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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 Tuesday
The Red Letter Parables: 
Introducing Jesus as the Master Storyteller 
By: Bob Palumbo 
A CBM Book Review 10.0 out of 10.0 stars + 
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The Red Letter Parables: Introducing Jesus as the Master Storyteller by Bob Palumbo reveals 40 stories told by Jesus, some well-known and some not so well-known, that present the Kingdom of God. These stories begin at the Wedding of Cana and continue on through the New Testament. Each story is unique, captivating, and announce a new beginning of a New Covenant with the life and ministry of Jesus. As a photographer would “zoom in” for a close up and “zoom out” for a panoramic view, the author zooms in and zooms out, to give deeper understanding of each teaching from each view. Focusing on the words in red, just as the red letter edition of the Bible, the author bunches some of the stories not normally considered parables contained in the books of Matthew and John to bring readers a fun and fascinating read through the parables of Jesus as Master Storyteller.   
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Within each parable, the author paints a picture that brings great understanding of what Jesus was saying in His parables. Jesus often spoke in parables, but also revealed to His Disciples the plain truths of what He was speaking. The author has done an excellent job in researching not only the historical and cultural aspects, but also includes keen interpretations based on various commentaries and Biblical wisdom on how these stories impact us just as much today as they did when Jesus graced this Earth.   
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With each story revealed, readers will see that Jesus is announcing the Kingdom of Heaven that is at hand, this new Kingdom is offered to the entire world as forgiveness and grace. Shedding light on some fresh insights, readers will also discover thought-provoking teachings that present scriptural truths in a practical way.  For instance, have you ever wondered what a Tare really is?  This book speaks to those common questions with ease and adds a little humor on the side. Bob Palumbo’s writing style is like talking to an old friend wrapped around witty phrases, comments and references to T.V. shows that we can all remember as kids!   
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Encouraging and incredibly enjoyable read, this practical journey through the “words in red” as Bob Palumbo puts it gives hope and sheds new light on the teachings and parables of Jesus.    
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Highly recommended as one of those book you will not soon forget.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on Tuesday

Life With Christ: How Faithful He Is - A collection of life-changing teachings, testimonies, short stories and miracles that share the goodness of God, His faithfulness, the Word of God, encouragement and hope.

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With testimonies from Pastors, Bible teachers, Ministers, Christian counselors, scholars, businessmen and women, Life With Christ is full of wisdom, heavenly pearls and daily bread for the reader.

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May you be abundantly blessed as you read Life With Christ and the wonderful testimonies highlighting the faithfulness of God captured within the pages.

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CBM Christian Book Publishing assistance, helping Christian authors self publish to the Glory of God.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 13, 2017 at 5:59pm
Title: Caught in a Cycle
By: Amy B. Crowe
ISBN #978-1-4575-5152-9
A CBM Christian Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Caught in a Cycle by Amy B. Crowe tells a delightful and humorous story of a young boy named JJ and his cycle that led him to the “wrong side of the bars.” With a smile, it is my pleasure to recommend this book as the author has addressed relevant issues that children face everyday in a memorable and funny way. Filled with witty humor, readers will love Amy B. Crowe’s writing style as she combines life-lessons of always telling the truth instead of lying as JJ finds out and that bullying is never a good idea. This is a fantastic, fun and memorable children’s book that is filled with wholesome life-lessons that reflect a Christian perspective, brought to life through vivid illustrations. Children and parents alike will adore this little children’s book.
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JJ begins by telling one little lie just to get out of being bullied by the school bully, Bo. Finding himself spouting off one lie after another just to get out of the first lie, he was finally “caught” by his mom. Explaining that his first lie was only to get out of being bullied (which seemed like a good idea at the time), JJ then realizes that each lie just led to a bigger lie; until he had weaved an unbelievable story of his talents and his dad as a policeman! Caught in a Cycle is certainly an appropriate name!
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Cute and funny, the author weaves the innocence of little JJ with humor kids and parents alike will love that teach them that there is only one way – tell the truth, all the time. And that being a bully also bears punishment as both kids will never forget the punishment, from the “wrong side of the bars!” Read on and you will see what that means.  
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This book comes highly recommended for Christian parents with young children that want to teach them good morals that telling lies and bullying is never acceptable behavior and that there is only one way to be, truthful and kind.
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As an added note, this author writes with such simplicity and childlike humor, fully develops scenarios and characters that are to the point, but downright laughable … Perhaps, the book will bring back some of your own “hilarious childhood moments and memories.”
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Highly recommended as it addresses the issues children often deal with in a funny and light manner that also relay, choices have consequences.
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Get your copy of Caught In A Cycle at AmazonVisit Amy B. Crowe at Caught In A Cycle.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 7, 2017 at 3:13pm

The Prophecy Journal is made available for that very reason. As a journal and a way to keep track of those life-changing revelations that come to us in sometimes the most unexpected ways.

