Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
How to Find the Perfect Names for Your Characters -Writer's Digest
Naming a character may require a little trip around the world.
Wish You Had a Few Extra Hours in the Day? Hire an Author Assistant! -BadRedhead Media
Hiring an assistant is not as outrageous as it sounds.
How to Shoot a Film with a Skeleton Crew - Noam Kroll
Two words every independent filmmaker knows too well: skeleton crew.
Two Types of Sound in the Movies - A MOON BROTHERS Film Blog
Do you know the difference between Diegetic Sound and Non-Diegetic Sound?
How Film Music Shapes Narrative - OUP Blog
Music can make or break the success of a film.
Is Music Really Getting Sadder? -The Echo Nest
Do more minor keys in hit songs mean that music is getting sadder?
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Weekly News Roundup - October 4, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - September 27, 2013
Making Your Book Attractive for Book Clubs -Duolit
Getting noticed by a book club isn't easy, but Stephen McCutchan shares some tips that helped him do just that.
7 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Nonfiction Book -The BookBaby Blog
Bobbi Linkemer dishes out her advice on writing a nonfiction book.
Filmmaking: Making a Little Go Further - Business 2 Community
How independent filmmakers stretch a dollar.
Indie Beat: The Road to Sustainable Filmmaking - Twitch
Have the worlds of raising financing and finding an audience merged?
Hey Musicians, Does Crowd Size Matter? - Musicgoat
Do you need the room to be packed in order to play your best?
Silence vs. Playing -Ashley Saunders
Not playing a note is just as important as playing a note when it comes to music.
Weekly News Roundup - September 20, 2013
4 Reasons You Need a Business Plan for Your Book - Writer's Digest
Embrace the entrepreneur inside of you.
The Secret to Writing Faster -Backspace
Could the secret to writing faster be ditching technology?
5 Tips for Creating Your Own Film or Series - backstage
It takes a team to make a film.
Joss Whedon on Filmmaking - BAFTA - Filmmaker IQ
From Buffy to The Avengers, Joss Whedon has proven he knows his stuff.
3 Surprising Reasons House Concerts Are Great For Selling Merch and Making New Fans - Musicgoat
It might be time to invite a few hundred of your closest friends over and have a party.
Busy Voices: Quick Tabata Exercise for Physical Stamina -Judy Rodman
One must exercise the entire body to keep one's voice physically fit.
Weekly News Roundup - September 13, 2013
4 Ways to Cultivate Fan Activists to Help with Word of Mouth Marketing -Marketing Tips
Author and branding expert Eric Thomas reveals his secrets to finding superfans who love spreading the word.
In Book Marketing, Sometimes Less is More! -Self Publishing Coach
Author AFN Clarke discusses his experience with advertising his books.
Film School Thru Commentaries - Filmmaking.net
Kevin Smith explores who does and doesn't need to go to film school in the world of filmmaking.
5 Things You Should Know About DSLR Film Making - Raindance
Meet the camera that is changing independent filmmaking.
#10 Change with Bob Baker - #BBTD
Music marketing guru Bob Baker talks succeeding, failing, and all the hurdles in between.
Great Advice from Sting's Guitarist -Ashley J. Saunders
Dominic Miller discusses the proper way to hold a guitar.
Weekly News Roundup - September 6, 2013
5 Steps for Restarting Your Book Marketing Efforts after a Break -Duolit
What to do when building your brand has taken a backseat to living your life.
Goodreads for Authors with Patrick Brown -The Creative Penn
The director of author marketing and community manager at Goodreads shares some valuable insights for authors about the online community of readers.
The New Marketing Model for Filmmakers - AdPulp.com
A look at the world of online media for filmmakers that goes beyond YouTube.
Equity Crowdfunding, a New Financing Opportunity for Independent Filmmakers - Filmlinker
Is this a viable new financing strategy for independent filmmakers?
The War of Art: Resistance and the Music Producer - Renegade Producer
How to battle that little voice in your head that's trying to hold you back from taking chances.
How Streaming Affects Music Revenue Growth -Hypebot.com
Are the latest music streaming statistics signaling a growth in music revenue?
