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

 

Books/Publishing

 

What's the 3-Step Process to Marketing Your Book? - BadRedhead Media

A book release strategy from the 'marketing' point of view.

                                                    

21 Ways to Launch a Successful Virtual Book Tour - The Future of Ink

Author D'vorah Lansky shares 21 articles that are the basis for her new book about virtual book tours.

 

Film

                                                        

How to Secure a Shooting Location -Filmmaker IQ

Watch as indie filmmakers set out to legally secure a location for their short film.

                                          

Are You Good In a Room? -Joke and Biagio                 

Just because you're an indie filmmaker doesn't mean you don't have to pitch your film.      

                                    

Music

 

Music Industry Networking Tips - Musicgoat

Sometimes success really does hinge on who you know.

 

Voices and Allergies...Practical Tips To Quell the Mucous Monsters - Judy Rodman

How to avoid letting that cold invade your music.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - June 7, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 31, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

The PERFECT Hook - Author Culture

What are you promising your readers with your hook?

                                                    

5 Reasons to Admire Self-Publishing - Huffington Post

An article examining the independent spirit of the self-publishing community.

 

Film

                                                        

10 Films That Gave the Game Away Too Early -What Culture!

Can you spoil a good story by uncovering the mystery too soon?

                                          

The Philosophy of Filmmaking: Storytelling DNA -San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

Can making a film be both easy and impossible?

                                    

Music

 

The Essentials to Building a Successful Music Career - Musicgoat

Call them the five Ms of making it in music.

 

The Future of Direct-To-Fan Marketing - Hypebot.com

Experts in the music and tech industries discuss the coming advances in fan outreach tools.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 31, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 24, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

Gut Check: How Bad Do You Want It? (Publishing Success, That Is!) - DuoLit

Succeeding as an indie author takes a lot of work and sacrifice.

                                                    

10 Things I Learned from Kickstarting My Book - Huffington Post

Author A.J. Walkley reveals how she raised $5,200 through crowdsourcing to launch her next book.

 

Film

                                                        

Very Independent Filmmaking - Supporting Your Habit - NoHo Art District

No financing? No worries. Your drive and creativity are your most important resources when it comes to making a film.

                                          

Zach Braff, Kickstarter, and Financing Your Film For Free - Filmmaking.net

If nothing else, Zach Braff proved that brand recognition is still king of the hill when it comes to raising funds for an independent film.

                                    

Music

 

5 Steps to Becoming a Music Producer - Musicgoat

No shortcuts here. Just sound advice on how to earn your stripes as a music producer the right way.

 

The Difference Between Mixing and Mastering - Musician Coaching

Industry insider Mark Christensen examines the art and business of music production.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 17, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 10, 2013

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

7 Ways to Overcome Writer's Block - Writer's Digest

Author Brian Moreland reveals his tips for kicking writer's block to the curb.

                                                    

Lessons Learned From Bestselling Indie Authors on Writing and Book Marketing -The Creative Penn

Advice from the authors who have been there and done that.            

 

Film

                                                        

The Next Steven Spielberg Uses a Smartphone - ReadWrite

There may come a day when the production equipment for your feature film will fit in your pocket.

                                          

Incentives Map - ease

Some states offer production incentives. Check out this interactive map to find out what your state is offering to filmmakers.

                                    

Music

 

5 Best Podcasting Tutorials - Promote Your Music with Your Own Podcast -Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

Need a little airtime? Make your own.

 

8 Ways Musicians Can Gain Media Coverage Indirectly - Hypebot.com

Making bold moves outside of your music career could get you some invaluable media coverage.                           

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 10, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013

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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 Use Foreshadowing - Word Play

How to prepare readers for what's to come without telling them what's to come.

                                                    

Feeling Stuck? End Book Marketing Paralysis in Just 5 Minutes -Duolit

Sometimes marketing can be so overwhelming, it's scary. It doesn't have to be.                      

 

Film

                                                        

Don't Blame Veronica Mars: How You May Be Sabotaging Your Film Through (Lack of) Marketing - No Film School

Now that crowdsourcing is being used by the well-knowns, is there room for the rest of us?

                                          

Five Key Tips for Guerilla Filmmakers - Film Directing Tips

Filmmaker Paul Thompson discusses how to make a film on a shoestring budget.    

                                    

Music

 

Independent Musician Gets 200+ Gigs Per Year, Here's How -Promote Your Music

It's all about selling yourself over and over and over again.

 

Cornell Students Using Physics to Predict Human Behavior, Save Lives at Rock Concerts - Live Fix

Science really does rock!

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 2013

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

Ten Ways Self-publishing Has Changed the Books World - The Guardian

With revolution comes change.

                                                    

From Spark to Story: How Books Get Started -The Book Deal

Finding that magic place where stories come from.              

 

Film

                                                        

Warning: Do Not Try To Make a Movie without Pre-Production - Film Courage

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...as long as you learn from your mistakes.

                                          

Stay Indie: Develop a Unique Filmmaking Process - Fugitive

Indie isn't just a style, it's a philosophy.

                                    

Music

 

The Writing Voice: Punctuation Communicates! - Judy Rodman

The typo bug infects the music community.

 

The Times Are Changing for Artist Investors - Hypebot.com

Technology not only has changed how music is created and sold, it also has changed the way the industry tracks musicians.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

The Lessons Music Business Can Teach Authors - Beyond the Book

Can you become a successful author without finding fame?

                                                    

How Fiction Authors Can Steal Marketing Ideas from Their Non-Fiction Friends -Duolit

          Nonfiction authors have the benefit of a built-in audience. Turns out, fiction authors do, too.            

 

Film

                                                        

Your Movie Facebook Fan Page Is Not Big Enough - Filmmaking Stuff

Succeeding in filmmaking goes beyond making a great film. It requires rabid fans.

