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The Reader's Guide

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jun 14, 2010

I've been asked by a couple of educators on different occasions if there were teacher's guide versions of my books available for sale, and I've kicked myself every time I've had to answer no. Besides the obvious reason that it could be a second source of income for me, it's also one less obstacle for me getting my books into schools on a wider scale. Publishers make it a regular practice to create study guides for their young adult titles for that very reason. They know that school boards and teachers build their budgets around books that will generate discussion and foster a love for reading. A title that comes with a blueprint of discussion topics makes the teacher's job that much easier, and they are more likely to include that book on their reading list.

 

I discussed the situation with my agent recently, and she suggested I take it one step further and create a general reader's guide for book clubs. It makes perfect sense. In addition to providing a list of topics to discuss for the group, it also signals the author's interest in promoting the book club environment and may even result in you receiving an invitation to speak with the book club. I've had the opportunity to do just that, and it was loads of fun. I highly recommend it.

 

Reader's guides aren't just another source of income. They are marketing tools in and of themselves. Simply by having a reader's guide you are planting the seed that your book would make an excellent selection for a group discussion, and it also gives you something to give to teachers and book club organizers that stands out from other book suggestions they receive.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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AAUGH! Rewrites!

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jun 9, 2010

I am in the middle of rewrites at the moment. I always think I'm prepared for the process, but every time I learn that one can never be fully prepared to find cringe-worthy passages in one's own writing. Rewrites are the very definitions of arduous and humiliating. There are times I just can't bring myself to read one more page without a long break that involves chocolate or some baked good that soothes my writer's wounds.

 

So, is it worth the tedium, horror, and extra pounds to rewrite? Without question, yes. I find too many times that self-published authors either don't do extensive rewrites or they don't do rewrites at all before publishing their book. Huge mistake. Rewrites can do more than help you track down typos. More importantly, they can help you catch holes in your writing and story. When you're working on a manuscript that's tens of thousands of words long, you're no doubt going to make errors that can leave the readers scratching their heads. For instance, I inserted a scene to pursue a plot device, but as I continued writing I determined the plot device didn't work. The problem was that my focus then turned to completing the book, and I put the now useless and dead-end scene out of my mind. Of course, I found it going through rewrites and cut it. Had I decided to take the path of least resistance and self-publish the book without looking back or only giving the manuscript a skimming over, I would have sent a subpar product to market.

 

Rewriting is the least fun part of publishing a book, but in my mind, it is the most important phase of the process. It's so important I don't think you can do it alone. You need an editor or a reader you trust to go through your manuscript and ask you the tough questions about your writing style and your story. Give them the freedom to slash and burn your manuscript without getting defensive. You'll have a better book for it.

 

I have to go now. My first draft and a sleeve of chocolate chip cookies are waiting for me.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

 

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Book marketing is as much about keeping up with trends and scouring the internet for the latest developments in all things marketing as it is about implementing your own marketing plan. It's important to know not just what's going on in publishing, but also what's going on in the world of marketing. To that end, a plethora of websites and blogs out there offer book marketing gems of varying worth. Here are five sites that I have found to have a lot of valuable tips and tricks for authors interested in selling more books.

 

John Kremer's Book Marketing Tip of the Week - John is an expert's expert in the field of marketing for books. He's a best-selling author who is probably best known for his book 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. He has all of his past marketing newsletters archived, where you will find a virtual catalogue of useful tips to boost your marketing efforts.

 

Author Marketing Experts - Penny Sansevieri has 15 years' experience in the field of book promotion. She works as a consultant and publicist for an impressive list of authors. The name of her site alone suggests she understands that it's more about marketing the author than the book.

 

The Creative Penn - Joanna Penn, a Brit in Australia, dishes out plenty of sound advice on her site for today's author. She covers the gamut when it comes to books, but she devotes a lot of her virtual space to examining the world of marketing books and authors.

