Many professional graphic designers will tell you that using free images is a no-no, esp if you use a model from those places yet I have seen published books with a model from Pixabay. I agree that unless you don't have expressed permission, it's better not to use free images, but is it okay to make sample covers with them on it? I think so, but according to a group administrator, no.
Recently, I posted an album in a group, in one cover, I used a free image. I specified that it was not for sale and that it was sample work. The admin acted like I had downloaded a computer image and uploaded it to a group. I stopped using computer images long ago because it looks tacky with the logos on the cover and it doesn't look professional, yet according to the admin neither does free images. Whatever. They not only removed my album but they removed me. They extinguished the light in their dark group. Many designers in that group posts dark or very secular covers which is why I say the group is dark.
God is not limited to the groups. They would probably kick him out too. He would probably oppose to the kind of covers people posts. He could send me the clients as he wish. In the past, very few authors had hired me in those groups. Many who had hired me were author friends, or authors from groups I am in or they found my website. I would just cut my losses and press on.
So why do I use free images with people on it, if there are no model releases? First of all, I don't understand why photographers would upload them. I guess its like fonts. Just because a font is free doesn't mean it's free for commercial use. Although they do have fonts that are. Maybe photographers are in it for show only. I have to admit, many of the images are people who are not Americans, but some are great for fantasy. There are a few images of couples that I used for sample work.
Secondly, why make many more investments in paid images when authors still won't come to me? If people insist I use paid images, then my prices will go up. I started out with $50 covers. I wanted to keep my prices low, but it went up because I rent photoshop. If more clients come to me than my prices will go down. That's another thing about that group. I refuse to raise my prices just to stay in the group too. As I said, God is not limited to groups.
My starting price is $60 but that's because I use paid images, but sometimes I reduce it on a cover because I had the premade for so long. I offer discounts to seniors and I am having a sale this weekend! So check out my covers!
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37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
When Jesus, the Messiah entered an unclean man's house (the Pharisee) and sat down to eat, they were astonished he didn't follow their tradition of hand-washing. They had followed the handed down tradition that Moses taught that their heads were still stuck on the old. They also viewed Jesus as unclean. Jesus knew this and let them have it. "Shame on you Pharisees and teachers of the law because while you are so concern about having clean hands, you forget about the condition of your heart." I think Jesus accepted the invitation to dine with them because he wanted to teach them something. Jesus cared more about the heart than following tradition. He didn't say we shouldn't follow them but we need both inside and outside clean. To kinds of cleansing is mentioned here: physical (hand-washing) and spiritual( inside)
They have neglected to take care of what was in their heart. They needed a spiritual cleasning.
Are you clean? Everyone takes baths and or showers. They even wash their hands before eating, but if you don't spend time reading the Bible and let the water of the Bible cleanse you, then you are not completely clean. Paul wrote this: 7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.(1 Cor 7:1)
God's word is spiritual water for our cleansing. In John 13, Jesus told his disciple that they are already clean because they have him, the living word. He taught them many things while he was alive. He teaches us what they have already learn, but we can't just be hearers of the word, but doers. We must become like the man who built the house on And let's a rock. When we do, we are blessed and we become clean. What makes us filthy is not just dirt and soil, but wickedness and sin. Let's face it, we all have sinned become short the glory of God.
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I would like to apologize to those who read this book. Not for writing it, but leaving you wondering, "what in the world is soaking worship?" I am sure many of you shook your heads. Some of you saw the negative review about you and steered away. Well, I have some great news! The second edition is out and instead of telling you it, I showed you! You all need to check it out! It's been out for awhile and hardly any reviews on it. I wonder why. So, without further ado, here it is:
I have been using the phrase immersing in the Word in my own life and has I tried to get some sleep, it all made sense to why it us called soaking worship. When I wrote the second editions pf both book and one, I used the phrase "Christian Inspirational music." and I went a little deeper in book 2.
First of all, see the Bible as water that cleanses you. We know that Jesus is the Word and therefore he cleanses us. When we read and study the Bible, and act on it, the word cleanses us from the filthiness of the world. The Apostle Paul that we should cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the world. We can do that when we renew our minds and let it transform us. When we go deep in his word by meditating on it, and let each word sink into our spirit, the Holy Spirit will teach us all truth and keep us from conforming to what the world wants us to be.
Now let's take it to a physical or natural level. When you take a bath, do you soak in the soothing and cleansing water? There was an old Calgon commercial when a mother had a stressful day. She had filled her tub with water and Calgon, as soon as she stepped in, she said, "Calgon take me away!" Sometimes, we need to say, "Holy Spirit take me away from the filth of this world!" So where does music come in? If you have ever been in a church or a worship service, sometimes the music invites the spirit of prophecy to come into our meeting, or opens the floor to prophecy. In other times, you could really sense the Lord's presence, as you worship him and that is what it did for Beth and Julie in book 2.
