Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
Building a Literary Community: Why and How - The Creative Penn
How connecting with other authors can lead to finding more readers.
How to Harness the Power of Viral Marketing - The Future of Ink
When you get a mention online or offline, be ready to pounce on the marketing opportunity.
Filmmaking Tips from SXSW: Some of Indie Film's Biggest Movers & Shakers Sound Off - No Film School
A collection of insights from indie stalwarts participating in various panel events at this year's SXSW.
How Feature Filmmaking without a Crew Is Possible - Filmmaking Stuff
Gathering an all-volunteer crew can sometimes create more problems than it's worth.
Checklist: What to Do before You Book the Gig - Bob Baker's The BuzzFactor.com
A little planning is prudent before you start booking gigs.
Discover How Chords Are Used in the Songs You Love - Hooktheory.com
An amazing and addictive tool that lets you see the similar chord structures of popular songs, and it even predicts what will be the next big thing in chord structure.
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5 Keep-It-Simple Marketing Tips for Indie Authors - Marketing Tips for Authors
Do you know what your "bumper niches" are?
How to Create Your Marketing Funnel the Right Way - The Future of Ink
Funnels, circles, and books, oh my!
Questions for an Open Call Audition - A Moon Brothers Film Blog
Here's how a typical open audition works.
Shoot Something Every Two Weeks: A Conversation with Phil Hughes and Jenn Daugherty - Making the Movie
A look at how a couple of filmmakers are trying to raise funds for an independent feature.
Two Key Mistakes Your Band Needs to Avoid - Music Makers
The music matters most.
How Flight Drummers Got 500,000 YouTube Views in 10 Months - Hypebot.com
A case study on the effective use of YouTube.
Weekly News Roundup- March 14, 2014
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How to Write a Fast-Draft Novel - Writer's Digest
Prep work is your best strategy to writing a novel in a short period of time.
40 Things an Author Absolutely Must Do to Succeed - Author Culture
Author Kevin Parsons shares his long list of common sense ideas on how to succeed as an author.
Indie Filmmaking is Surging despite the Odds - Variety
While the number of studio-financed films are going down every year, the number of independently financed films are going up.
Legally Speaking, It Depends: Music in Film - Script Magazine
Just how does a filmmaker go about getting clearance to use a song in a movie?
An Exercise in Goal Setting - Musicgoat
You won't believe how easy it just might be to achieve a goal.
Shift Happens: Are You a Reader, a Listener or a Watcher? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Have podcasts made blogs irrelevant? Bob Baker doesn't think so.
Weekly News Roundup- February 21, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- February 14, 2014
How to Create an Antihero That Readers Love - Writer's Digest
You don't need to fix antiheroes to make themlikeable.
Prequels Build Buzz! - The Book Deal
Could a short teaser before the release of a full length novel be a way to build your audience?
The Art of Editing - Filmmaker IQ
Filmmaker Peter Haas shares his wisdom on editing.
Aspiring Screenwriters: Read Screenplays - Stephan Vladimir Bugaj
Stephan VladmirBugaj makes the case that you can't write a screenplay if you've never actually read one.
Want to Reach 18-35 Year Olds with Your Music? Social Media Is the Answer - Hypebot.com
Bottom line, millennials care what their peers have to say on social media.
The 5 Biggest Music Publicity Mistakes (and How to Fix Them) - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Despite the saying, not all publicity is good publicity.
Weekly News Roundup-February 7, 2014
Weekly News Roundup-January 31, 2014
A Tale of Two Author Brands - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn examines her brand as a novelist and her brand as a nonfiction author.
The DNA of a Successful Book: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat
Did you know that books with a female protagonist are 40% more likely to become a bestseller?
Are You Meant to Be a Filmmaker? - Chaz Harris's Blog
Can you imagine doing anything else?
Make the Distinction between Being a Visual Director and a Performance Director & Your Career Will Change - Noam Kroll
If your cast and crew know what kind of director you are, your production will go much smoother.