 

Gary Vaynerchuk - If you like your marketing expert to be dull and timid, then Gary is not the guy for you. He is the epitome of high energy, and he funnels all that energy into videos about the world of internet marketing. You'll be entertained and informed just by spending a few minutes with Gary every week.

 

Social Media Examiner - Founded by Michael Stelzner, this online magazine is geared toward helping businesses master the art of using social media, but there are a lot of great tips for authors trying to build a personal brand, as well. You can keep up with strategies and new tools to help get you noticed on social media sites.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Self-publishing a book is fun. I can speak from personal experience because I have five books I've self-published, and I have a sixth one on the way. I have enjoyed every minute of it, even this part of it where I get to write about how much I enjoy self-publishing. I have talked to a lot of other authors who have self-published one book, and I am always saddened when they inform me that they won't be doing a second book for no other reason than they don't think they have a second book inside of them.

 

I'm here to tell you that you do have a second book inside of you. In fact, I'm of the opinion that you have countless ideas for books swimming around in that head of yours. You got through the monumental task of writing and publishing a book. Don't let that experience go to waste. Write a second book... and a third... and a fourth... and... you get the point.

 

Where is that next idea for another book going to come from? I can't say for sure, but I can tell you one place to look: in the book you've already published. If you're like me, there are a number of characters in your book beyond the protagonist that you think deserve a story of their own or maybe even the same story but from their point of view. There are stories hidden within the story you've already written and published. Why not flesh them out and give them pages of their own? I'm not talking about creating a series (although that's not a bad idea). I'm talking about creating a spin-off book. This isn't just limited to works of fiction, by the way. I researched a historical figure recently, and discovered an even more fascinating character that could be the subject of his own book.

 

You have more than one book inside of you. You owe it to yourself as a writer to get it on paper and make it available to your present and future fans.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

     Fantastic Book Marketing: A Great Example - Publetariat

Author and blogger Joanna Penn examines the marketing efforts of author P.W. Singe after her husband was motivated to purchase his latest book.

 

     Three Steps to a Breakout Story - Plot to Punctuation

Want to write a compelling novel that will leave people in awe of your storytelling talent. According to editor Jason Black it's all in the goals you set for your story.


Film

 

     reddit.com Interviews Felicia Day - reddit

Television and Web series star Felicia Day answers questions from her fans and discusses her online strategies to succeeding the film industry.

 

     Negotiating Is a Producer's Life - All About Indie Filmmaking

Producer Jane Kelly Kosek sums up the key to developing your most crucial skill as a producer in one word, experience.

 

Music


     A Brief History of the Blues in Modern Music - 1960s Psychedelic Hippie Culture and Music

You need more that sweet lowdown lyrics to make a Blues song. You need that bluesy sound that only a guitar can make.

 

     Everybody is a Music Maker - Indie Music Tech

Digital Music guru Dave Haynes examines the history and future of music at a TEDxCardiff event.



Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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How to Keep the Fires of Publicity Burning after the Newness is Gone

Your book may have been on the market for months or years, and you may feel its newsworthiness has run its course, but according to Arielle Ford, your book may still have some life left in it. In this age of print-on-demand, books stay relevant much longer than they did when they were subject to the finite nature of print runs. One of Ford's suggestions for keeping your book afloat:

 

Take advantage of the headlines: Contact your local media outlets immediately after hearing that a topic relevant to your book has made headlines. The local stations usually like to put a local spin on any national or international topic.

 

You can read find more of Arielle Ford's tips in the Huffington Post: How to Sustain Big Buzz for Your Book

 

 

Indie Films Ride the Wave of the Digital Revolution

There's no question about it. Digital technology has broken down the barriers for a lot of would-be filmmakers into the film industry. It's made even the most sophisticated pieces of equipment accessible to even the least affluent directors and storytellers. What was it like for filmmakers before the digital age? According to the JJDMTheMoive.com it was a financial struggle.

 

Before the advent of digital alternatives, the cost of professional film equipment and stock was also a hurdle to being able to produce, direct, or star in a traditional studio film. The cost of 35 mm film is outpacing inflation: in 2002 alone, film negative costs were up 23%, according to Variety.


