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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 December 31, 2016 at 4:22pm
Bob Palumbo writes Unlocking Creation: God’s True Nature Revealed. Ever wondered about how the world came to be? About gravity? About science? Who God is and what it all means to you?
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The author invites readers to discover with him through a journey of key Biblical insights that reveal scriptural truths, presenting God as the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
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Shedding light on Creation, the Cosmos, our humanity, our will, and our emotions, thus revealing the majestic nature of God and His plan, the author looks at Genesis to Revelation. Stating that God is the Grand Designer and Divine Creator, the author offers scripture verses proclaiming that all of Creation speaks boldly. Explaining this, God’s Divine order and balance of the Universe is presented throughout as the author offers a Biblical view of history and important Biblical figures.
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Intertwined as chapter titles are songs that bring deeper meaning and an enjoyable read. Eye-opening, this book gives answers through the exploration of Who God is and His nature thus revealing Truth and the truth of God’s Word. As the author states, The goal is to help us learn what to look for and where to find these clues that our Creator has revealed about Himself and His character for those who diligently seek Him.
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Beginning with witty analogies by the author from the infamous movie, The Wizard of Oz, gives readers clues as the author speaks that there is someone Who is behind the curtain. Although, He is not a fraud, but is the Truth of all that we are and all that we see in Creation. Divided into four parts: In the Beginning, In His Own Image, In His Infinite Wisdom, and In the End, the book relates the will, humanity, the importance of making the right choices, and God’s divine plan for salvation, noting that we are all created in His image and were meant to be Christ-like.
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Song titles that enhance each chapter are: Here Comes the Sun, Starry Starry Night, Beautiful Noise, Cold As Ice, I Wanna Be Like You, Love is in the Air, Let’s Stay Together, Cat’s In Cradle, Keeper of the Stars, If You Want Me To, Gotta Serve Somebody, Born to Fly, Angels Among Us, and Love Can Build a Bridgerelate our story and God’s desire to be in Holy communion with us. Concluding with Afterthoughts: Sunset, the author lovingly ends the book with an invitation to salvation and offers hope with a warm imagery of a sunset. The book brings great understanding as to who we were created for, who God is, and encourages all readers that we all have purpose and meaning in this thing called life. And last, but not least, that all is well with the soul when God is in the midst. 10.0 stars ~ CBM 
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Available at AmazonKindle or visit Unlocking Creation.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 29, 2016 at 3:57pm

An Intense Read.

Title: Mantis Force – Fiero One
By: R. J. Amezcua
ISBN #978-0-9980748-0-1
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Mantis Force: Fiero One by R.J. Amezcua is Book One of a 3-part Sci-Fi action thriller series called the Fiero Series. Taking readers on a fantastic exploration into the past, present and future ages and galaxies of Quintástraya, a group of 5 galactic systems, the book begins in “The year of our Lord 2068”.
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The rise and fall of good versus evil catapult readers into an exciting futuristic space thriller as the end of the Second Age of the Quintástraya draws near. The Guardian victories have come to an end and a new age is dawning, but not before an ancient prophecy begins to unfold. One that comes from the deep recesses of space known as the Dead Zone. Dark forces and lawlessness are at work, and threatening this hostile take over is Captain Asafa and his crew of the Osparatta that are destined to hold back the darkness until reinforcements arrive.
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Majestic characters, good and bad, noble and evil, intertwine this galactic journey into the deep recess of space filled with battles, sub-plots and intrigue that lead readers into climatic journeys across the ages of time.  Filled with creative imagery, dark forces of the spiritual realms, visible and invisible, sorcery, intrigue, Biblical overtones, suspense and a plethora of new vocabulary encompass this read.
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As the depleted resources of Captain Asafa’s ship and crew, additionally weathering many weary battles, Captain Asafa remains steadfast. Along the way, the author takes the readers to exploits, galaxies and planets. Abba El is introduced as the all-loving Father. Reflecting Biblical figures and parallels embodied in the Bible, this is a Sci-Fi thriller has many unique characters and inspiring scenes that depict a multi-dimensional existence that draws readers into an epic battle for as good that is surely colliding with evil forces that threatens the life of every inhabitant and “every single human and alien race in the Quintástraya.”  
