Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
How to Make a Living with Your Writing - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn reveals how she turned a passion for writing into a writing career.
Practice the Process - Retinart
To get good at what you do, you have to know how you do what you do.
From the Archives: Famous Filmmakers - Huffington Post
Three filmmakers, known for taking risks, sit down with HuffPost Live to discuss the art and business of filmmaking.
DIY or DIE: 10 No Budget Filmmaking Musts - Indiewire
Simple ideas that help you stay under the smallest budget.
Music Marketing with YouTube: Four Ways to Beef up Your Channel - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
The power of video has long been a marketing asset for musicians.
The Many Hats of an Indie Musician - Day in the Life of a Commercial Musician
It's a juggling act, but you get to do what you love.
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Book Titles That Sell, Productivity for Authors and Marketing for Introverts with Tim Grahl - The Creative Penn
Book marketing expert Tim Grahl discusses strategy with Joanna Penn.
Measuring Social Media ROI by @nblackburn01 - BadRedhead Media
Tools to help calculate your social media return on investment.
Lights, Camera, Athens: The Art of Filmmaking - The Red & Black
How a small town fostered a filmmaking community in its midst.
Indie Filmmaking - Making Money vs Passion Projects -Flickering Myth
How working on both will help you keep your sanity and pay your rent.
How to Engage a Live Music Audience - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Advice on how to make your live performances audience-friendly.
The Best Way to Learn Guitar - Guitar Coach Magazine
For beginners just learning and masters wishing to hone their skills.
Weekly News Roundup- April 24, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- April 17, 2015
Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do It over - The Book Deal
An interview about writing with the legendary author.
New Trends in Book Marketing: Mobile, Millennials and More - Publishing Perspectives
Is 2015 all about the phablet when it comes to marketing your book?
The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director - No Film School
When it comes to independent film, Mark Duplass is in a league of his own.
Five Screenwriting Lessons from Quentin Tarantino - Film Slate Magazine
Tarantino, the master of Macabre Noir, shares his writing secrets.
Sample-Based Synthesis - Bit by Bit - Audio Fanzine
Converting analog signals to digital.
Twenty-Five Tips from Music Marketing Experts for an Indie Release - Solveig Whittle
Indie artist Solveig Whittle shares the tips she's uncovered from industry experts.
Weekly News Roundup- April 10, 2015
How to Build Your Email List with a Free e-course - The Future of Ink
Build your brand by sharing your knowledge.
So You Think You Finished a Novel - Kameron Hurley
The joys and pains of rewriting.
The Five Laws for Hollywood Success - Filmmaking Stuff
Five common sense rules that anyone can follow.
Making a Horror Film? These Six Steps Could Make You a Legend - Movie Pilot
An extreme horror fan reveals the secrets of the scary film arts.
How to Refine Your Singing Style - Easy Ear Training
Your voice is unique, but it still most likely fits into one of five styles.
Listening to Tight Voices? Danger: It Can Tighten Your Own - Judy Rodman
Your voice automatically attempts to mimic what you hear.
Weekly News Roundup- April 3, 2015
Get in Good with Goodreads - Writer's Digest
Veteran author Michael J. Sullivan shares his secrets to Goodreads success.
Reader Question: Grammar, Second Languages, and Book Soundtracks - All Indie Writers
Poor grammar and typos in your marketing material can cost you readers.
Top Five Things I've Discovered about Promoting a Low Budget Children's Film - Projector Films
Be relentless, and be prepared for the long haul.
The 11 Principles of Leadership for Filmmakers - Studio Binder
Know thyself, and know thy craft.
Nine Reasons a Guitar Pickup Sounds the Way It Does - Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture Music Production Blog
What seems simple can actually mean everything when it comes to tone.
How to Use Craigslist to Book Music Gigs - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Can a free site help find paying gigs?
Weekly News Roundup- March 27, 2015
Lessons from a Great Book Jacket Designer - The Book Deal
Tips on how to make the cover of your book stand out.
Quit Being a Commodity: 10 Ways to Get Visibility and Stand Out - The Future of Ink
Is exclusivity the key to marketing success in publishing?
Drones Are about to Change How Directors Make Movies - Wired
Do you have a better way to get that cool aerial shot?
How to Achieve Your Filmmaking Goals Fast - Filmmaking Stuff
Start with giving yourself a deadline.
Mind-Expanding Music Marketing - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
How to push yourself and step up your marketing game.
Learning to Sing Does Not Need to Take Hours a Day - How to Sing Better
Practicing a few key techniques just 15 minutes a day can make you a better singer.
Weekly News Roundup- March 20, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- March 13, 2015
Are You Ready for a Book Signing? This Checklist Will Help - Book Marketing Tips
An infograph to help your next book signing be a success.
Marketing Versus Sales with Jim Kukral - The Creative Penn
Marketing is the setup, and sales is the close.
Attention, Filmmakers: Six Tips for Getting Your Film Financed - Indiewire
You will find financing if you are confident, prepared and persistent.
Filmmaking Advice from Seven Directors with Feature Films at Sundance - No Film School
Don't wait to get experience to start your career in film; learn as you go.
How to Start My Music Career - Hypebot.com
Are you prepared for the many hats you'll be required to wear?
Additive Synthesis - Give me more! - AudioFanzine
The art of stacking audio sounds.
Weekly News Roundup- March 6, 2015
Love Thy Haters: Four Tips to Float Peacefully in the Sea of Criticism - Marketing Tips for Authors
Zen and the art of handling your critics.
How to Build Your Readership Six Ways (Without Social Media) - The Future of Ink
It's not just a virtual world.
What is Your Filmmaking Niche? - Filmmaking Stuff
What is your signature filmmaking move?
