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Craft, Cost & Call
How to Build a Life as a Christian Writer by Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller

Inspiring and immensely readable, Craft, Cost & Call offers hands-on help to people of faith who want to write well and understand what it takes to be published. For writers yearning to grow in their craft or hoping to launch a writing career, this unique guidebook provides a clear path forward filled with the hard-won wisdom of long-time and widely-published Christian writers.

From the beauty of the call to write and insights on how to be published, the authors take their readers on a journey both practical and personal. Readers will find clear direction on writing with excellence and beauty, and “Try this” challenges that will move any aspiring writer out of their armchair and into their writing chair. Far from a manual, Craft, Cost & Call reads as a heartfelt conversation between writers, guiding, encouraging, and cheering others on to success.

“Karen Stiller and Patricia Paddey stuff these few pages with so much wit, wisdom, clear prose, and hard-earned counsel that no writer—no matter how green or seasoned—will fail to benefit from it.”

– Mark Buchanan, Author of God Speed: Walking as Spiritual Practice, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose University.

“In Craft, Cost & Call, Stiller and Paddey offer a feast of writing advice as delicious as it is nourishing. Practical, wise, and enormously helpful, this book manifests the beautiful writing it aims to inspire (and offers a few belly laughs to boot). I finished the book longing to be a better writer and newly equipped to move in that direction. I’ll be ordering copies for all my writer friends.”

– Carolyn Arends, Recording Artist, Author, and Renovaré Director of Education.

“Finally, writers of faith have a relevant, tactful, and informative survival guide.” – Carolyn A. Weber, Author of Surprised by Oxford, Associate Professor of Literature at Heritage College & Seminary, and at Brescia University College.

“Written with generosity and contagious zest, this book combines inspiration, information, and reflection on the writing life by two Canadian writers who have established careers as standard-bearers for excellence in Christian writing.”

– Maxine Hancock, Author of Gold from the Fire: Postcards from a Prairie Pilgrimage, Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology at Regent College.

“Writers can never afford to stop learning, and this book will help many along that journey of learning.”

– Bill Fledderus, Senior Editor of Faith Today magazine, Adjunct Lecturer/Journalism Instructor at Redeemer University College.

“I love the earthy wisdom and encouraging (and sometimes sobering) anecdotes of success and failure.”

– Jay Blossom, President of the Associated Church Press (2017–19), Publisher of In Trust magazine at the In Trust Center for Theological Schools.

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Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller are professional writers and editors of award-winning books and articles. Their work has appeared in magazines and journals across North America.


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Karen Stiller
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