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.

POD and Self-Publishing

Books vs Kindle

Let me share a couple of potentially links to start out this month. The first is an interesting account of how one self-published author is now making $1200 on his books, mostly from Kindle. Per year? No! You might look at this, raise your eyebrows, and think that $1200 sounds like a pretty good month to you. But this figure is not sales for a month. Wow! That’s a really good week. But, no, this author is pulling in $1200 on a daily basis. That’s over $400,000 per year. Read the article at JAKonrath and find out how he pulled this off.

Of course, as a Christian writer, your prospective market is much narrower than a secular writer. You face the choice to write for God, or to write for money. Hopefully, you will choose the former path, and He will bless you for your efforts someday, though it might not be monetarily.

Another site I ran into recently is a new publisher. You might want to check it out if you need help getting your book into print:

I read a self-published book a couple of years ago, and I really liked it. It was written by Casey Telling, a friend from the Pacific Northwest whom I had met at a book signing party for a group to which we both belonged. It bears a distinct title: Into the Blood of the Sun. Here’s the synopsis:

Content to live a simple life, a young woman, raised in an academy for girls, is suddenly faced with the truth regarding her heritage. Those who know her background and latent powers secretly orchestrate her life and education to prepare her for a dangerous future. But despots, fearful of any of her line, strive to eliminate or manipulate her. Despite the daunting terror of the choices she must make, her only hope for deliverance is to go Into the Blood of the Sun.

And here’s the review I wrote on Amazon.

Unique this book is not. The story of the battle between good and evil is the dominant theme in the history of mankind. Alliances, both false and true; battles, fierce and bloody; and powers, mystical and mighty, are the same elements found in Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, etc., etc., etc. Why do we read the same type of plot over and over again—with different names and different locations and a few unique traits among the characters? Because this story is the essence of humanity.

Casey Telling has created some unique characters in this tale that has no dearth of violence. At times it is hard to associate someone who delights in the conquest of others with goodness, even if they are on the good girl’s side. Violence may be a necessary evil, but it is not something to be glorified. Personally, I do not enjoy gore, but I enjoyed this book in spite of the ample presence of graphic descriptions of decapitations, dismemberments, etc. The importance of the Creator versus the Dark One conflict precludes any subtlety to the spiritual aspect of this novel. This is definitely a case of the Go(o)d guys versus the (D)evil guys. Into the Blood of the Sun is a self-published book, but it is better than many traditionally published books I have read, including the quality of the editing.

Casey is making this a six-book series called The Chronicles of Esmeraldia. He has published book two. Book three is almost ready for the market, and four and five have been written but not finalized. One of the major problems Casey faces in marketing is the price of his books. The route he has taken through Lulu forces him to charge what seems to me an exorbitant amount

for his work. You can buy almost three of my books (on my Website) to one of his. If you’re facing a similar problem, check out the column on Snow Fall Press. Kindle is the answer to such a dilemma. Selling for $2.99 you can reap 70 percent of the proceeds and there are no costs of books involved, so that is pure revenue. See my column on how to get your book on Kindle at

Casey is an almost invisible authors, producing quality material in anonymity. Could someone in that same position be the next Tolkien or C. S. Lewis?

With the flood of new writers into the arena and the cutting back on the number of titles traditional publishers produce, the little guys don’t get much of a chance. Many publishers require authors to go through an agent. Query letters received from unknown authors are many times relegated to agents’ slush piles, where some bored subordinate has wades into the floodwaters and weeds out anything that isn’t perceived as a potential big seller for the home team.

This is why I’m a champion of self-published books. Sure, self publishing gives the profane, the self-deluded, and the inept an opportunity to pin a badge on their chests proclaiming that they are a published author. The beauty is that no longer do wonderful works of literature and messages from God have to wither and die on the vine in the manuscript stage. With self-publishing, these authors can let the readers, not the publishers, decide the books’ merits.

The problem is getting readers’ attention so they will taste and see if the book is good. The purpose of this column and my radio show is to bring some of those people to your attention. I interviewed Casey on my BlogtalkRadio show, Wielding the Sword of the Spirit.

Last month I featured a blurb about Lynn Dove. You can listen to my interview with Lynn on Blogtalk Radio HERE .


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