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
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Writing tip: Be careful not to overdo the beats
When to stop promoting a book
How to use Instagram to promote your book