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.

Christmas in September
SnowFall All Year Long

Ever find something so wonderful you have to share it with others? I just ran across a company named SnowFall Press that would have saved me thousands of dollars and a lot of hassle and time if I had found them earlier. This article might sound like an advertisement for these good folks, but I’m just trying to aid my fellow authors in finding the path of least financial resistance. A while back I wrote an article on my blog, which was reposted in other places as well, explaining my vision of the best way to self-publish books. It contained a blurb about a printing company that delivered within forty-eight hours and had great prices. At the time I was pretty excited about becoming a customer of that printer. My excitement about that business has dimmed considerably as my idea of great prices has evolved.

At SnowFall Press, I can buy one book at a cheaper price per book than I paid for 100 with twenty-five freebies thrown in. The great news is that I can get out of the shipping business. It costs about $3.00 and is a pain in the derriere to package and send the little bound darlings through the USPS system. With this new company, I can order my book online at a price of $1.25 for the base book, a penny a page extra, seventy-five cents handling per order, and a nickel per book handling. Shipping for media mail is $2.58 cents. Total cost of a 140-page book is $6.03, and all I had to do was fill out the shipping address to place the order. Since I collect $3.00 in shipping from my Website orders, that book would have cost me a grand total of $3.03, so my profit at a modest charge of $10.00 would be $7.00, and I would not have done any extra work to get the book delivered (the only drawback is that I can’t sign them, which actually saves me more time).

A self-published book selling for around $20 might become a thing of the past. We all know that competing with authors who enjoy name brand success is tough enough without having to charge double or more than a Debbie Macomber or Nicholas Sparks book in the bargain bin. I just checked my old book printer for the price of one copy. I can’t order just one. The minimum order is ten books. The price per book for ten is over $17.00. Warehousing was a necessity at that pricing schedule. Now I’m sending the warehouse to the outhouse and reserving closet space for tennis rackets and running shoes. I can quit subsidizing the paper industry and printers by buying copies of books that you may never sell. It’s time to start working smarter instead of harder.

And the good news continues. SnowFall Press has an API (computer program), which allows customers with some technical knowledge to automate the process of placing orders. When an order hits my Website, I can send the address info directly to SnowFall Press and not have to do anything except smile. If I told you this company is the greatest thing since sliced bread or popcorn or any other cool thing, I’d be guilty of understatement. This printing source is extremely huge to the self-publishing world, but I think traditionally published authors might be interested in the possibilities here as well. There are no costs for setting up books on their Website. You can change your cover or interior any time without hassle (though you have to consider that at some point, you need to issue a new edition of the book with a new ISBN if your changes are significant.

What you need to get in gear with this outfit are two .pdf files, your formatted interior manuscript, and your cover. A Word manuscript can be converted to .pdf for free at The cover is a bit more problematic. You can hire a graphic artist to create your cover for you and instruct them to provide you with .pdf output. Or you

can buy a program to roll your own. I have one called BookCoverPro, which I like very much and costs only about $100. When I see the tools that are out there for computer savvy people, it boggles my mind. However I realize that many people lack the technical skills to take advantage of them. I sometimes ponder going into business to help people bring their book babies into the world. (Can a man be called a mid-wife?)

How about their service? I ordered my book on Sunday evening, had it sent priority mail for $7, and was proofreading it on Wednesday evening. I had one question before placing the order and sent an e-mail to the address posted on their Website. I got a timely reply along with the phone number of the man who responded. He personally checked out my submitted manuscript and adjusted it to the correct specifications on their site and expressed some concern with a section of the manuscript. Later we talked on the phone to clarify. This man was the director of Business and Alliance Development. Talk about a personal touch.

Future plans include opening printing office overseas so that customers from foreign countries can order books from U.S. authors and have them printed and shipped directly from a nearby country. At this time, SnowFall can’t get your books into the distribution markets such as Amazon. I have a feeling that in the future they’ll try to forge alliances that will give them inroads into this arena as well. If and when they pull that off, this company will be a force for the rest of the industry to reckon with. The biggest question in my mind is whether they can make enough money to continue to offer authors such a tremendous bargain. I pray they do.

I urge you to visit and check them out. I’m putting all ten of my books on their site as soon as I find the time. SnowFall is trying to help authors make a go of it. Perhaps you can join the list of their excited clientele and let them help you.


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