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By writing these important matters down, we have the opportunity to reflect upon them as time goes by, pray around them and to faithfully watch for them to come to pass.

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Have you ever been there? Months go by, sometimes years go by and those precious dreams, visions or words from the Lord slowly seem to fade from our memories?

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With The Prophecy Journal and the simplicity of writing our revelations down, they will not simply fade from our memories. They will be recorded like as fresh manna for us to review and bring into remembrance as time passes.

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You will also find scriptures in the back of this book that will cover such topics as prophets, prophecy, dreams, visions, words of knowledge, revelation, the Spirit of Christ, the operation of the Holy Spirit and many others that can help you to deepen your understanding surrounding how God can speak to you and manifest Himself to you.

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It is also very important to pray about all revelation that we receive from the Lord whether private revelation, dreams, visions, words of knowledge and especially revelation that we receive from others. Therefore, we have also included many scripture regarding prayer that also make for a wonderful Bible study and reference.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 7, 2017 at 3:09pm

The Church, The Body of Christ, gives an account to many facets of Christianity that began with the Day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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Offering sound biblical representation and powerful scriptural application, the author gives understanding to the body of Christ, revealing the power given to Christ’s Disciples. Within this, the power and absolute authority of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is unveiled – as He has been given power and authority over all.

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The reader will gain a deeper insight and understanding of the Church, revealing that the body of Christ is universal, belonging to all peoples and tongues, who call upon and believe in Jesus Christ. Thus revealing the promises of God, the power of signs and wonders and the power available through the Holy Spirit, with uniting purpose and function as the body of Christ throughout the Earth.  

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Challenging, informative and well-researched, this book is designed for those that want to know the purpose and function of the true Church, known as the body of Christ. Giving a background on how the Church began, the author offers a study-guide as to the birth of the Church at the Day of Pentecost and visible manifestations that accompanied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Paralleling these promises, the author relates this to the power that is available to the Church through empowerment of the Holy Spirit. With wisdom and accurate representation of the Gospel, the author has translated the Bible’s teaching on the Church into a simple and easy to understand format, incorporating teaching of the Scriptures that cultivate an understanding of the purpose of God the Father’s will.

Comment by Kelly Joseph on November 7, 2017 at 2:53pm

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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 6, 2017 at 7:17pm

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Christian Author and Speaker, Craig T. Feigh, has compiled a list of the 42 most basic Christian foundational principles in an easy-to-understand “workbook” format that allows both the new and mature Christian the ability to understand and articulate the basics of the Christian faith.