Networking: Why it's So Important and How to Do It - Music Think Tank
Why knowing people in the music industry is so crucial to your career.
The Best Social Media and Internet Marketing Strategy for Musicians - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Do you know the four modes of communication?
Weekly News Roundup- January 31, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- January 24, 2014
How to Find the Time to Finish Writing Your Book - Self Publishing Advisor
As time marches on, it seemingly makes it hard to find.
3 Simple Steps for Your Book Promotions Planning for 2014 - The BookBaby Blog
Time to make a book promotions bucket list.
Three Ways to Cut Your Movie Budget (and Increase Production Value) - Filmmaking Stuff
Any budget can be trimmed, but at what cost?
Hollywood Producer Says It's Still about the Story in Digital Filmmaking - GCU Today
The platform you use doesn't change the heart of filmmaking.
Why Do Musicians Always Feel Disappointed about Their Career? - Artists House Music
Shaking off the doubts and getting back to work in the new year.
Music Marketing Podcasts All Bands and Musicians Should Be Listening to - Musicgoat
Stay on top of your marketing efforts with these podcasts.
Weekly News Roundup- January 17, 2014
How to Dominate Your Niche with a Book Blog -The Future of Ink
Here are your three steps to genre domination.
Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 -A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Author Joe Konrath lets us peer into his crystal ball to see what he believes is on the horizon in the world of publishing in 2014.
88 Cinematographers Share the Best Professional Advice They've Ever Received - The Black and Blue
Be careful. You may know it all after reading this article.
Building A Cinema Camera for Under $1000 - Which Cameras Are Best & Which Accessories You Need - Norm Kroll
You can piece together an exceptional camera for under $1000 these days.
The Power of a Concert Memento - Hypebot.com
Do you have the merch to leave an impression with your fans?
9 Things Every Musician Needs To Know About the Sound Guy -Digital Music News
Sure he does a killer mic check, but how is he at pulling off a killer sound?
Weekly News Roundup - January 10, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - January 3, 2014
Blog Carnival: Marketing Tips for Authors -Marketing Tips for Authors
A collection of links to posts on all-things books and publishing.
Too Much Vertical Space in Your Manuscript? -The Book Deal
Are you including enough writing in your writing?
Achieving That Film Look - New Channel Media Blog
Tips and tricks on how to give a digital image that film look.
Why All Film Directors Need To Know How to Act - NoamKroll.com
Having experience as an actor will allow you to communicate better on set.
Becoming a Better Singer - MusicianCoaching.com
Renowned vocal coach Linda Septien shares her thoughts on the art of singing.
Does Music Make You Smarter? (The Mozart Effect) -Maestro Musicians
Has music given you better spatial temporal reasoning?
Weekly News Roundup - December 20, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - December 13, 2013
10 Essential Non-Writing Tools to Help Writers Write -PBS
What non-writing tools are in your arsenal?
Getting Maximum "Bang" for Your Book Description Buck: an SEO/Author's Perspective -The Creative Penn
Author and book marketing expert Lori Culwell looks at book descriptions as an SEO professional.
How to Build Rapport with Movie Investors (and Other Hollywood Heavy Hitters) - Filmmaking Stuff
Because sometimes it is about whom you know.
30 Things about Screenwriting - Filmmaker IQ
The greatest hits list from Scott Myers' blog, Go Into The Story.
Mixing and Producing: Choosing a Mix Engineer - Musician Coaching
An interview with Grammy-winning engineer Jason Goldstein.
Social Media to Your Band's Advantage -Musician Makers
Use social media as more than just a gig announcement tool.
Weekly News Roundup - December 6, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - November 29, 2013
How to Write & Sell a Cross-Genre Novel -Writer's Digest
When your book defies categorization.
Collaborative Writing: Why Writing Together is Better than Writing Alone -Beyond Paper Editing
Are two creative minds really better than one?
