The Muslim Bookstagram Awards 2021 are in full swing! We have had an unimaginable response from publishers, authors and e book lovers who’ve nominated 2021 releases for the Muslim Bookstagram Awards.
This is what our neighborhood is all about! We’ve obtained board books, image books, novels, memoirs, and far more.
But what does it take to make a profitable Muslim story?
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The very first thing the judges shall be searching for is genuine Islamic content material! Whether the e book is fiction or non-fiction, are the main points talked about about Islam appropriate?
It would possibly look like no huge deal, but it surely issues rather a lot – so as to declare that Islam teaches one thing, or that Muslims imagine in one thing, there higher be some sturdy Islamic textual sources for it!
We advocate having your e book fact-checked by a professional Islamic supply; ideally, multiple! Ensure that their names are included within the e book in order that readers may also do their very own analysis into the veracity of those people.
The prime mistake that Muslim writers make when attempting to jot down Islamic content material is making the story preachy as a substitute of gently educating via the story.
Use your story to discover a theme or introduce an Islamic idea through the character’s improvement and the plot. Islamic content material can and ought to be offered in a artistic manner that’s relatable to readers, age-appropriate, and demonstrates the ethical of the story with out lecturing about it.
Kids of all ages are smarter than we expect – and adults respect and profit from artistic messaging too!
Who is your goal demographic? Are you creating your story as a toddler’s board pic, an image e book for very younger youngsters, or early readers? Is the plot and language used acceptable for older center grade, or for decrease younger grownup readers?
“It’s just a kid’s book, how hard could it be?” That’s simply it – much more information and energy is required for youngsters’s literature than you assume!
No matter what age group your e book is focusing on, just be sure you’ve executed your analysis. Consider parts equivalent to what’s developmentally acceptable, what trade requirements have been set for every demographic, and whether or not your work matches the standard of profitable books already on the market.
A typical tactic amongst Muslim publishers is to immediately translate a e book from Arabic, or one other language, into English – after which publish it as is.
Do not do that!
Books written in several eras, completely different cultures, and completely different languages are merely not a one-size-fits-all. Western, English-language readers have a really completely different cultural context than somebody dwelling in Pakistan, Egypt, or Indonesia.
Unless one is writing a non-fiction Islamic e book – truly, even then! – one should take into consideration whether or not it’s culturally related and acceptable to the readership. Even if the language is technically appropriate, and even when the fiqhi content material itself is correct, one should take into accout the truth that the variety of cultural realities and nuances implies that what could also be acceptable for one setting or demographic will not be essentially relevant to all.
Relatable characters, a well-developed plot, and emotional connection: these are all of the (now, not-so) secret elements behind a genuinely good story!
Too many Muslim books function stagnant characters, flat plots, and a way of disconnect between the reader and the story. Having a baby character go to the masjid, study an Islamic phrase or two, after which go dwelling will not be an fascinating story! But having a personality encounter a problem, or make a mistake, after which study a lesson and genuinely develop as an individual… that sounds extra promising.
Emotional connection doesn’t require a heavy subject or a full size novel; expert writers know the right way to create emotional funding even with a handful of straightforward phrases.
As reviewers, nothing will get underneath our pores and skin greater than a poorly edited e book! If you’ve spelling points, grammatical errors sprinkled all through, and your sentence construction would make your highschool English instructor flinch… it’s worthwhile to hit pause on the publishing course of instantly.
Copy modifying will not be the one type of modifying that issues us. A narrative editor is extraordinarily necessary: somebody who can information you thru the rougher factors of your story, tighten issues up, and push you to strengthen your work in each manner.
Pro tip: a writing coach will not be an editor!
It could seem time consuming, and even financially pricey at occasions – however strong modifying could make or break your e book! The funding is completely value it.
In addition to modifying, visible presentation issues!
This consists of eye-catching cowl artwork, font kinds/measurement that don’t pressure the eyes, good high quality paper, and illustrations which can be truly visually interesting (not one thing that was thrown collectively from inventory photographs).
These technical particulars collectively make a major affect on the reader. We need to see books with excessive bodily and visible high quality, and inside Islamic protocols (e.g. no depictions of prophets and/or the Unseen). For these avoiding tasweer (photographs of animate objects), you are able to do so with out rendering the characters creepily faceless or completely bland!
At the Muslim Bookstagram Awards, we don’t decide books solely by their covers… but it surely actually is an element!
In the top, the Muslim Bookstagram Awards exists to focus on these books that actually received it proper. Our purpose is to encourage Muslim writers to supply actually wonderful work and to raise the standard of Muslim literature put out into the world.
While mainstream publishing has the benefit of being long-established, Muslim literature is a fast-growing area of interest, and Muslim publishers want to lift their requirements. Muslim writers and publishers can now not count on Muslim readers to accept subpar high quality. As with all different issues, we ought to be striving for the standard of Ihsaan (excellence).
While we by no means need to discourage Muslim writers, we do need to push one another to actually do our greatest! Muslim readers should obtain books by us, for us, which can be simply as fascinating and interesting as what we discover in mainstream bookstores.
Are you prepared for the problem?