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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

The Path to Success - The Passive Voice

Indie superstar Joe Konrath shares his path to success.          

                           

This One Trick Can Revolutionize Your Writing - Enago Blog

A trick than can help any writer of any stripe.          

 

Film

                                                        

Watch: 90-Minute Masterclass with Legendary Director Werner Herzog - The Playlist

An in-depth Q&A with the legend of cinema.        

                                          

Notes to Screenwriters: Advancing Your Story, Screenplay and Career by Authors Barbara Nicolosi and Vicki Peterson - Film Courage

How to implement feedback and make your screenplay stronger. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Practice Logs and How to Include Ear Training in Your Daily Music Practice -Easy Ear Training

Tracking your learning-by-ear progress.  

 

Three Things I Disagree with Speech Level Singing about - How to Sing Better

Should singing be as natural as speaking?   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- May 1, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- April 24, 2015

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Write Better: 3 Ways to Introduce Your Main Character - Writer's Digest 

How to create characters that the reader will not only like, but feel like they know, as well.           

 

How to Create an Effective, Engaging Video - Marketing Tips for Authors

Your author video must have a purpose to engage the viewer.     

                           

 

Film

                                                        

Three Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges on Prep Work and Pre-production - Norm Kroll

Going into production without being prepared can ruin a great film.     

                                          

How to Build Your Audience through Email - Filmmaking Stuff

Email is a good tool to use to build your audience.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Six Resolutions All Musicians Should Make for 2015 - Hypebot.com

It all starts with knowing what you're getting into. 

 

What's Wrong with Your Vocal Warm-up? - Judy Rodman

Before you commit to doing vocal warm-ups before performances, make sure you're doing them right.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How to Write a Bestselling Novel - The Guardian

How to go from trying to write a novel to writing a novel.   

                           

71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book - Your Write Platform

The key to marketing your book.      

 

Film

                                                        

20 Filmmaking Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know - Indie Movie Making

Do you have empty space in your shot? Should you?    

                                          

How to Direct Actors and Film Crews: Detailed Tips for Independent Filmmakers - LAvideoFilmmaker.com

Go above and beyond the dialogue when directing your actors.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Self-Promote Your Music - about careers

Simple steps to promoting your own music that make the process less daunting.

 

How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio - Raw Technique Studios

A detailed video tutorial on the best way to set up your home studio.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

                           

Why Authors Should Have a Newsletter - Marketing Tips for Authors

Having your own newsletter puts you in the driver?s seat.      

 

Film

                                                        

Learn How Joss Whedon Approaches Story, Writing & Directing in 10 Minutes - No Film School

Joss Whedon has proven he can craft a story for film.    

                                          

How Does a Director Know They Are Getting the Best Actor for the Role - Film Courage

How to avoid miscast actors playing the wrong role.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

The War of Art: Resistance and the Music Producer - Renegade Producer

Do you know your unlived life?

 

The Most Important Step to Vocal Improvement - Judy Rodman

Find your weakness and turn it into a strength.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- October 10, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- October 3, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice, and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

What Is a Perfect Ending? - Writer's Digest

A panel at this year's ThrillerFest discusses the best way to end a novel.

                           

5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: What Is It Costing You? - The Future of Ink

How to overcome all those excuses that are holding you back.     

 

Film

                                                        

Email Marketing for Movies (Why You Need To Start Now!) - Filmmaking Stuff

Is your email marketing campaign as crucial as your filmmaking strategy?    

                                          

How Do You Co-direct a Film? - Projector Films

The only thing harder than directing a film may be co-directing a film.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Crowdsourced Songwriting - Musician Coaching.com

The role of emerging artists and the current state of the music industry.

 

3-Step Process to Singing in Tune: Listen, Mime, Sing! - Judy Rodman

Using active listening can help train your voice.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- July 18, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- July 11, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Target Marketing for Authors - Email Marketing -BadRedhead Media

When spam isn't spam.     

                                       

Promote Your Book with Pinterest -The BookBaby Blog

Did you know Pinterest drives more traffic to content publishers' sites than Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit combined?

