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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 April 18, 2017 at 2:00pm
God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator by Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., writes an awe-inspiring work that connects modern science and the Christian faith. As a Scientist, Astronomy Professor, Corporate Test Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Hubble Space Telescope Engineer, the author is well-qualified to present the scientific breakthroughs and data that confirm that the Christian faith actually coincides with scientific exploration and discoveries.
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Tackling many difficult questions, such as: Can science and God co-exist? What is our purpose on Earth? Does God really exist? And so much more, this book helps people reconcile science alongside their faith. This is an easy-to-read book that is intriguing, encouraging and inspires readers to learn and understand, with wonder and awe, our great universe, giving answers as to why creation and science bow to only One Creator ~ God Almighty.
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With such chapters as: Family Star Parties: A Plan and a Purpose, Is God Real? Evidence of His Existence, Approach with Caution: Using the Scientific Method, A Reasonable Faith: Using Logic and Sound Arguments, The Bible’s Message: A Valid Approach to Interpreting the Text, Genesis & Origins: A Spectrum of Views, The Goldilocks Principle: Just-Right for life, Environmental Stewardship: This is My Father’sWorld, The Universe: Are We Alone? and the Conclusion: Our Future and the Future of Science gives readers evidence and science to make an intelligent, logical conclusion.
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Such lingering questions might include: Is there life on other planets? Why is our universe orderly, beautiful and seemingly designed by an Intelligent Designer? How does science intersect with faith? 
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Delving into Genesis, the Big Bang Theory, from a plethora of scientists, philosophers, theologians and the Bible, the book gives logical answers. Additionally, the book gives a great deal of researched material, teachings and instruction that affirm God as Creator of the Universe.
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This is a highly recommended read for those that have questions, real questions about our Universe and wonder how the puzzle all fits together. This book is for children (of reasonable age) and adults alike that can be used as a study guide for personal use or within a group setting. This truly is an amazing book that fosters great discussions and answers some really “Big” questions about God and our Universe, Jesus and our Creator, God Almighty. A CBM Book Review ~10.0 out of 10.0 Stars
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Also available as a download in Kindle.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 17, 2017 at 3:58pm
An Untimely Birth by Alison M. Tomlinson sheds light on the corruption in the medical industry and the industry of Big Pharma, helping readers to discover another Healer; His name is Jesus.
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In her fictional novel, a young girl experiences horrific deception. Revealing dark things from the medical world, the author intertwines an unfolding drama weaved together with time travel, deception, and the spiritual roots to modern-medicine trace back to classical Greece. It has been said that the root of all evil is the love of money. Big Pharma.  This unforgettable journey reveals the darkness and greed in the medical industry through the character’s journey from crisis to truth, redemption and healing that is found Jesus Christ.
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Thought-provoking, and with a multi-dimensional approach, the author unfolds a mysterious sinister plot in an unlikely way (that will help readers understand some of the things going on in the medical industry), while addressing other issues such as: forgiveness, faith in Jesus through crisis and truth. Fast-paced, this book offers elements of time travel, unconditional forgiveness in Jesus, faith, and love that will have readers cheering for Beckie.
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Beckie has betrayal on many levels at the most inopportune of times. Becky, very pregnant, discovers an awful truth. Her boyfriend has cheated on her with a prostitute, is HIV positive and may have infected Becky and their unborn baby, Daisy. Telling her this awful news while she is sick in the hospital sends Becky on a rampage. Unable to handle the grief, despair and sorrow, she sends her boyfriend Julian out of her life for good.
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Preparing for an unwanted cesarean birth, Beckie counts back from 10 and finds herself in another place. Finding herself in a past era in Classical Greece. Filled with intrigue and winding paths, she knows it’s a dream, yet finds reality and discovers some interesting truths and deceptions prevalent in the medical industry. Strange twist and turns of events lead to a further botched time travel effort, as she awakes in year 2067 instead of 2017.
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This is a unique read exposing some dark truths in the Big Pharma industry while encouraging readers to look to another Healer – Jesus, as their guide for healing.
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An Untimely Birth
Alison M.Tomlinson
A CBM Book Review
9.8 out of 10.0 stars
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You may get your copy of An Untimely Birth by Alison M. Tomlinson at Amazon.

Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on April 11, 2017 at 12:28am
Start each day anew and bring increased intimacy with Christ, in this discernment devotional by Bea Lamb. ~ CBM
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A Discernment Devotional: 141 Bible Verses for Your Discernment Journey by Bea Lamb sheds light on God’s Word and encourages readers in their daily discernment journey that brings spiritual growth. Developed to bring a closer walk with God and an intimate knowledge of the Word, each short commentary speaks on 141 Bible verses that will assist readers in bringing peace, joy and love into their lives. Focusing on the importance of Biblical wisdom in our daily lives, the author has carefully selected key scriptures that give keen insight into Christ’s teachings, instructing readers in valuable Kingdom principles. The author shares her insight into the knowledge of the Word of God and wants others to be transformed in their minds and hearts by the richness of the Word of God.
