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
Are You Ready for a Book Signing? This Checklist Will Help - Book Marketing Tips
An infograph to help your next book signing be a success.
Marketing Versus Sales with Jim Kukral - The Creative Penn
Marketing is the setup, and sales is the close.
Attention, Filmmakers: Six Tips for Getting Your Film Financed - Indiewire
You will find financing if you are confident, prepared and persistent.
Filmmaking Advice from Seven Directors with Feature Films at Sundance - No Film School
Don't wait to get experience to start your career in film; learn as you go.
How to Start My Music Career - Hypebot.com
Are you prepared for the many hats you'll be required to wear?
Additive Synthesis - Give me more! - AudioFanzine
The art of stacking audio sounds.
Weekly News Roundup- March 6, 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
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 30, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 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 16, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2014
Write Better: 3 Ways to Introduce Your Main Character - Writer's Digest
How to create characters that the reader will not only like, but feel like they know, as well.
How to Create an Effective, Engaging Video - Marketing Tips for Authors
Your author video must have a purpose to engage the viewer.
Three Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges on Prep Work and Pre-production - Norm Kroll
Going into production without being prepared can ruin a great film.
How to Build Your Audience through Email - Filmmaking Stuff
Email is a good tool to use to build your audience.
Six Resolutions All Musicians Should Make for 2015 - Hypebot.com
It all starts with knowing what you're getting into.
What's Wrong with Your Vocal Warm-up? - Judy Rodman
Before you commit to doing vocal warm-ups before performances, make sure you're doing them right.
Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015
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
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.
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup- October 24, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- October 17, 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 10, 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- October 3, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- September 26, 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 12, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- September 5, 2014
How to Use Visual Marketing to Sell Books - The Future of Ink
Have you been paying attention to your color palette?
How to Write a Novel with the Snowflake Method - The Creative Penn
Writing styles and methods are as unique as snowflakes.
3 Ways to Rent Great Cameras & Cinema Gear with No Insurance - Noam Kroll
Noam Kroll has a workaround on how to rent high-end equipment without insurance.
Who Else Wants a Film Production Checklist? - Filmmaking Stuff
The plan that will help you get your film underway without all that chaos.
3 Singing Exercises to Improve Your Vocal Pitching - Easy Ear Training
You've got to exercise those vocal chords to find the perfect pitch.
10 Music Bloggers Who Write about New Artists - Entertainment Divaz
Got a new release coming out? Here are some bloggers who may want to know.
Weekly News Roundup- August 29, 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
Social Media Swap