You can read the entire article here: Independent Filmmaking outside of Hollywood

 

 

The Great White Way is Rockin'!

Broadway has become decidedly more rock and roll as of late. While your dreams of rock and roll stardom may be full of visions of stadium shows, music videos and limos, you just might find yourself participating in a Broadway musical someday. Who knows, you may event take home a few Tonys. This is from the New York Times:

 

Electric guitars onstage, not mini-orchestra-pit bands, drive all four of this year's Tony nominees for best musical: "American Idiot," "Fela!," "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet." Their music bypasses Tin Pan Alley for punk, funk, rhythm-and-blues and rockabilly. And this year's rock musicals aren't alone; they have been sharing the theater district with a celebratory revival of the foundational rock musical, "Hair," and with entrenched jukebox shows like "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages."

 

You can read the entire article here: Broadway Rocks. Get Over It.

 

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing


     How to Build an Audience Around Your Blog - Blogussion

An author blog doesn't just need traffic. It needs an audience. Here are 5 tips to create traffic and build an audience for your blog.

 

     The One Sentence, One Paragraph, and Two Paragraph Pitch - Nathan Bransford

Your job as an author isn't just writing books. As much as you may not like hearing it, you have to write summaries of you book, as well.


Film


     How to Make the Move to Hollywood - Joke and Biagio

Hollywood producer Biagio shares five tips on how to successfully make the transition from Main Street, USA to Tinseltown.

 

     Zach Braff Discusses Acting and Directing - Making Of

Actor and director Zach Braff discusses the difficulties he faced when making his movie Garden State. His key to pulling it off was to ignore the naysayers.

 

Music


     Woody Norris: Inventing the Next Amazing Thing - Ted Talks

This TED video features what might be the greatest invention in audio since the phonograph. Wood Norris has invented a device that doesn't use a speaker to project sound. It uses the air next to your ear.

 

     Science Friday on Perfect Pitch - How To Practice

Ever wonder how perfect pitch works? Are you the one in 10,000 that has perfect pitch? Here's an interesting piece on the science behind perfect pitch.

 

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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As a writer of fiction, you have to be a jack of all trades at times. I have gone to many strange places on the Internet in search of information or knowledge that would help make my story that much better. The Internet truly is a virtually endless source of facts and - yes - misinformation. These are the ten sites I have found to be the most useful resources for fiction writers.

 

Dictonary.com - Can't remember how to spell chrysanthemums? Need another word for maniac? Not really sure what the word didactic means? Dictionary.com is my favorite spot on the Internet for all things words. Whether it's the meaning, the proper spelling, or a more literary synonym, you'll find it here.

 

Baby Names World - Nickelodeon's Parents Connect Baby Names World website isn't just a great place to find the perfect name for that next bundle of joy. It's also great for finding a fitting name for your protagonist. Looking for a name that means "brave" or "wise" or virtually anything else, you can probably find it here. Their search by meaning option has been a lifesaver for me on a number of occasions.

 

Crime and Clues - Want a peak into police procedure on a crime scene? Maybe you need to tap into that criminal mind, but you of course do not have the personal experience to draw from. Crimes and Clues can help you tangle that mystery you're trying to build.

 

Mythical Creatures Guide - There are more than just vampires and werewolves to include in your next horror novel. Cultures from throughout history and in every corner of our globe have had a catalog of monsters that have provided plenty of screams and scares. The Mythical Creatures Guide can provide you with plenty of inspiration for your next creepy creature.

 

This Day in History - Even if you're writing fiction, you want some basis in fact. This Day in History provides a great database of historical events on every day of the year. Just type in the day, and you'll be on your way to giving your story a little historical perspective.

 

Popular Science - This is a fantastic site for a look at all the latest advances in technology and science. You'll find plenty of information on what's current and what the future may hold.

 

How Stuff Works - Details can flesh out a character and plotline. Even in a fictional world, authenticity can take your story to a whole new level.

