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Discussions and recources for all types of self-publishing, from using POD publishing services to doing your own printing and distribution.

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BEING YOUR OWN PUBLISHER

Yeah, yeah, there's new tech parameters and a paradigm shift and all that.

But the important thing is that there are (and always have been) alternatives to writing something then trying to sell the rights to a publishing company. This group is to explore these areas of self-owned publishing biz.

Some writers have niche books, some have special needs (like texts for their seminars), some are just too entrepreneurial to sell of their own inspirations. And some just want to see something in print.

There is a spectrum these days, from big publishers through the new, small POD publishers, to using publishing services like lulu.com or iuniverse, to printing yourself and selling online, to release of downloadable mp3 "podcasts" or pdf manuals.

If you have expertise, experience, or questions in this area, don't be shy about posting them here. It's a rapidly expanding field and nobody knows everything about it, but lots of us are learning enough to do what we want to do and successfully get it across the counter.

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Comment by 4-LAN on November 21, 2016 at 10:29am

Stuffing by [Paolini, Stephen R.]

https://www.amazon.com/Stuffing-Stephen-R-Paolini-ebook/dp/B01N06LX...

New short horror story in time for Thanksgiving!

Comment by 4-LAN on November 3, 2016 at 9:59am

Heart of the Raven: Mini Prologue Collection by [Naylor, Joleene]

Much like Joleene’s Vampire Morsels, The Mini-Prologue Collection for Heart of the Raven gives the reader a wide variety of characters from Ms. Naylor’s Amaranthine universe. The common thread in all these shorts is the build up for the 5th installment in the series.

It looks like events will be transpiring across two continents in Heart of the Raven, bringing the Amaranthine series into a global undead development. New players are being added to the mix, as well as more character developments for older favorites of the cast. A new leader heads the Executioners while Malick starts his own new faction. It looks like turmoil is brewing once again as Kateline, Jorick and Verchiel prepare for their new mission in Europe.

Great variety and fast paced, The Mini Prologue Collection for Heart of the Raven is an essential guide for maneuvering the complexities of the ever changing series.

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Raven-Mini-Prologue-Collection-ebook/d...

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 27, 2016 at 12:58pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
A CBM Christian Author Press Release
Fort Worth - Texas, Author, Painter of Horses, Chuck DeHann releases The Makin' of a Cowboy Evangelist.
Eric is a young cowboy in his mid-twenties, a drifter, in search of purpose in his life. He seeks to fill the emptiness that he feels in his soul and has questions that are burning deep within him. Stumbling upon a bookstore and a Bible, and with the help of a friendly clerk, his questions get answered. He has found a new friend, the Bible and God! 
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Coupled with original, hand-sketched artwork by the author, each chapter leads the reader on the adventure of a lifetime. Eventually finding his life purpose, this delightful read reveals God’s amazing love for all His creation and invites you to begin on your own God adventure.
As a Horse Trainer, Rodeo Contestant, cutting and reining horse trainer, Chuck DeHaan’s book sheds light on God’s salvation through His Word, the Bible. Showcasing the Bible and the great peace that is available to everyone through Jesus Christ, this book is captivating and inspiring with a Western theme throughout. Well-written and fast-paced, readers will enjoy this young man’s search for true meaning in life. 
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To see Chuck’s paintings be sure to visit him at his site, Chuck DeHaan. You may order The Makin' of a Cowboy Evangelist at Amazon.
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 26, 2016 at 10:22am
Christian author, Amy B. Crowe, releases Changed By a Catch ~ What happens to an ordinary day when a young boy decides to do things his own way?  White dogs turn red, carpet is ruined, a briefcase is never going to be the same, and an eye looks like it ran into a big ink pad.  JJ is a young boy who faces some tough decisions.  What do you do if a stranger comes to your door? Do you obey your parents when they ask you to do something that doesn't seem important? Is it OK to give out information that could allow someone to get into your home? Do you have certain opinions about people because they may not be like you? JJ's parents have rules to teach him safety and help him avoid getting hurt, but he chooses to disobey. JJ learns a valuable lesson the hard way and realizes in the end never to underestimate anyone.  
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This book makes a wonderful gift. Be sure to order extra copies for birthday party give-aways and the Christmas holiday season.
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Get your copy of Changed By a Catch at Amazon, in Kindle at Barnes and Noble and other fine online bookstores.
Comment by Neenah Davis-Wilson on October 17, 2016 at 12:41am

The past weekend for actress Thomasyna Tollefson has not been a pleasant one. Wasn’t a good one for Dr. Stephan Deverill, DVM either.