Writing: Overwriting - Indie Tips
You're not writing a novel; you're providing the foundation for a film.
How to Use Your Vocal Registers Effectively - Easy Ear Training
Do you know your own vocal registers?
My Top Two Breathing Exercises for Singing Effortlessly - How to Sing Better
We all know how to breathe, but do we know how to breathe correctly?
Weekly News Roundup - March 6, 2015
Weekly News Roundup - February 27, 2015
Author + Social Media =??? - Seekerville
Do genre and category matter when it comes to using social media?
Thirty-three Revenue Streams for Authors "Even If You Write Nonfiction"The Future of Ink
Are you taking advantage of all your branding opportunities?
Thirteen Ways to Cast A-list Actors in Micro-budget Films - Filmmaker Magazine
Aim high with the right material, and you just might be surprised what kind of star power you can attract.
Feature Film Journal #3: Creating a Visual Pitch Package and Treatment - Noam Kroll
Pre-production stills can help investors understand your vision.
Productivity Hacks for Musicians - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Are you taking consistent action?
How to Hit High Notes in the Context of a Song - How to Sing Better
Sometimes you can hit the high note but not in any particular song.
Weekly News Roundup- February 20, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 2015
Commonly Confused Words: How to Avoid These Grammar Gaffes - Huffington Post
Direct objects, nouns, verbs, time sequences and comparisons: These are things to guide you down the grammar path.
How to Get Influencers to Notice You - The Future of Ink
Looking for an endorsement for your next book?
Nine Things Artists Do to Hold Back Themselves and Their Work - Film Courage
Avoid the chaos and move forward.
Using a Motivated Key Light - Filmmaker IQ
What do you get when you mix practicals with additional lights?
Simple Rhythm Hacks for Musicians - Artiden
When you're a pianist, drills alone won't help you find your rhythm.
Five Steps: How to Record Better Vocals - Made 2 Create
Quit relying on technology to fix vocal mistakes.
Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- February 6, 2015
How to Research Your Crime Novel - Writer's Digest
Crime scene descriptions, forensics, police interrogation tactics: just how far do you have to go to research your crime novel?
The Story Grid. How to Tell a Story and Edit Your Fiction with Shawn Coyne - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn interviews Shawn Coyne about keeping a reader engaged enough to purchase your next book.
How to Network in Hollywood (or Anywhere, Really) - Filmmaking Stuff
When raising money for a film, remember not to make the conversations exclusively about you.
Ten Lessons on Filmmaking from David Lynch - Filmmaker Magazine
David Lynch is one of the most innovative filmmakers working today.
Vocal Performance and Acting Technique: Making Choices - Judy Rodman
Lights. Camera. Sing.
Should You Run Paid Ads to Promote Your Music? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
What to consider before you pay to advertise your band.
Weekly News Roundup- January 30, 2015
Eleven Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description - Writer's Digest
Avoid bullet point descriptions.
When Are You Done? - The Seekers
How do you know when it's the end of your story?
Minimum Cost a Filmmaker Will Spend on a Film Festival Publicist by Diane Bell and Chris Byrne of RebelHeartFilm.com - Film Courage
Getting into a film festival is great, but it does come with a cost.
Do We Really Want Our Digital Footage to Look Like Film? Or Are We Actually Chasing the "Alexa" Look? - Noam Kroll
Some filmmakers may actually want a high-end digital image instead of the film-look.
Numb Singing or Speaking Voice? Question: What Are You Looking At? - Judy Rodman
What is your eye language?
Why Music Matters - Hooks and Harmony
Music is good for the soul.
Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015
Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts - Huffington Post
If you've set a deadline for your next release, here's how to reach it.
Twenty-one Fast Hacks to Fuel Your Story with Suspense - Writer's Digest
Author Elizabeth Sims tells you how to dial up the suspense.
Five Filmmaking Lessons for Directors, DPs, & Those Working with Multi-Cam Setups - No Film School
Lessons on finding your camera's dynamic range.
Why a Director Shouldn't Edit Their Own Film - Filmmaking.net
Collaboration is a valuable asset in filmmaking.
Musicians: Discover a Simple Way to Connect with Fans - Musicgoat.com
The smallest things can have the biggest impact.
Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Bob Baker explains how indie musicians can learn a lot from Taylor Swift.
Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2014
Write Better: 3 Ways to Introduce Your Main Character - Writer's Digest
How to create characters that the reader will not only like, but feel like they know, as well.
How to Create an Effective, Engaging Video - Marketing Tips for Authors
Your author video must have a purpose to engage the viewer.
Three Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges on Prep Work and Pre-production - Norm Kroll
Going into production without being prepared can ruin a great film.
How to Build Your Audience through Email - Filmmaking Stuff
Email is a good tool to use to build your audience.
Six Resolutions All Musicians Should Make for 2015 - Hypebot.com
It all starts with knowing what you're getting into.
What's Wrong with Your Vocal Warm-up? - Judy Rodman
Before you commit to doing vocal warm-ups before performances, make sure you're doing them right.
Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015
How to Write a Bestselling Novel - The Guardian
How to go from trying to write a novel to writing a novel.
71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book - Your Write Platform
The key to marketing your book.
20 Filmmaking Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know - Indie Movie Making
Do you have empty space in your shot? Should you?
How to Direct Actors and Film Crews: Detailed Tips for Independent Filmmakers - LAvideoFilmmaker.com
Go above and beyond the dialogue when directing your actors.
Self-Promote Your Music - about careers
Simple steps to promoting your own music that make the process less daunting.
How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio - Raw Technique Studios
A detailed video tutorial on the best way to set up your home studio.
Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014
My Writing Rules, Which You are Free to Ignore
Make it easy for book reviewers to say yes
When to promote other indie authors
The difference between an autobiography and a memoir
When to promote other indie authors