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Corporate Fatwa

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Started by Don. Last reply by Stephen Goldin Aug 22, 2014. 3 Replies

Upcoming New Book putting God on Trial

Started by Ravi Morey. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jun 19, 2013. 1 Reply

I've Just Published a New Book, the "Freethought Resource Guide"

Started by Mark Vandebrake. Last reply by Michael B. Paulk May 26, 2013. 1 Reply

Is anyone working on anything?

Started by Joe Fausnight. Last reply by Milan Elesin Jan 31, 2013. 47 Replies

Is it too over the top?

Started by Ted E Bear. Last reply by Alan Michael Wilt Jan 21, 2013. 2 Replies

writing from musical flow

Started by michele ricketts. Last reply by Craig A. James Sep 22, 2012. 1 Reply

Book review blogs?

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Comment by Don on August 15, 2015 at 1:07pm

Hi, Marissa, and welcome to the group.  As a lover of sci-fi/fantasy with an atheistic edge, you'd enjoy my latest novel, POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD (Green Writers Press), a YA fantasy set in a repressive theocracy and featuring an atheist witch as its heroine and fundamentalists as its villains.

It's been receiving strong notices and continuing attention, I'm glad to say.  It's not easy these days for a novel to get much traction.   

Comment by Marissa on August 15, 2015 at 10:32am

Hi all! Just introducing myself as I'm a professional freelance book editor who's always looking out for freethinking/skeptical minded authors to work with. I specialize in science fiction & fantasy, and do a lot of non fiction titles too. If you're interested, you can find more about me at
or twitter @Marissavu.

(I should note, sometimes I can squeeze in a project at short notice, but usually my waiting list is about 3 months... so best to get in touch early if you're considering hiring an editor for your book).

Happy writing! And thanks for adding some freethought to the world of literature. :)

Comment by Johnny P on August 15, 2015 at 9:41am

By ling, I mean long, of course.

Comment by Johnny P on August 15, 2015 at 9:40am

I own a skepical publishing company (Onus Books) and have just started a fiction imprint (Loom) with its first book out recently by Rebecca Bradley (book is called Cadon, Hunter).

All is going well on this front. The challenge, though, is marketing, certainly for shifting large numbers. Publishing a book is relatively easy. Selling them in good numbers is much harder.

If anyone has any skeptical/humanist/atheist poetry, I am accepting submissions for an anthology:

Arni - ling time no hear!

Comment by Don on August 15, 2015 at 9:21am

Arni--I left a message for you on your home page about I book I think you'll enjoy . . .


Comment by Arni F Sigurdsson on August 15, 2015 at 7:48am

Regarding a criteria for atheistic writing, I have written this short story that has an atheist position towards Norse mythology; does that qualify as atheistic writing?

Comment by Joe C on March 22, 2015 at 7:30pm

In this day and age, consider self-publishing. Create Space is a "print on demand" partner for Amazon. Book Baby is an aggregator that can get your book on iTunes, B & N, Kobo, Amazon, etc. 

If you go this route you need to hire your own editor and designer for cover/layout (and if you wish, a publicist). You can be your own publisher or appoint Create Space as the publisher and they'll get you a bar-code etc. You set the price, they pay you a royalty.

I looked at some of the Vanity Press options but this route has no upfront costs other that help I hired myself. I wrote a 2013 book, 420 pgs, $18.89 in paperback and $9.99 as an eBook and Amazon pays me $5.50 if people buy it off the Amazon site and $1.20 if they buy it through their bookstore. If I sell it, I order it from them, they charge $6.00 to print it + shipping and buyers can pay by paypal (or I have a Visa/Master Card account). I sell about 200 a month (3,300 total so far) and that's about as well as I expected to do.

It's a secular daily reflection for the mostly religious Twelve Step community. Atheists love it, theist don't seem to mind it either. It's not offensive by design, it is just unabashedly prayer and faith-free.

So, consider POD (Print of Demand) if you don't think you'll mind doing a little marketing homework. If you're established in social media that will help, too.

Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life 

I considered printing a couple thousand which would have brought my cost per book in 1/2 but then I'd have to store them and Amazon gets better shipping rates than I can so I think my overall costs (and certainly risk) is way lower.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 22, 2015 at 12:17pm

i'm sorry.  I should have given the company's name that published my book.  It was Xlibris.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 22, 2015 at 12:15pm

I went to the "vanity press".  I had to pay to get mine published, but then I'm not the best writer in the world.  My book "It's Time For A Talk" is only 58 pages long, and it cost me $600.  I thought it was worth it because I'm trying to get religion out of the Republican party.  I sent a soft-cover edition to each of the leading contenders in the party as of right now, and the Republican national headquarters.

Comment by Michael B. Paulk on February 12, 2015 at 2:30pm

American Atheist Press of course! 


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