 

Space - The final frontier is a mystery in and of itself. The more you know about the skies above you, the more you can draw your reader in and make them true fans of your work, particularly if you're a science fiction author. Just because it's "science fiction"; doesn't mean your reader doesn't want it to be plausible. If you write that Titan orbits Neptune, you'll probably lose a reader.

 

Snopes - There's nothing built better for a book-length work of fiction than a good urban legend. But does that urban legend contain any truth to it? Snopes is a website dedicated to solving the origins of urban legends.

 

Strange Facts - Did you know that there are 18 different animal shapes in Animal Cracker cookies? Or that forest fires move faster uphill than down? If you visited Strange Facts, you would know all that and more. A great place to find those little tidbits that may separate your story from others.

Those are mine. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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If at First You Don't Succeed... You Know the Rest!

It's been said many times. Babe Ruth struck out more than any other player on his way to become the homerun king in major league baseball. If you want to succeed in publishing, you've got to strike out from time to time. Novelist Scott Turow says this about an authors greatest tool:

 

My life as a writer was carried on against the odds. I had written four unpublished novels by then ... as a writer of fiction I hadn't gotten very far. I just wanted to do it. It was my dream as a kid to be a novelist and I wanted to carry on with it. And I did. The truth of the matter is that the people who succeed in the arts most often are the people who get up again after getting knocked down. Persistence is critical.

 

You can watch a video of Turow talking about his career and novels on Galleycat: Scott Turow Offers Novel Writing Advice: "Persistence Is Critical"

 

 

Everyone Loves a Crowd!

Don't have the funds for your next film project? You've tapped all your old resources dry? If there was only some way to let your fans chip in. Oh wait, there is. It's called the internet. Crowd-funding, Crowd-sourcing, Tribe-funding, it goes by many different names, but it all means the same thing. Ask your fans to contribute to your next film. Film finance expert Jeff Steele weighs in on the topic in the Huffington Post.

 

Ultimately, if crowd-funding is going to work, it needs to appeal to those most basic investor emotions: greed and self-interest. Why do disinterested investors support a project? Because they see a potential upside for their money -- and it's the producers job to make sure that happens. You can't reinvest a producing credit.

 

You can read the entire article here: Independent Films' New Path to Financing

 

 

Don't Be a Rebel without a Home Recording Studio!

What happens when the musical inspiration hits you, and you don't have a way to capture the magic for posterity and profit? If you're an indie musician, it's almost imperative these days to have your own home recording studio. Not to worry. If you don't currently have one, Renegade Producer has come to the rescue with all the basics you need to get started. As they put it:

 

Your DIY home music studio will always be a work in progress and will grow as your music production skills grow and you expand your music career. Try to avoid the "my music would get better when I have [enter name of new studio toy]" trap. Remember, your studio is your workspace and your studio equipment serve as tools. You make the music.

 

You can read all of the tips and tricks to putting together a home recording studio here: The Renegade Producer Home Recording Studio Guide

 

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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As a writer, I always feel like I use the word "said" too much. As in, Mark said, "He would kill me if I talked." It's the perfect verb that allows you to identify a speaker during a conversation. But when you write a book that is sixty, seventy, eighty thousand words or longer, you're going to write a lot of dialogue, and it's going to be necessary to identify the speakers quite a bit throughout the course of your book. I find myself tempted to use a substitute for the word "said" even though I've been instructed not to by editors and teachers. The goal of a writer is to be as unobtrusive as possible. It's believed the word "said" allows you to not intrude on the story. As Elmore Leonard puts it, "The line of dialogue belongs to the character. The verb is the writer sticking his nose in..."

 

So substituting words like gasped, groaned, yelled, etc. can take readers out of the story. I know this, and yet I still find myself using substitutes for the word "said" all the time. It's a hard habit to break. My mainstay substitutes are "replied" and "responded," but I've "groused" before, and I've "griped." I've even been known to use "chortled," but that's me. I'm not always a rules follower.

