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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 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 March 21, 2017 at 9:18am
Changed by a Catch - With delightful humor and fun illustrations, children can engage in this endearing tale of a young sweet boy named J.J, who quickly learns that obeying the rules and your parents is better than his way.
With a smile readers find out that fruit punch turns white dogs red, that it’s easy to ruin things like dad’s briefcase with a chocolate bar, and that gum is really sticky! J.J. also learns that it is best to not let strangers into the house, and to not let his entire class know the code for the house alarm and that following directions is a really good idea! In the end, J.J. learns to obey the first time after he is Changed by a Catch. Come experience the fun!   


Born and raised in Alabama, Amy Crowe has enjoyed writing since the tender age of ten and still remembers winning her first writing contest. Since then, her work has been published in various newspapers and alumni magazines.  Being a very active mother in the lives of her three young children,Amy delights in the Lord, her family and children, as oftentimes they are the inspiration for her funny stories. With a positive influence, writing is Amy’s way of inspiring children and parents alike with life-lessons that increase their joy and faith.
This book gives readers easily relatable characters that get the message across in an entertaining way. Amy wants her books and reading to be fun for children, so they are captivated and interested while learning valuable lessons at the same time. She is currently working on her second book in the same series.
You may order your copy of this wonderful  Children's Book Changed By a Catch at Amazon.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 18, 2017 at 11:17am
America’s Founding Fathers and the Bible ~ A must read for every Christian, Pastor, Educator and American.
Contrary to the contemporary mantra that America was birthed as a secular nation, the historical evidence demonstrates that America was founded by Christians who wished to enjoy the liberty to freely express their Christian faith. Lamentably, Christians have forgotten and neglected the Christian heritage bequeathed to them by America’s Founding Fathers and have allowed secularists to disparage and deny what was given to them at such a great price.
America’s Founding Fathers and the Bible briefly describes a portion of America’s Christian heritage, particularly during the rise of nationalism when America was shaping its national government. During this era, the Founding Fathers affirmed both the principles and practices of the Bible. By no means exhaustive, this work demonstrates that America’s Founding Fathers clearly intended to perpetuate the Christian faith, in both private and public observances. The Founding Fathers left a legacy of publicly honoring the principles of Christianity and fully intended that succeeding generations of Americans should do the same.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 6, 2017 at 1:47pm
His Sunrise My Sunset: A True Story of Love and Loss by Jan Hurst is written as a wonderful tribute to Steve her devoted husband and to her enduring love for him, God and to their family.
Endearing and captivating, Hurst goes back to their younger years, giving a glimpse into their sweet love that bloomed over 44 years. A love story that was a unique beginning that filled both their lives with hope for the future and a satisfying family. Both coming from dysfunctional backgrounds, they both felt a strong connection and safety with each other during their dating period where friendship and trust were a solid foundation. These two just loved being with each other.
Then one day tragedy struck as they set out on a retirement trip. She writes from her heart with the theme of sharing her great love for Steve and the life that they lived. Encouraging others that life is not guaranteed and that none of us know what tomorrow will bring, she hopes and prays that others remember to put God first. With a nice touch she ends with the original Serenity Prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr.
One cannot help but notice the immense love and admiration that the author had for her husband. This book is not only a testament to their enduring love, but really gives an example of how a couple can grow together, revealing that love is the bond that is unbreakable. This is such a sweet story of love, life, and her feelings going through the process of widowhood that would help anyone who has experienced such a loss to come to grips with all that is thrown at them. Unfortunately, her telling of the hospital’s protocols and procedures is a revelation of the coldness and perversity of our system. Truly, they could of asked that question first!  (You will see as you read the book.)
This is a highly recommended read for those that enjoy true stories, shedding light on what love is supposed to look like between a couple.  Blessings to you and your family Jan!  I would say you are lucky to have experienced such a great love!
You may get your copy of His Sunrise My Sunset at Amazon or as a Kindle download.
Title: His Sunrise My Sunset:
A True Story of Love and Loss
By: Jan Hurst
ISBN-13: 978-1498474412
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 2, 2017 at 7:53pm
The Eyes of Leadership by experienced management consultant Keith Garner is a nonfiction leadership book written to help experienced leaders, developing leaders, and aspiring leaders lead their teams with experience and wisdom. 
The Eyes of Leadership helps leaders understand how to communicate effectively, inspire their teams, and create goals for team development with their team members. Aspiring leaders wondering, “What is leadership?” and established leaders wondering, “How do I become a better leader?” or “How do I develop leadership skills?” will find this leadership manual to be an indispensable resource written with authority and expertise. Leadership classes and groups studying leadership principles will be aided greatly by Keith Garner's informative introduction, The Eyes of Leadership. 
This encouraging and uplifting leadership manual will help business leaders, church leaders, professional leaders, and family leaders apply foundational leadership principles to their own lives.
  • Paperback 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 1498492304 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1498492300
You may get your copy of The Eyes of Leadership at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. Be sure to visit Kieth at K.D. Garner for further information and some great ministry.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on February 21, 2017 at 12:24pm
The Bridge from OneDayBow is a fictional and modern-day parable of the Gospel. Written with the use of rhyme and poetry, the author offers an interesting “twist” that brings an understanding of the Kingdom of God versus what the world advocates.
Captivating, yet eye-opening, four characters are portrayed – Truth and Life versus Lies and Death that parallel Scripture, and present insight to life’s purpose. The author’s message is simple, and conveys the truth of eternity coupled with God’s absolute authority as the King of kings and Lord of lords; and His Word, that presents an opportunity to believe in the Good News.  Her hopes are to bring others to the Truth of the Word of God and to salvation in Jesus Christ alone. This is a fantastic book for young and old alike, and although fictional, depicts the battle for your soul and life’s meaningless destiny without knowing your Maker, God Himself.
Intertwined with scripture, Tim, the main character, knows there has just got to be more meaning to life other than collecting bobbles. He embarks on a journey of discovery to find Truth and discovers that there is much deception in his world, depending on who one listens to. He finds that there is a way that brings life, joy and much peace into one’s heart and soul (his nooma) and that this peace is not found in worldly bobbles and collecting, but journeying beyond the HereandNow. A mysterious Bridge, leads the way to finding answers. Tim discovers God’s armor as mentioned in Ephesians 6 and that he has all he needs to win the victory!
This book is a wonderful allegory of the salvation of the cross that is possible through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the bridge to salvation and in hopes of leading others to discover their own salvation, the author has penned an incredible adventure that reveals the truth of God’s Word.  ~ A triumphant literal accomplishment giving new life to the genre of Pilgrim’s Progress. 
Highly recommended for young teens to increase faith, to encourage them to put on the Armor of God and to reveal the Truth of God’s Words.
You can get your copy of The Bridge from OneDayBow at Amazon, in Kindle and at other fine online bookstores.
The Bridge from OneDayBow: 
The Complete Trilogy
By: Kathy M. Warden
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
Comment by Mary Lou Emami on February 1, 2017 at 4:07pm

