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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 Friday

From Alpha to Omega: An Overview of the Bible by Stanley D. Rasberry offers to readers a “short handbook of the Bible” to assist readers in understanding the Bible, from beginning to end. 
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Rightly named, From Alpha to Omega, (in Greek meaning “the beginning” and “the end”) the author begins with the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation, 66 books covered in all. Grouped into 15 separate sections and a List of Tables, the author has made the Bible easy to understand. His purpose is to help readers know time periods, meanings and messages, the authors of the relevant sections and how this intertwines with us today in this modern-day age. Readers will come to understand the Bible as a book of prophecy that has told the beginning and the end of the human race, giving instructions on how to live, the origin of sin, man and the many centuries that have passed since the beginning of time. The author states, “With it in hand, the reader can see the Bible with fresh eyes.”(p.v).
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This is a must-read and complimentary to anyone wanting to understand the meaning of life, their purpose with focus on The Old and New Covenants, the Gospels, Jesus, and God’s divine plans for humanity and the future End Time scenario. With such sections as: Alpha: Jesus and the Eons, Two Men: Job and Mel, Chosen People, Escape from Egypt, Covenants, Laws and Sacrifices, Promised Land, Three Kings, Wisdom and Songs, Six Empires, Two Captivities, One Restoration, The Gospels, The New Church, Instructions to the Growing Church, Omega: The Revelation of Jesus, with discussions on the Early Church years and study group sessions, the author has given a complete overview. Additional Tables give valuable information such as: The Twelve Tribes of Israel, The Ten Commandments, the Feasts and Festivals, The Judges, Psalms Themes, Abbreviated Timelines, The Kings after Solomon, and so much more that add to the scope of the book.
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With the inclusion of the original Greek in sections the author begins with Scripture and introduces succinctly and concisely each historical event in the corresponding book of the Bible. Suggested reading is to read each section. Then, if desired, read the referenced Bible material covered in the Bible (i.e., Genesis, and so on). Designed for the mature and new Christian alike, this handbook is an excellent resource that makes understanding the Bible, easy, convenient and fascinating.
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Highly, highly recommended for all Christians, pastors, Bible instructors, lay teachers and counselors, Bible study groups or individuals seeking to better understand the Bible and God’s divine blueprint for planet Earth and all of humanity. Condensed and concise (only 222 pages), this book would also be a good book for professors to add to their list of required reading in Bible schools and degree programs. - Get your copy of  From Alpha to Omega: An Overview of the Bible at Amazon.

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From Alpha to Omega: An Overview of the Bible

By: Stanley Rasberry

ISBN#978-1544618838

A CBM Christian Book Review

10.0 out of 10.0 stars

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 28, 2017 at 8:23pm
Words can be profound ~ Diamante’s Lavendar’s powerful book, Poetry & Ponderingsoffers hope and healing in a transformational and beautiful work of non-fictional poetry and prose. Dedicated to her daughter, and also to those who have been wounded by abuse, this book comes highly recommended for those that desire to understand themselves, their circumstances and has been developed to lead one into a practice of faith in God, giving peace and hope for the future. Forgiveness and acceptance are also a teaching that is weaved into her poems. 
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For those that appreciate the art of language through poems, expressions and acronyms, and those who also relate to a Christian perspective, this book offers hope in finding new life in God that will instill a deep appreciation for those who choose triumph over tragedy. Hope and encouragement is a common thread throughout as the healing journey is depicted. The author’s deep faith in God displays how God carried her through to the other side of healing, letting others know that He is our help.
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The author displays great compassion and a deep love for her beloved child, and for others, that have suffered through years of abuse. Her hopes are to help them find healing through a journey of healing to find God as her ponderings and poems present to readers the temporal state of all who dwell on Earth. Further, advocating a process of healing (one step at a time), the author gives encouragement to sufferers of abuse that the pain can heal. The author sheds light into the hope available through letting go, forgiveness and focusing on the Lord’s providence, plans, dreams and God’s Word.
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Prophetic, insightful and uplifting, the book is framed from a series of “Affirmations” that shed light into the healing process. (Isaiah 61 comes to mind). Within her book are beautifully inspired acronyms for words such as “I Love You” and “Faith” that go straight to the heart. Her book flows, like the ebbing of ocean waves, that speak of life-lessons learned from laying all aside, only to accept what is lovely, pure, holy and true.
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Biblical in nature, the author leads readers on a journey to healing and to having a positive outlook on life. The poems help one to live a God-breathed life to the fullest and to live in a state of forgiveness. This book addresses such issues as: anger, self-esteem, sexual abuse, forgiveness, grief, despair and turns those “ashes” into “beauty.” 
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Poetry & Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry comes highly recommended to those who have been sexually abused, as a way to calm, express and bring clarity, giving hope and affirmation in God that bring healing (and a smile) to a wounded soul.
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 28, 2017 at 6:32pm
Science Deepens Faith: Jesse’s Miracle (expanded edition) by Thomas McAvoy describes his challenge through to victory upon the diagnosis of his wife, Jesse, with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) - a little known cancer. His journey not only changed his life, but also changed others by the beginning of research to propagate the cure for this little-known cancer. Triumphantly, this book relates how a few dedicated people can make a difference in this world! Thomas McAvoy honors his wife’s passing by embarking on this unbelievable journey to find a cure for this cancer that is usually fatal. In his endearing autobiography, he shares his grief, his wife’s legacy and life, their love story (married for 41 years), and the author’s firm commitment to finding a cure. Within this, he also makes a resounding discovery: faith and science can co-exist together!
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Upon receiving the diagnosis of PMP, four sections explain first the search, and later detail the research and what is known and unknown about the disease PMP. His findings relate to readers an intersection of a spiritual, philosophical and medical investigation. In concise manner, the author further relates to readers how his loss triggered faith. He also answers many perplexing questions such as: Why does God allow disease and evil? How does science prove or disprove his findings about faith in God, explain disease and sickness? All the answers led him to understand that God created the Earth that we live in. In fact, science and faith, do not disprove each other, they compliment each other. His book relates this and that religion and science speaks of a Creator who designed our universe with such precision, that this precision and design, comes from none other than God Himself.
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In his book he researches such theories as the: Big Bang Theory, astronomy, evolution, physics, to include Scripture that reveal answers to questions we all have had. His research and hard work culminate into a twelve year long research of the disease, along with many noted doctors, scientists and research specialists. It’s this kind of persevering spirit despite tragedy where people’s lives are changed for the better and new inventions and discoveries are made to save the next person suffering. Inspiring and educational, this in-depth look at PMP, and Jesse’s miracle, make this a memorable autobiography.
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In particular, this book may have a powerful impact on those who have experienced grief and loss from disease; written from a man who lost his wife, and instead found that “science deepens faith!” ~ 10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on November 21, 2017 at 12:20pm
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 November 20, 2017 at 8:52pm

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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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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