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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 CBM Christian Book Marketing on Friday

Overcoming Abuse: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Protection--A Guide for Parents Caregivers and Helpers by Reina Davison offers a 3-part handbook to parents, caregivers, and helpers to aid in protection against child sexual abuse. Coupled with the use of Biblical principles, stages of development in children, this book teaches, educates and gives parents the arsenal they need to educate themselves and their families in either prevention or healing from traumatic child sexual abuse (CSA).
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Giving the definitions of child sexual abuse (CSA) and the staggering statistics in our nation, coupled with the abuse worldwide – the abuse of children is unprecedented. Our day and age is raging with this sin against the most innocent of beings – children. Abuse comes in many forms and can be quite insidious, thus the author’s efforts focus on sexual abuse. She also gives insight into the psychiatric dynamics of a sexual predator or offender. Her book is well-rounded and an overview on the subject of CSA that gives knowledge, help and guidance as a manual for prevention and protection against such crimes.
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As a comprehensive handbook, one can glean the contents and find out not only how to use her guide, but understand how to limit internet media and device pornography, recognize strategies of perpetrators, giving tips of what to do and what not to do – parents, caregivers and helpers can help recognize, prevent and protect children against childhood sexual abuse. This guide is an invaluable resource, offering also an overview of the main reasons for abuse (the psychology of abusers) to help readers spot unsafe behaviors, giving them a guidebook in tracking and preventing child sexual abuse.
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With a section on educating your child on this subject, this book takes all the pieces of a giant puzzle, and even sheds light on the judicial system in relation to this issue. With different stages of age, such as birth to toddler, toddler to five, six to twelve, and twelve to eighteen, the author has broken down the different stages of growth, exposing the different levels of opportunity that sexual predators may use against a child at these ages, along with age appropriate environments and care providers.
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This book comes as a highly recommended guide and handbook for parents and caregivers as well as for those dealing with such issues, pastors, police, counselors, child psychologists, medical staff, and the court system will find this information useful in teaching child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and protection!
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Visit author Reina Davison at Overcoming Abuse. Order your copy of Overcoming Abuse: Child Sexual Prevention and Protection at Amazon or in Kindle as a download.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on January 15, 2020 at 6:27pm

Go With ... God, Hogan, and The Hybrid
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Go with God, Hogan, and The Hybrid is J. Michael Meadows' first book and showcases his life experiences in the context of stories, truths, and wisdom related to golf and the role it has played in his life.  
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The Hybrid is the most important addition to your life and to your game. "God is not who we think He is, but who He reveals Himself to be in the Bible" and "God has a plan for each one of us. Therefore, it is important that we make sure our belief system about God is rooted in God's revelation of himself and not on human speculation about God".
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This Book is filled with dozens of stories of golf's greats―Hogan, Trevino, Palmer, Floyd and many others―who have crossed paths with Meadows as he's traveled and played life's fairways. Go with God… is humorous, nostalgic, insightful, and empowering. 
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The author, who has escorted hundreds of golfers to Scotland and Ireland with his Golf in the Kingdom tour and golf travel company, shares numerous insights from a lifetime in business and golf. Readers will enjoy and come to embrace his Southern style (and -isms), as well as the family, faith, and systematic foundations upon which he has built a rich and rewarding life. Whether it's stories about Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and their impact on the game of golf, Meadows' founding The U.S. Screen Door Open Golf Championship, corporate life with IBM, Xerox, and Exxon, and life as an entrepreneur, readers will be engaged and entertained.
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Meadows shares personal successes and failures as well as some truths of mental attitude dynamics and spirituality that have sustained him as he's traveled the fairways of life. He calls it "living a normal life... in an extraordinary way". Everyone knows something about God but to know God is impossible apart from The Word of God, The Mind of Christ through the perception and application of Bible Doctrine from Christ, THE PERFECT HYBRID.
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Michael Meadows is an avid, low-handicap golfer, a member of Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona and The St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland. Golf and business have taken him around the world and were the foundations for hisencounterswith legendary golfers like Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and many others. Go with God, Hogan, and The Hybrid is Meadows’ first book and, in a style all his own, he shares the truths and wisdom of the experiences that have shaped his life. 
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For more information about the author and to buy this wonderful book, visit Go With ... God, Hogan, and The Hybrid

