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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 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

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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.”  
Highly recommended page turner for science fiction lovers. This read would make a fantastic movie.
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.
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.
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 
Momma, Momma, Who Made the Stars?
By: Rosa Purcell
10.0 out of 10.0 stars

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