Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
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?
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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
Five Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better - Writer's Digest
Without moral dilemmas, your character won't experience growth.
Six Tips for Writing Minor Characters - The Passive Voice
Minor characters do have a major impact on your story.
How Movies Trick Your Brain into Empathizing with Characters - WIRED
Feeling a little schizophrenic? You might be watching a movie.
The Minimalist Guide to Making a Movie - Filmmaking Stuff
You don't need to wait for the perfect moment to make a film.
Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Music by the Single - musicgoat.com
The release of singles may be back in a big way.
Niche Music Markets: How to Dominate Genres and Themes - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Sometimes the narrower the market, the better.
Weekly News Roundup- September 26, 2014
The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections on My Stockholm Trip - The Creative Penn
The rules are changing and indie authors are calling the shots.
Why Publishing Shouldn't Be a One Person Show - The Future of Ink
Success in publishing depends on the people you surround yourself with.
Lights, Camera, Action! How to Professionally Light Your Scene - Hollywood Oracle
Do you know how to get definition out of your shots?
When Camera Choice Can Be the Most Important Factor in Achieving a Beautiful Image - Noam Kroll
You have to have the right camera to capture the right image.
How to Sing - 10 Habits of Successful Professional Singers - From the front of the Choir
The key is to be diligent and to be yourself.
Should We Sing like We Speak? - How to Sing Better
The vocal chords are engaged in two different ways when it comes to talking versus singing.
Weekly News Roundup - September 26, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - September 19, 2014
Lessons Learned from 3 Years as an Author-Entrepreneur - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn describes her journey since leaving her career as an IT business consultant and becoming a full-time author.
What Does Editing Look Like? Behind The (Crime) Scene at The Editor's Screen - The Book Designer
A detailed look at what an editor actually does to your manuscript.
How to Get Noticed as a Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff
Make your own breaks.
Podcast Episode 41: Writing and Making a Feature - Projector Films
Two writers talk about the challenges, disasters, and triumphs they experienced directing their first film.
Alternative Music Venues: Where Else Can You Play? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Bars and weddings aren't the only places to play..
Music-making Advice from Musicians That Non-musicians Might Find Useful - Music Thing
A fun tool to help musicians and non-musicians find inspiration.
Weekly News Roundup- September 19, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- September 12, 2014
5 Ways to Beat Average - with Missy Tippens - The Seekers
The temptation to settle for a good word choice instead of the perfect word choice is always present when you're working on a book-length project.
6 Steps to Overcoming Social Media Writer's Block - Digital Book World
How to get over those moments when you just don't feel like promoting yourself on social media.
Cameras Don't Make Movies, People Do - The Black and Blue
It's all about knowing how to use the camera you have.
The Creative Process According to Francis Ford Coppola - Filmmaker IQ
The filmmaking legend says the writing is the most challenging part of filmmaking.
Music Publicity Tips: Three Great Pieces of Advice - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Let them know you're a perk, not a pest.
If Not Now, When? - Start Singing NOW! - From the Front of the Choir
There is no time like the present to go after your dreams.
Weekly News Roundup- September 5, 2014
Reaching Readers: Lessons Learned from Blog Tours - Self-Publishing Advice
Are blog tours worth the time and money? One author shares her experience.
Why Books Make Us Laugh - Huffington Post
While our minds may distinguish between fact and fiction, our brains do not.
Independent Filmmaking - Finding Your Style - NoHo
The only way to know what kind of filmmaker you are is to make a film.
Stabilize It! - Raindance
How to shoot smooth moving shots on a budget.
Learn How to Sing Nature's Way - How to Sing Better
There's the wrong way to sing and then there's nature's way.
INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of Songs - Perfect Porridge
A fun little series of graphs that reveal the components of a song by genre.
Weekly News Roundup- August 1, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- August 8, 2014
Know What You Write - AuthorCulture
When researching a book in this day and age, you have to be at the top of your game because readers have a world of information at their fingertips to fact-check you.
Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics - Publishers Weekly
An interesting look at the state of the ever-growing and increasingly influential indie publishing industry.
What I've Learned from Making Three Feature Films by Patrick Creadon - Film Courage
Director and writer Patrick Creadon discusses the films he's made and how they have shaped his career.
