Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
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.
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Weekly News Roundup- March 20, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- March 13, 2015
Why Every Writer Should Keep a Travel Journal - Writer's Digest
Your experiences on the road may be worth some money.
Write More: Seven Tips for Dealing with Writing Distractions - Beyond Paper Editing
Maybe it's time to go old school and ditch your fancy laptop for a more low-tech approach.
Ed Burns on The Brothers McMullen, Finding Your Voice, and the Meat Grinder of Independent Filmmaking - The Week
The filmmaker who helped usher in today's modern independent filmmaking movement.
Becoming a Full-time Filmmaker: When to Quit Your Day Job - Filmmaking.net
When should you let go of your security net?
Three Email Marketing Mistakes Musicians Make that Cost Them Fans and Money [Podcast]- Musicgoat.com
How to make your email marketing more engaging.
Vocal Strain: What is it and What Can You Do about It? - Judy Rodman
Don't ignore vocal strain, or you might do permanent damage.
Weekly News Roundup- February 27, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- February 20, 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 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
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?
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.
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?
Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 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 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
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- January 2, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014
Why You Should Welcome Anything Less than 5 Star Reviews - The Future of Ink
An interesting look at those less-than-stellar ratings.
How to Edit Your Self-published Book like a Pro in 8 Steps - Self-Publishing Review
How to make self-editing work.
Need to Splice a Line In? Try Placing Your Edits in the Middle of the Word - Filmmaker IQ
Call it cutting inside the lines.
Top 10 Tips for Being a Cinematographer - BBC News
Leave your ego at home if you want to be a great cinematographer.
How to Create Amazingly Powerful Video Testimonials that'll Get More Gigs for Your Band - Gigging Success
Video testimonials are social proof your band is worth listening to.
How to Promote Music if You Don't Play Live - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
If you're the kind of musician who makes music in the comfort of your own home, there's still a way for you to promote your songs.
Weekly News Roundup- December 12, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- December 5, 2014
Why the Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing - The Creative Penn
It's time to get off the bunny slopes.
How to Sell More Books to the Right Target Audience - The Future of Ink
When you're trying to find a target audience, picture one ideal reader.
Filmmaking in Virtual Reality - Digital Production ME
Is virtual gaming the future of filmmaking?
Filmmaking As Your Small Business - Filmmaking Stuff
How hard is it to turn your film into a small business?
How to Maintain a Guitar - Guitar Lessons and Equipment
If your guitar isn't kept in a hard case, chances are it needs some maintenance.
Filter It Out! - Audio Fanzine
Do you know your subtractive synthesis?
Weekly News Roundup - December 5, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - November 28, 2014
Your Facebook Fan Page - Author Culture
Ever wonder why you need an author fan page on Facebook?
If Your Book Isn't Selling, Do the Hokey Pokey - Color Your Life Published
Can the hokey pokey be the secret to selling more books?
How We Got to Now: Measuring Sound - Filmmaker IQ
How to manage the sounds of a city during shooting on-location scenes.
Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time - Filmmaking.net
Editing is the unsung hero of filmmaking.
Thursday Therapy (for Musicians) - Musicgoat.com
Singer/songwriter Cynthia Brando shares her experiences in the music industry.
How to Write a Song - Guitar Coach Magazine
Which comes first, the melody or the lyrics?
Weekly News Roundup- November 28, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- November 21, 2014
Do Writers Have to "Write What They Know?" - Backspace
Is it "write what you know" or "write what you're passionate about"?
How to Build a Fictional World - TED Ed
Author Kate Messner reveals a few tricks of the trade to bring fictional worlds to life.
Structures - Projector Films
Learn about the '5-act Pixar poker idea' in this podcast.
Filmmakers Risk Everything by Doing These 7 Things - Film Industry Network
What risks are you taking?
"Is It Realistic at My Age, to Think I Can Ever Really Become a Respectable Sax Player?" - Sax Station
Is there such a thing as being too old to pursue your musical dreams?
Is How You Label Yourself As a Singer Holding You Back? - From the Front of the Choir
If you call yourself a soprano, you may not realize you can sing in the alto range.
Weekly News Roundup- November 14, 2014
How Authors Support Their Writing Dreams - The Book Deal
A barista, a mailman, and a textbook editor, oh my!
How to Set Up Your Goodreads Author Profile (And Why You Should!) - The Future of Ink
With more than one million unique visitors a day, Goodreads is a haven for readers and authors alike.
Crowdfunding - Film Courage
A collection of videos where various filmmakers discuss their crowdfunding efforts.
Podcast Episode: Writing and Making a Feature - Projector Films
Two writers discuss the trials and triumphs they experienced making a film.
How to Crowdfund Your Next Music Project - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
The basic elements that will make your crowdfunding efforts more fruitful.
9 Effective Networking Tips for Composers - Musicgoat.com
Do your homework before you network.
Weekly News Roundup- October 17, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- October 10, 2014
Why Authors Should Have a Newsletter - Marketing Tips for Authors
Having your own newsletter puts you in the driver?s seat.
Learn How Joss Whedon Approaches Story, Writing & Directing in 10 Minutes - No Film School
Joss Whedon has proven he can craft a story for film.
How Does a Director Know They Are Getting the Best Actor for the Role - Film Courage
How to avoid miscast actors playing the wrong role.
The War of Art: Resistance and the Music Producer - Renegade Producer
Do you know your unlived life?
The Most Important Step to Vocal Improvement - Judy Rodman
Find your weakness and turn it into a strength.
Weekly News Roundup- October 3, 2014
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Dialogue Tip: Make it Clear Who is Talking
The Art of the First Line
Watch Out for Run-on Sentences
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