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The results from your beta readers are in, and now you're faced with what to do with all the constructive feedback you've received. Keep in mind: just because it's constructive doesn't mean it should be implemented. It simply means it's a thoughtful opinion. Ultimately, you have to decide whether it's a valid opinion.

 

 

If you followed my suggestion of creating a questionnaire where beta readers could provide anonymous feedback, a lot of the guess work can be eliminated from which path to take. I created a rating system for various aspects of the story that I specifically wanted addressed. That rating system was your basic 1-5 scoring, with one being the lowest score. In addition, the beta readers were given the opportunity to leave a specific comment for each aspect of the story they were asked to evaluate. If any portion collectively scored a three or lower, I went to the comments and looked for a consensus opinion. If it was there, the fix was easy. If it wasn't, the fix wasn't as easy, but I still knew I had a rewrite ahead of me. If readers weren't getting what I was trying to say, they weren't getting it. The problem was mine, not theirs.

 

 

Now, there were points of contention for some readers that were countered with points of praise from others. That's when your gut becomes your guide. You have to decide, as the artist, if you hit the mark. For me, some of the criticism I received had less to do with the story and more to do with the reader's personal feelings about a topic. In that case, I didn't make changes. My job isn't to make everyone happy. Sometimes my job is to make people uncomfortable.

 

 

In those close races where your gut is telling you one thing, but your beta readers are telling you another, go with your gut. In the end, it's your story, and your author name is going to be attached to it. Do what the artist in you tells you to do.

 

 

-Richard

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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

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.         

 

Film

                                                        

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. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- April 10, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- April 3, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

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?        

 

Film

                                                        

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.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- March 20, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- March 13, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

Seventeen Ways to Promote Your Book with One Blog Post - The Future of Ink

From taking action to sending out invitations, it's all here.       

                           

Video Blogging: Vlogging for Authors by @K8Tilton - Bad Redhead Media

Does your platform include video?

 

Film

                                                        

How to Make Your Movie Rise above The Noise - Filmmaking Stuff

Producer Jason Brubaker asks three questions to help you clarify your marketing message.       

                                          

Raising Money for The 1st Feature Film and How Film Festivals Can Help with The Second One of Pink Zone Movie - Film Courage

Filmmaker Benjamin Walter discusses his path to making his first low budget film.   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

The Mystery of How to Sing Properly Finally Explained - How to Sing Better

Are you singing from the diaphragm?   

 

Five Best Equalizer Settings Cheat Sheets for Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Audio - Creative Edge Music

Is sonic information messing with your ability to set an instrument's EQ?   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 30, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

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?         

 

Film

                                                        

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.   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015

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Last week I received an email from Leta Gail Doeer, an indie author and loyal reader of my blog. Leta has also taken my webinar on book marketing, in which I discuss the strategy of contacting book bloggers for reviews - and how those reviews can lead to other opportunities. Leta said she'd been reaching out to bloggers who participate in virtual tours for self-published authors, but that they were so inundated with requests that she wasn't getting much of a response.

 

Undeterred, I did a little more research and found another great resource for Leta (and my blog readers!). Indie View lists hundreds of writers and bloggers who are looking to review self-published books at no charge. It also names the places where the reviews will be posted (e.g. their blogs, Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads).

 

I also suggested Leta check out this page of my website, which lists a bunch of bloggers who reviewed my first novel, which I self-published before it got picked by a traditional publisher. The success I had with my blogger outreach played a significant role in that turn of events.

 

I can't stress enough how important it is to secure objective book reviews, so take a page from Leta's book and start pitching yours!

 

-Maria

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Never Too Boring to Blog

The Marketing Maze

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Books/Publishing

 

Using Fiction Techniques for Writing Nonfiction - Helen Sedwick

How to get the logical side of your brain to have a little fun. 

                           

Eavesdropping for Story Ideas and Other Tips from a Veteran Novelist - The Book Deal

Bestselling author Warren Adler shares advice on writing and publishing.      

 

Film

                                                        

Do You Know What the Difference Between a T-Stop and an F-Stop Is? - Noam Kroll

Do you know your aperture settings?    

                                          

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's 10 Tips for Finishing Your Documentary - IndieWire

Defining the narrative structure of your documentary.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How Valuable Is Your Voice? A Lesson from Van Gogh's Shoes - Judy Rodman

The marketplace does not determine the value of your voice.