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Highly recommended page turner for science fiction lovers. This read would make a fantastic movie.
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Order your copy of Mantis Force – Fiero One at Amazon, in Kindle and at other fine online bookstores. Be sure to visit R. J. Amezcua at Mantis Force.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 28, 2016 at 10:23am
Momma, Momma, Who Made the Stars? by Rosa Purcell shares an endearing story of a young field mouse named Stella. One night Stella looked up at the stars and she wondered to herself, who made all the beautiful and bright shiny stars? Her mother answers her young daughter with wisdom and kindness in a rhythmic poetry throughout the book that will keep little one’s attention. She explains that God made all the stars in the sky and that He created everything – all of Creation. This book is a great way to teach little one’s about God, Creation and to encourage little one’s that it is wonderful to “wonder” about God.
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Written for the age bracket of 3 to 11, little children will come to understand that God made our world and everything we see. With colorful illustrations, little one’s will love Stella the field mouse who has many questions for her mother. Just the right length before bedtime, everyone will enjoy Stella’s pure innocence and natural born curiosity.
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You may get your copy of Momma, Momma, Who Made the Stars? at Amazon and in Kindle. Visit the author at Rosa Purcell.~ A highly recommended read 
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Momma, Momma, Who Made the Stars?
By: Rosa Purcell
ISBN#978-1-4834-4334-8
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 22, 2016 at 6:00pm
Author Jeff Barnhardt 
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Inspiring, encouraging - designed to empower and equip you to be everything you were created to be.
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The author offers those who have lost hope or that are feeling disillusioned by life beginning with encouragement from Scripture as stated in Romans 8:28 (NLT), And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
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He then proposes an astounding revelation that will bring much hope to those who read this book: You have the ability to choose. This may sound trivial to some, but it sheds light on the fact that circumstances or past mistakes do not define who you are “Destined to Be” in God.
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With this fresh insight and sound Biblical wisdom this book is a practical read that announces to all readers individually that, You are not the sum total of all your past experience and circumstances and you have the opportunity to choose the direction of your life. Shedding light that many are at a crossroads in their life, the author re-focuses and brings powerful transformation in the lives of others by pointing them into their God-given destiny with a practical guide map developed from Scripture. 
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Divided into two parts, with nine keys, such chapters included are: The Development Process (Part A & B), The Enemy of Your Destiny, From Everest to Africa, Destiny is a Team Sport, & God’s Positioning System, The Penguin King, Breaking Past the Barriers, The Pinocchio Trap,  & The Leap, the author gives readers a road map to finding your destiny in God’s purpose for your life, while offering advice on avoiding pitfalls and traps of the enemy. The author additionally speaks on such facets of the Kingdom such as: balance, the Armor of God, perseverance, unity, faith, trust, forgiveness, overcoming rejection, fear and false beliefs, healing of heart wounds and unforgiveness versus forgiveness. God’s provision and identity in Christ is boldly proclaimed as repentance, courage, and focus bring sound Biblical wisdom to the reader. The author has done an incredible job with outlining Kingdom principles that are designed to encourage, build faith, and offer Biblical guidance to the reader that ushers in transition from existence to destiny. 
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I cannot recommend this book enough. . . why? The author states the Truth (and offers Biblical, yet down to Earth advice) without being overly critical or judgmental. He lets people know the real pursuits in life, and gives a practical pathway to get there. His book is also based on firm Biblical principles of the Kingdom of God that will lead to increased peace, fruitfulness and joy. With that said, this is an easy-to-read book that brings to light scriptural truths in layman’s terms, that will lead to righteous living. Reading this book will bring God’s blessings for those that follow through with an open and obedient heart. I also believe this book is going help those that are stuck in the mud to get out while they unlock their true potential in their God given destiny. Get your copy of Destined to Be at Amazon
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 19, 2016 at 8:36pm
Walking with Angels & Dragons: The Midwife’s Heritage (Book 1) offers insight into the heavenly realms, the Father’s heart for all, and focuses on the Intercessor’s role as a Midwife. With true-life experiences of those who have experienced the supernatural realm, including those who have had encounters with the angelic and the demonic,
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You may get your copy of Walking with Angels & Dragons at Amazon.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 19, 2016 at 2:03pm
Many Will Be Deceived
Russell Ian Jones
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Many Will Be Deceived by Russell Ian Jones is eye-opening read that speaks of Jesus’ return, the Last Days and the co-mingling of false teachings, influences and interpretation of Scripture that has led to a widespread deception amongst Christians. 