If you knew someone who could see the future, someone privy to secret places—places few can access, wouldn’t you want to hear what they had to say? Psychic medium Joseph DeLouise was just such a person. I assisted him in his office, where I observed this principled man helping others.

Over the years, Joseph and I often talked of his amazingly accurate predictions. A few of the countless visions Joseph foresaw include: the collapse of the Silver Bridge (of Mothman fame), the Ted Kennedy-Mary Jo Kopechne drowning incident at Chappaquiddick, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the stock market’s “Black Monday,” the return of maritime piracy, the ‘9/11’ attempt to bomb the White House, a black market for body organs, the legalization of marijuana, the spread of riots and revolts, the scandal around Hillary Clinton and mail.

Joseph felt remorse when seeing future events, knowing he was powerless to keep them from happening. Yet, mindful of his destiny to help people, Joseph considers he might have been given the gift of prophecy to prove to people the existence of a spiritual world, a world beyond death … perhaps his visions were God’s way of drawing attention to the unknown.

Throughout the book the narrative is interwoven with paranormal occurrences. We are witness to near-death experiences, astral travels to spirit realms, observations of the afterlife, messages from beyond the grave, proof of life after death and the stories behind Joseph’s amazing visions.

While observing the afterlife, Joseph discovered secrets of the spirit world and first-hand knowledge of eternal life, all of which take away the fear of death. Using his clairvoyant gift, he helped people build faith and understand that the soul, the real us, survives. Joseph’s wish while on earth, and, in death as well, is to share with others the secrets he discovered.  My wish is that readers enjoy and find inspiration in his incredible story.

Psychic Courier is available on Amazon ( and Barnes & Noble ( For more information, visit

