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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    One thing we have not asked is, "The beginning and the end of what?'" The answer is in the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the original Hebrew language script. The 'Aleph' and the 'Tav' spell out God's plan of salvation. Those two letters are together in Genesis 1:1, untranslated in the English Bible, but they are there in the Hebrew Bible. The 'Aleph' in the ancient Hebrew language script is an ox head, representing God. The 'Tav' is two sticks that form a cross, meaning 'covenant.' The 'Aleph' and the 'Tav' indicate that God is the covenant and the sacrifice. And the first word in the Hebrew Bible, that is often translated 'In the beginning' in English, spells out God's plan of salvation in the ancient Hebrew language script. Watch this video:
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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    Proverbs 25:2-3 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Revelation 1:3-7 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 1 Corinthians 6:2-5 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 2 Timothy 2:10-15 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. John 16:12-15 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. Hosea 6:6 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
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    Kindle Publishing

    I paid one of the oldest formatting companies in the industry to format my book. Their rates were reasonable and they gave me the book in to formats, .mobi for Kindle and .epub for iBooks (etc.), and they tested the files to make sure that it displayed well on several devices. Formatting, if done from scratch, uses a variant of HTML code. Amazon has guidelines on how to format a Word document so that Amazon can automatically change it into a .mobi (Kindle) file here... https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A17W8UM0MMSQX6 ...but sometimes that doesn't work well, especially if you have complex layouts in your book. Sometimes an ebook needs to be formatted by touching the code so that it can look nice. Here's a taste of what editing code looks like: https://mariolurig.com/books/build-ebook-from-html-code/
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    Kindle Publishing

    If I'm not mistaken, being in the program gives you 70% of the sales price as your cut, but your title must be exclusively available on Amazon. Outside of the program (and for countries that are not included in the program, even when you are in the program), your cut is 35% of the sale price. If the content in your book is a copy-and-paste of what you have online, you may be required to remove what you have online if you make your book available exclusively through Kindle. If the wording of the content in your book is materially different from what you already have online (even if it's the same basic content but worded in a much different way) you may be able to continue making what you have online already available online... you should check the Amazon Kindle publishing 'questions and answers' section. https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/A3R2IZDC42DJW6
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    Joining A Union

    A good script that was turned into a movie badly can destroy a writer's chances of getting picked up... but that's where connections come in. It might be hard for a first-time writer to recover from a badly made movie, but it's possible. A nail in the coffin is usually when a strong of bad movies are made from the writer's scripts; And then there's making your own movie. What you can do, as a form of practice, is write stories that take place in a room with two people. You can record yourself acting and voicing the dialogue and you can record it with the camera in your phone (if you have a camera phone) or a normal photo camera if it has a video recording feature. Then you can edit the scenes together into a movie, using an app that came with your computer, possibly. That will give you an idea of how your dialogue sounds on film, how an actor might act a part, how a director might shoot the scenes, and how it looks altogether when you finish editing it. That might help you improve a script. It can also give you an idea of what an actor might be feeling when playing/living the part. That might inform your writing to make the character, and the story, more real.
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    Joining A Union

