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Check out my brand new title I just released today, feedback, review please, I can sent you a free upload to anyone

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Hello All,


I hope this message finds you well. This is my first time publishing and I have a few questions I wonder if you all may help me answer?


1. When publishing with Create Space does a Copyright page automatically generate with data I plug in? Or is this something I need to draft or complete on my own?


2. I will send my manuscript to individuals that I will ask to make a comment for the back of the book. Am I able to add those comments after publishing?



I thought I had more but that'll do for now. Thanks all!

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I wanted to share my experience with Createspace and the timeline for working with the site. Overall, it's been an amazing thing to watch my MS Word File come to life as a real-life book in my hands. So mind-blowing!



Dec 2016       Manuscript complete


1/20/17          Created Createspace Account


1/20/17          Received call from Createspace for help on their publishing packages. Considered them over the weekend, but decided to do this on                     my own, since I had a strict timeline. I was invited to speak at a Christian Women's Conference on Feb 18... they said that a 4 week                     turnaround would be really tight.


1/22/17          Worked on my own Cover using Canva (free and absolutely amazing!)

                     Uploaded Cover to Cover maker (couldn't figure out how to make the back cover, so uploaded just the front & used CS Cover Maker                     for back).

                    Worked 20+ hours over the weekend to format interior of book - uploaded interior

                    Submitted book for approval in the late afternoon

                    Applied for LCCN # through Library of Congress - free


1/23/17         Technical Specs approval received at 10:00 am

                   Ordered First Proof via regular shipping (US) - expected 1/31/17


1/27/17         Jumped for JOY!!! Received Proof and held it in my hand while I jumped around in my kitchen!


2/1/17          Took forever to figure out why the gremlins had attacked the interior formatting of my book - when you fix one little thing, have to fix                    everything + re-do the Table of Contents!!! Re-submitted changes for approval at 7:00 pm


2/2/17          Obsessively checked e-mail until approval received at 12:31 pm - Drove my husband nuts.

2/2/17          [15min later] ordered SECOND Proof since I changed margins, gutter, format. Asked for RUSH Shipping!

2/6/17         Proof came on a Monday - made changes (minor & annoying ones) & submitted for approval review at 9:00pm


2/7/17         Thought I was compulsive before... checked website, e-mail & refreshed every 20 min.  Approval received 2:45pm

                  3:15pm - double & triple checked PDF proof (too late to order a copy now)

                  4:30pm - published to Kindle (without realizing I needed to format it differently! Whoops!)

                  9:00 pm - Received e-mail that it was approved from Kindle


2/8/17        Book was on Amazon... no kidding!!! Giddy with disbelief! Told everyone I knew!

2/8/17        Ordered my first set of 50 copies for the Women's Conference with RUSH delivery

2/13/17      Still waiting for my books to show up - expected date is Feb 14, but checked delivery status & shows they should be delivered today!


Thoughts: Steep learning curve & countless hours at the computer, making my eyes go beary. Now I know why CS does this for you. Advice: Pay them the $400 to do your interior! Wow!!! What a pain in the rear! Never realized what went into that. The headers were enough to make anyone scream. Glad I did all though because:

1. I am cheap & have a minimum budget

2. You learn how to do this on your own so you can do it again for the next book (of course there's another one... too addictive)

3. You can share ups/downs with others.


Hope you found this helpful, especially on how quickly CS turns things around. 24 hour approval is quite amazing, since my friend who published traditionally said it can take weeks.




From Isa to Christ - A Muslim Woman's Search for the Hand of God


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This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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Players With & Without Swag

Posted by Babygv Sep 2, 2016

This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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Posted by b-rasta Aug 2, 2015

I was so excited i fogot to add thed link, my apologies!

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sit and be bored?

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I love history books and mystery books the most. Anything to do with music history gets me going. Can anyone recommend anyone I should check out or books I should check out?

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By Christopher T. Hamel


     He didn?t mean to do it . . . Yet the shock in his victim?s eyes told David Hockey differently.

     ?Oh my god . . .? He whispered. And then tickling the sides of his face were the quickly morphing tears of coming madness.

     ?Ma??The sound of his non-emotional voice is what sickened him, not the ****-wretched smell of his mother. However he felt himself changing; he didn?t know it, but he felt evil personified. ?Mommy!? He said, trying to get more emotion into it, but all the word ?mommy? did was evaporate into the air, and hang there just before the whisper from David?s lips said: ?I killed my mother,? made the word disappear completely.

     David walked over to his dear mommy, staring at the freshly sharpened steak knife sticking out of his mother?s throat. Blood tried to leak freely from where the wound would be if the knife were to be removed. Blood had navigated it's way down to her white blouse, seeping through and revealing her black sports bra, which to David now looked purple.

