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.


One topic that an author, self-published or not, can hardly avoid thinking about is marketing. I’ve touched on this big issue in the past, but more can always be said on this subject.

One of the tools you might want to add to your arsenal in the warfare against sluggish or nonexistent book sales is BlogTalk radio. Kathleen Gage, billed as the street smarts marketer, recently wrote a blog post and created a YouTube video on how to use BlogTalkRadio to promote the sale of books ( Kathleen is a real mover and shaker and often offers free webinars on marketing. You might learn some valuable information from her.

You can host your own show or find people who already have shows and are searching for guests. I have hosted my own Blogtalk show (Wielding the Sword of the Spirit) for over a year now. If you are a talkative person and have a wide range of interests, this is a perfect vehicle for you not only to get some exposure for yourself but also to meet some fascinating people and learn many new things. I’ve had a blast. I’ve interviewed several prominent people in the world of Christian fiction, including Eric Wilson, Kathi Macias, Michelle Sutton, Bonnie Calhoun, Tosca Lee, and Julie Lessman. I’ve also interviewed several people who had never done an interview before. All of them have a story to tell, both in their books and on the air. You get thirty minutes a day (if you want that much) of live airtime. The archived broadcast will continue for another fifteen minutes beyond that.

Speaking of archives, they are semipermanent. That means the programs remain in the archives until the owners may have to purge old shows to make room to store new ones.

To start your own show, browse to and sign up to be a radio host, then schedule your show, call in a few minutes before your show starts, and click a button when your guests or listeners call in (yes, you can allow people to call in, ask questions, and make comments). And this is all free, except for your long-distance phone call (I have unlimited long distance, so it’s cool for me).

Of course, if all self-published authors had their own Blogtalk shows, the impact of such a marketing tool would be watered down. This is a fact of life that marketers have to deal with. There is no surefire way to draw attention to your work that will grab the attention of the masses.

I’ve pondered how someone might do that. The YouTube video of the homeless man with the golden voice who became a television icon for a few days seems to be a poster child. If that man had a well-written book available for sale, say, on Amazon, he might have made a splash.

I’d like to introduce you to a couple of people. One is a multifaceted talented person who writes, edits, and promotes. Her rates are reasonable, so if you’re looking for some editing help or have already published your book and you want to hire marketing help, Pamela Thibodeaux is someone you’d like to get to know (

The second person is an interesting author (his path parallels mine in several ways) Eddie Snipes (aka G. Edward Snipes). He has written a fiction book entitled I Called Him Dancer. Eddie has also written many sermons. His passion for writing is not to etch a place in history for himself but to promote his Lord. When we get down to brass tacks, those are the writers who will be remembered in heaven. To hear the interview I did with Eddie on Blogtalk, browse to

At the beginning of the year, I wrote that I don’t have time to compose a monthly column, and that I would begin relying on submissions from other authors to provide material to scintillate readers of this column. This was a golden opportunity for people to market their books. I have seen the piranha-like frenzy of authors given a chance for free publicity. The fact that I have received zippo communications from readers of this column begging me to mention their books makes me wonder if any published authors read this column. In any case, I’ve long maintained that a human has only so much original material in them, and when that’s used up they become repetitious. In order to make time to concentrate on more pressing projects and to avoid becoming redundant (any further than I already have), I’m afraid I’m going to have to relinquish the honor of hosting this column every month. I have enough material for two more columns. I’m leaving the door open to remaining on board if some of you step up to the plate and send me some material during the month of May to include in future articles.


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