Weekly News Roundup - August 30, 2013
How Did I Get So Many Reviews Of 'Broken Pieces?' -BadRedHead Media
How one author managed to get more than 140 reviews for her indie title.
Networking Tips for Shy Authors -The BookBaby Blog
A guide to take your networking from the virtual world to the real world.
Creative Things to Do When an Actor Won't Return for a Sequel - Den of Geek
How do you do the sequel to your indie hit without the same actors?
Is Crowdfunding Changing the Game for Filmmakers? A Q&A with Spike Lee - Huffington Post
The legendary indie filmmaker looks at the changing world of film financing.
The Game of Music Knowledge - The Musicians Guide
Are you making music career choices based on emotion or reason?
5 Tips on How to Get More Followers on Instagram -musicgoat.com
Lest we forget, Instagram can be a potent marketing tool.
Weekly News Roundup - August 23, 2013
How to Test a New Idea or Concept? Experiment! -The Future of Ink
Creative business coach Laura West shares her ideas on how to properly test that crazy concept you just can't let go.
6 Key Book Marketing Strategies for Authors -Marketing Tips for Authors
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Using Negative Space in Film - A Moon Brothers Film Blog
Oh, what to do with that empty space in your frame?
Check Out 7 Filmmaking Tips from Indie Film Icon Kevin Smith - No Film School
Should you be editing while you shoot?
How to Make Money with Your Music This Week - Bob Baker's The BuzzFactor.com
One band made more than $600 in one week with just one of Bob's ideas.
Avoid Vocal Cord Injuries...Touch Base with your Vocal Coach Between Tours -Judy Rodman
It seems there have been many vocal injuries by big-name singers lately. Judy thinks consulting a vocal coach could have prevented them.
Weekly News Roundup - August 16, 2013
Are Writers Born Or Made? -The Creative Penn
Is writing a matter of desire, talent, or both?
7 Reasons Why Social Media Isn't Growing Your Fiction Readership (And What to Do About Them) -TheBook Designer
Are you fully optimizing your social media presence?
Movie Marketing Strategy - Filmmaking Stuff
Now that distribution is no longer an issue, finding individuals who care about your film takes center stage.
Walter Murch: How New Technologies Affect Filmmaking - KFTV
A startling look at how new technology has changed the physicality of making of film.
Music and Merchandise - MusicianCoaching.com
Music and merch go together like ramma lamma lamma Ka dinga da dinga dong.
Recording Acoustic Audio -Music Makers
A look at how new technologies have changed the way acoustic audio is recorded.
Weekly News Roundup - August 9, 2013
How a Great Twitter Bio Can Net You More Followers…and Sales! -BadRedhead Media
Your Twitter bio is important, so make it count.
Storyville: What is Literary Fiction? -Lit Reactor
The answer to that age-old question many authors have asked: "Did I just accidently write literary fiction?"
Social Media for #Filmmakers: Facebook 101 - Film Independent
To thrive in filmmaking today, you have to add one more job title to your list of many as an independent filmmaker: social media evangelist.
10 Pinterest Boards Filmmakers Should Be Following - Indiewire
Pinterest has become a social media favorite for a lot of filmmakers.
11 Ways to Sabotage Studio Vocals - Judy Rodman
Judy lists some the habits and choices that influence your vocals.
The Accident That Changed Modern Guitar Sound - The Big Picture Music Production Blog
Who knew a little accidental guitar distortion would have such a huge impact on music?
Weekly News Roundup - August 2, 2013
How to Make Your Summer Sales Sizzle by Getting Your Video On -The Future of Ink
Video works around the clock so you can enjoy the summer.
Smartphones: The Future of Filmmaking - Raindance Film Festival
A look at some films made with smartphones.
Top 10 Elements of Film Making - List Dose
Preproduction, production and postproduction in ten parts.
Music Publicity: 10 Things to Do AFTER You Get It! - Bob Baker's BuzzFactor.com
What do you do with publicity once you get it?
3 Key Music Marketing Lessons Based On Eye Tracking Studies -Hypebot.com
Where the eye falls on a webpage can help you build a better website.
