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  • Tim Gallant, Feed My Lambs
  • Andrew Sandlin, Christian Culture: An Introduction
  • Wayne Hays, <cite>Daily Fight</cite>
  • Tim Gallant, Moniyaw
  • Tim Gallant, Sermons on Galatians
  • Tim Gallant, These Are Two Covenants
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  • Here Comes Barnes & Noble

    November 11, 2014 by Tim

    Brick and mortar giant Barnes and Noble has announced that they are now in the Print On Demand business.

    While another player is a welcome addition to the Print On Demand (P.O.D.) options, there are several factors that suggest that this move will not exactly be a “game-changer.”

    1. No distribution. Unlike the CreateSpace and Lightning Source options, the Nook Print On Demand model does not include a built-in distribution mechanism. It is essentially a P.O.D. version of short run rather than anything approaching a comprehensive publishing solution.
    2. Pricing. While more affordable than some P.O.D. options, when it comes to per-book pricing, the Nook version is  considerably more costly than Lightning Source and even a fair amount higher than CreateSpace.
    3. Design limitations. While veteran P.O.D. publishers have the capability of publishing book covers from single files, Nook has made the regrettable decision that it is “easier” for users to submit a back cover and front cover separately, and then choose from a very limited selection of spine options. While this will probably reduce user error, it certainly devalues the appearance of the final product in most instances. Hopefully, the company will rethink this, at least offer single-file cover designs as an advanced option.
    4. Whence B&N? The truth is that Barnes & Noble has been hemorrhaging quite badly for the past few years, and the jury is still out regarding its staying power long term. If it can successfully transition into areas they had hoped for more success, perhaps their P.O.D. offering will evolve into something more attractive down the road. But at the moment, it is unlikely that authors and publishers already using other P.O.D. services will jump ship en masse.

    That said, there are small publishers out there who do some of their own distribution, and indeed some who are ambivalent at best toward Amazon. At the same time, some of them may not want the bit of extra work involved with Lightning Source. Then too, the Nook P.O.D. arm looks like a relatively painless way of adding a hardcover option to existing titles.

    So while hardly earth-shattering, this news is welcome.

  • , The Good Shepherd

    August 9, 2014 by Tim

    January 2014 / 250pp.

    This books shows how Jesus Christ is our loving shepherd, and we are all sheep of His flock. The life of David shows how God watches over His flock like a Good Shepherd.

    Amazon links: paperback | Kindle.

  • , The Grieving Parent’s Book of Hope

    by Tim

    July 2014 / Dogwood Publishing / 132pp.

    The Grieving Parent’s Book of Hope is a comprehensive and compassionate journey down the road of grief toward healing for parents who have lost a child. The book helps to take the reader away from the lonely path of lost hope to a life once again filled with meaning and purpose.

    Amazon links: hardcover | paperback | Kindle.

  • Should I Typeset My Own Book?

    by Tim

    The wave of independent authors and self-publishers has opened up new questions that were not being asked in the days before desktop publishing.

    One of these is whether or not the author should do his or her own typesetting. Given the fact that I make part of my living by charging other people to do their typesetting for them, it may surprise you that I say: By all means, under the right circumstances.

    If you have no book budget and your message is time-bound for getting that book out right away, there are scarcely any other options. (more…)

  • Interview: Mike Bull

    by Tim

    Interview date: August 11, 2013.

    Author photo - Mike Bull

    You’re from what much of the world calls “Down Under.” Granted that you’ve never been a North American, do you think Australians look at the world a whole lot differently than North Americans do?

    MB: Well, apparently we are more like Canadians in temperament, if that helps. We don’t wear our hearts on our sleeves. Laconic might be the word.

    Also, we don’t fear our government and feel the need to defend ourselves from it. Australia is a great deal more secular, which is sad.

    Obviously, while there are a number of bestselling independent authors, most do this on the side. What is your “day job”?

    MB: I’m a self-employed graphic designer, which saves money on book design and typesetting! Not all of my clients provide “commercial quality” text, so I have learned to edit over the years. Although, I still need editors for my books. Everyone needs editing.

    When did you decide you wanted to start writing, and what motivated you?

    (more…)

  • Compare Apples to Apples

    August 11, 2013 by Tim

    An increasingly attractive option for authors who wish to publish independently is Print On Demand (P.O.D.). With this business model, instead of stocking a thousand hard copies somewhere, the book is only printed “on demand”—i.e. as it is ordered. This saves the upfront cost of printing, as well as the hassle and potential costs of maintaining and storing inventory.

    There are a surprising number of P.O.D. services available. How do you choose among them?

    I won’t suggest Option A over Option B. I will note, however, that you need to be careful to compare apples to apples in terms of how arrangements are set up. Not only is it wise to compare final product quality, but also the payment structure. (more…)

  • C. Wayne Hays, Daily Fight

    by Tim

    August 2012 / Independent / 225 pp.

    Amazon links: paperback.

    Book cover image - Wayne Hays, Daily Fight

    A large-format, biblically-oriented Christian book divided into 365 daily readings, and intended to be read at home? That sounds very much like a recipe for a daily devotional, and in truth, Daily Fight by C. Wayne Hays could suitably be given that label.

    But in a field of introspective and occasionally sappy devotionals, Daily Fight distinguishes itself. Starting from the title and the martial imagery on the cover, this book is a robust call to full-orbed Christian living. (more…)

  • , Christian Culture: An Introduction

    August 10, 2013 by Tim

    May 2013 / Center for Cultural Leadership / 92 pp.

    Book cover image - Andrew Sandlin, Christian Culture

    As implied by the title, this brief book intends to introduce the reader to Christian Culture. The three main chapters focus on the history, theology, and creation of Christian Culture.

    Amazon links: paperback | Kindle.

  • Interview: John Barach Sr.

    by Tim

    August 10, 2013

    Author photo - John Barach Sr with wife Donna

    Indie: You were a Bible school teacher for many years. What were your favorite subjects to teach, and how did that experience contribute to your writing?

    JB: I was a Bible college professor for 15 years as well as occupying positions as Registrar and Academic Dean. As the Dean I gave the other teachers the courses they wanted and I took the left-overs. As a result I taught a variety of subjects. My favorites were Greek, Theology, and Romans. Most of my books relate to those three subjects.

    Indie: I had the privilege of being in some of your Bible school classes, and I distinctly remember a lot of (mostly dry) humor. What’s the funniest thing you can remember happening in one of your classes?

    JB: One of my students at the front row was dozing with his feet stretched out in front of him, so I motioned to the class what I was going to do. I kicked the sole of his foot and startled him awake. We all laughed. Later he and I posed that same scene for the yearbook picture.

    Indie: Given that penchant for creating laughter, what place does humor have in your writing, and is humor appropriate when writing about theological subjects? (more…)