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Get your copy of Many Will Be Deceived at Amazon , You may visit Russell Ian Jones at Voice of the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 17, 2016 at 4:26pm

A Perfect Read For The Children.

Little Sister’s First Christmas by Bob Connally shares a short and endearing story from the perspective of TJ, Maria’s 7 year-old big brother.
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This year, it’s Maria’s first Christmas. TJ really wants to make sure his little sister has what she wants for Christmas. During a trip to the Mall and a visit with Santa, TJ decides that he must take charge for Maria (since she can’t talk) and write Santa a letter! Santa said that was fine as long as he sends the letter before Christmas Eve. 
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Life was really busy after that with decorating, Christmas cooking and school plays, that he forgot.  All of the sudden Christmas Eve arrived.  TJ felt guilty and feels like his sister won’t even get a present for Christmas at all. He continues to worry and wonder what to do. He even has bad dreams about the way things could end up.
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During the course of all this going on in TJ's mind, his parents are unaware of what TJ is experiencing and all of those feelings of guilt come out Christmas morning and TJ finds out that his fears were unfounded. Maria received many presents from Santa and all of their grandmas and grandpas. 
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TJ draws a special picture for Maria of the yellow hippo that TJ believed Maria had wanted that he saw in the Mall. Hearing those first words, “Big Brubber” made all the difference as TJ learns the value of love. Love is special. It is to be cherished and on Christmas, the most important thing is to have love and unity in a family. 
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This story encourages all to be a family, and to love one another deeply, to love Jesus, to enjoy going to church in a simple genre – through the heart and soul of an innocent 7-year-old boy named TJ.
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A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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A highly recommended read! - Order your copy of Little Sister’s First Christmas at Amazon, in Kindle or at Barnes and Noble.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 16, 2016 at 4:17pm
Redeemed to Live! by Debi Capito-Young shares an incredible love story of redemption and restoration of the life and family of Debi Capito-Young.
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A Northwest country girl at heart, Debi grew up Washington State in a strong Christian family that gave her a solid foundation with Jesus. As an adult, tragedy struck, and her 10 year- old daughter was suddenly gone in a tragic accident without saying good-bye.
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Debi retells the journey of heartbreak and loss from that fateful day in October that changed everything. Shattering and heart-wrenching, this book will grab your heart from the beginning as she describes the events that led up to a loss so great, that it took her down a road of despair and hopelessness from which she thought there would be no end. Revealing that broken dreams and shattered lives can be rebuilt again, this book deals with such subjects as: grief, loss, hopelessness, despair and gives readers hope through the restoring and redeeming love of Jesus.
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Her journey brings readers the reality of God’s presence, His heavy transforming glory and gives insight on how to become unstuck that brought Debi and her family hope, ministry and purpose. Her message is about finding that abundant life that Jesus speaks about in John 10:10 and leading others into that same joy to get them unstuck from wherever they may find themselves. Real and raw emotions flourish from the beginning, and chapter two, coupled with the following chapters highlight “golden nuggets”, a trip to the Toronto Blessing in Canada and much more that changed her families’ lives. Along this path the author gives awe-inspiring accounts of the supernatural, turning hearts to Jesus. Jesus, angels, coupled with dreams and encounters kept her alive and sane, and the Holy Spirit
transformed both her and her husband, catapulting them into ministry.
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edeemed to Live! is one of those amazing true-life testimonies of tragic loss that brings the reality of Heaven and life beyond this Earth into better perspective. From this book readers gain a better understanding of the warfare that is waged here on Earth. Although tragic, her journey is shared with a genuine heart and without embellishment. As you will learn, Heaven is more real than you ever thought, God is closer than you ever thought and those who find this abundant life in Jesus are made alive again in Him. This is an amazing story of RESTORATION.