Build a Reputation - Filmmaking Lesson 2 - Filmmaking Stuff
Is it easier to build a bad reputation than a good one?
The Filmmaker's Guide to Using the Top Social Media Sites - Sheri Candler
A look at the process of building communities around your filmmaking brand.
Wallowing in Obscurity? Congratulations! Why It's Awesome to Be an Unknown Artist - Bob Baker's The Buzz Factor
Oh, the fun you'll have building your brand.
Artistic Efficiency: How to Create More and Get Out of Your Own Way -Hypebot.com
Taking the time to plan your career can give you time to create.
Weekly News Roundup - November 22, 2013
Book Marketing 101 -Jane Friedman
It takes time, energy, and passion to promote a book.
How to Stay Focused & Motivated to Get Your Book Done -The Future of Ink
What do you do when your right brain wants to quit?
5 Hot Indie Directors on Why Studios Don't Make Their Kinds of Films Anymore - Hollywood Reporter
Why independent filmmakers can take risks studios can't.
Five Storytellers: Filmmakers Using Social Media Effectively - Business 2 Community
Contributing writer Ron Mwangaguhunga reveals filmmakers that are getting it right on social media.
Corey Koehler - Tamara Leigh's TREND ON
Corey Koehler of Musicgoat discusses marketing, branding, local gigs, and more.
What I Learned From a Wedding Gig -Ashley J. Saunders
A guide to playing with musicians you don't know.
Weekly News Roundup - November 15, 2013
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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?
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?
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.
Weekly News Roundup - November 1, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - October 25, 2013
How to Write a Good Book in 30 Days -The Book Designer
It's time to get down to business with the fast and furious prose.
Social Media for Authors: How to Make the Juggling Act a Little Easier -The BookBaby Blog
Remove all those moving parts from your social media strategy to make it more manageable.
3 New Skills Every Digital Editor Should Develop - Filmmaking.net
A web 2.0 world requires even veteran editors to learn new skills.
10 Zero-Budget Filmmaking Tips - Filmmaker IQ
If you can limit the number of locations in your film, you can greatly reduce your budget.
5 Practice Tips to Improve Your Musical Skill - The Big Picture Music Production Blog
Do you have set goals when you practice?
Common Mistakes Producers/Engineers Make That Sabotage Singers -Judy Rodman
Something as simple as microphone placement can affect a singer's voice.
Weekly News Roundup - October 18, 2013
How to Grab, Delight or Shock Your Readers Right from the Start -The Book Deal
We're going to need a bigger hook.
Book Marketing 101: Sell the Benefits NOT the Product -Self Publishing Coach
A rather unusual take on how to sell a book.
How to Make Your Horror Screenplay More Effective - No Film School
'Tis the season to get your horror thinking cap on!
6 Filmmaking Tips from Ron Howard - Film School Rejects
You can learn a lot from a man with a catalog of blockbuster hits like Ron Howard.
What Does a Music Producer Even Do? - Musicgoat.com
A great explanation of a music producer's role.
How to Warm Up Your Singing Voice -RouteNote Blog
A video tutorial featuring opera singer Danielle de Niese.
Weekly News Roundup - October 11, 2013
How to Build Subplots from Multiple Viewpoints -Writer's Digest
How many subplots is too many subplots?
How Much Time Do You Need To Write? -Catherine, Caffeinated
Do you need the whole day to write for an hour?
18 Writing Exercises to Improve the Quality of Your Script - Filmmaker IQ
Can lessons learned in a poetry group help you write a better script?
Disney's Lucasfilm Says Filmmakers Will Soon Be Using Video Game Engines
Will special effects soon be done in real time and eliminate the need for extensive postproduction?
Singing Multiple Sets? Beware What You Do Between Shows! - Judy Rodman
Resting between sets can save your voice.
How to Get More Click-Throughs and Retweets on Twitter -Hypebot.com
There is an art and science to tweeting. Dan Zarella cracks open Twitter and examines how to best use it.
Weekly News Roundup - October 4, 2013
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