Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
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.
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Weekly News Roundup - October 25, 2013
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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
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?
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
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 30, 2013
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
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 9, 2013
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
5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Start Building Your Fanbase - The Book Designer
Don't put it off. Read this blog post now!
Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson in Writing from John Grisham -The Creative Penn
When a bestselling author speaks, it's probably best to listen.
Fail to Plan and Your Film Fails - Filmmaking Stuff
What you don't plan for can carry a heavy price.
6 Filmmaking Tips Directly from David Slade -Film School Rejects
Words of wisdom from the man who brought you the horror classic 30 Days of Night.
To Cancel or Go On with the Show When You Are Sick - Judy Rodman
How to save your voice and your relationships when the show just can't go on.
Success in the Music Industry -Music Coaching.com
This is part two of an interview with Rick Goetz about marketing tools for musicians.
Weekly News Roundup - July 5, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - June 28, 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 21, 2013
How I Self-Edit My Novels: 15 Steps from First Draft to Publication - Wordplay
Author K.M. Weiland breaks down every author's least favorite thing to do.
What You Should Know About Book Covers -Marketing Tips
You're not just designing a cover for your book. You're creating a marketing tool.
How Many Events Should You Have in Your Feature Screenplay? - Making the Movie
How many essential incidents do you have in your screenplay?
10 Filmmaking Sites You Should Be Reading -The Beat
Sites that will help you develop and hone your filmmaking craft.
10 Tips for Better DIY Recording - Musicgoat
A mastering engineer shares tips on how to get the most out of your DIY recording studio.
How to Succeed -Getting There
Composer and producer Robert Maddocks reveals his formula for succeeding in the music business.
Weekly News Roundup - June14, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - June 7, 2013
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