5 Ways to Succeed as a Modern Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff
How to get out of your own way and make a movie.
Music Marketing Ideas: Are These Too Outrageous? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Are these marketing strategies too outside the box?
How Singer-Songwriters Can Maximize Their Career Potential When Using DJs and Producers - Musicgoat.com
Make sure you're recognized for your original material.
Weekly News Roundup- July 25, 2014
Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice, and opinions from around the virtual globe.
The Arc of the Indie Author Journey: From First Book to CEO of Your Global Media Empire - The Creative Penn
Being master of your own destiny can be daunting, but you can afford to learn as you go.
15-Minute Book Marketing Tactics for Busy Authors - All Indie Writers
Making time for marketing just got a lot easier.
How to Crowdfund like Humphrey Bogart - Filmmaking Stuff
Here's looking at...some basic yet effective crowdfunding strategies.
Very, Very Independent Filmmaking - Getting on with It - NOHO Art District
Immersing yourself in the film community can go a long way in helping you become a successful filmmaker.
Starting a Music Career - Musician Coaching.com
Music consultant and former A&R representative Rick Goetz shares his philosophy on getting your music career off the ground.
How to Use Twitter to Attract Fans and Make Connections - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Use Twitter to connect with fans, journalists, venues, and music idols.
Weekly News Roundup- July 11, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - July 3, 2014
Online Exclusive: Both Sides of the Coin with Bella Andre - Writer's Digest
Bella Andre discusses her journey from traditional publishing to indie publishing.
Writing What Scares You - Huffington Post
It takes courage to write what must be written.
The Secret of Pitching to Film Investors (Shhhh. Don't tell) - Filmmaking Stuff
Be prepared to discuss projected earnings when pitching to film investors.
Why You Should Never Care about Getting Rejected from Any Film Festival & How to Increase Your Odds of Getting In - Noam Kroll
You may be submitting your film to the wrong type of film festivals.
Vocal Scooping - How to Get This Style Trick Right - Judy Rodman
Sometimes when you can't reach a note you'll scoop your vocals to get there.
How to Successfully Run a Start-up Business Enterprise - CWG Magazine
Because you're not just a musician, you're an entrepreneur, too.
Weekly News Roundup- July 3, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- June 27, 2014
How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design? - The Book Designer
Designing your book inside and out is a crucial component in the indie author's journey.
Becoming an Author - How Do You Spell Success? - The Future of Ink
In today's publishing world, the author doesn't just have control over their ability to succeed; they also have control over how to define success.
The Long Take & the Tracking Shot - In Layman's Terms...
A look at how technology and evolving filmmaking techniques have changed the long take in movie making.
Writing from Theme - Screenwriting from Iowa
Why summing your story up in one sentence can help you write more effectively.
5 Mistakes Artists Make in Promoting Their Music - Intern Like a Rockstar
Do you know how to sell yourself and your music?
How to Create a Brand Identity Statement as an Artist - Bob Bakers TheBuzzFactor.com
Do you know how to tell fans and potential investors what kind of music you play?
Weekly News Roundup- June 20, 2014
Book Marketing Advice for Self-Publishers [Infographic] - The Independent Publishing Magazine
Advice for indie authors from around the web in one handy infographic.
Tips on how to find your write-work balance.
Can Film Scripts Help People Understand Anxiety? - The Guardian
Has the constant theme of high anxiety in films helped society come up with more effective treatments for anxiety?
Tip of the Day: The Critical Importance of Post Audio - Noam Kroll
Post Audio is so important yet so overlooked and underappreciated.
3 Tips for Recording Group Vocals with a Single Microphone - The Audio-Technica Blog
Recording group vocalists separately can result in an unnatural sound.
Songs and Stories: Bev Barnett's Social Media Balancing Act - Michael Gaither.com
Bev Barnett is an experienced singer, songwriter, and PR person.
Weekly News Roundup- June 13, 2014
Writing Tip: Use Contractions in Dialogue
Writing Tip: Use Contractions in Dialogue
Rewriting with Purpose
Avoiding the Humblebrag in Your Author Pitch