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Gleaning from Old and New Testament books, such as: Proverbs, Psalms, Revelation, Matthew, Romans, Hebrews, this discernment journey presents a wide-range of subjects that reveal different aspects of God’s Holy Word that makes this daily devotional a well-balanced read. Easy-to-read, the book is encompassed by 9 separate chapters on such Christian values as: Faith, Knowing Yourself, Understanding God’s Ways, Trusting in God, Continual Growth, Becoming Wise, Being Humble, The Importance of Giving and Receiving Love, and Being Joyful. Interactive and engaging, at the end of each devotional the author asks thought-provoking questions that will bring transformation and positive change to your life.
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This is a highly recommended read that fosters spiritual growth and Biblical wisdom through an easy-to-use daily devotional.
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A Discernment Devotional: 
141 Bible Verses for Your Discernment Journey
By: Bea Lamb
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 31, 2017 at 11:05am
The Victim’s Cry: Discovering Hope & Healing Through Forgiveness by Steven D. Griffin is an encouraging book that exposes truth from a Christian perspective to help readers find lasting healing and freedom from past offenses, pain and unforgiveness. As the author presents steps to dealing with past offenses, disappointment and deep bitterness, the author writes from his own journey after separation in his own marriage. Offering Biblical knowledge, and additionally sharing some of the reasons why we suffer in this world, the author writes a concise, yet simple book to discover hope and healing through the power of Christ. Full of Scripture and Biblical insights on the issues of forgiveness, heart attitudes and judgments are examined that presents to readers refreshment to the soul, giving them practical solutions to seek after God and His plan for healing. 
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As the author highlights this statement from the Lord, “I want you to write a book about My plan of rescue for people who have been hurt. Many of my people are bound up, and I will use this book to help set them free.” The author offers hope to those who feel like victims. What is quite unique is that he begins with the definition of a victim. As it turns out, we all have been victims at one time or another. With heartfelt compassion, the author’s hope and prayer in reading this book is that individuals will find lasting freedom in Christ and come to an understanding that they are more than conquerors in Christ. 
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Divided into 5 Open and Shut Steps to Freedom, such issues as selfishness, bitterness, anger, hatred, judgments address heart attitudes that help readers identify these feelings and emotions, turning to God for help. Once identified through a godly lens, the truth of God’s Word is applied and a renewing of the mind begins, refreshing and cleansing the troubled heart and emotions. This is a wonderful book that gives the keys to finding restoration in one’s soul that brings a transformed life, and in turn transformed relationships through forgiveness. Readers will find that broken relationships can be repaired.
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I cannot recommend this book enough, in that it gives the Biblical steps to finding restoration in relationships and helps readers take a look at their own heart, inspiring them to look up to God. Reading this book also produce godly character by presenting to readers a practical application of God’s Word. Freedom will be found if the steps are applied and the person submits to God. Increased intimacy with Christ will also be developed and lasting peace, love and joy will be found as people are set free.
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For those struggling with anger, resentment, depression and unforgiveness, this book will help those individuals release these feelings and find relief. I have to say to the author, “Thank You,” for hearing from God and having the courage to follow through. His testimony of how he clearly heard from God and obeyed is inspiring!
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 30, 2017 at 8:31pm
Divorce & Re-marry: Is Man’s Alternative Not God’s Plan by Anthony Onochie Akpati discusses God’s plan on the subject of marriage, divorce and re-marriage.
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With a dual approach, his book addresses God’s original intent for man in marriage and addresses many practical conflict resolutions that offer solutions, roles and accountability to each other and the Word of God.
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Adding that the Church today has a divorce rate over 50%, it is clear, Christians are not exempt from facing divorce. Giving the readers a Biblical platform and view, the author lays out a plan that is much different than the world’s. The world advocates divorce and re-marrying, even in a repeat fashion. As Christians and children of God, the author mentions that we live in the world, but are not of the world as the Scriptures states.
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With honesty and integrity, the author helps people understand the causes for divorce and offers real solutions for real problems experienced by real people.
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This is a well-balanced read that points to the Bible as the authorative source as to how to live our lives. Divorce is common, but the author warns that this is not the plan of God for married couples. He gives scriptural advice that can help people smooth out such issues as communication, agreement, submission and authority in a marriage, as well as giving a foundational read on the covenant of marriage.
