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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 14, 2016 at 11:36am
Big Bang Theology: God’s Purpose for Creation
Dr. WM D’Leoni
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0
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Big Bang Theology: God’s Purpose for Creation by Dr. WM D’Leoni offers readers (college age and above) insight into God’s purpose for their lives. With a creative twist, the book is named, dubbed after the Evolutionist’s Big Bang, recalibrated into theBig Bang Theology. Written in Epistle form (letter format), like the Epistles in the Bible, the author, a college professor speaks to his audience in the hopes that they will find salvation and purpose for their lives. 
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Within his read, the targeted collegial audience is just beginning their independent life and careers, as the author presents important life questions that he answers with compassion and scripture verses. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Who is God and what is a spiritual reboot? The author makes his book fun and interesting, while giving a biblical foundation to those that wonder what God’s purpose is for Creation and mankind.
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Intertwined with faith-building guidance and Scripture, the book is easily divided into 6 chapters such as: The Purpose of Creation, Big Bang Love, Big Bang Faith, Big Bang Hope, Big Bang Reverberations and Big Bang Ruminations. The author offers a fantastic read that helps readers fully understand faith, hope, eternal life, not being conformed to the world’s standards that give sound advice to readers. The author offers a keen biblical understanding to being born again, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, the realities on Heaven and Hell, offering a real-life guide as to how to live life according to God’s ways, not man’s. The author writes with many years of wisdom, explaining in layman’s terms in such a way, this book will surely grab youths’ attention. For example, The Most Expensive Christmas Present, is the author’s way of speaking loud and clear to our youth about the birth of Jesus Christ and why this present is so important to them. Reading his book is like getting sound advice, in an interesting way, from a wise old grandfather.
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For several reasons listed in the book, the author has a clear purpose in writing to his targeted audience (his past and present) collage age and young adult students. Mainly, he wants others to understand their purpose and live fully as God intended, alive to the Spirit and saved. 
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This book comes highly recommended for not only “Big Bang Theory” fans (the author’s personal favorite TV show), but the many college age students who want to understand what their place and purpose is in all of God’s great Creation.
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A wonderful, well-rounded, biblical read that has the potential to reach those Millennials out there for Christ without boring them to death! Well done!
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on December 14, 2016 at 1:42am
Dr. Nadine A. Forrest offers a new book on the manifest blessings of God available through divine principles ~ Many Christians live a life where they try to pursue God's blessings like Charlie Brown attempting to get the football, only to have it pulled away at the last moment. The reason is they believe blessings are something they can only receive by earning God's favor by doing a list of good works of some kind.
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In Manifest Blessings, Dr. Nadine A. Forrest shows from the Scriptures the wonderful truth that God's blessings are already in a Christian's life, and are just waiting to be discovered and manifested. Using scores of Bible references, Manifest Blessings provides a road map for uncovering the hidden treasures that exists in every person's spiritual field that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13.
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Dr. Nadine A. Forrest is an Apostle, teacher, and preacher whom was raised in Brooklyn, NY. As a young child, she was shy, yet very poetic and expressive. She was raised in a family of nine: six brothers and two sisters. Dr. Forrest, who is also the Senior Pastor of Bringing Back Pentecost Outreach Ministries, has preached extensively and internationally and now seeks to move into the new call of being an Author. 
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This will be the first of many books to be written by Dr. Forrest who holds an honorary D.D. and also double Bachelors in Theology and Religious Education. Dr. Forrest's desire is that Manifest Blessings and all books to come will help to change the hearts and minds of God's people and lead them to greater discovery of what He has for us.
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Order your copy of Manifest Blessings at Amazon or in Kindle. For some life changing ministry visit Bringing Back Pentecost.
Comment by 4-LAN on November 21, 2016 at 10:29am

Stuffing by [Paolini, Stephen R.]

https://www.amazon.com/Stuffing-Stephen-R-Paolini-ebook/dp/B01N06LX...

New short horror story in time for Thanksgiving!

Comment by 4-LAN on November 3, 2016 at 9:59am

Heart of the Raven: Mini Prologue Collection by [Naylor, Joleene]

Much like Joleene’s Vampire Morsels, The Mini-Prologue Collection for Heart of the Raven gives the reader a wide variety of characters from Ms. Naylor’s Amaranthine universe. The common thread in all these shorts is the build up for the 5th installment in the series.

It looks like events will be transpiring across two continents in Heart of the Raven, bringing the Amaranthine series into a global undead development. New players are being added to the mix, as well as more character developments for older favorites of the cast. A new leader heads the Executioners while Malick starts his own new faction. It looks like turmoil is brewing once again as Kateline, Jorick and Verchiel prepare for their new mission in Europe.

