Donald James Parker

Donald James Parker is a rebel with a cause and is the author of nine novels, seven of which he considers culture-flash fiction. His goal is to promote God's kingdom and tear down strongholds of the enemy while he provides entertainment. He writes for The Christian Pulse, Examiner.Com, and The ebooks of all his novels are available for free download from his website at All of Don's books promote sexual purity, but two are especially focused on that topic - Love Waits and Homeless Like Me. The novels that attack the theory of human evolution include More Than Dust in the Wind, All the Voices of the Wind, and All the Fury of the Wind. Reforming the Potter's Clay is an attack on the occult. All the Stillness of the Wind is a spiritual odyssey which spotlights cheap grace and lukewarm living.

Changing Content

If you ever want time to pass quickly, just line yourself up with writing a monthly column or take out a mortgage bigger than your wallet can handle. The months will fly by in either case. I had reached a point where I was going to give up writing this column because it was taking one weekend a month from my writing schedule. I haven’t really written fiction for a year, and it is time to get back to it. That meant that I couldn’t continue spending myriad hours agonizing over every word that worms itself into my nonfiction writing.

Then I came up with an idea, which I ran by Bonnie Calhoun. She gave me a thumbs-up. This column’s content will be changing radically, but I need your help. Since this is a column about self-publishing, I decided to, at least most of the time, bring news from the self-publishing world to the readers at CFOM. What does this mean to you if you’re a self-published author?

First, if you release a new book that is newsworthy and its contents are fictional and Christian, send me a blurb about your book, and I’ll consider it for inclusion in the next monthly column. Or if you want to recommend a self-published book that was written by someone else―even if it is a not a new release―send it to me. If you know of an organization that helps self-published writers, let me know about them. The new format will start in January 2011, so send any blurbs that you want to share to with CFOM BLURB in the subject line. Thank you in advance. Hopefully I’ll even be able to announce my newest book, Silver Wind, which I hope to finish in early December.

One of the key tools readers use to decide whether to purchase or even read a book is the book review. Getting good reviews is almost imperative for a book to enjoy success. How does a self-published author find people who will be willing to write a review? In some cases, reviewers have a disclaimer on their Websites indicating that they don’t review self-published books. Sound familiar? Is that enough to cause your frustration level to register on the Richter scale? The irritation is enough to engender desires of telling people who discriminate against self-published authors to “go to Halifax in the winter time and take a long walk off a short dock.”

Self-published writers need a large bevy of close friends to provide a bumper crop of reviews. For those like me who suffer from a dearth of willing guinea pigs, the alternative is to find those people who review books for fun and blog about what they read. I bring you good news. There are reviewers who work with self-published authors, some exclusively, but I have a friend, Christy Pinheiro, who wrote a book listing all such free reviewers she could find.

The e-book is only 99₵ to purchase, or you can get it for free just by blogging about it. The full title is The Official Indie Book Reviewer List: A Handy Reference Guide for Self-Published Authors and Small Publishers. You can find it at This little book (or is it a large booklet?) contains a wealth of information. You not only get a list of the reviewers but all of the relevant facts concerning that reviewer. So you can find a particular reviewer’s policy on e-books, preferred genres, unacceptable genres, and a multitude of other criteria without having to go spelunking for that information. The number of followers for the reviewer’s blog is also provided, so you can concentrate on the bigger audiences. In perusing a few of the providers, I noticed that few advertise specifically for Christian books. Some reviewers have Christian/religious/spiritual books on their Unaccepted list.

By the way, Christy also wrote a book explaining how to self publish your work: The Step-by-Step Guide to Self Publishing.

I pray you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have a blessed Christmas and spiritually prosperous New Year. And may writer’s block never darken your doorstep in 2011.


Love Waits