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This book comes highly recommended for couples that are in trouble and considering divorce. Pastors and marriage counselors might also consider having this read in their library to offer to clients. His perspective on accountability on each partner is practical and Biblical.
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Divorce & Re-marry: Is Man’s Alternative Not God’s Plan
Anthony Onochie Akpati
A CBM Book Review
9.9 out of 10.0 stars
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 21, 2017 at 9:18am
Changed by a Catch - With delightful humor and fun illustrations, children can engage in this endearing tale of a young sweet boy named J.J, who quickly learns that obeying the rules and your parents is better than his way.
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With a smile readers find out that fruit punch turns white dogs red, that it’s easy to ruin things like dad’s briefcase with a chocolate bar, and that gum is really sticky! J.J. also learns that it is best to not let strangers into the house, and to not let his entire class know the code for the house alarm and that following directions is a really good idea! In the end, J.J. learns to obey the first time after he is Changed by a Catch. Come experience the fun!   

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Born and raised in Alabama, Amy Crowe has enjoyed writing since the tender age of ten and still remembers winning her first writing contest. Since then, her work has been published in various newspapers and alumni magazines.  Being a very active mother in the lives of her three young children,Amy delights in the Lord, her family and children, as oftentimes they are the inspiration for her funny stories. With a positive influence, writing is Amy’s way of inspiring children and parents alike with life-lessons that increase their joy and faith.
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This book gives readers easily relatable characters that get the message across in an entertaining way. Amy wants her books and reading to be fun for children, so they are captivated and interested while learning valuable lessons at the same time. She is currently working on her second book in the same series.
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You may order your copy of this wonderful  Children's Book Changed By a Catch at Amazon.
Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 18, 2017 at 11:17am
America’s Founding Fathers and the Bible ~ A must read for every Christian, Pastor, Educator and American.
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Contrary to the contemporary mantra that America was birthed as a secular nation, the historical evidence demonstrates that America was founded by Christians who wished to enjoy the liberty to freely express their Christian faith. Lamentably, Christians have forgotten and neglected the Christian heritage bequeathed to them by America’s Founding Fathers and have allowed secularists to disparage and deny what was given to them at such a great price.
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America’s Founding Fathers and the Bible briefly describes a portion of America’s Christian heritage, particularly during the rise of nationalism when America was shaping its national government. During this era, the Founding Fathers affirmed both the principles and practices of the Bible. By no means exhaustive, this work demonstrates that America’s Founding Fathers clearly intended to perpetuate the Christian faith, in both private and public observances. The Founding Fathers left a legacy of publicly honoring the principles of Christianity and fully intended that succeeding generations of Americans should do the same.
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Comment by CBM Christian Book Marketing on March 6, 2017 at 1:47pm
His Sunrise My Sunset: A True Story of Love and Loss by Jan Hurst is written as a wonderful tribute to Steve her devoted husband and to her enduring love for him, God and to their family.
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Endearing and captivating, Hurst goes back to their younger years, giving a glimpse into their sweet love that bloomed over 44 years. A love story that was a unique beginning that filled both their lives with hope for the future and a satisfying family. Both coming from dysfunctional backgrounds, they both felt a strong connection and safety with each other during their dating period where friendship and trust were a solid foundation. These two just loved being with each other.
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Then one day tragedy struck as they set out on a retirement trip. She writes from her heart with the theme of sharing her great love for Steve and the life that they lived. Encouraging others that life is not guaranteed and that none of us know what tomorrow will bring, she hopes and prays that others remember to put God first. With a nice touch she ends with the original Serenity Prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr.
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One cannot help but notice the immense love and admiration that the author had for her husband. This book is not only a testament to their enduring love, but really gives an example of how a couple can grow together, revealing that love is the bond that is unbreakable. This is such a sweet story of love, life, and her feelings going through the process of widowhood that would help anyone who has experienced such a loss to come to grips with all that is thrown at them. Unfortunately, her telling of the hospital’s protocols and procedures is a revelation of the coldness and perversity of our system. Truly, they could of asked that question first!  (You will see as you read the book.)
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This is a highly recommended read for those that enjoy true stories, shedding light on what love is supposed to look like between a couple.  Blessings to you and your family Jan!  I would say you are lucky to have experienced such a great love!
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You may get your copy of His Sunrise My Sunset at Amazon or as a Kindle download.
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Title: His Sunrise My Sunset:
A True Story of Love and Loss
By: Jan Hurst
ISBN-13: 978-1498474412
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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. 
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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.
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You can get your copy of The Bridge from OneDayBow at Amazon, in Kindle and at other fine online bookstores.
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The Bridge from OneDayBow: 
The Complete Trilogy
By: Kathy M. Warden
ISBN#978-1512739626
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0 stars
 

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