Great variety and fast paced, The Mini Prologue Collection for Heart of the Raven is an essential guide for maneuvering the complexities of the ever changing series.

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Raven-Mini-Prologue-Collection-ebook/d...

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 27, 2016 at 12:58pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
A CBM Christian Author Press Release
Fort Worth - Texas, Author, Painter of Horses, Chuck DeHann releases The Makin' of a Cowboy Evangelist.
Eric is a young cowboy in his mid-twenties, a drifter, in search of purpose in his life. He seeks to fill the emptiness that he feels in his soul and has questions that are burning deep within him. Stumbling upon a bookstore and a Bible, and with the help of a friendly clerk, his questions get answered. He has found a new friend, the Bible and God! 
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Coupled with original, hand-sketched artwork by the author, each chapter leads the reader on the adventure of a lifetime. Eventually finding his life purpose, this delightful read reveals God’s amazing love for all His creation and invites you to begin on your own God adventure.
As a Horse Trainer, Rodeo Contestant, cutting and reining horse trainer, Chuck DeHaan’s book sheds light on God’s salvation through His Word, the Bible. Showcasing the Bible and the great peace that is available to everyone through Jesus Christ, this book is captivating and inspiring with a Western theme throughout. Well-written and fast-paced, readers will enjoy this young man’s search for true meaning in life. 
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To see Chuck’s paintings be sure to visit him at his site, Chuck DeHaan. You may order The Makin' of a Cowboy Evangelist at Amazon.
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on October 26, 2016 at 10:22am
Christian author, Amy B. Crowe, releases Changed By a Catch ~ What happens to an ordinary day when a young boy decides to do things his own way?  White dogs turn red, carpet is ruined, a briefcase is never going to be the same, and an eye looks like it ran into a big ink pad.  JJ is a young boy who faces some tough decisions.  What do you do if a stranger comes to your door? Do you obey your parents when they ask you to do something that doesn't seem important? Is it OK to give out information that could allow someone to get into your home? Do you have certain opinions about people because they may not be like you? JJ's parents have rules to teach him safety and help him avoid getting hurt, but he chooses to disobey. JJ learns a valuable lesson the hard way and realizes in the end never to underestimate anyone.  
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This book makes a wonderful gift. Be sure to order extra copies for birthday party give-aways and the Christmas holiday season.
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Get your copy of Changed By a Catch at Amazon, in Kindle at Barnes and Noble and other fine online bookstores.
Comment by Neenah Davis-Wilson on October 17, 2016 at 12:41am

The past weekend for actress Thomasyna Tollefson has not been a pleasant one. Wasn’t a good one for Dr. Stephan Deverill, DVM either.

Not only has Stephan’s cousin Charley Ascott run off with most of Thomi’s money and a good deal of her dignity, he’s run off with Stephan’s fiancée, Aveleen Hallwell—leaving Thomi with nightmares and deep, deep regrets, and Stephan with a dilemma and a determination to beat Charley at his own game.

Plainly, there’s only one way to accomplish that—charm Thomasyna out to dinner, into an engagement . . . and ultimately marriage.

With Thomi, he would have a much better chance at meeting the terms of his grandfather’s altered will on time. For certainly she’d have no wish to be in Charley’s company again in her lifetime!

Entirely true. But then, she hasn’t any wish to be in Stephan’s either! A handsome face, sweet, sweet smile, eyes the color of a summer sky and a fascinatingly hypnotic voice that could charm a cobra up the sharp side of a butcher knife could only mean more drama and heartache!

The only drama she’s interested in now is Littleton-by-the-Sea’s Summer Benefit play; the proceeds of which will allow the family of frail seven-year-old Jaimee Shaine Kelmann to seek further treatment for her serious heart condition.

However, a riding accident and a lengthy hospital stay open fresh opportunities for Stephan to storm her defenses. His gentle, yet firm, persuasiveness, his infinite patience, besides those other obvious charms, begins to take her wall down, brick by brick. Indeed, the exasperated hospital staff and a few members of her family believe this man could be a life changing miracle for her.

Thomi’s torn between that belief herself and that one of he can’t possibly be different from her former suitors. He’s Charley’s cousin after all!

Just as she’s giving in to her Heart’s desire, tabloids begin hitting the stands, offering the world their speculations and views about Thomi’s newest relationship . . . leaking “secret” information Stephan has so far withheld from her.

These new developments threaten to interfere with Thomi’s involvement with the summer benefit play.

