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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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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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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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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

                                                        

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?

                                                                                                                       

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - July 12, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - July 5, 2013

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I publish a number of different titles. A few of them are standalone books, but I've also published six titles as part of a linear series. I have been fortunate enough to get a small following of readers that will periodically contact me via email, social media or my blog and very kindly let me know they enjoy the books. I am grateful beyond belief for their support. 

 

 

Some of the readers take their support a step further and give me advice on where they think I should take the story in the next book. It's usually friendly. They'll say things like "It would be so cool if you..." Some of the ideas are quite good and imaginative, and I will take their suggestions to heart, but in the eight years since I published the first book in the series, I have yet to include a reader's suggestion.

I'm not arrogant enough to think my ideas for the story are infallible and sacred. It's just that I find incorporating a reader's idea can lead to "forced" storytelling because it conflicts with my vision as the storyteller. Does that mean I don't care about the readers' input? Not at all. I'm deeply flattered by it, and I'm pleased they've taken such ownership of the story.

 

Crowdsourcing a story can be a wonderful way to connect with readers. I applaud any author who can demonstrate the skill to gather input from readers and weave it into his or her work. However, as an author, you should never feel pressured to include readers' ideas for a future book. It's tempting to do because it will please the readers and ignite their passion for the book. There's a greater potential they'll become advocates for your brand as well. It seems like a win-win, but if the suggestions conflict with your vision, don't do it. Put the story first. All of your readers will be better off for it. 

 

-Richard

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Make It Easy for Readers to Find You

Keep Them Guessing to Keep Them Reading

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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

                                                        

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

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - June 7, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 31, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

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.

 

Film

                                                        

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?

                                    

Music

 

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.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 31, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 24, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

Gut Check: How Bad Do You Want It? (Publishing Success, That Is!) - DuoLit

Succeeding as an indie author takes a lot of work and sacrifice.

                                                    

10 Things I Learned from Kickstarting My Book - Huffington Post

Author A.J. Walkley reveals how she raised $5,200 through crowdsourcing to launch her next book.

 

Film

                                                        

Very Independent Filmmaking - Supporting Your Habit - NoHo Art District

No financing? No worries. Your drive and creativity are your most important resources when it comes to making a film.

                                          

Zach Braff, Kickstarter, and Financing Your Film For Free - Filmmaking.net

If nothing else, Zach Braff proved that brand recognition is still king of the hill when it comes to raising funds for an independent film.

                                    

Music

 

5 Steps to Becoming a Music Producer - Musicgoat

No shortcuts here. Just sound advice on how to earn your stripes as a music producer the right way.

 

The Difference Between Mixing and Mastering - Musician Coaching

Industry insider Mark Christensen examines the art and business of music production.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 17, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 10, 2013

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7 Ways to Overcome Writer's Block - Writer's Digest

Author Brian Moreland reveals his tips for kicking writer's block to the curb.

                                                    

Lessons Learned From Bestselling Indie Authors on Writing and Book Marketing -The Creative Penn

Advice from the authors who have been there and done that.            

 

Film

                                                        

The Next Steven Spielberg Uses a Smartphone - ReadWrite

There may come a day when the production equipment for your feature film will fit in your pocket.

                                          

Incentives Map - ease

Some states offer production incentives. Check out this interactive map to find out what your state is offering to filmmakers.

                                    

Music

 

5 Best Podcasting Tutorials - Promote Your Music with Your Own Podcast -Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

Need a little airtime? Make your own.

 

8 Ways Musicians Can Gain Media Coverage Indirectly - Hypebot.com

Making bold moves outside of your music career could get you some invaluable media coverage.                           

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 10, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

How to Use Foreshadowing - Word Play

How to prepare readers for what's to come without telling them what's to come.

                                                    

Feeling Stuck? End Book Marketing Paralysis in Just 5 Minutes -Duolit

Sometimes marketing can be so overwhelming, it's scary. It doesn't have to be.                      

 

Film

                                                        

Don't Blame Veronica Mars: How You May Be Sabotaging Your Film Through (Lack of) Marketing - No Film School

Now that crowdsourcing is being used by the well-knowns, is there room for the rest of us?

                                          

Five Key Tips for Guerilla Filmmakers - Film Directing Tips

Filmmaker Paul Thompson discusses how to make a film on a shoestring budget.    

                                    

Music

 

Independent Musician Gets 200+ Gigs Per Year, Here's How -Promote Your Music

It's all about selling yourself over and over and over again.

 

Cornell Students Using Physics to Predict Human Behavior, Save Lives at Rock Concerts - Live Fix

Science really does rock!

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 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

 

Ten Ways Self-publishing Has Changed the Books World - The Guardian

With revolution comes change.

                                                    

From Spark to Story: How Books Get Started -The Book Deal

Finding that magic place where stories come from.              

 

Film

                                                        

Warning: Do Not Try To Make a Movie without Pre-Production - Film Courage

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...as long as you learn from your mistakes.

                                          

Stay Indie: Develop a Unique Filmmaking Process - Fugitive

Indie isn't just a style, it's a philosophy.

                                    

Music

 

The Writing Voice: Punctuation Communicates! - Judy Rodman

The typo bug infects the music community.

 

The Times Are Changing for Artist Investors - Hypebot.com

Technology not only has changed how music is created and sold, it also has changed the way the industry tracks musicians.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

The Lessons Music Business Can Teach Authors - Beyond the Book

Can you become a successful author without finding fame?

                                                    

How Fiction Authors Can Steal Marketing Ideas from Their Non-Fiction Friends -Duolit

          Nonfiction authors have the benefit of a built-in audience. Turns out, fiction authors do, too.            

 

Film

                                                        

Your Movie Facebook Fan Page Is Not Big Enough - Filmmaking Stuff

Succeeding in filmmaking goes beyond making a great film. It requires rabid fans.

                                          

10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Director Ken Loach - Filmmaker Magazine

You can't bring your ego when making a documentary; it has to be about the subject matter.            

                                    

Music

 

Don't Make This Music Publicity Blunder - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

It's not about you; it's about who you're marketing to.       

 

For Music Discovery, Definition Often Varies - Hypebot.com

The way people find your music has changed drastically in the last few years.                 

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 12, 2013

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