 

How Changing It Up Can Help Build an Audience - musicgoat.com

If you want to draw more people to your shows, don't be so predictable.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - December 19, 2014

Weekly News Roundup - December 12, 2014

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Books/Publishing

 

Ten Benefits of Guest Blogging You Can't Get on Your Own Blog - Color Your Life Published

Expand your brand and build your credibility through guest blogging.

                           

Quick Tip: Build Relationships with Reviewers Well before Your Book Launch - All Indie Writers

Don't wait until the last minute to line up those reviews.      

 

Film

                                                        

Insider Insights on Indie Filmmaking: Selling Your Film and Wrapping Up - Bleeding Cool

The final installment of a 28-part series on indie filmmaking.    

                                          

No Budget Filmmaking: Rise of the Backyard Indie - Filmmaking Stuff

Tips on how to catch the indie filmmaking wave.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Singing While Old: How Vintage Voices Can "Rock" - Judy Rodman

As you grow older you may lose some vocal ability, but you may actually be able to sing better.

 

How to Build a Fan Base from Scratch - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

What do you do if you are just starting out?  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- November 7, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- October 31, 2014

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Books/Publishing

 

10 Social Media Rules Every Author Needs to Know - The Write Conversation

Consistency is the key for social media.

                           

How Can I Get Comments on My Blog? - BadRedhead Media

Comments equal engagement, engagement equals a motivated fan.      

 

Film

                                                        

Sam Mendes's 25 Rules for Directors - Vanity Fair

Showing gratitude is perhaps the most important rule on Mendes's list.    

                                          

5 Questions for Indie Film Funding - Filmmaking Stuff

How to make finding funding for your film less complicated.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Infographic about the Evolution of Music - TRAEXS.COM Music Video News

The variety of music out there is astonishing. 

 

The Most Important Step to Vocal Improvement - Judy Rodman

Be sure to do your PPP training.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- October 24, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- October 17, 2014

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A few posts back I blogged about author Cathy Livingstone's effective approach to soliciting reviews for her book. Today, I'd like to share a smart strategy for attracting readers to your blog.

 

Recently a savvy author by the name of Marlene Cullen contacted me via my website to tell me that she'd enjoyed one of my recent blog posts and wanted to request permission to repost it on her own site, with a link back to mine. Turns out she regularly asks authors to "guest blog" for her.

 

How could I say no to her invitation? It was good exposure for me. And it was a smart move by Marlene.

 

I know a lot of authors don't blog because they have no idea what to say. If you fall into that category, perhaps you can take a page from Marlene's book. Reach out to others and ask permission to repost their content. Not only will it help drive traffic to your site, which includes information about your book(s), but it will also give you an idea for the type of content that draws visitors. (Installing Google Analytics, which is free, allows you to monitor the daily traffic on each page of your site, which hyperlinks get clicked, which search terms lead people to your site, etc.)

 

Over time you can begin adding your own content, but this strategy will help get you started. It will also get you into the routine of managing your blog on a regular basis, which is important. Book promotion, just like writing, is all about consistency. And who knows? If you contact the right person for your blog, you might end up in a post like this one. Good job, Marlene!

 

-Maria

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What Should You Blog About?

Authors' Four Structural Essentials for Blogs

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Books/Publishing

 

How to Turn Your Written Content into Video Content - The Future of Ink

Repurpose written content into video content for your blog.  

                           

Goodreads Giveaways: Don't Do What You're Told - Catherine, Caffeinated

Author Catherine Ryan Howard shares her insight on how to give away books on Goodreads.      

 

Film

                                                        

7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back as a Cinematographer - Noam Kroll.com

Never stop learning how to break bad habits.    

                                          

How Digital Cameras Changed Hollywood Filmmaking - DTV USA FORUM

A digital shoot is different than a film shoot, but the story is still the heart of a movie. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

How to Love Your Own Singing Voice - Easy Ear Training

You have to love your own voice before your audience will.