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 16, 2019 at 2:47pm

Day of Reckoning by Valerie Massey Goree offers a fast-paced Christian fiction romantic suspense novel with plenty of action and hold-on-to-your seat twists and turns to keep readers holding on until the end. A CBM Christian Book Review  ~ 10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Lela Ortiz, a private investigator for the IRO (International Retrieval Operation) is dedicated to her job. She is one of their best agents. Her hardcore demeanor and prickly nature has earned her respect; although, she knows all too well that relinquishing control and trust makes her vulnerable. Holding on too tight to her job, her inner issues begin to surface and hinder her. With coping mechanisms intact and a new mission at hand, Lela wonders if change will ever be possible.  Who can she trust besides herself? Her job is to rescue others; yet, she may need rescuing. 
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Blending elements of surprise, suspense and the action-packed adventure of Lela, a tough as steel woman, the author writes to highlight the issues of the heart through her lead characters. Lela, who likes to do things her own way, leads the way through this novel. Lela tends to expect too much of others and herself, giving more than 100 percent always.  
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Jay, a surprisingly handsome and level-headed Christian man, brings mounting suspense. His sister’s husband has been kidnapped under questionable and strange circumstances. Each step leads Lela closer to what she thought would never be possible. Other characters soon ensue, lending to the nature of this novel as an intriguing and well-balanced in its genre of police work.
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With the makings for a fantastic movie – Day of Reckoning by Valeria Massey Goree satisfies the heroine within in this novel offering Christian values and themes intertwined that make for a great novel (or movie).
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A highly recommended read for those who appreciate a fast-paced thriller novel with values of love, faith, trust, remembering to let go of the past.
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You may get your copy of 
Day of Reckoning in Kindle as a download. Be sure to see other book releases by Valerie Massey Goree at Amazon.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 12, 2019 at 9:56pm

Pathway to Promise: Learning to Overcome by James Brunetto is an amazing short and easy-to-understand ten chapter lesson guide designed to help one learn to move forward when one has become stuck, disillusioned, disappointed, etc. in their God-given mandate that seems to be more of an impossibility.
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Written by a pastor with much life experience and wisdom, he gives readers the tools and Biblical teaching that makes being a powerful person of faith and learning to be an overcomer attainable. 
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The author explains that waiting for the promises are not what one is to do, but running after them and moving forward, is the 
only way to learn to overcome. This book will change and transform your life that brings eternal rewards. He encourages all Christians that each person has a life mission and God-given mandate, yet so many give up when difficulties come. His word to you in this book is…Learn how to overcome and make the promises of God a reality in your life!”
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Encapsulated within the 10 short chapters, the author presents a “pathway to the promises” that will renovate readers’ thinking (and doing). He states that so many have given up, settled for “complacency and mediocrity”. His book offers new hope and a new life to the promises of God with such valuable chapters as: Learn to Overcome, Value the Valley, Develop a Breakthrough Attitude, Build Momentum, Learn to Engage, Learn to Move in Power, Be a Person of Faith, Be a Person of Prayer, Be a Person of the Spirit, Be a Person of Sacrifice. Readers will find this book to be a catalyst to lift them out of their struggles, enemy attacks, and disappointment that also ushers in fresh vision, focus, encouragement and hope that lead to mission and ministry coming into fruition.
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I cannot recommend this book enough! Aspects of prayer, faith, and holiness shed light on a surprising read that includes such powerful lessons, insights and treasures from the Bible. He teaches from experience and assists readers to help them grab onto God, gain momentum in God’s ways and His promises. Hope and faith come alive. Such Biblical heroes bring great hope and faith, such as: David, Apostle Paul, the Disciples, all springing forth from the ministry of Jesus.  
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Throughout his book, the author has given the roadmap to “failure is not an option.” And within such, revealing the nature of Satan and his temptations, as a mere twisting of the truth…bringing in deception. He makes an eye-opening statement in the later chapter, “Every temptation is Satan’s invitation to do things your own way instead of God’s way.” This is an incredible statement for those who would be willing to apply understanding. Within that, he offers snapshots and a chapter in the book revealing the enemy’s tactics as the “Tempter” and “Accuser of the Brethren” that showcase classic strategies of Satan, unveiling examples of compromise that are written in the Bible, so that readers can glean from these important lessons.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 12, 2019 at 4:27pm
Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on December 12, 2019 at 4:07pm

Hi everyone,

I’m sharing news about my new release…

Romance Every Weekend: 104 Fun Ways to Express Your Love

Whether you’re just starting out dating, in a committed relationship, newlyweds, or you’ve been married for twenty years, Romance Every Weekend will show you how you can strengthen the bond between you and your loved one and deepen your relationship.

Romance shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or an anniversary. Why should people wait for a special occasion to show someone they love that they care? Love can (and should) be expressed every chance you get.

Romance Every Weekend features 104 fun and easy ways you can express your love to that special someone in your life. Perfect for men or women, it focuses on tender, everyday gestures that let your partner know how much you love him or her.

Some suggestions include:

* Today, tell your sweetheart: “I knew I loved you when…” Sharing your feelings and expressing your love verbally has a deeper meaning than giving a gift or sending a card.

* Break out of your comfort zone. It’s time to try something new with your mate. Sign up for a class being offered today, in person, in your local area. It can be anything: cooking, Pilates, yoga, swimming, dancing, painting… Take the first class you find and run with it. (Whatever happens, remember, you’re in it together.)

* Watch the sun set together. No talking. But you can certainly hold hands. 

If you're looking for ways to keep your romance fresh, this is the book for you!

Romance Every Weekend makes a great holiday gift for you – or for your sweetie! Why not order it now and set a New Year’s resolution to try all 104 suggestions in 2020?

Get your copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08124HBMS

All other Platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3npVVP

Visit my site/blog: www.kelliwilkins.com  to see all of my books!