After spending two hours listening to inspirational music and meditating on God’s word, all their tension and stress faded away into nothingness. They were in the now and in the presence of God and felt a connection to Him, as His love warmed the room as it washed over her.
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Dear Book Promoters,
This is to inform you that sending emails to me, and asking me if I would like to promote my book on your site is regarded as spam. People say there is no such thing as free lunch so I suspect you are just after my money. If you send me an email, you will get a snarky reply. Stop wasting your time trying to scam me. It will not work.
Just because I have fewer than ten reviews does not mean, I am desperate enough to promote with you. You are not Godsent. You are not the only one. If I want to pay for for promotion, I will research the places myself and submit with them. My books have few reviews because the right readers have nor read it nor those who have read it, left a review. My books do not need your help.
Further more, it will be by divine favor that my books will get noticed less man say they promoted me and boast about it.
Sincerely, an annoyed author
I want to apologize to my fans who enjoyed the Past Hunter but waited so long for book 2. Please read below about why I didn't rapid release them.
Less than ten years ago, I wanted to write a story about a woman whose boyfriend tried to find her. It would start in California, but both characters are from Montana. Why Montana? I never share this my friends but after reading a Cowboys Touch by Denise Hunter, I started looming online at ranches. I have never been to Montana and God had replaced the desire to go to Washington State with going there. I didn’t know too much about ranching and much of the original story revolved around her boyfriend trying to reconcile with her and her still thinking he killed someone. The idea of writing book two haven’t crossed my mind. I heard of other authors writing a series, but I didn’t know anything about rapid releases either. Yet they were doing it.
Because of my lack of finances, how could I afford professional editing for all my books? Back in 2012, I had no income whatsoever. In fact, my book needed more editing. I got free help twice, but it still needed work. A few years later, A reader encouraged me to write book two. Yet she never read it. Oh well. When I wrote book 3, I still knew nothing about rapid release. I just release them when I can. Besides, how do you release books with no or little reviews? Easy you are known, but in my experience, people aren’t interested.
I have learned my lesson. Is it too late for readers to notice my books? I posted them when they are on sale, but not when they are free. I have some faithful readers and they are in my readers group. I have book four in the works but that may take time. I have another series I would like to write and I will rapid release them. When? I don't know. I have two stories I want to publish before that happens…maybe 3 if the Lord wills i
"Blessed are ye who sows by all waters..." Isaiah 32:20
Jesus used parables to get his hearers attention and farmers knew very well when he preached a message about the four soils and the seed, but they didn't get the spiritual applications---only his disciples had. Sowing and reaping is an old testament law that started back in the days of Adam. In fact, the LORD God (Adonai Elohim)'s government of sowing and reaping. Every seed bears something: fruit-bearing seeds yields fruit, herb bearing seed yields herbs. God is very much into people bearing fruit and the seed people use is called the word of God.
He who hears let him hear.
Jesus told his disciples that they are permitted to know the secrets of the mystery of the kingdom of God. He continues to tell them what the seed is and no surprise to that, it is HIMSELF!. If you look it up in accordance, the reference number is 4703. Go down the list and the same reference number is used for Jon 1:1 "In the beginning was the WORD, and WORD was in the beginning and the WORD was God. Some people have problems with Jesus being God. They can't see God on the cross, but God is plural (Elohim). In many denominations, people believe in the trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the word of God.
The above scriptures in natural would be an impossibility, but you have to look at in another context. We have to assume that the blessed person sows seeds just as the farmer sows seeds in the parable. And what exactly is all waters? Does it mean you have to sail in the boat to do that? No. Often times in the scripture, there is symbolism, and waters represents people and nations. The blessed person is one who tells everyone about Jesus! "Jesus saves!" "Jesus heals!", etc.
Not everyone receives the good news about Jesus. Some will hear it but before they can let the word take root, the enemy will take it away. Some will hear it but when persecution comes, they will fall away. Some will hear it, but deceitfulness of riches and cares of life will choke the word out of them, but others who will receive it gladly. Those who do will multiply the kingdom. Jesus often will state what the kingdom of God is like and other times will use parables to tell his hearers how the kingdom is operated on. In this one, its the law of sowing and reaping. Sow seed on good ground and you will reap a harvest of souls.
So go out sow Jesus into people's lives! Sow the word of God and be blessed!
