, Rear Admiral John Wells didn’t hesitate to lead a third NASA team to Mars, but he never dreamed that one day they’d look out their laboratory module into the lights of a slow-moving vehicle not their own.
In the third installment of the Mars Hill Classified series, life on Mars becomes increasingly more unpredictable as the past collides with the future and nothing, not even the dead, is as it seems. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the fate of hundreds, including John Wells’ family… presumed dead these last six years… rests precariously in the hands of Malcolm Raines, self-proclaimed Guardian of the Mother Seed and Principal Cleric of Saint Michael’s Remnant, and his insidious plans for the Father Race. Wells will find himself in a race against time and all odds to expose the truth: about Mars, about Malcolm Raines, and, if he’s very brave, about himself.