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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Celebrate the Reformation's 500th by Printing Your Own Amazon Books.
Self-Publish in Your Own Congregation



The new humor book by CFW Walther, his Pastoral Theology, provided by Concordia Publishing House for $40, got me thinking out loud with a faithful Lutheran.

That Walther book - hardback, in black and white - costs about $3 to print. There are development costs, like those five-martini lunches, but they melt away with a big printing. A large printing is little more than the cost of paper and ink. Why the new Bible translation every month? Because Bible publishing is like a printing money.

I know the cost of Amazon books, because I publish them often. Creation Gardening, full color cover and interior, is only $5 at my cost. The retail cost goes mostly to Amazon.

Making Disciples, with a color cover and black and white interior - that is only $2 at my cost. That is an old tradition. The author of any published work gets a discount so he can give away books to reviewers, relatives, and friends.



How Does This Work in a Parish?
When I worked with The Lutheran magazine, long ago, the marketing guy told us that hand-outs have a very short life with any individual. Like newspapers, they get tossed quickly.

Magazines last much longer, a month or so.

Books last for years. People do not easily throw away a bound book. My garage is an example, and most homes have orphaned books that no one can quite throw away.

A congregation can put together a worthwhile booklet that teaches traditional worship, Lutheran doctrine, and other spiritual matters, add abundant illustrations, and print it any number for $2 each. That would have a full color cover, front and back, and black and white interior.

Vanity Presses
Vanity presses make it feasible to print more books for almost the same price. Thus 500 books cost only a little less than a thousand, or two thousand. Why not 5,000?

Print on Demand
But Amazon prints for the same price each, the only bargain being shipping to the same address. One at a time is a big chunk of money compared to the book itself. If a large box is sent, the shipping is minimal per copy.

Kindle E-Books
I publish everything first as printed books and also as Kindle E-books. Those who pay their Kindle $10 fee get them free. The rest get them at whatever price is established. No author's discount there.

Putting Them Together
I pay Janie Sullivan to get the final version ready for Amazon/Create Space. She takes care of format issues, typos here and there, and porting the work to Kindle. Amazon (Create Space) also has people who do this for a fee.

If a congregation believes in what the Sower and the Seed teaches, then it will have no doubts about sowing the Word carelessly, not measuring the soil (as the Fulleroids do) but trusting in the Word.



Matthew 13 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 Count the seeds that grew from one seed.