With her Mind and her Heart at war, her loyalties become hopelessly divided.

Should she stand with her man and declare finally to the public that she is truly irrevocably in love with him?

Or ought she to stay with the play because, after all, she’d sworn a Big Time Promise to Jaimee that she would without fail star in this production in her honor before she’d ever met Stephan?

If these things weren’t enough to scramble her brains, Thomi learns that there are other issues at stake here, more complicated than simply saving Papa Ascott’s fortune from going to the wolves.

Most assuredly, it’s a situation of damned if she gives in—damned if she does not . . .

Kindle Edition available at Amazon:

$3.75

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CC16GU

 

Also available from iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and Barnes and Noble

ISBN 9780971094147

Comment by Anita M Shaw on October 16, 2016 at 11:32pm

The Kingsley twins’ 5th grade class has a big problem—Ralph Henry Dalton, the Biggest Loudest Braggart of All Time!

The whole class has  of his boasts, so Jerrianna schemes to bring Ralph Henry to his knees. How? By hosting an air hockey tournament in their basement, and ultimately pitting him against her wonder cat, Snowshoe Mal.

Behind her back, pessimist Jeoffrey plots Malley’s disappearance. Why? Because the stupid cat plays only if she wants to, and Ralph Henry is deadly at the game—or at least, he says he is.  This plan of Jerri’s is Doomed to being the Biggest Disaster in the History of Mankind!

Making matters worse, their moms were rivals as kids. Looks like Ralph Henry isn’t the only one needing an attitude adjustment!

Okay, Get that cat in here! Right now! One of these loudmouth braggers has to be thoroughly trounced her! Right now, Malley! Before the pizzas get here!

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

Oh sure, doesn’t it figure . . . Malley’s disappeared without Jeoffrey’s help!

Kindle Edition $3.75 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003CJU1VE

Also available at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and Nook.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on September 28, 2016 at 11:45pm
The Enemy Inside: Reflections of Me by Bill Balbach speaks of unforeseen calamity that can strike. Our attitude plummets, or suddenly a harmless pastime becomes a destructive habit. 
Overwhelmed by the consequences of a broken world, we look for someone or something to blame, while the real enemy lurks inside. We are all victims of a fierce battle that wages within our hearts.   Could it be that we’ve lost our true identity in Jesus, only to find ourselves in a state of spiritual isolation? 
Author Bill Balbach takes an aerial shot of David and Saul’s journey, providing an intuitive glimpse into the inner difficulties we all face as we try to free ourselves from selfish ambition and to give the full authority of our lives to Jesus.   It’s time for us to be honest with the enemy that lurks within us all—sin—as we let go of our self-will and embrace God’s powerful will through Jesus. - A must read!
You may get your copy of The Enemy Inside at AmazonBarnes and Noble or in Kindle. Be sure to visit Bill Balbach at My Self Defined for more information.
Comment by Kelli A. Wilkins on September 20, 2016 at 5:10pm

Hi everyone,

Today I’m sharing a look at my new Medallion Press historical western, LIES, LOVE & REDEMPTION. This full-length novel is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877 and blends a steamy romance with mystery, and danger.

Here’s the summary:

Lies, Love & Redemption

Shot and left for dead, Sam Hixton stumbles into a general store on the Nebraska prairie and collapses into the arms of Cassie Wilcox.

Cassie’s world is turned upside down when the handsome stranger drops into her life. Sam is another complication she doesn’t need: her business is dying and her trouble with the townspeople is escalating. Yet she’s determined to keep the store open — no matter what the cost.

As Sam recovers from his injuries, he hides the truth about his identity and convinces Cassie to let him work in the store. He’s attracted to her and admires her independent nature but quickly realizes Cassie’s in way over her head. They fight their growing attraction, and Cassie questions whether she can trust her fragile heart to a mysterious stranger. Will he accept her once he knows about her troubled past?

Cassie resists Sam’s advances and represses her feelings until one fateful night when they give in to their fiery passion. Together, they work out a plan to save the store but find their efforts are thwarted—and their lives endangered—by the locals.

Sam’s secret returns to haunt him and pulls him away just when Cassie needs him the most. Will he regain her trust when she learns the truth? Cassie has everything invested in the store—can she save it and find true love with Sam before it’s too late?

Order your copy of Lies, Love & Redemption here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lies-Love-Redemption-Kelli-Wilkins-ebook/dp/...

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-love-and-redemption-kelli-a-wi...

 

Read more about the book and get links to other platforms here:

http://medallionpress.com/books/lies-love-redemption/

 

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