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For more information about Christian Basic Training, visit Author Craig T. Feigh. You may order your copy of Christian Basic Training at Amazon.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 31, 2017 at 1:36pm
Title: Breaking the Silence
By: Diamante Lavendar
A CBM Christian Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar is a touching fictional memoir written through a series of diary entries by the main character of the book, Joan Eastman. The character has bought the diary to journal her second pregnancy. Beginning with a poem written by the author, the poem sheds light on the beauty of the Lord’s keeping of you in your life and the fleeting temporal world that we live in, giving all hope for the future available in the Lord. Her book continues with fading in-and-out of memories and glimpses of the characters life, revealing horror of young innocence that was stolen and abused, Eastman’s memories of child abuse portray abuse that began at two-years-old and continued for many years. Encouraging all to not internalize abuse, the author speaks out to inspire others to break the cycle of silence that victims of abuse often endure in their suffering.
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As the book transcends into the depths of child abuse and the wounding, the author reflects these journeys with life-lessons learned that reveal an overcoming spirit. She reveals how the Lord was there at every “winding road” that helps readers understand such issues as: anger, emotional and sexual abuse, the damage of stuffing emotions, self-esteem, hatred, perfectionism, self reflection, and so much more that offers readers hope and faith in God, offering a realization that with help from Him, they can overcome all abuse and neglect in their lives.
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Throughout the book, many different seasons are revealed in the character’s life, displaying just how God carried the character through all the dark times. A restoration of hope and a personal relationship in the Lord  developed over the years in the character which sheds light on the fact that whether abused or not, all readers can relate to the different seasons of one’s life and look back upon their lives to see the hand of God active upon their life. This is the main theme of the book intertwined with breaking the silence of abuse that the author has creatively conveyed.
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She also wants others to know that they are not alone. Encouraging all to look to God and that there is hope, healing and restoration in Jesus Christ. This book comes highly recommended for those that need help and encouragement in processing abuse, giving them a foundation in the Lord, and helps lead them into recovery by offering hope through Jesus Christ.
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Order your copy of Breaking the Silence at Amazon or in Kindle. You may visit the author at Diamante Lavendar
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 23, 2017 at 5:15pm
Inconvenient Adventures by Helen Cadd is a wonderful read, one that is written from the heart and from one who has lived a long life serving the Lord in many capacities. Through such, Helen has a very unique perspective that offers attitude adjustments for life, and the inconveniences and challenges we all face. Relating this to a life centered in Christ, these attitudes prove monumental in daily perceptions, as Helen Cadd looks back on her life story and inconvenient adventures.
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Helen’s shares from a place of experience and much biblical wisdom. She speaks of her life with Dick, her husband of 58 years and the fun they had together. Her fond memories of their children, the Christmas memories and even childhood memories bring the book to life and makes for a very interesting read. Her life adventures are a testimony to God, family and love, as they lived out many of the Commandments of the Lord (one in particular was to remember the poor).
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As the author states, “This is not a book of ‘Do, Don’t and How To.’  It is simply stories in my life of adventures and the results of an attitude change.”  Noting that the first key to “opening your life adventures” is a change of attitude. She assures to readers that all is possible with the Lord.  
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With such chapters as Adventures with the Piano, Adventures With Poverty, Adventures With The Trumpet, Adventures With Scriptures and Prayer and Adventures With Jon Our First Son, all in all, over 15 adventures included. You will love reading Inconvenient Adventures.
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Leaving readers with the inspiration, “. . . attitude makes the difference; it can turn disaster into a great memory. It can turn tragedy into triumph. We can learn important lessons and even change disappointments into fun or real joy.”
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Her testimony shares the wonderful memories, mishaps and adventures of a life well lived!  
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This book comes highly recommended as an encouraging read, one that weaves Christian values, a life of doing and wonderful family times for those who relish their memories and love God. 
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You may get your copy of Inconvenient Adventures at Amazon or as a download on Kindle.
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Title: Inconvenient Adventures 
By: Helen Cadd
10.0 out of 10.0 Stars
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 22, 2017 at 9:06pm
The Forum: A Deadly Game of Wheat and Tares by Ronald Winters offers a riveting fictional account of “real world end time events, current day attitudes and directions of the spirit of the times in which we live.”
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Barak Zonman, starts off this fast-paced thriller, blending elements of espionage with a religious and political polarization that affect the masses of population around the World. In the book, there is a conspiracy to bring all faiths into one large interfaith religion and Barak Zonman and his popular TV show – The Forum must be eliminated.
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This begins with Zonman, the show’s founder. The Forum “is a faith oriented call-in TV show designed to let viewers question leading members of the clergy.” Controversial in nature, this show sparks debate – and hinders the worldwide current of leading all into one faith and world peace. This novel of the wheat and tares is an amazing book written to those that would seek truth in God and the true Christian faith.
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Running for his life, Barak finds sanctuary in a church and finds himself radically changed by a baptism by water, followed by a baptism of the Spirit, as evidenced by the speaking in tongues. Highlighting this issue, the author speaks of the controversy between believers on being “born again” (either by just statement and belief and/or by receiving the infilling of the Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in tongues). This radical way of being born again and receiving the Spirit is what Apostle Paul spoke of, thus, the book sheds light on God’s way versus man’s way. Man’s way and God’s way are running a collision course to the End Times in this book that reveal an exciting plot of scenarios begun by two Prologues that concurrently blend modern-day questions and events that has been spoken of in Bible Prophecy. The author also notes that we are in the time of the Olivet Discourse that Jesus speaks of on the Mount of Olives, mentioning the time of Jesus return as near since the birth of Israel in May 1948.
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In the back of the book the author offers his personal testimony, delivered instantly from prescription drug dependency when “he looked in the mirror” and repented of his ways. Holding fast to true repentance, the author advocates true Holy Ghost filled deliverances and that the modern-day believer should have them as a norm, instead of replaced by the Forum so to speak – the modern day church who compromises and duplicates the actual workings of the Holy Spirit by replacing them with good theology, programs and modern day mood alteration technology. He also offers observations on some relevant issues, two being backsliding and tithing. 10.0 stars out of 10.0 stars
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