Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
How Winning a Literary Prize Can Change Your Life - The Book Deal
This discussion includes the winner of a self-published book award.
7 Secrets to Writing Persuasive Back Cover Sales Copy - The Book Designer
Casey Demchak shares his expertise on writing great back cover book descriptions.
5 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know Before They Step on Set -backstage
Filmmaker Matthew Perkins believes knowing what you can't do is as important as knowing what you can do.
16 Big Marketing Ideas for Filmmakers on a Small Budget - Raindance Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival founder Elliot Grove shares his top marketing tips for independent filmmakers.
Infographic: When Is the Best Time To Post On Social Media? - That Eric Alper
According to this infographic, if it's 2 p.m., you have an hour before prime tweeting time ends.
Could Flickr Become the Next Big Social Network for Musicians? - Hypebot.com
Is the landscape of social media shifting just a bit?
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Weekly News Roundup - May 24, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup - May 10, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013
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.
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.
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!
Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup - April 12, 2013
What Inspires Authors to Write Their Novels? - Huffington Post
Author Wendy Webb looks for the muses among us.
How indie authors took control and changed the publishing game.
What Did Barry Levinson Say Is the Worst Thing a Filmmaker Could Do? - Making the Movie
The legendary filmmaker doesn't wait for the audience to catch up before he serves up the next joke.
How (Why) to Make a Movie - Ezine Articles
A filmmaker argues that you will always regret not making that film you always wanted to make.
DIY Electronic Music Production Basics: Part 5 - Marketing - Musicgoat
Musician/producer Rick Lloyd draws on his experience to give some sage marketing advice.
How Much Money Do Viral Music Videos Make? - The Musicians Guide
A viral music video can create multiple streams of income.
Weekly News Roundup - April 5, 2013
When Visibility Doesn't Lead To Book Sales - Let's Get Digital
Mainstream media exposure may not be the best way to sell books.
How NOT To Sell Your Book on Twitter! -BadRedhead Media
Drive-by marketing is a huge waste of time in today's interactive media world.
How Do You Sell a Movie with Split Reviews? - Making the Movie
A brilliant way to use bad reviews in a marketing campaign.
Very Independent Filmmaking - Trust Your Instincts - NOHO Arts District
Embrace your instincts. Even if you make a mistake, it will only make you a better filmmaker.
The State of Digital Music, 2013 [Video Infographic] - Audiolicious.tv
It's a digital world. Can you see the music matrix?
Music Marketing on Facebook & Twitter, What & When to Post - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog
Your social media time is valuable. Make the most of it.
Weekly News Roundup - March 29, 2013
Nate Silverizing Book Recommendations - Stephanie Sun
Stephanie Sun uses math to decide which book she will read next.
How to Develop Any Idea into a Great Story -Writer's Digest
Sometimes it takes the mind of an inventor to turn an idea into a story.
The Roles of a Producer - filmmaking.net
A film can have half a dozen producers or more. What do they all do?
The Biggest Filmmaking Mistake - Filmmaking Stuff
Are you letting obstacles impede you, or motivate you?
The Musician Entrepreneur - Getting There
If you're a professional musician, you're an entrepreneur. Are you making the right business decisions?
Music Mastering Engineer: Do You Need One for Your Mix? - Musicgoat
An experienced engineer can be pricey. Are they worth the expense?
Weekly News Roundup - March 22, 2013
The 3 Biggest Video Marketing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) - The Future of Ink
In the next few years, 90% of all web traffic is projected to be video. Are you prepared for the future?
4 Top Tips for Creating a Spectacular Author Platform -BadRedhead Media
Writing books takes discipline. Selling books takes a platform.
How to Overcome Doubt and Make Your Movie - Filmmaking Stuff
To steal a line from Adam Sandler's Waterboy, "You can do it!"
6 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make - Photography and Film Making for Newbies
Pitfalls to avoid while trying to bring you passion project to life.
"I Would Die 4 U" - 9 Principles 4 Becoming a Musical Icon from Touré's New Book about Prince - Hypebot.com
Lessons in success from his royal purpleness.
It's All Who You Know? - Derek Sivers
Simple gestures can have lasting impressions.
Weekly News Roundup - March 15, 2013
How WOOL Got a Unique Publishing Deal - Huffington Post
A self-published author called the shots and created a phenomenon.