    Then you may want to look at the type of movies that you write and look through the credits. See what else those production studios did, see what else those producers and directors did, etc. Then read up on them as people to see whether they're the type of person you want to work with. That can narrow down who you should talk to. The guilds... I wouldn't worry about joining a guild just yet. It would be a good idea to find out how they work, what their roles are in the industry, and when a writer should join a guild (if a writer even needs to). The more important thing is to write well and to network. Ideally, you want to have work lined up, or good scripts that can showcase your talents, before you spend money on joining a guild. You can register your screenplay with the WGA, but you don't need to be a member of the WGA to register your script. https://www.wgawregistry.org/ With screenplays... it can be difficult to cross genres if you're known for writing in one genre and the genre that you want to move into is wildly different from the one you're known for (unless you have a great screenplay). It would be good to become known as someone who writes great stories in any genre, but you may want to stick to one wheelhouse and branch out from there. Many movies are not in only 'one genre,' there is cross-over. And within genres, there are flavours of that genre. So if someone sees that you did 'this,' and it's kinda like the thing they want to do, they might give the job to you even though it's not in your 'usual' genre. But the bottom line is: they want to see a great script. People have great ideas, but they want to see a great script that executes an idea in a great way. And production companies like seeing a proven success. If you work on a small film and it's a huge success, producers and decision-makers look at that and say, 'What was so great about this film? And what was the ROI?' (How much money did they make as a percentage above cost?) And if you can work with a great director, where the two of you work well together, that director might pull you up with him. Directors have the power in films more than writers do. And directors seem to have more power than producers do sometimes because the director is directing one single 'episode' and it has to be a unified story. A production studio, like Warner Brothers, is usually full of people who graduated from business school. They usually don't know what is in a good screenplay or when a screenplay can be made into a movie that will make them a lot of money. They usually delegate that responsibility of decision-making and the vetting process to established producers and directors who have already made them money. That's even moreso true in television, where the showrunner runs the show. It's difficult to become a showrunner because of the costs involved of production and how quickly money needs to be spent and the how fast the turnover rate is. In television, Showrunners have the power. In television, writers have more power than directors, because the directors can't do their own think and ignore the writers on a long-running series, but writers and directors get credited for doing individual episodes. The Showrunner(s) has/have far more power than any individual directors or writers. The Showrunner is an executive producer that runs the direction of the show. If you look at it from a money - a cost and turnover - perspective, it'll be easier to figure out how the industry works.
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    Joining A Union

    Sometimes, you can learn a lot from a broken movie. I recommend that you read the screenplays of really good movies and very bad movies and compare them to the finished films. You might be able to see how a movie director re-worked something that made the movie better, or worse. You can see the roles that actors, the cinematographer, the director, the composer, etc. play, how they portrayed what they read in the script, and how things worked together in the movie. And that's important, because you're writing for an audio-visual medium. A screenplay is not a finished product, it's a work-in-process.
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    Joining A Union

    I've done research on this. The bottom line is this: Connections get you places. So many people write screenplays and teleplays every year that agents, etc. have to sort through Thousands of screenplays. In most cases, if you get the formatting wrote [Edit: meant to say 'wrong'] (such as using Times New Roman instead of Courier, for example), your work could be rejected immediately. And if your work is rejected - for Any reason - it goes into the 'rejected' pile. And people talk. Everyone knows who's in the reject pile. It's sort of like a blacklist because nobody wants to waste time looking at material from someone who was already rejected. And it's not specific to any one screenplay - because a writer can change the first per pages and the title and submit a screenplay again - it's specific to a screenwriter. So if you want to submit your screenplay again after it's been rejected, you either have to talk to someone and get them willing to read it, or you may have to submit it under another name (such as John Smith instead of J. Smith) if they don't catch on that you're on the 'rejected' list. The people who read through thousands of screenplays often look at the first five pages, or only the first page if they can make a decision by that time. If they Really like it, they might read it to the end. And if they like it at the end, there's a good chance it'll be looked at by someone else. And that might get you a job. Perhaps your screenplay will be turned into a movie. Or maybe you'll be hired to write, or rewrite, another screenplay. And if a director or a producer or a studio wants to use your screenplay, they may want to edit your story. They might want to use your story, but not as it currently is. Or they may want to gut 80% of your story and put the rest through a grinding mill until it's unrecognizable. That happens more often than you may think. Hollywood is Liberal. And by Liberal I mean 'immorality on the screen.' In Hollywood, directors have power over a movie's direction and content. Most of the time, directors don't want the screenwriter anywhere near the movie and certainly not on location while filming. Money controls production. Whoever has the money calls the shots. Something you could do, if you don't want to let go of creative control over your film, is to produce it yourself. You could ask a movie studio for money. Usually, if they think the project is good, they'll give $5~6 million to a low-budget production, about $12 million if it's an action movie, and let you have creative control. Or you can get money from private investors. Kickstarter campaigns have proven to be effective for raising money. If you want a cinema release across the U.S., it may cost you $30+ million to secure cinema times. A cinema has no problem, usually, bumping a small movie if a big studio wants that timeslot (because the big studios are cinemas' ongoing regular customers). But if your movie is only available in one country, people may try to take a copy of your movie and distribute it to other countries (online, maybe with subtitles). They can do that easily by sneaking a cellphone into a cinema. If you go the independent, low-budget route, you may want to consider online distribution options where anyone in the world can watch your movie. That also increases revenue potential. But you'd have to do your own marketing, or get someone else to do it for you. If you want to use a Christian production studio, you'd be wise to find out which ones exist (you can probably do that by finding a list of Christian movies and looking at the production credits), contact them, find out what type of content they produce, and get general information about the state of the industry. You can interview them before you tell them that you're interested in writing for film. PureFlix.com hosts Christian movie. If you look through the list of movies they offer, you can probably compile a list of production companies, producers, directors, and actors. You can probably look at which directors, producers and actors work with each other most often. Those are connections. Those are people who you can talk to and who might introduce you to other people. You can do some research on IMDB.com too. The best way to connect to someone is to be genuinely interested in them as a person. And if you're going to work with these people, you're probably going to know them as more than a contact. Gather information. Form relationships. I suggest doing that before you show your screenplay to anyone. Oh, and you can register your screenplay at the copyright office and at the Writers' Guild. A WGA registration is valid for 5 years (I think). I suggest strongly that you register it at a Writers' Guild, and maybe a copyright office, before showing it to anyone. And, so by the way, register at a good copyright office - one that takes a copy of your work as part of the registration process and links your name and a title to that work and a date of registration. Here's a good YouTube channel to do research on: Film Courage https://www.youtube.com/user/filmcourage And here's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f98EKmMmw60 And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gY5QpZl--M And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLB-HlNEhpw And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMGFCmMfFDw And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsvA84RaXPo So by the way, there are full-length versions of these interviews too (hour-long interviews, give or take). And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And so many more. And then there's teleplay writers. The television industry is it's own thing.
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    My First Question...

