Genesis 6:13, 14 (NKJV)}
. Noah lived in the time when there was no rain yet God told him to build an ark. Of course God revealed his pan too, but can you imagine what the wicked must thought of Noah building an ark? They might have sneered or laughed at him, calling him a crazy old preacher, but Noah obeyed God and he and his whole house was saved, including every pairs of animals while the rest of the world drowned in the flood.
God changed Abram (meaning father) to Abraham (Father of many nations) when he didn't have heir or son to call his own. Can you imagine what people thought when he went around calling himself the father of many nations?
When God speaks to us, he may ask us to do something that doesn't make sense in the natural and look foolish to the rest of the world. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in the book of Jeremiah. Jerusalem was under siege yet God spoke to Jeremiah and told him to purchase a deed from his cousin. "and I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison." Interesting enough the word evidence is also found in Hebrews 11, It says, "Now Faith is the substance of things hope for and the EVIDENCE of things not seen,
This became my verse as God spoke to me and said, "Do not wait until everything is good for you to publish In Pursuit of a Cowboy. Your story is not only your seed, but your deed. " You see, I wanted to wait until I was in Montana, but God wanted me to act in Faith that would go there and He wanted me to use my story as a deed in bad times. This also means, I must find another editor because this story is special and close to my heart and I didn't want to share it with an editor who accepts secular ms submissions (one authors writes about spells and magic). I have already chosen who I want to edit and I can not wait to submit it to her.
Don' be surprise if God speaks and ask you to do something that doesn't make sense. Just look at the heroes of faith. All they needed was faith because without it, you can't please God. Don't worry what people think. Just have faith.
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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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