 

My dream is to write a book like The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, that never uses the identifying verb for dialogue. He just wrote dialogue. That way I'll never have to concern myself with whether or not I'm drowning my readers in a sea of "said." Until then, I am going to allow myself to substitute verbs. "Free of guilt," I declared!

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Art Imitates Life - Straight From Hel

Don't everyone talk all at once. Freelance editor Helen Ginger discusses the dangers of having too many characters involved in dialogue.

 

Meg Cabot: keeps a bag of rejection letters under her bed - Inkygirl.com

Call it the power of rejection. Meg Cabot holds on to those rejection letters that plagued her in the early days.


Film


How Does 3D Impact Factual Budgets? - DocumentaryTelevision.com

There is no question that 3D will be a factor in indie film. The question is how do you budget for it? Media consultant Peter Hamilton breaks down 3D costs.


No Budget Film Making - Go Kustom

D.A. Sebasstian discusses the basics of no budget filmmaking. The first step, own your equipment.


Music

 

His Retirement Goal: Record a CD - Music After 50

Proving that you're never too old to rock and roll, Michael O'Shea decides to spend his retirement with his first love, music.

 

Fan Funded Platforms are still Needed - What is Record Label 2.0?

Crowdsourcing is the buzz word in the world of fund raising for the arts. Evolution Coop takes a look at three fan funding sites.

 

-Richard

Richard is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Let's face it; a lot of us are writers because we like the isolation. There is something altogether empowering about sitting at a keyboard or notebook and creating for hours at a time. No matter what else is going on in our lives, the writing process makes us feel better. We somehow find balance in that time we spend alone with our plotlines and characters.

 

The problem is the craving for isolation that suits us so well as writers can ruin us as marketers. We not only need people to market to, we also need a craving to tell people about ourselves and about our books. That's not easy to do for someone who likes to be alone. There comes a point for every author when they realize they are going to have to cross the line from self-contained artist to people-reliant marketer. The problem is how do you cross that line?

 

Time after time, I watch my wife approach complete strangers in public places and tell them she loves their hair or jewelry or car, etc. She has no fear when it comes to talking to people she doesn't know. As a writer, it's not in my nature, so I asked her once how she was able to do that. "Simple," she said without a hint of arrogance. "I just assume everyone wants to talk to me." And, it is the single greatest piece of marketing advice I have ever gotten as an author. Every time I hesitate to talk about me or my book with someone I don't know, I tell myself "Assume everyone wants to talk to you," and the hesitation goes away. When your mindset changes from not wanting to bother someone about your book to fulfilling an unknown desire someone has to hear what you have to say, you get that craving you need to successfully market yourself and your book.

 

So, I pass along this marketing advice to you. Assume everyone wants to talk to you.

 

-Richard

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Author + Blog = Personal Branding 101

 

It's 2010. Do you know where your author blog is? If you haven't started one, the time is now. If you're hesitant, take it from author Emily Benet (Shop Girl Diaries), blogging is more than just about building your personal brand. It's also a great way to develop your craft.

 

Benet finds that blogging actually keeps her focused and thinking about her audience. "In practical terms a weekly blog keeps me working on the skill of writing and helps me stay disciplined by being connected with my readers," she said.

 

You can read more about the challenges authors and their blogs on Publishing Perspectives: "Connect, Don't Network": Author Blog Award Winners Gaiman, Benet on Blogging

 

 

When it comes to filmmaking, a little home cooking may be your best chance at success?

 

Thanks to the Internet we live in a shrinking world where making it in the film industry no longer means you have to live in Hollywood. If you've got a camera, a computer and some friends, you basically have the power to be a movie mogul. In fact, filmmaker Len Esten believes setting up shop in Hollywood may be more trouble than it's worth.

 

At the early stages of filmmaking wringing the most out of what you have is an important skill. There will never be enough money or enough good people. Your film will only be as good as you can make it given your resources. Instead of spending too much time trying to make your circumstances perfect or even optimal, spend more time concocting creative ways to use what you have and make it be something you can be proud of.

