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Were You There When They Crucified Our Lord? Meditations on Calvary
Accompaniment and rehearsal tracks for the songs in this Bible study book can be heard and downloaded on the Audio page.
Printable handouts (click the link to open the file; right-click to download and save it).
Faith & Ministry Resources
BibleGateway.com Read the Holy Bible online. Look up verses, find related scriptures, compare different translations and paraphrases, put links to Bible passages into e-books.
Veterans Day Worship Service Elements – PDF Hymns, prayers, etc., Linda used in Veterans Day worship services on November 11, 2012
Veterans Day Youth Message – PDF Message Linda delivered to a group of older kids at Veterans Day worship services on November 11, 2012
Monologue: The Apostle John, Transformed (now available in the collection Transformed: 5 Resurrection Dramas and as a single-script ebook John the Apostle, Transformed on Amazon). Linda combined scriptures and homily in this dramatic monologue at Veterans Day worship services on November 11, 2012
Hymnary.org A comprehensive resource for hymns and hymnals, furnishing free hymn texts, tunes, and sheet music for public domain hymns in a variety of arrangements and file formats. If you want to replace the text of a public domain hymn with your own words, you can download the hymn’s XML music file from Hymnary.org (the XML link will be in the media section of the tune’s page) and edit the lyrics with MuseScore or Finale (see below).
Hymnsite.com Free public domain hymn texts, tunes, and sheet music from The United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing
Copyright FAQs An excellent explanation of copyright principles from Hope Publishing Company, for creators and users of music and other intellectual property
AlphaStar Drama Another source of Bible-based drama scripts. Author Patricia Souder offers monologues and two-voice sketches.
Writing & Composing Resources
Montrose Christian Writers Conference: A week of learning, fellowship, and good food, held every July in Montrose, PA. More kindred spirits per square inch than anyplace else on earth! Home pond of the Odd Duck Society. (Due to changes in the Montrose Bible Conference website, there is no permanent link to writers conference info at the moment. Google it in May.)
MuseScore Free music composing and notation software. If you want to replace the text of a public domain hymn with your own words, you can download the hymn’s XML music file from Hymnary.org (see above) and edit the lyrics with MuseScore.
Indie Book Formatting, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing Resources
The publishing world evolves daily, so check appropriate sources before acting upon any information or opinions provided on this site. I’m not an attorney, tax specialist, or licensed advisor of any sort.
(Instructional files I previously posted here for Walton Writers Workshop have been removed, because some of the technical information is obsolete.)
Designing a New E-Book Cover with Photoshop Elements 11
OR “How I Dunnit” by Linda Bonney Olin. YouTube video: 52-minute narrated slide show demonstrating my process, step by step, from a digital photo of a butterfly to my finished book cover for Songs for the Lord, using Photoshop Elements 11.
If you want to learn how to use layers and masks to place part of a photo onto a background for a book cover or other project, check this out. My text boxes for title and author name were fairly basic, so look elsewhere for in-depth instruction about fancy text effects.
Creating Bookmarks and Hyperlinks – PDF Linda Bonney Olin’s handout for 2012 Montrose Christian Writers Conference focus group
Book Marketing Floozy Pat Bertram’s extensive index of articles about promoting a book on the Internet without coming across as a “marketing floozy.”
TheBookDesigner.com Joel Friedlander’s website—a mother lode of print book and e-book design instruction and all sorts of advice for indie authors.
Critter Puppet pattern CraftTales.com has free patterns, instructions, and video demonstrations to help you make your own critter puppet.
And More Resources
Lynda.com Online training site. Their excellent WordPress Essential Training video by Morten Rand-Hendriksen walked me through the process of setting up my Faith Songs website.
Dropbox Free online storage for computer files. If you install Dropbox on multiple computers/devices, it synchronizes changes. Great for protecting work done on manuscripts, images, etc., and all your valuable files, and for sharing work.
Hint: If you sign up for Dropbox through this invitation link, an additional chunk of free storage will be added to both your account and mine. <3
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