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

 

 

Books/Publishing

 

 

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.     

 

Film

                                                        

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.                                      

Music

 

 

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.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- April 4, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- March 28, 2014

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Books/Publishing

 

5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers - Writer's Digest

Did you know Jack London received over 600 rejection letters from publishers? He proves that persistence pays off.         

                                                    

Book Marketing: On Changing Book Covers - The Creative Penn

If a book isn't selling like you expected, a new cover might be the answer.    

 

Film

                                                        

How to Make a Video Using 7,000 Post-it Notes - Videomaker

Stop motion filmmaking isn't just cool. It's a great way to hone your pre-production skills.   

                                          

Do You Invest in Movies? - Filmmaking Stuff

To find investors, you have to know how an investor thinks.       

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Your Most Important Music Biz Relationship - Bob Baker's BuzzFactor.com

You've heard the expression "it's all about who you know." The "who" you should know are your fans.

 

 

How to Get Some Radio Play for Your Tuneage - Musicgoat.com

If you're having trouble getting radio play, don't worry - there are opportunities beyond the commercial market.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- March 21, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- March 14, 2014

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Last February, Bestseller Labs published Goodreads CEO Reveals A Remarkably Easy Way To Sell More Books. The article is about a survey that Goodreads did of their members inquiring, among other things, how they chose a book to read. The number one answer to that question was really no surprise: referral by a friend. That has been the number one way people have chosen what book to read since cave paintings were bestsellers.

 

Perhaps the most edifying information to come out of the survey stemmed from the question, "What do you want to do when you get to the end of a book?" Eighty-three percent of those polled said they sought out other material written by the author. That represents a huge number of your readers who are anxious to read your next book. 

 

Why am I bringing this poll up a year later? To remind you that things haven't changed. Word of mouth is still the best way for your book to be discovered, and once a new reader finishes your book, they're going to want to read more of your books.

 

This is indie publishing. Your success is in your own hands. The results from this survey suggest to me that the best way to fuel your success is to provide consumers with multiple titles to read. I know time is of a premium and there never seems to be enough of it, but I urge you to find the time to write and publish more. Your success as an indie author may depend on it.

 

-Richard

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Writing a Series? Tips from a Superstar

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Is It Good Enough?

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Feb 3, 2014

It is the impossible question; one I'm not sure any writer can answer, not with any kind of absolute, unwavering confidence. That one question? How do you know if your book is good enough?

 

For me, it's a question that pops up every time I sit down to write. Whether it's starting a new story or a new chapter, I always have that little inner voice cackling away in the back of my head. "How do you know this is even worth writing?" When someone reads my writing for the first time, my inner voice turns into a piercing admonishment. "What made you think it was good enough to share with another living, breathing human being?" And when I finally give my final approval and publish it for the world to see, that inner voice is practically weeping at my stupidity.

 

Here's the thing: I never know if it's good enough to publish. Even with pats on the back from advance readers, I can't turn that question in my head off. So, my solution is to ignore it. I've come to accept that doubt is just a part of any artistic endeavor, and if I waited to know the answer to that impossible question before I published, I'd never publish.

 

"Is it good enough?" is a healthy question to ask ourselves as artists because it will always push us to strive to become better. But it's not a question for which you should expect an answer. Let that little voice in your head chatter way, and just move forward.

 

-Richard

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On Being Original

Your Gift to Yourself

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Books/Publishing

 

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.   

 

Film

 

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.     

                                    

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 24, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- January 17, 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

 

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?

 

Film

                                                        

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. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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?

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - December 20, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - December 13, 2013

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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 & 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?

 

Film

                                                        

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.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - November 29, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - November 22, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

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?

 

Film

 

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. 

                                    

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - November 15, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - November 8, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

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?

 

Film

 

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

- Minyanville

Will special effects soon be done in real time and eliminate the need for extensive postproduction?

                                    

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - October 11, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - October 4, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

 

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?

                                    

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - September 27, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - September 20, 2013

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Let's Talk Titles

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Oct 2, 2013

The title of your book is multi-faceted. While it doesn't necessarily encapsulate the content of the book, it does hold a descriptive agreement of sorts. It either hints at what's between the covers, or it represents the tone of the pages. It also should intrigue and entice the consumer, because it is a marketing tool.

 

As a little experiment, let's take a look at a few books that have recently been on The New York Times® Best Sellers list and examine the marketing value of their titles.

 

  • The Mayan Secrets (A Fargo Adventure) by Clive Cussler - The title suggests two things right away. The subtitle tells us that it is either part of a series or contains a reoccurring character or characters. The word "Mayan" indicates that there is a mystery with the potential for some action and adventure. If you remove Clive Cussler's name from the cover, a reader would probably still be able to identify the genre of this book.

 

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - At first glance, this appears to be a fairly ambiguous title, but after careful consideration, it does an excellent job of representing its primary genre, literary fiction. Even if you were not familiar with Hosseini's previous work, if you were a fan of this genre you would likely be intrigued by this title.

 

  • MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood - This title is one of those rare ones. I don't know the genre. I don't particularly know the tone. In short, it leaves me a bit baffled, but at the same time, it is so unique and catchy, my curiosity is piqued.

 

These three examples do come with well-known author brands, but if we forget the names of the scribes, we can still get an idea of either genre, tone, or in the case of MaddAddam, there's the implication of something totally unique.

 

What about your title? What makes it so marketable? Do you have a particular favorite book title?

 

-Richard

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Can Your Book Title Affect the Way You Write?

Book Covers Can Affect Sales

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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

 

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?

                                    

Music

 

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?

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - September 6, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - August 30, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

 

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. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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. 

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - August 30, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - August 23, 2013

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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 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?"

 

Film

                                                        

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.

                                    

Music

 

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?

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - August 9, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - August 2, 2013

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Books/Publishing


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.

 

Film

                                                        

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

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - July 26, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - July 19, 2013

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