 

Film

                                                        

Independent Filmmaking - To Webisode, or Not to Webisode... - NOHO Art District

Webisodes can build your brand, but is it the right move for your career?

 

Directing Directors on the 'Right' Approach to Coaching Actors - The Wrap

Have you tried the Travis Technique of directing actors?

                                    

Music

 

How to Build an Effective Band Website - The Musicians Guide

What is your website's purpose?

 

How My Damaged Voice Came Back -Judy Rodman

All is not lost when you lose your voice.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - November 1, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - October 25, 2013

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A Different Kind of Posting

 

An unknown writer in New York has decided to serialize his book by posting it one page at a time. I call that a fairly extreme tactic. What makes it more extreme is he isn't posting the pages on the internet; he's posting it on lampposts. Yes, you read correctly. Lampposts in New York's East Village are playing host to a single page from the unknown writer's book. Not everyone is a fan of the idea.

 

Although no author has yet publicly taken credit for the work, the East Village had no shortage of opinions about it. "Honestly, I don't like the idea. I hate it when people just post things everywhere," said Joe Curanhj, 42, owner of Stromboli Pizza, located right in front of the lamppost bearing Page 8. "They have the Internet, why don't they use that?"

 

You can read the entire article on The New York Post's website: 'Light' reading

 

Why Studios are Giving First-Time Directors $100,000,000+ Budgets

 

There was a time when Hollywood studio execs wanted their first-time directors to cut their teeth on small-to-modest budget films. It made sense. They didn't know what a new director was actually capable of, so they were cautious. But times have changed. Today, first-time directors are getting big budget films as their first gigs. Some budgets are even approaching $200 million. Why the change in philosophy?

 

During the past five years, though, technology has enabled rookie directors to hone their skills via FinalCut Pro, digital-video cameras and other state-of-the-art effects tools from a young age, prompting budget-cautious studios to salivate over what they can put on screen for a price. Gareth Edwards, for instance, made his indie sci-fi film Monsters for a few hundred thousand dollars, even though it looked much more expensive. He's now up to direct Godzilla for Warner Bros.

 

You can read the entire article on The Hollywood Reporter's website: Why the Studios Are Trusting Untested Directors for Major Jobs

 

All of a Sudden, Investors are Flocking to Digital Music Companies

 

Most articles you read about companies offering digital music downloads focus on their inability to make much of a profit. Finding investors for these companies has never been easy. Until now. For reasons unknown or not quite understood by many experts, investors are pouring some big money into some of these companies. Needless to say, it's a welcome development for most.

 

But more bullish investors point to technological developments and shifts in consumer behavior as signs that the business is about to turn a corner. These changes include the migration of digital media libraries from personal computers to the remote storage of the "cloud," as well as the explosive success of smartphone applications.

 

You can read the entire article on The New York Times' website: Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Brief - Books, Film, Music - March 4, 2011

Weekly News Brief - Books, Film, Music - February 25, 2011

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

What Can Set You Apart: Your Ability to Focus - There Are No Rules

Turns out succeeding in writing is a lot like succeeding in any occupation. It takes discipline, focus and follow-through.

 

How to Write a Book in Three Days - Ghostwoods

Got a three day weekend coming up? Why not write a good book?

 

 

Film

 

What It Takes To Be A Movie Director - DigiPile

If you want to be a successful director, know every aspect of the filmmaking process.

 

Low-budget Filmmaking in Azerbaijan - Thoughts. Dreams. Visions. Nightmares. Me.

Being a filmmaker in Azerbaijan has taught this blogger to think outside the box.

 

 

Music

 

The Power of Playing With Others - Music After 50

Do more musicians in a group make a better band? Musician Doug Larsen thinks so.

 

Door-to-Door Musician: An Inspiring Story! - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion

Proof that destiny sometimes smiles on you, especially when you take the initiative and do what it takes to be heard.

 

 

-Richard

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Tuesday's Blog Roundup - October 26, 2010 Edition

Tuesday's Blog Roundup - October 19, 2010 Edition

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