The Biggest Danger to Anyone's Writing -Virginia Quarterly Review
Do you have to struggle to be an artist?
Peter Fonda: Independent Filmmaking Takes 'All the Heart You've Got' - Daily Camera
The man who brought you Easy Rider says it's not easy being an independent filmmaker, but it is so very rewarding.
Conversations in Film: Making Your Feature Film - Austin Film Festival
Independent filmmakers discuss what makes a great story and the struggles of making an independent film.
Equipment Required to Setup a Home Recording Studio - Noise Addicts
If studio time isn't in your budget, maybe a home recording studio is.
9 Tips for Singing Better High Notes - Judy Rodman
Have you mastered the art of forming vowels vertically?
Weekly News Roundup - March 8, 2013
Gen Z Shows Brand Loyalty - Somersault
They are young and not so unpredictable.
Where Kristin Discusses the Importance of Metadata -Pub Rants
The indie author age is in full swing. A panel of literary agents looks at what traditional publishers could learn from self-published authors.
A Recipe for Documentary Filmmaking on the Cheap - The Voice
Bryan Hopkins discusses how to make a documentary on a budget that most films spend on hair and makeup alone.
The Present and Future of Visual Effects in Film and Media - Ezine Articles
Are we moving towards a future in film where even the actors themselves will be post-production visual effects?
Singing Soft Powerfully - Make Light Phrases Zing! - Judy Rodman
Judy shares her secrets to convey power even when you're hitting those soft notes.
Music Marketing Case Study: Getting Exposure by Going Green - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog
Ryan Spearman explains how he combined his passion for green issues with his music career in order to raise awareness for both.
Weekly News Roundup - February 22, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - February 15, 2013
Indie Authors Share 10 Golden Nuggets of Info: The ONE Thing That I've Done to Get More Readers - 30 Day Books
The readers are out there. Finding them is the trick.
Getting Lost in a Novel Means You're More Empathetic -NBC News
Maybe our marketing efforts should strike an empathetic chord in order to reach empathetic readers.
Screenwriting Tips for Low Budget Filmmaking - Filmmaking Stuff
Sometimes you have to be more creative by scaling down your imagination.
How to Get Emotion into a Scene - Projector Films
Can the Plutchik Wheel help you infuse your scenes with emotion?
Promoting a Concert - Musician Coaching
In the world of music, a live performance is still your most valuable marketing tool.
How to Write an Incredible Hit Chorus: Songwriting Tips - Musicgoat
Memorable songs usually have a strong, stirring chorus.
Weekly News Roundup - February 8, 2013
How Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter's Vine - GalleyCat
Is six seconds of video really enough time to build a brand?
Why Even a Novelist Should Know How to Write Strong Copy -The Book Designer
Writing to sell is as important as writing to inspire.
Independent Filmmaking >> Success - NoHo Arts District
One must define success before one can achieve success.
CollabFeature - a Case Study in Crowdsourcing Filmmaking from Pitch to Production to Distribution - L.A. Biz
Learn how crowdsourcing was used from the beginning to the end of a film project.
How to Promote Your Band in 5 Minutes or Less - Song Cast Music
From stickers, flyers, and podcasts, you'll find a mixture of old and new media strategies to promote your band in this blog post.
100 True Fans? Is Small Really the New Big? - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog
The quality of your fan base is far more important than size of your fan base.
Weekly News Roundup - February 1, 2013
What Did You Write When You Were a Kid? - GalleyCat
Kid's writer Jarrett J. Krosoczka gives a touching TED presentation about how he became an author.
Writing vs. Marketing - How Much Time to Spend on Each? - The Future of Ink
Time is a precious commodity. What's the best way to spend it?
How Creativity, Art and Film Can Change Your Life - The Skanner
How making a film saved a homeless teen's life.
Filmmaking Evolved: Kickstarter Flicks Have Raised $100M to Date - Venture Beat
A closer look at fundraising for films using crowdsourcing.
Use Promotional Products to Amp Up Your Band's Marketing - musicgoat
If you aren't selling promotional items for your band, you might be selling yourself short.
Indie Music Grabs 32.6% of U.S. Album Sales In 2012 - Hypebot.com
Indie music takes the number one spot in overall album sales in 2012.
Weekly News Roundup - January 18, 2013
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