February 25

About Dave

Dave-websiteDavid E. Fessenden has launched out as an independent editorial and publishing consultant after 20 years in editorial management for Christian publishers. Dave has a B.A. in journalism, an M.A. in religion, and over 30 years of experience in writing and editing. In his previous positions Dave has edited scholarly and popular journals, served on the staff of a Bible institute, and edited a regional edition of the largest Protestant weekly newspaper in the country.

Dave has published five books, produced study guides for two titles by A.W. Tozer (published in the back of the books), written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous academic and popular books. He recently completed a 10-year stint as a regular columnist for Cross & Quill, a Christian writers newsletter, and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. Dave also conducts Sunday school teaching workshops based on his book, Teaching with All Your Heart. This blog and website is based on Dave’s book, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, published by SonFire Media in 2011.

Dave recently made the plunge into novel writing with a Sherlock Holmes pastiche entitled The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy. It features the son of Dr. Watson and the smarter brother of Sherlock Holmes investigating the death of a speakeasy owner and his card-playing buddies in 1920s Philadelphia. The book is scheduled to be published later in 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.



  1. By Stephanie Oxley on

    Dave, I was the recipient of your C2C book giveaway last spring… I have read (no, studied) the pages to find so much of interest and importance. Thank you for your wonderful insights!

    I continue to struggle with the “stop learning and start doing” aspect of writing as most everything creates another thought to write about! I decided some folks have thoughts in “balloons”–each neatly compartmentalized tied with a string, and held firmly by a vendor’s hand. Mine, however, are more like soap bubbles–random shapes and sizes, popping or joining with others at will, only to disappear in the “tub.”

    With God’s help I continue to press on to the mark of sharing His grace with our hurting world.

    ~ Stephanie

  2. By Kathy Nickerson on

    Congratulations on the new venture, and especially on the novel. That is a lot of hard work! I enjoyed taking some of your workshops at the HACWN conference in Kansas City, and I always glean something from your blogs.

  3. By Eldred Jenkins on

    Just finished Concept to Contract. I am 57 and just started writing. Late bloomer? Nah. That’s overused. Bloomin late? Probably. Not too late I hope.

    I found your book very helpful. I underlined a bunch of stuff and took notes. I’ll be referring to it in the months ahead for sure. Thanks for giving us newbies a heads up.

    I’ve written some devotionals. Now I have to figure out what to do with them. I am going to take your advice and work on a magazine article to get some experience before I tackle a book.

    Thanks again,

    Eldred Jenkins

  4. By Dave Fessenden (Post author) on

    Eldred — no, 57 is not too late! My wife just told me about a best-selling Christian novelist who began writing at 58, so you and I are well within the age range, I guess! I think it’s great that an author can write and publish in his or her early 20s, but it never hurts to have a few more years of experience to add more depth and reality to your words.

  5. By Nancy Magargle on

    I am signed up for your workshop with gpcwc on July 30-Aug. 2. I have my proposal complete except for the cover letter. Could you please give an example of a cover letter for a book proposal?

  6. By Dave Fessenden (Post author) on

    Nancy, I believe I have a blog post somewhere on this site about how to write a query letter. A cover letter for a book proposal is not much different.


    P.S. — Just checked — no, I don’t have a post on that, but it’s a good idea. That will be my next post. Watch for it!

  7. By Darlene on

    Do you happen to know of any Christian publishers that are looking for a short memoir? Actually maybe you could help me. I’m 76 and with the Lord’s help, I’ve lived through (let’s just say) difficult times.

    Thanks, Darlene

  8. By Dave Fessenden (Post author) on

    No, sorry, Darlene, I can’t think of anyone looking for a short memoir. If you wanted to shorten it more or just use a portion of it, you could make it into a testimony article that might be of interest to Power for Living or The Secret Place.

  9. By Steve Donald on

    Dave I’m a vicar in the Church of England of thirty years experience. I was inspired by hearing Jim Packer to write something on the Puritans and Evangelical Press published my first book “Heaven in Your Eye, Earth on your Heart- a taste of Boston, Baxter and Bunyan for the journey” in 2014. I read your wonderful book “Concept to Contract” without which I don’t think I would have got to publish. I am now working on a second book about the marriage of John and Mary Newton. Thanks for your book!!

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