 

You can read the entire article here: Make Films At Home, Not In Hollywood

 

 

Are You Really Ready for Music Stardom?

 

So you think you have what it takes to make it in the music business? According to music career mentor Tom Hess, he's seen far too many young musicians pull the trigger too quickly on their pursuit of fame and fortune playing music for a living. The maddening thing is the ones who fail make mistakes that could have been avoided. In his words:

 

In addition to mentoring musicians from all over the world on how to build a successful career in the music business, I have several free music career assessments on my website where I ask musicians specific questions to test their effectiveness in building a music career. From my experience of mentoring hundreds of musicians and after analyzing the responses of thousands of people to my music career surveys, I found that musicians tend to make the same kinds of mistakes over and over again in their pursuit to become professional musicians.

 

You can read all of Tom's pearls of wisdom here: A New Study Identifies The Top 6 Mistakes Musicians Make Trying To Get Into The Music Industry

 

 

-Richard

Richard is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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In the past, the characters I've created for my novels have been made up out of whole cloth. Certain physical characteristics or mannerisms may be borrowed from real life individuals, but the character in his or her entire has always been unique in and of themselves. I suppose you could say that they have a kind of welcomed multi-personality syndrome (as described by Jason Black of Plot to Punctuation) that allows me to nurture and shape completely fictitious characters both good and bad while still maintaining my own identity.

 

Recently, I wanted to try something different. I wanted to incorporate a real historical character into one of my novels. This man died in 1936, so there was no possible way for me to interview him, and frankly, I wouldn't want to. He is the supreme bad guy which is why I wanted to use him in my story. I had read a book about him years ago, and his unpleasant exploits had always stuck with me. When I was outlining my new book, he seemed the perfect fit to play the role of the monster. I burned up Google and other search engines finding out everything I could about him. I rented documentaries on him, and I read letters written by this man. Every step of the way I grew more and more disturbed that such a man could have actually lived. He's so terrible I don't even want to expose you to his name. I even contemplated not using him.

 

But here's what I ultimately learned that was positive in researching this character. As awful as this man was, good was on his heels chasing him down. While this man left a wake of disaster and devastation, there was a single dedicated police officer doing everything in his power to find this man. And through clever and tireless investigative techniques, he did just that. It was and is truly inspiring. And that's the point of this post. Good fiction (even if it is based on fact) is always balanced by your characters. A character of one extreme is always better developed when he or she is matched with a character of the opposite extreme. Opposites do more than attract. They create natural conflict that drives your story. In researching the bad guy I wanted to use for my story, I found the perfect characteristics my good guy must possess in order to keep the story moving. In essence, by exposing myself to a truly bad guy, I found a hero to save the day and my story.

 

-Richard

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Book publicists - why yes, I speak Sell - Behler Blog

Do you need a book publicist? Not every author does. Lynn Price of Behler Publications writes a candid article on how and if you should work with a publicist.

 

2 Years, 3 Manuscripts, and 50 Rejections: Anatomy of an Agent Search - Genreality

Author Deborah Blake reveals her struggle to find an agent for her works of fiction. As they say, it's not the destination as much as it is the journey.


Film


Looking for an easy way to make a successful horror film franchise? Why not try a 'mask' movie. - Cinema Advanced

Could the key to creating a successful horror franchise be as simple as finding the right mask for your monster? After all, would Freddy Krueger be Freddy Krueger without his Hollywood good looks?


Why Filmmakers Think Movies Need Stars - Consolidated Films

Think you need a big name star to get your movie made? Be careful what you wish for.


Music

 

The Ins and Outs of Film/TV Scoring with Jeff Beal - Artists House Music

Ever wondered what it takes to make it in the Film/TV scoring business? Emmy winner Jeff Beal shares his secrets to success.

 

The Seven Step Game Plan To Musopreneurship - Insider Music Business

Kavit Haria gives his seven steps to not just being a respected musician, but a successful one, as well.

 

-Richard

Richard is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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