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.

Googling for Dollars

I need to add a postscript to a previous article on registering books on Kindle. Maybe my embarrassing faux pas will help you to avoid similar humiliation.

When I submitted the manuscript to Kindle, I neglected to accept the changes registered in the Word document through the Track Changes feature. The conversion to Kindle included that edit information, resulting in a messy manuscript with deleted words showing up along with replacement words, along with other changes typical to an edited manuscript. Note: After you submit your Word document to Kindle, click the preview button to make sure your Kindle book looks like your final manuscript. If I had done this, I would have fixed the problem before anyone bought a flawed copy.

Now on to Google. It seems that the folks at Google are trying to take over the world. A while ago they stuck their noses into the business (and livelihood) of writers and ended up in litigation. From what I understand, they were going to scan all the books from a multitude of libraries and make the books available on the Internet, without remuneration to the authors. Obviously that wouldn’t sit well with a lot of folks. Because I make my books available online for free anyway, I just performed my Alfred E. Neuman “What, me worry?” routine. I wasn’t going to lose sleep over it in the remote chance Google actually found my book in a library. (If you’re interested in checking out the lawsuit status, you can chase the literary ambulance at

I discovered that I could register the books myself and specify how much of the content to make available to an online reader. This gives ambitious marketers the chance to provide a sample of their wares in a venue that draws millions of potential readers. The decision to join the Google crowd was a no brainer for me. If you think you’d like to participate in this activity, read on for detailed instructions for listing your books on an international platform—for free.

Google books has two components: the Library Project and the Partner Project. You obviously aren’t a library, so you would opt for the Partner Program, which you can log on to at First, you need to have a Google account in order to list your books. There is no cost to register. Technically challenged? They have a demo to help you sign up: Make sure you read every word of the Terms and Conditions to make sure you aren’t getting bamboozled (that’s a scientific term for flimflammed). I’d tell you what’s in those terms, but I had something in my eye the day I signed up and bypassed that stimulating bit of prose. I probably shouldn’t be so trusting. That I’m not worried about having my books stolen makes it a lot easier to sleep at night knowing that I’ve perhaps signed away my rights to the $4.78 I made in sales last year. If you have more at stake, you might want to be more thorough in analyzing the terms.

Once you’re an authorized author (as opposed to a vulcanized Vulcan), you’re ready to list your books. You need to click on the Books tab (if you don’t open up that page automatically). Then click on the Add Book link. A new row appears on the grid with textboxes, which you can type into. Enter your ISBN number in the first column, title of the book in the next modifiable column, author name, link where the book can be purchased (like Amazon or your own Website), and ALL for territories. Click the Save button on the right side of the grid. Then you can edit (see edit instructions below) and change other settings, such as the percentage of the book that is viewable. The default setting is 20 percent. If you want more or less, choose the option you want from the drop down. Click Save & Continue to keep your changes and return to the list of books. You’re ready to add another book if you have more. If you find my instructions unsatisfactory, go to

EDIT: You can modify this information at any time. To edit existing books, click on little icon on the far left side of your title—the one that looks like a tiny number two lead pencil you used to fill in those pesky circles on standardized tests. One of the options you’ll be able to change is a feature called Creative Commons. To find out relevant details, visit

To make your manuscript available for browsing, you need to upload the .pdf file containing the text. You can also optionally upload cover images. I highly recommend your making at least the front cover available. To upload files, click the Send Books option. For detailed help on performing the upload task, visit Note that the images for the book must be named properly. You can upload front and back covers. The name must be and, where xxx is one of the supported image types of .jpg, .tif, and .pdf.

If you have a multitude of books, you can put the data in an Excel worksheet and upload that. See the Google instructions. If you want to put Google book search on your Web page, see the instructions at A cool feature of the Partner Project is a reports page, which lists statistics profiling interaction with your books. By clicking on the Report menu tab, you can see how many pages have been viewed, etc. There’s even a column showing the purchases and ad money you’ve earned. I’m not sure how all that works. Perhaps I could be persuaded to shed light on that topic in a future column.

The Google staff has to approve and activate your books after you submit them. By returning to the Partner page, you can trace the progress as the books change in status from New to Received to Processing to Live. So don't expect your book(s) to be available immediately. Three days after I submitted my book it was still in processing mode.

Once the book goes live, people all over the world can start reading your masterpiece. Hopefully, they’ll get hooked and buy a copy so they can read it to the end. And that’s your cue to do a happy dance.


Love Waits