Archive for March, 2012

And Christian Men Don’t Buy Books

Based on the feedback from my previous blog post (Christian Women Don’t Read Men) I’m thinking maybe this subject is worth probing a bit deeper.  If nothing else, it has hightlighted the names of a lot of Christian writers who produce books men would probably like.

If they only knew about them.

As I pointed out before (albeit with tongue firmly in cheek) the Christian fiction market was born and raised on romance. There are lots of men who browse Christian material, but only nonfiction.  Most of them wear ties and shine their shoes.  They’re preachers and teachers and assorted other experts who know a smattering of Greek, and almost without exception they’ll tell you they don’t have time to read fiction.  On more than one occasion one of these types has told me (me— a novelist) that fiction is a complete waste of time.*  Apart from the occasional This Present Darkness or Left Behind, men have never paid much attention to Christian fiction.  Being a man myself (no, really), a cursory glance down one of the aisles tells…

Christian Women Don’t Read Men

It’s true.  The vast majority of fiction sold through the Christian market is bought by women, and I have long suspected that many of these women actively avoid novels written by men.  This particular observation seeped into my steel-trap mind after reading hundreds, maybe even dozens, of reader reviews that began with the disclaimer, “I normally never pick up a book written by a man…”  However, since the name Dale is androgynous, it’s possible a fair number of them may have discovered my books entirely by accident, such as those who plainly state that they wouldn’t have read me in the first place if they’d known I was a man.*  Sometimes these women come right out and tell us why they don’t read men, and not surprisingly it’s usually some variant of, “I don’t care to read another novel about a steely-eyed, broad-shouldered, swashbuckling James Bond type who mows down bad guys like a hay scythe and rescues damsels in distress.”  This is perfectly understandable.  Those books can be trite and predictable.

If sales are any indicator, what the…