 

25 Artists and Marketing Experts Give Their Best Advice on How to Promote a New Album - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Release your album one song at a time.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- August 22, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- August 15, 2014

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For all the mystery that surrounds the reason why one brand hits and others don't, there are basic building blocks to establishing a solid brand. When I say basic, I mean they are so simple a child can implement them. I call them the three C's of brand-building, and they are as follows:

 

  1. Communicate - In order to establish a brand in today's social-media-driven world, you have to communicate with your customers. Since we're looking at this from an author's perspective, that means we have to engage with our readers whenever we can. If someone comments on your personal blog, respond to the comment. If someone comments on your Facebook status, at the very least "Like" the comment (if it's appropriate to do so). The point is to not let your communication with a reader be one-sided.
  2. Consistency - A brand is not built in one day or one tweet or one status update. A brand is built over time using the same tone and style over and over again. In our globally connected world, things are generally compartmentalized into niche groups. Your brand fits into one of those groups. If you're consistent with your messaging, it's highly likely other members of that group will discover you and help you grow your brand influence.
  3. Commitment - You have to be committed to building a brand. It's not something you establish on a whim. You have to contribute to your brand message frequently. It doesn't matter if it comes in the form of a blog post or social media update or personal video. You have to commit to contributing original content to your brand on a regular basis. The more you do, the greater the likelihood your brand will hit.

 

Building a brand is not rocket science. Follow the three C's, and you'll be well on your way.

 

-Richard

 

 

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Feature Reader Testimonials

Say Yes!

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Let's go over a checklist. You've got an author bio on your blog. Check. You've got an author photo. Check. You've got information about your book or books. Check. Your blog is updated with new posts on a regular basis. Check. Congratulations! You've completely utilized your blog to build your author brand.

 

But wait…There does seem to be something missing. What have people said about your book? Visitors to your blog may find that information useful. In fact, it may be the determining factor that prompts them to click on the link to buy the book.

I know you probably have reviews you're proud of on the detail page for your book on Amazon. That's great. And, you may have even been contacted via email by readers who've had glorious things to say about your book. And, you may have even gotten lovely comments from friends and followers on social media sites. That is terrific. But why haven't you drawn attention to those comments on your blog?

 

You should have a section on your blog devoted to reviews or testimonials. Source the comment and attribute it to the reader. Ask permission when possible. In most cases, it's not technically necessary, but they're more than likely to be flattered that you want to highlight their comments on your blog.

 

Potential readers want to know what actual readers are saying about your book(s). Don't make them hunt for that information on your blog. Give testimonials a prominent space on your author platform.

 

-Richard

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Read It Forward

Let Your Excitement Show

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Fume and Delete

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Mar 24, 2014

Grrrr. You all are going to have to pardon me as I get, as they say, "real" for a minute. There are some things that have been bothering me, and I just have to air them in a public forum so they will live forever in the digital world and eventually come back to haunt me.  My frustration has reached a point of no return. I have to get this out now! Here it goes!

 

And we're back. What? You didn't really expect me to write something inflammatory and potentially career-ending did you? I mean I did write it. You just never read it, and you never will. That's because I practice the "write and delete" method of exorcising my frustrations. 

 

Here's how it works: I come across a blog post, article or social media update that infuriates me. I walk away from the computer fuming. I come back, open Word, and write an incisive and clever response. Then I go about my author duties for the day. Finally, when my day is behind me, I read the Word document with my carefully crafted retort to whatever set me off in the first place. Then, I delete the document. 

 

Why? Because with distance comes perspective. I realize that I wouldn't be adding anything but fuel to the proverbial fire by actually posting what I have written. The need to initially insert myself into the discussion fades because there's literally no need or point. 

 

The next time you come across something that pushes you over the edge, I invite you to try my "fume and delete" method of ridding yourself of angst and frustration. I promise you'll feel better without all the messy regret that comes with actually going public with rabble-rousing remarks. 

 

-Richard

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When Your Words Offend

2014: The Year of Participation

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Books/Publishing

 

Staying Connected: You're Not Alone - The Book Deal

When you're out of the writing zone, it can sometimes feel like you're alone.         

 

How to Create Stronger Bonds with Readers through Author Appearances - The Creative Penn

The virtual world is great for meeting readers, but the real world is great for bonding with readers.    

 

Film

 

12 Early Short Films by Famous Hollywood Directors - Mental Floss

Every great filmmaker was once a beginning filmmaker.   

 

Actor or Character? - A MOON BROTHERS Film Blog

Should an audience be drawn to a film because of the characters or the actors playing the characters?     

                                    

Music

 

Facebook Now Lets You Ask Friends for Music Suggestions - Kings of A&R

An interesting development for musicians on Facebook.    

 

10 Music Bloggers Who Write about Unsigned Artists - Entertainment Divaz

Here's where you start building your list of movers and shakers in the always changing music industry.

 

-Richard

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