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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 CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 17, 2018 at 3:02pm
As a parent, do any of you struggle like we did trying to find interesting kids books that teach obedience or telling the truth, sharing, being a good friend without being preachy or boring. We bought an entire series of kids books and would dread when our kids asked us to read one of them because they were hard to read and frankly not very interesting or realistic.
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There are great kids books out there but the ones that make me want to pick them up again and again are the ones that are more realistic and even make me laugh a little because it may be real but it’s humorous. 
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You read a kids book and a scene from the book makes you smile and say, “Yep, mine have done that,” or “I can see mine doing that too.” You can relate.  It’s like the author actually has kids and has gone through what you are experiencing and knows how you feel.
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Even if your child is already reading on their own, doesn’t it make you smile when you hear them laugh because they are reading and enjoying it. When they ask questions about a character who goes through some of these examples, that opens up conversations for you to share about honesty, bullying, obedience, selfishness, gossiping and so much more.
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Sometimes kids have a hard time admitting they make many of these mistakes but if you can take the character and talk about them and how they were a bad sport or they were wasteful, or greedy, or destructible with their toys, it helps the child realize how they have been doing the same thing. It can open up conversations for you to share with your child the right way to handle a certain situation.
As a parent of three, I wanted my children and others as well to be able to enjoy reading while learning a valuable lesson about real life situations. 
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Please check out Changed By a Catch and have fun reading about a young boy named JJ and his two sisters. JJ is prone to mischief but learns valuable lessons in the end. He deals with disobedience, strangers, and not judging others by outward appearance.
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Stay tuned for Book two called Caught in a Cycle which deals with lying and bullying, both prevalent in today’s society!
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Happy Reading! - Amy B. Crowe
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 17, 2018 at 2:59pm

More than any inspired sermon or theologically correct teaching, there's but one, prevailing message which clearly emanates throughout the entirety of the scriptures: Our loving, Heavenly Father is desperately yearning to touch his broken and fallen creation!

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Before this can happen, however, from the chosen mouthpiece of a prophetic, firstfruits company, there must first and foremost resound an eye-opening message of earth-shaking significance, for the somber, sleeping church--which he shall ultimately work through--must first be awakened into the image of God! A splitting of the Adam must eventually take place within the ever-longing hearts of his beloved children! Yes indeed, my friend, a splitting of the Adam must inevitably take place within you!
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Join us now, if you dare, beloved, as author and teacher Don Felumlee proclaims a fresh, divine perspective of the coming of the Lord!

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Get your copy of The Splitting of the Adam: It’s Time to Awaken at Amazon.

Comment by 4-LAN on October 17, 2018 at 2:51pm

I Need Your Vote!

https://www.indiesunlimited.com/2018/10/17/which-the-hawk-flash-fic...

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Please head over to Indies Unlimited and vote for Lance Edmonds on this week's flash fiction challenge. Thank you!

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 4, 2018 at 11:34am

Asian Connections: A Mystery Crime Novel that takes readers by surprise in this fast-paced, suspense thriller, filled with intrigue, international espionage, adultery, professional hit men, murder, and a series of clues, each one more puzzling and bizarre than the last.
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Asian Connections: A Mystery Crime Novel

 

Comment by E. G. Manetti on October 4, 2018 at 11:32am

Voted.  Good Luck 4-lan!

Comment by 4-LAN on October 4, 2018 at 11:30am

I need your vote! Please follow the link below and head over to Indies Unlimited and vote for Lance Edmonds for the 'Sam the Ram' flash fiction contest. Polls close at 5PM!

Thank you everyone!

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Comment by 4-LAN on September 29, 2018 at 9:23pm
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 27, 2018 at 2:39pm