Not only has Stephan’s cousin Charley Ascott run off with most of Thomi’s money and a good deal of her dignity, he’s run off with Stephan’s fiancée, Aveleen Hallwell—leaving Thomi with nightmares and deep, deep regrets, and Stephan with a dilemma and a determination to beat Charley at his own game.

Plainly, there’s only one way to accomplish that—charm Thomasyna out to dinner, into an engagement . . . and ultimately marriage.

With Thomi, he would have a much better chance at meeting the terms of his grandfather’s altered will on time. For certainly she’d have no wish to be in Charley’s company again in her lifetime!

Entirely true. But then, she hasn’t any wish to be in Stephan’s either! A handsome face, sweet, sweet smile, eyes the color of a summer sky and a fascinatingly hypnotic voice that could charm a cobra up the sharp side of a butcher knife could only mean more drama and heartache!

The only drama she’s interested in now is Littleton-by-the-Sea’s Summer Benefit play; the proceeds of which will allow the family of frail seven-year-old Jaimee Shaine Kelmann to seek further treatment for her serious heart condition.

However, a riding accident and a lengthy hospital stay open fresh opportunities for Stephan to storm her defenses. His gentle, yet firm, persuasiveness, his infinite patience, besides those other obvious charms, begins to take her wall down, brick by brick. Indeed, the exasperated hospital staff and a few members of her family believe this man could be a life changing miracle for her.

Thomi’s torn between that belief herself and that one of he can’t possibly be different from her former suitors. He’s Charley’s cousin after all!

Just as she’s giving in to her Heart’s desire, tabloids begin hitting the stands, offering the world their speculations and views about Thomi’s newest relationship . . . leaking “secret” information Stephan has so far withheld from her.

These new developments threaten to interfere with Thomi’s involvement with the summer benefit play.

With her Mind and her Heart at war, her loyalties become hopelessly divided.

Should she stand with her man and declare finally to the public that she is truly irrevocably in love with him?

Or ought she to stay with the play because, after all, she’d sworn a Big Time Promise to Jaimee that she would without fail star in this production in her honor before she’d ever met Stephan?

If these things weren’t enough to scramble her brains, Thomi learns that there are other issues at stake here, more complicated than simply saving Papa Ascott’s fortune from going to the wolves.

Most assuredly, it’s a situation of damned if she gives in—damned if she does not . . .

Kindle Edition available at Amazon:

$3.75

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CC16GU

 

Also available from iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and Barnes and Noble

ISBN 9780971094147

Comment by Anita M Shaw on October 16, 2016 at 11:32pm

The Kingsley twins’ 5th grade class has a big problem—Ralph Henry Dalton, the Biggest Loudest Braggart of All Time!

The whole class has  of his boasts, so Jerrianna schemes to bring Ralph Henry to his knees. How? By hosting an air hockey tournament in their basement, and ultimately pitting him against her wonder cat, Snowshoe Mal.

Behind her back, pessimist Jeoffrey plots Malley’s disappearance. Why? Because the stupid cat plays only if she wants to, and Ralph Henry is deadly at the game—or at least, he says he is.  This plan of Jerri’s is Doomed to being the Biggest Disaster in the History of Mankind!

Making matters worse, their moms were rivals as kids. Looks like Ralph Henry isn’t the only one needing an attitude adjustment!

Okay, Get that cat in here! Right now! One of these loudmouth braggers has to be thoroughly trounced her! Right now, Malley! Before the pizzas get here!

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

Oh sure, doesn’t it figure . . . Malley’s disappeared without Jeoffrey’s help!