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 19, 2019 at 4:44pm

Jesus Christ The Only Way to Heaven. He came down from Heaven to show us the way. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the whole world. On the Cross, our salvation is complete. If you believe in Him, your salvation is complete. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John14:6) The way to Heaven is only through Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone. Our Lord Jesus Christ is Himself the way to Heaven. He does not merely show the way; He is the way. Salvation is only in the person of Jesus Christ. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you have salvation. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not just one of many ways, He is the only way. Discover the truth of the Gospel that will revive faith and the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. This book will deepen understanding of spiritual truths that will empower readers to walk victoriously in Christ. 

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 6, 2019 at 12:31pm
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 23, 2019 at 3:35pm

Pain with Purpose by Rachel Adcock offers an overview of her life memoir that reveals a purpose for pain and suffering that can bring forth hope and freedom in Christ. With that in mind, she shares her life story, struggles, sickness, mistakes and hindsight that culminate to a wonderful end. 
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She boldly states, “Live life with the optimism that there is a purpose for your pain and a better outcome in the future.” Readers will gain insight and encouragement as the author shares her battle with cancer as a child, life challenges, and mistakes that caused suffering. In the hope of helping others to go forward in their lives, she gives readers an understanding that there is purpose in pain and a brighter future ahead. She teaches how to view life with optimism, which is wonderfully refreshing.
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With great care, practicality and honesty, she offers insight to the benefit to life’s challenges, realizing that others have had it worse. Her life story displays how pain does reveal a greater purpose, brings spiritual maturity, and can be used by God to bring healing, to include a benefit to others. Her book offers comfort in the fact that life does go on and it can be for the better. With such chapters as: Sicker than Sick, Boys Will be Boys, Calling it Quits, More Mistakes, Surviving the Single Life, Second Chances & Keeping the Faith, readers will find encouragement, hope and confidence for their future.
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Rachel’s story will captivate and encourage readers so that they can go on. She is an optimist at heart and teaches others how to think more positively and gain insight from past challenges. Her book is full of wisdom from many years experience through difficult trials. Coupled with wonderful quotes and sprinkled with some scripture verses, this book is well-done, speaks frankly and is not an overly “preachy” autobiography. She reaches out to others in a unique way through “Reflections” at the end of each chapter. In this way, she shares her own insight from past events, the benefits from hindsight, and concludes with discussion questions for the reader as an opportunity to increase in their own growth and maturity. 
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This is a highly recommended read for those that have experienced pain and suffering and are looking for hope with a renewed perspective on life and painful experiences.
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Get your copy of Pain with Purpose at Amazon or in Kindle as a download.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 17, 2019 at 5:32pm

The Sons of God, a book that is full of holiness and indignation at the same time. This book represents a two-fold manifesto of the revealing of the last 3 Trumpets (the last three woe’s) in the Book of Revelation and a call for repentance to all who do not follow Christ.
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His first chapter “A Tale of Two Cities” speaks to those who are of the world (Babylon) and those who have been called out of the world, yet still exist in the world as followers of Christ. These two cities (or two groups of people) face choices that have consequences for eternity, but also in the near future. He further states that we are living in the Book of Revelation right now and that the Book of Revelation is not some time in the future but unfolding before our very eyes. With this in mind, his book offers somewhat of a discourse on the upcoming Christian revolution with exciting prophecy revealed as the 3 woe’s. An invitation is given as well to come into the Kingdom, to know Christ, to save yourself from the coming wrath of the Lord upon the entire Earth, so that you may be spared eternal damnation and the full wrath of God.
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His book packs punch after punch! The author does not hold back in professing righteousness, calling evil for what it is and naming erroneous and egregious sins that have overtaken many, to include prevalence in our Western society. Issues such as gay marriage, homosexuality, abortion, murder, fornication, adultery, atheism, along with the culture of violence, war and murder that is so commonplace, shedding light that God Almighty does not delight in any of these abominations. Further mentioning idols such as entertainment and media, the love of money, selfish pride, celebrity fanfare and glory, only to reveal the rightful place of women and men among society paints a grim picture of today’s society. Yet, there is hope; that hope is found in the forgiveness of sins through salvation a proclamation of Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Hope is found in following Jesus, choosing faith and learning to endure to the end. He gives strategies, scripture verses and instruction on becoming strong in faith and knowledge so that one will be able to stand until the end and persevere. He gives strong warnings that the faint at heart will not survive.
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This book represents a wake-up call to all (including Christians and the complacent) who are of this world to make a choice: Are you for Jesus or against Him? He exhorts all to take a stand now for Christ and speaks of the times we are living in to be the End Times and that the great End Time Harvest is soon to come with the Great Tribulation. He calls all to make a choice for their own eternity and implores all who don’t believe or who are in sin to repent.
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Yet, he ends his discourse with an end of speaking to those who will not give their hearts to Jesus fully and shifts his attention to the Bride of Christ, to encourage, refine, teach and to prepare them for what is coming up ahead. 
The Sons of God at Amazon or Kindle

 

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