     Dave just stood there, shadow over his mother?s body. He stared at the knife and then at her eyes, and that?s when he closed his own in terror. They stung. He closed his mother?s dead, terrified, and shocked eyes. They still seemed to have soul. God had not taken her spirit; not without getting David getting to feel at least some guilt.

     Though David?s tears felt hot, along with this pounding remorse was the feel of a great and powerful?dark?high.

I killed my mother, David thought, enchanted by the words dancing through his mind. ?I killed Mommy,? he said aloud. ?And I?m only ten.?

Click.The sound of the door being unlocked, opened, and then noises of people. His sister saying something, and what? Her boyfriend too? Yeah, it was Greg?laughing at something she was saying to him; probably a corny half-assed joke?Beth wasn?t that funny, at least Dave didn?t think so; she was annoying.

     At first Dave froze in fear, but then a crazy idea occurred to him. Killing his mother, though horrible, gave him the thrill of his life.

Wonderful wasn?t it? His own voice, yet somehow darker, seemed to speak to him from the front of his mind. Dave?s eyes then filled with insanity; he could hear the shallowness of his breath, the rapid beating of his heart.

     ?Mom?? Beth called, as Dave heard her heading toward the kitchen.

     ?She?s in here sissy.? Dave said, surprised by the steadiness in his voice. Dave then ran over to his mother, and quickly grabbed the knife out from the inside of her throat. Blood sprayed upward a little, like a quick leak from a fire hydrant.

     ?Oh my god, Mom!? Beth screamed as her own tears started to flow. And as she started to run toward the corpse of her murdered mother, she didn?t seem to notice that David still had a blood drenched knife held tightly in his right hand. Dave didn?t let her either, because with it he charged at Beth?s boyfriend, and killed him?thrusting the freshly blood-painted knife into Gregory?s abdomen.

Greg seemed to gulp the air, as little David took the knife out of his stomach. Darn it, David reflected, as Greg?s blood seemed to spill a little on David?s shirt. Greg fell to his knees and stared in disbelief at David?s wild enraged eyes; for a moment Greg thought he saw full black in his gaze instead of that adorable little brown.

     ?David!? Beth cried, and when her darling little brother turned around, she did not see him. She saw the spawn of Satan.

     Smiling, Dave started laughing his full head off and ran toward his sister.

     Beth booked it, and Dave pounced but missed, by just a few hairs.

     Suddenly whatever insanity had overwhelmed Dave completed its possession. Windows then locked on their own, so did the doors. Everything sweet about David Hockey was also locked.

     ?All because I had top go in the corner!? David yelled. His voice was not just the cute high-pitched voice of a child, but deep and gurgling like that of a monster. It seemed a sinister, baleful creature was speaking behind him as David spoke.

     ?Beaaaaathhhhhhyyyyy?? David said in his most playful tone, which would make just about anyone shudder. David laughed, ?Aw, you?re such a good sissy, you never play hide ?n seek wit me.?

     Dave was walking toward the door. Slow. Smiling wide enough to make his jaws creak.

     It took a while?he was having fun. However soon, David stopped, his arms swung loosely in front of him, as if they were broken. He cocked his head like a dog; you could hear his neck crack as he did so.

     ?Found you.? David whispered and ran with arms swaying from side to side. He then ran, laughing toward the brown leather easy chair, and that?s when the door banged open.

     ?Freeze!? A young policeman said. Behind him was a slightly older one. Both looked shocked, but David knew that she had called them. David stopped all right, murmured something in what sounded like Latin, and then just dropped.

     The younger cop ran toward the boy and to his surprise yet sickened relief that was held inside his stomach . . . ?He?s dead.?


     In Autopsy, Dr. Stanley was stumped with this boy. Not only had he died of a heart failure and had virtually no physical problems, but also from the questions the authorities asked Elizabeth Hockey regarding if her baby brother showed any signs of being?well psychotic, she actually made the kid sound like a little ******* angel.

     The police had also found a ouji board in David Hocky's room, and though one officer found this to be suspicious, it was immediately dismissed.

Suddenly Stanley heard the automatic door swish open, but saw no one coming through. The air felt suddenly chilled as the doctor realized the door just opened on it?s own.

     Strange, Dr. Stanley reflected as he felt a jolt of adrenaline and anger coursed through him. He went back to the body and picked up one of his instruments: a large blade. Suddenly the deceased David Hockey opened his eyes, blackness started to rise out of the boy?s pours, and then for a split second . . . and the doctor's eyes turned black with insanity.