Weekly News Roundup - July 26, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - July 19, 2013
How to Finish Your Book's Second Draft - The BookBaby Blog
There is a blueprint to completing a second draft.
5 Profitable Places to Sell Your Books - The Future of Ink
The non-bookstore item in this list is particularly interesting.
This Is Your Brain on Movies: Neuroscientists Weigh In on the Brain Science of Cinema - Truth Seekers
Can studying the effects of movies on the brain lead to creating better films?
Building a Movie - A Moon Brothers Film Blog
Creating a film is a lot like building a house.
Maybe You Should NOT Do Vocal Exercises - Judy Rodman
If you feel like you're doing your vocal exercises wrong, you're probably doing it wrong.
Tips on Getting Music Placed and Listened To -Musicgoat
Tips on reaching out to radio shows and podcasts to get your music heard.
Weekly News Roundup - July 12, 2013
Most Common Mistakes: When Your Scene Focuses on What Isn't Happening - Wordplay
If you're going to write about what your characters don't do, make sure it counts.
How to Make Ordinary Characters Compelling -Writer's Digest
A character doesn't need unusual abilities or knowledge in order to be fascinating.
How Does P.T. Anderson Start Writing a Story? - Making the Movie
Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the coffee shop method for breaking through writer's block.
10 Tips for the Video Producer on Location in Summer's Heat - Videomaker
The dog days of summer are upon us. Do you know how to beat the heat so it won't ruin your production?
Co-creating a Fanbase with Music Curation and What Artists Can Learn From Bloggers - Hypebot.com
Sharing and cross-promotion can help you build your fanbase.
What Are the Benefits of Listening to Music? -Musician Makers
Music matters on so many different levels.
Weekly News Roundup - July 5, 2013
5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Book Promotion - Duolit
Is it time for authors to start pinning?
Exclusive Dialogue: When Readers Don't Know What Your Characters Are Talking About -Wordplay
Is it ever a good idea to keep readers in the dark when it comes to conversation between characters?
How to Succeed as an Independent Filmmaker - good in a room
Sheri Chandler, online marketing expert for filmmakers, shares her keys to success for indies.
How to Promote Your Film Online -Film Shortage
Making the film is the fun part. Selling it is the real work.
Tips on How to Make Electronic Music - Musician Makers
Before the machines take over the world, they'll get down and rock a little.
Music Crowdfunding without a Fanbase -Hypebot.com
If you don't have fans yet, how do you get people to fund your first album?
Weekly News Roundup - June 28, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - June 21, 2013
What's the 3-Step Process to Marketing Your Book? - BadRedhead Media
A book release strategy from the 'marketing' point of view.
21 Ways to Launch a Successful Virtual Book Tour - The Future of Ink
Author D'vorah Lansky shares 21 articles that are the basis for her new book about virtual book tours.
How to Secure a Shooting Location -Filmmaker IQ
Watch as indie filmmakers set out to legally secure a location for their short film.
Are You Good In a Room? -Joke and Biagio
Just because you're an indie filmmaker doesn't mean you don't have to pitch your film.
Music Industry Networking Tips - Musicgoat
Sometimes success really does hinge on who you know.
Voices and Allergies...Practical Tips To Quell the Mucous Monsters - Judy Rodman
How to avoid letting that cold invade your music.
Weekly News Roundup - June 7, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - May 31, 2013
The PERFECT Hook - Author Culture
What are you promising your readers with your hook?
5 Reasons to Admire Self-Publishing - Huffington Post
An article examining the independent spirit of the self-publishing community.
10 Films That Gave the Game Away Too Early -What Culture!
Can you spoil a good story by uncovering the mystery too soon?
The Philosophy of Filmmaking: Storytelling DNA -San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
Can making a film be both easy and impossible?
The Essentials to Building a Successful Music Career - Musicgoat
Call them the five Ms of making it in music.
The Future of Direct-To-Fan Marketing - Hypebot.com
Experts in the music and tech industries discuss the coming advances in fan outreach tools.
Weekly News Roundup - May 24, 2013
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