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on January 31, 2017 at 9:00pm
Coming Soon 
Christian Basic Training by Craig T. Feigh
Author, speaker, and Bible instructor, Craig T. Feigh, presents Christian Basic Training: The Basic Foundational Principles of the Christian Faith ~ Simple, Biblical and Foundational, this comprehensive Bible Study workbook is an easy-to-use guide that has been developed specifically for Christians to better understand the basics of their Christian faith.
America is a Christian nation, founded on Christian principles, yet alarming statistics (as represented by a recent ABC poll) reveal that, “. . .89% of Americans (267 million) claim to believe in God, yet 66% of those (200 million) doubt that they will ever get to Heaven!” Within this statistic, Feigh sheds light on the increasing need for Christians to understand basic principles that are foundational to the Christian faith.
Sound doctrine and key foundational principles make this workbook a basic guide into understanding scriptural truths represented in the Bible, creating a firm Biblical foundation to build upon.  Fundamental in nature, these principles build faith and instruct new and mature believers alike with a broad knowledge of the many fundamentals and facets of the Gospel. Confusion is laid aside and a deep appreciation for all that Christ has done for us will arise.
Recommended as a Study Guide for individual instruction or within a group setting, each short chapter addresses many of the questions that one might have regarding eternal life, salvation, sin, the heavenly realm, angels, demons, the Fall, Adam and Eve, the righteousness of God, sanctification and so much more. At the end of each chapter is a short quiz that has been designed to help readers remember the key points of each section. 

Be sure to visit Craig at Christian Basic Training for further information and some great ministry.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on January 27, 2017 at 7:21pm


B.J. Bassett in her novella sheds light on love, acceptance, rejection, overcoming life struggles and redemption in Jesus  through the telling of Gillian’s Heart
A sweet beach novel, Gillian is taken in by her grandmother at a young age.  Gillian is all too familiar with the pain of rejection, as she was abandoned by her alcoholic parents. Gillian grew up with her grandmother overlooking the Pacific Ocean in a beautiful beach house. Many years have passed, as Gillian’s grandmother has passed as well. Gillian, who now lives in the large house, realizes that it is in need of repair. Hiring Dusty, Gillian takes charge.
The author takes readers down a road of facing fears, finding love and deliverance in Jesus, in the midst of overcoming many of life’s many battles. With delicacy, intrigue and suspense, B.J. Bassett intertwines the finding of new found hope in a touching love story of redemption.
Recommended for young girls looking to find their way, this romance helps readers face and overcome anxiety, anorexia and helps them to find identity as a child of God.
As a multi-published author and writing professor at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, B.J. Bassett loves the power of books to transform and instruct others in living a life dedicated to God. Her goal as an author is to inspire, encourage and help instruct the Body of Christ to mature in their faith and to find their God-given purpose. With accomplished titles such as: Lily, iUniverse – a historical novel, A Touch of Grace – The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story, and is co-authoring My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders (with over  55,000 copies sold), B.J. Bassett delivers well told stories that present the grace of Jesus Christ.
Currently residing in Roseburg, Oregon with her husband for over 57 years, B.J. Bassett enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, warm scones with melted butter and strawberry jam, and sipping Earl Gray Tea. Having faced her issues with rejection and acceptance in her life, to include rejection of her writings, B.J. Bassett has written this novella to encourage young adults that there is love and redemption in finding faith and overcoming life struggles.
Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on January 12, 2017 at 6:21pm

Hi everyone,

NEW RELEASE NEWS… Loving a Wild Stranger is now available on Amazon & other platforms. This full-length romance is set in the Michigan Territory and blends adventure with a sensual love story.


Loving a Wild Stranger


A woman running from her past… straight into the arms of an untamed man


In a moment of desperation, Kathleen Stanton flees her pampered life in Kingston, New York and ends up stranded in a small town in the Michigan Territory. Out of money and forced to rely on her instincts, she impersonates a handsome stranger’s mail-order bride.


Committed to her deception, Kathleen calls herself Michelle and starts her new life with Luther in an isolated cabin in the wilderness. Luther can’t believe his luck when his beautiful bride arrives, but something doesn’t feel right about his new wife. Michelle has terrifying nightmares involving a man named Roger and is reluctant to talk about where she came from.

Luther’s friend, Redfeather visits and tries to convince Luther to send Michelle back east. Distrusting Michelle, he warns Luther that his bride is not what she seems. But Luther is in love with Michelle, and he is harboring a secret of his own—one that might force Michelle to reject him when she learns the truth.

Michelle falls in love with Luther and adapts to her new way of life. Together, they face off against brutal townspeople and overcome harsh living conditions. When they finally give in to their desires and agree to become a proper man and wife, a dark figure from Michelle’s past resurfaces and threatens to destroy everything.



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Comment by Scott on January 7, 2017 at 1:20am

Hi All,

My name is Scott Collins and I recently published a kid's book in Amazon called “FINDING LEAH'S LIGHT.”

The book is a beautifully illustrated and delightful tale about Leah, a different firefly. Different because Leah has no light and embarks on a search through the forest insect world in search of her light.

The book is having a free promotion on Amazon from January 5th to 9th. I thought you might be interested in announcing the free run to your readers on the first day, a great way for you to give something of value to your readers for free.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

Have a great day!

Scott Collins


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