Kindle Edition $3.75 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CJU1VE

Also available at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Nook.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 28, 2016 at 11:45pm
The Enemy Inside: Reflections of Me by Bill Balbach speaks of unforeseen calamity that can strike. Our attitude plummets, or suddenly a harmless pastime becomes a destructive habit. 
Overwhelmed by the consequences of a broken world, we look for someone or something to blame, while the real enemy lurks inside. We are all victims of a fierce battle that wages within our hearts.   Could it be that we’ve lost our true identity in Jesus, only to find ourselves in a state of spiritual isolation? 
Author Bill Balbach takes an aerial shot of David and Saul’s journey, providing an intuitive glimpse into the inner difficulties we all face as we try to free ourselves from selfish ambition and to give the full authority of our lives to Jesus.   It’s time for us to be honest with the enemy that lurks within us all—sin—as we let go of our self-will and embrace God’s powerful will through Jesus. - A must read!
You may get your copy of The Enemy Inside at AmazonBarnes and Noble or in Kindle. Be sure to visit Bill Balbach at My Self Defined for more information.
Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on September 20, 2016 at 5:10pm

Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing a look at my new Medallion Press historical western, LIES, LOVE & REDEMPTION. This full-length novel is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877 and blends a steamy romance with mystery, and danger.

Here’s the summary:

Lies, Love & Redemption

Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store but find their efforts are thwarted—and their lives endangered—by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth? Cassie has everything invested in the store—can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

Order your copy of Lies, Love & Redemption here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Love-Redemption-Kelli-Wilkins-ebook/dp/...

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-love-and-redemption-kelli-a-wi...

 

Read more about the book and get links to other platforms here:

http://medallionpress.com/books/lies-love-redemption/

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 20, 2016 at 4:14pm
Cole’s Perfect Puppy, Perfect Puppy Series Book One
Frances M. Crossno
ISBN#978-1506-901-68-8
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
 
Cole’s Perfect Puppy by Frances M. Crossno is Book One of the Perfect Puppy series. Written for young readers, (ages 7-12), this book teaches core Christian values through a delightful, compassionate and sometimes humorous storyline that parents will love. Cole and Caleb are brothers. Their parents are photographers for a world geographic magazine, thus they live with their Uncle Bobby. Cole, the main character, desperately wants a puppy for Christmas. He finds the perfect puppy, but finds out along the way that hard work, treating others right and loving your neighbor as yourself are more important than his own wants.
 
Chapter one begins as Cole finds and falls in love with the perfect puppy (Scarlet), which is a golden retriever that he finds in a mall pet store. Packed with action, the little puppy escapes from the pet store and after a wild chase, young Cole and the mall security guard finally catch up with the fast pup.  Christmas morning comes and Cole is elated to find a “moving” present under the treeTo his utter shock, his Uncle Bobby has gotten him a quite a different present. One he was not expecting! His little brother Caleb can’t stop laughing as Cole finds him on the floor in an unstoppable belly roll. (You’ll have to read the story to find out what the pet was.) The story goes on from there as lessons are learned by the characters. The author gives help and hope from a Christian perspective that relate to life’s sometimes disappointing circumstances that can be overcome.
 
This book comes highly recommended (and is an award winning book) that offers clean and wholesome reading for children and preteen readers. Themed with a simple storyline that is encouraging, innocent, well-written and sheds light on the Jesus, salvation and the scripture, “Give and it will be given unto you . . .” parents will appreciate this adorable book. The humor is much appreciated, as well as the author asking the question, “What would Jesus do?” Thus leaving room open for discussion. A wonderful story that teaches some valuable life lessons!  
 
*This book would be a great gift for the Christmas season, but is recommended for any time of the year.
 
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 6, 2016 at 11:42am

Coming Soon, New Book Release ~ Christian author Rashad Gibson releases, The Deception of Eloquence, a much-needed read for today’s Church and the seasons to come. 

Speaking on such topics as signs and wonders mentioned in the Gospels and the highly controversial protest of what some call “Cessationism” within the Church. The author examines Old and New Testaments with keen insight that brings to light the truth of the Scriptures that will challenge your thinking in regards to signs, wonders, healing and deliverance. The author also sheds light on doctrinal error and apostasy within the Church in regards to beliefs, false teachings, signs and wonders, that brings clarity and increased faith that the signs and wonders are for today.

Rashad Gibson’s new book release, The Deception of Eloquence will be soon available at Amazon, in Kindle and at other fine online bookstores. 

 

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