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Highly recommended for anyone who has suffered any tragic loss in their life and for those that need help getting back on track to living again. The encounters of the supernatural, coupled with encouragement and Biblical wisdom, will help others to have hope again, knowing that Jesus is our Comforter, our Redeemer and very much a part of all of our lives! Redeemed to Live! by Debi Capito-Young is available at Amazon and in Kindle
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 15, 2016 at 3:29pm
Abduction: How Liberalism Steals our Children’s Hearts and Minds by Steven Feazel and Dr. Carol M. Swain reveals an intriguing read that will shock you. Exposing the deception posed as “Liberalism” that is infiltrating our educational system, media, and political arenas, the authors shed light on the effect of this agenda upon our future generation and the youth of America.
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This sway is far from God and godly principles, as the book brings readers up-to-date of the trends of our American culture that have led us into Liberalism, they candidly reveal the undertow that is sweeping across our culture and country. Consequently, more and more of society is swinging to the far Left that brings a modernized, humanistic and secular worldview that is currently leading our innocent children (and society) as a whole, down a corrupt path. Disguised as Liberalism (and known as “The New Morality”), this has become the Christian faith’s new enemy. The acceptance of this agenda has become so entrenched in our society, the authors have written a book to arm parents and to announce that it’s time to fight for our future generations before it’s too late. 
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This new mindset known as The New Morality, as the authors give accounts of events and statistics, state that Liberalism is destabilizing the family and future generations through the propagation of lies, some subtle in degrees, that degrade society and is leading our youth to make wrong choices apart from God. Historically, this path of destruction sways far from biblical truth and masquerades that evil is in fact “good”, and if it feels right, do it. Revealing agendas of certain institutions in the educational system, under the guise of Liberalism and all for political gain, this book brings a deeper insight into a mindset that steals our children’s hearts and minds away from the truth.
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This is an important book for our society and comes highly recommended to every parent that stands for righteousness, who desires an America that embraces our Founding Fathers’ vision of America and to those parents that want to see strong Christian families to become the majority again.
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Get your copy of Abduction at AmazonKindleBarnes and Noble and other fine online bookstores. For more information about the author and the book, visit Cultural War Book also available as an audio or paperback and can be purchased from the author's website Be The People TV
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 14, 2016 at 9:54pm
Title: The Kingdom of Christ
By: Chun J. Kim
ISBN#9781498414142
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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The Kingdom of Christ by Chun J. Kim presents an easy-to-read overview of the Bible. With keen insight, the author begins with the use of Key Verses, Biblical Commentary, and the Greek root word meanings, that state that the Bible is meant for every human being.
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Explaining God’s purposes, promises, and Eternity through creation, the author begins from Genesis, The Promise to Abraham and his seed, then proceeds to the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. This book helps readers understand the two kingdoms that coincide within the earthly realm and that of the spirit. Shedding light on the dimensional translation and the awakening of man’s spirit from living in the flesh (Satan’s domain) to living in the Spirit (the Kingdom of Christ), thus bringing truth and God’s Word into light. Thus, revealing God’s plans and purposes for all of mankind, this book offers an easily understood explanation of the Word of God, eternity and what that means to you.
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Offering a keen explanation of why living in the Spirit is so important now, believers and unbelievers alike, will come to understand the Bible in such a way that brings life and hope to all.
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This is an important book that explains the purpose of the Bible, the functionality of the Old and New Testament to that brings a deeper understanding of the mysteries of God in an easy readable format. The author presents basic concepts that are easily understood and splits the Bible up into several different categories such as: Purpose, Key Verses, The Word of God, God’s Promises for Eternity,Abraham and his seed, the Spirit, and the fulfillment that we have In Jesus Christ.
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Additional chapters speak of: God’s Promise Of The Spirit, God's Mystery Revealed, Jesus Christ's Return by the Holy Spirit, We Are Raised with Jesus Christ, Promise of Sonship, We Become Sons of God with Christ, , God’s Promise Was Fulfilled In Jesus Christ, Trasnlated to the Kingdom of God by the Holy Spirit, Heirs of the Kingdom of God, Worship of God Being In One Spirit with Christ  and explains Old and New Testaments to reveal God’s plan for all mankind and creation. A must read for all ~ CBM Book Reviews
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Get your copy of The Kingdom of Christ at Amazon, in Kindle and at other fine online bookstores.
 

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