Healing Hands, Healing Heart: The Dr. Eleanore Kue Story shares one woman’s amazing testimony as a culture changer and how God led this woman from Cameroon, Africa to the United States to become a doctor, missionary, church planter and pastor. Her story is truly remarkable, and she is a gift from God to those she meets and treats in her health clinic in South Lansing, Michigan, providing physical healing, but also to the heart, mind and soul through the preaching of the Gospel and Jesus.
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With an amazing ministry and calling, Dr. Eleanore Kue’s health clinic has provided more than 45,000 medical appointments to over 15, 000 individuals in the 8 years it has been open. She treats the underprivileged and uninsured, the poor, single moms, drug addicts, those who are homeless, drug dealers, gang members, ex-convicts and prostitutes. Dr. Eleanore Kue is an inspiring woman who believes in ministering to the “whole” body, treating not only the physical, but the spiritual and emotional as well.
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Intertwined in the pages is her life story, including her upbringing from a dysfunctional, nominally Christian home and the culture she was brought up in, in Africa. Her life has not been easy and three attributes have been to her benefit, as mentioned by the book’s forewording author, that have kept Dr. Kue from not growing weary in well-doing. They are: courage, tenacity and compassion. 
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Reading this book will help the readers understand that this “perseverance” is what needs to be developed if they believe they are called to ministry. This book will delight and impress you, as this woman is one determined lady.  She truly is an inspiration and one of God’s trophies! She is a model to those who call themselves servants of God as well. Her strong work ethic and dedication to prayer, are also quite noteworthy!  And her work ethic is an inspiration to mom’s all around the world…truly amazing!
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The book focuses on the reader, in that each chapter is designed as interactive devotional, challenging readers with discussion questions to probe into their own lives, bringing healing, forgiveness and restoration. Her book is written with a sense of discovery for the journey to one’s purpose in God, life and their world around them. With a “Survivor’s Creed” readers are encouraged to press on in God.  She gives understanding to women and encourages them to find their identity, security and freedom in Christ. She also addresses issues in life that weight us down, helps readers to identify and the book gives hope to solutions, setting a Biblical standard for marriage and relationships.
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Healing Hands, Healing Heart at Amazon or as a download in Kindle. For more information visit Eleanore Kue.
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A CBM Book Review -10.0 out of 10+ Stars

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on August 21, 2018 at 12:30pm

Finding Heaven by Dr. Edward Mrkvicka, Jr., D.D. (h.c.) with Kelly Mrkvicka Bihlmaier speaks about finding the meaning of life and discusses the pathway to heaven. 
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Beginning with Matthew 7:13-14 stating, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” This book is about one’s belief system in God. With Biblical integrity, coupled with wisdom and common sense, the author truthfully states that your choices on Earth will affect your eternity. Intriguing, and filled with Scripture that explain the purpose of life on Earth, this book gives a road map to finding God and knowing God, finding salvation, obeying God and discovering true purpose in life through the knowledge of God and His Word.
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The book is further dedicated to those that would believe that (as stated by the author), “The deception of Satan tells us that all we need to do to be with Christ for eternity is believe.” In that statement, he addresses, what is sometimes called “cheap grace.” This is where one believes not in repentance, but the forgiveness of sins without a turning away from sin, known as true repentance from the heart. Further discussing other beliefs such as non-belief, as in Atheism, and other beliefs about God that include such theories as “The Big Bang Theory”, the authors sequentially address all of the roads that one may “think” leads them to God and to heaven.
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The authors further address the issue of hope and the “looking for love in all the wrong places,” as the old saying goes and gives readers a choice with thought-provoking analysis, what are you searching for knowing that when you die you can’t take anything with you? Material wealth is of no consequence after one dies, thus one path leads to life (salvation and eternity in heaven); and the other path is broad, leading many to an untimely and destructive end. The broad path is deceiving, in such Edward Mrkvicka addresses the heart and mind attitudes that may lead one on that path. 
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Stating their case for God throughout (i.e. creation), readers are offered knowledge of Who God is according to the “God of the Bible,” not what they may want God to be in their mind. Then the book gives readers an understanding of salvation and why it is so important to be saved. Everyone wants to go to heaven and the reality is that not everyone will go. His book is written to inform, exhort, instruct, encourage and to inspire those that would choose this temporal world over the truth of the God of creation, Who sent His only Son to save all for those who would believe. (Paraphrased John 3:16).
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Get your copy of Finding Heaven at Amazon or in Kindle.

Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on August 21, 2018 at 12:02pm

 

NEW HORROR RELEASE

Hi everyone!

My latest horror story, “Nightmare in the North” was just released. This novella is a cautionary tale about traveling alone in the winter. 

 

NIGHTMARE IN THE NORTH

Stranded during a violent blizzard, Mark hikes to the only house nearby. George, a well-mannered University professor, welcomes Mark and gives him shelter from the storm.

By morning, Mark suspects that everything isn’t what it seems. George’s adult daughter, Kate, who also lives in the house, shares a disturbing and unsettling tale. When questioned, George insists that Kate has a psychological issue and can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

Mark quickly finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse. Who should he believe? Is Kate’s desperate plea for help sincere? Should he be suspicious of George? Or are both of them plotting something together?

Isolated from everyone, Mark is forced to wait out the storm—and find a way to escape—if he hopes to make it out alive.

 

Order your copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G9QD45X

All other platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/m2vqOk

Visit my site www.KelliWilkins.com and blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of my writings.

ALSO JUST RELEASED…

I just uploaded my NEW writing course to Teachable. If you’ve always wanted to write, FICTION WRITING FOR BEGINNERS will get you started. Visit the course page here: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/

 

 

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