" So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind."- Eccless 2:17
The other day, I pondered my life. What was the purpose of my life? The question brought Solomon's words to my mind: everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Solomon pointed out that without God, life is futile, but God gives meaning. Consider the godless. They accumulate wealth, they work their way up the ladder. They do many works, but for what purpose? Life goes on and on. It reminds me of a story I am reading. It's called Escape from Paradise written by Daniel Ferguson. The main character gets lost and ends up living with the ow mountain people who do the same thing over and over and without meaning or purpose.
There is nothing wrong with accumulating wealth as long as you are rich to God and not self. You can use wealth to advance the kingdom of God, but if you are like the man who has plenty of goods stored up, what advantage is that to you? Jesus said that thieves steal and moth and rust destroy. If your heart is for the kingdom of God, you can make investments that will pay off in the end. However many godless who store up wealth are like that farmer.
Solomon wrote when you spend your life without God (godlessness) it is all meaningless and a chasing after the wind. Some translations calls it grasping the wind or vexation of the spirit. Have you tried to grasp wind? Do you even know what it looks like? Jesus told Nicodemus that you can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind. So it is all pointless and that's what living without God is like. What is the point of living if you just go about everyday doing the same thing without God? In chapter 2, Solomon wrote that he accomplished many things but it was all meaningless. Remember, he feel away from God when I married pagan women.
If you are not living for God, then you are living for yourself or whatever is first in your life. Only God can give meaning to life.
Live with Regrets
Have you been there? You thought you did the right thing until it dawned on you, it was all a mistake? They say that regret is expensive. Sometimes you can't undo it. Other times, you could apologize to the person you hurt, but what if it comes to choices you made for yourself? I made many mistakes in my life. Instead of seeking God, I went with the impulse to buy it. It felt right, but soon found out I really didn't need it. It would be too late to get a refund so I'm stuck with a product I paid for.
Scripture says if you acknowledge God he will made your paths straight. It also says Commit your ways to him. Sometimes we fail to do that. Just think, if Julie had the kind of relationship with God that she had in book 2, she would not have called the police. Yet Julie acted on impulse as it was one of her flaws.
God works out all things out for the good of those who loves him. Sometimes he could turn our mistakes and use them for our good. When it comes to people he can have two people who have hurt each other to reconcile. You would have to read The Past Hunter to find out more.
Just know that God loves us and will forgive us if he ask him to. Share your thoughts on regrets
As a single woman, it is hard for me to enjoy Song of Solomon. It's a book that celebrates love between two lovers. The bride sings over her lover and he signs over her. It's like having Valentine's Day in your face, but God changed my view on that.
As I showered, a song I heard on my sister's Song 4 Worship CD came to mind.
It was not the song title, but the lyrics that God quickened into my spirit. You see God rejoices over us just as the groom rejoices over his bride. The scripture says that the church is the bride and he is our bridegroom. The prophet Isaiah describes his rejoicing over us this way: "As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride so will God rejoice over you."(Isaiah 62:5)
God. All three of the trinity will rejoice over us because we are His bride. Don't you like that? God sings over us and He delights in us.
We are God's bride. When you read Song of Solomon see that as God's love for us and our love for us. Because of what Jesus did, he overlooks any flaws in us and sees his son just as Solomon saw his bride as perfect. Granted, that the church is not the perfect spotless bride as a whole, but Jesus took our sins and made us blameless in his sight.
Thank you, Jesus for your sacrifice so that I could be the blameless and spotless bride for you!
Now let's rejoice in Him!
"Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit."
Imagine if you will, someone needing your expertise. All it takes is the word of the mouth. But what if the person who has the power to hurt your business or to help it, doesn't speak good about your service? The same could be true of an author. A book review could either hurt or help an author because people uses reviews to determine whether they will purchase the book or not. When a reader says I will not recommend this book because of unrealistic storyline or whatever negative they could find, they are not speaking good about your book? Even in a business when you need people to buy your product or use your services, the words consumers use could hurt us. "Don't hire such and such business because they do a bad job." What they are doing is using their words to curse us.
But when you speak well of someone or a business, you are helping them to succeed and maybe gain new customers, or in my case, readers. The scripture says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Life and death is blessing and cursing. Deuteronomy 30:15 says, "See, I have set before you today, life and good, death and evil." In the new testament to bless means to speak good of others and to curse means to speak evil of others.
You can not do both of the same person because James wrote, "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My Brethren, these things ought not to be so." James 3:10. This comes from the same chapter about how evil our tongue can be. So chose wisely what you will say about someone. Someday it will bite you in the bud or blessings will return on you.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.