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New Music From Boxon Swagga Squad - For The Love Of Hip Hop

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It has been great experience with createspace.  What has your experiences been?  Here's my info....please share your links with me and I just might buy your book!   Consider mine, too, here are the details:  I am 38 an autistic healthcare expert terminal now with ALS.  Please reach out if need mind is just fine!  Would you consider to pass this information to as many as possible?  Here are just two good reviews:  To consider to purchase:  Thank you so much for at least considering this and again, feel free to reach out if you need anything. Michele  717-747-3434

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I was staring at the book rack at the market when a particular book cover caught me eye.  Most of the covers were dark and dangerous looking, but this one was white with a very sexy pair of legs and a swishing skirt.  It was so lovely, I couldn't help but pick it up.  John Locke had just recently released "Wish List" and once I thumbed through it, I couldn't help but buy it even though I had a pile of unread books at home.


Apparently, Locke has made a big name for himself in a very short time (about three years).  He is really an insurance agent who decided to write at night.  He focuses on quality work which, I'm sorry guys, but people in self-publishing really need to be aware of.  Not everybody can write a block buster, but for the most part, the previews I've seen would be considered poison by the average editor.


Locke claims to be the first self-published e-book author to sell a million copies.  He is also a businessman and a salesman which I'm sure counts for a lot of his success.  He's promotes selling e-books for 99 cents.  The 35 percent, he says, is far better than what you'd get dealing directly with a publisher.


He also says that he spends most of his marketing time sending e-mails and tweeting and does less of it once he settles down to write.


According to one source, he's getting as many as 35,000 downloads per day.  But his work is hilarious.  I was captivated before I even left the store.  And when he tweets, I haven't seen him promote his work, I've seen him making friends.  "My friend Shelley has just written one great book" is typical of what you see.


He has about 68,000 followers and people he is following.  His tweets are relatively few at about 4,000.  So I guess the name of the game is "who you know."  And make sure the books you write are hot.


Mindy Ross


MARIAH'S MOST WANTED will be available in the spring. 

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Glenn Langohr Spent 10 Years Incarcerated on Drug Charges Where He Changed His Life Through Writing His Novel Roll Call, Now a Big Seller on Amazon

In Roll Call, Glenn Langohr takes the reader on a journey from his runaway childhood, to addict and drug dealer, deeper into the drug war for an inside look at Mexican cartel wars, corrupt narcotic detectives and a California Prison Union bent on breeding bigger criminals.

Glenn Langohr, author of Roll Call

Quote start"By incarcerating drug offenders we're breeding an addiction into an affliction much harder to escape."Quote end

San Clemente, Ca (PRWEB) December 30, 2011

Roll Call by Glenn Langohr, available in print and E-book, delves into a true account of his drug dealing past, that turned into trumped up organized crime charges over a bad business deal with the fabricator of Custom Craft Harley Davidson's. Then, the novel follows his path through the prison system to reveal how the California Prison Union used terror tactics with then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger relating to the 3 Strike’s Law. Harvard lawyers have since confirmed with “A shameful lie.”

Kirkus Discoveries Nielson Media
"A harrowing, down-and-dirty depiction--sometimes reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic--of America's war on drugs, by former dealer and California artist Langohr."

Glenn Langohr's vision is to influence more smart on crime and redemption. He writes prisoners at the most zealous prisons, like Pelican Bay to inspire them to take what they have been through and turn it into a blessing through writing and art. See his youtube video for more.

Other books by Glenn Langohr: Upon Release, sequel to Roll Call, A California Pelican Bay Prison Story Vol 1, Lock Up Diaries Vol 2 and Gladiator Vol 3. Available on Amazon.

Roll Call in print $19.99 and $3.99 in E-book.

Upon Release 2.99 in E-Book- Upon Release from Pelican Bay Prison, B.J struggles not to look back at the Criminal Justice System that tried to kill him. Inspired to help prisoners turn their lives around through art, he tries to work for the church. Running into judgment, the church doesn't tell the shelter he lives at he was volunteering his time helping orphans and B.J is on the run again. Add a beautiful ballerina, a good cop squeezed out of the loop by overzealous detectives, a prison protest to help the voiceless, and the temptation to do a massive drug run from Mexico, and you have the perfect recipe for a Spiritual revolution, where compassion is missing, all leaving the reader wondering; who are the real criminals?

A California Pelican Bay Prison Story-Race Riot, $2.99 in E-book- A penetrating look inside of one California's most dangerous prisons.
B.J, a drug dealer serving time, struggling to hold on to truth and his faith in God, takes the reader on a never before seen, inside look at a California level 4 prison. The inner dynamics between prison guards, gang investigators and the Warden are on display along with the political climate between races with a war brewing between the Mexicans and Blacks. A piercing account of the process for gang validation into solitary confinement at Pelican Bay's SHU through the eyes of inmates struggling to survive gang wars, in prison drug debts, prison politics, rules and regulations, and ultimately power and control, while desperately trying to find a path for redemption along the way.

A California Pelican Bay Prison Story Vol 2 Lock Up Diaries, $2.99 in E-book

A California Pelican Bay Prison Story Vol 3 Gladiator, $2.99 in E-book

Interviews and copies for review available upon request.

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