    For simple plots, you can write without an outline. But for complex plots, you may need an outline (or write a guideline of some kind) to keep your plot straight. It can cut down on editing later. Some people write without an outline. Some people write an outline first. Personally, I like to think of the structure of the environment, and how a character has to move through that environment to accomplish a goal. That way, I can write the environment and keep it as 'set pieces.' That's kinda how we move through real life. If you want to go to the mall, there are sidewalks, streets, traffic lights, and rules that govern them all. In the mall, there are shops, security cameras, price tags, etc. They are all parts of social and legal structures that shape the environment that a character moves through. Once I know what the character wants, and what environment the character has to go through to get it, sometimes the environment becomes enough of an outline (because the character has to navigate through the environment).
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    Title Question

    It would also be good to ask them questions. Like 'Are you interested in this topic? What questions do you have about a Christian viewpoint, if any? What would make you interested in reading about this? What topics would you like addressed? What questions would you like answered in this book?'
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    Title Question

    You're welcome! And my name, 'smart ryk,' literally means 'sorrow rich' or 'riches in a time of sorrow.' It was my grandfather's name and he was born during a war. Yeah, I think a focus group might be best. The more members (or your target audience) that are in the focus group, the better. A good cross-section of the people you intend to reach would be a good idea.
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    Title Question

    You can call me Smartryk; that's my given name. Think about it from their viewpoint. If you're want to know what another religion thinks (even if, or especially if, you don't want to become part of that religion), what titles could make you interested in reading the book and what titles would put you off? What impression would the title give you? And just make sure that the content of your book, and the writing style, fits the impression that your book cover and title gives, otherwise the reader might think the title was a 'bait and switch.'
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    Question About Self-publishing With Amazon

    I'm not Amy...
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    Question About Self-publishing With Amazon

    Here's something that you may find useful. https://amysubgifts.s3.amazonaws.com/bestselling-book-launch.pdf
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    Title Question

    If you want non-Christians to read the book to look at it from a Christian viewpoint, your title should hook them to make them want to know about it from a Christian viewpoint. As it is, your titles looks like it would be preaching to non-Christians, not giving non-Christians an explanation of a Christian viewpoint.