                                          

10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Director Ken Loach - Filmmaker Magazine

You can't bring your ego when making a documentary; it has to be about the subject matter.            

                                    

Music

 

Don't Make This Music Publicity Blunder - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

It's not about you; it's about who you're marketing to.       

 

For Music Discovery, Definition Often Varies - Hypebot.com

The way people find your music has changed drastically in the last few years.                 

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 12, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

What Inspires Authors to Write Their Novels? - Huffington Post

Author Wendy Webb looks for the muses among us. 

                                                    

Ten Ways Self-publishing Has Changed the Books World - The Guardian

How indie authors took control and changed the publishing game.

 

Film

                                                        

What Did Barry Levinson Say Is the Worst Thing a Filmmaker Could Do? - Making the Movie

The legendary filmmaker doesn't wait for the audience to catch up before he serves up the next joke.

                                          

How (Why) to Make a Movie - Ezine Articles

A filmmaker argues that you will always regret not making that film you always wanted to make.

                                    

Music

 

DIY Electronic Music Production Basics: Part 5 - Marketing - Musicgoat

Musician/producer Rick Lloyd draws on his experience to give some sage marketing advice.

 

How Much Money Do Viral Music Videos Make? - The Musicians Guide

A viral music video can create multiple streams of income.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - April 12, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 5, 2013

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The first quarter of the year is now behind us. As we move into spring and continue plugging away at our book projects, there's no better time for some words of encouragement and reminders of what we're accomplishing as indie authors.

 

  • At some point today, take the time to pat yourself on the back, put your feet up and relax, or buy yourself an ice cream. You deserve it because you're doing the work of two people who are sometimes at odds with one another. As an indie author, you have taken on the dual-role challenge of both a writer AND a publisher. The writer side of you tells you to do one thing, while the publisher in you might think your writer self is a bit reckless. You have a creative mind that fleshed out a story and wrote a novel, but you also possess the business mind that charts the course to book sales. At times, there is an internal struggle, but both sides of you are serving your dream of being a successful author.

 

  • You are a true entrepreneur. Striking out on your own takes a lot of gumption, and you should take the time to acknowledge that fact. Reflect on the reasons why you decided to become an indie author. My guess is that it was to satisfy that itch, that sense that writing is your calling. And if you can make a little money off of what you love to do, well that's just the icing on the cake.

 

  • The road is not easy, but it can be a thrilling ride. As a writer, you'll have days where you will wonder if you've chosen the right path. That's when you're going to need the publisher in you to take over and recognize that building a business, even a creative business, takes time, effort, and what seems like a never-ending reserve of energy. Allow your publisher self to keep your writer self moving forward, and shrug off that doubt that sometimes wants to weigh you down.

 

So congratulations, you're living your dream! It's important to reflect on that every now and then.

 

-Richard

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Are We Tortured Artists?

Why Are You An Author?

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

Nate Silverizing Book Recommendations - Stephanie Sun

Stephanie Sun uses math to decide which book she will read next.

                                                    

How to Develop Any Idea into a Great Story -Writer's Digest

Sometimes it takes the mind of an inventor to turn an idea into a story.                    

 

Film

                                                        

The Roles of a Producer - filmmaking.net

A film can have half a dozen producers or more. What do they all do?

                                          

The Biggest Filmmaking Mistake - Filmmaking Stuff

Are you letting obstacles impede you, or motivate you?

                                    

Music

 

The Musician Entrepreneur - Getting There

If you're a professional musician, you're an entrepreneur. Are you making the right business decisions?

 

Music Mastering Engineer: Do You Need One for Your Mix? - Musicgoat

An experienced engineer can be pricey. Are they worth the expense?        

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - March 29, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - March 22, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

The 3 Biggest Video Marketing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) - The Future of Ink

In the next few years, 90% of all web traffic is projected to be video. Are you prepared for the future?

                                                    

4 Top Tips for Creating a Spectacular Author Platform -BadRedhead Media

Writing books takes discipline. Selling books takes a platform.        

 

Film

                                                        

How to Overcome Doubt and Make Your Movie - Filmmaking Stuff

To steal a line from Adam Sandler's Waterboy, "You can do it!"

                                          

6 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make - Photography and Film Making for Newbies

Pitfalls to avoid while trying to bring you passion project to life.   

                                    

Music

 

"I Would Die 4 U" - 9 Principles 4 Becoming a Musical Icon from Touré's New Book about Prince - Hypebot.com

Lessons in success from his royal purpleness.

 

It's All Who You Know? - Derek Sivers

Simple gestures can have lasting impressions.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - March 22, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - March 15, 2013

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Books/Publishing


Indie Authors Share 10 Golden Nuggets of Info: The ONE Thing That I've Done to Get More Readers - 30 Day Books

The readers are out there. Finding them is the trick.


Getting Lost in a Novel Means You're More Empathetic -NBC News

Maybe our marketing efforts should strike an empathetic chord in order to reach empathetic readers. 


Film


Screenwriting Tips for Low Budget Filmmaking - Filmmaking Stuff

Sometimes you have to be more creative by scaling down your imagination.


How to Get Emotion into a Scene - Projector Films

Can the Plutchik Wheel help you infuse your scenes with emotion?


Music


Promoting a Concert - Musician Coaching

In the world of music, a live performance is still your most valuable marketing tool.


How to Write an Incredible Hit Chorus: Songwriting Tips - Musicgoat

Memorable songs usually have a strong, stirring chorus.


-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - February 15, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - February 8, 2013

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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 Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter's Vine - GalleyCat

Is six seconds of video really enough time to build a brand?

 

 

Why Even a Novelist Should Know How to Write Strong Copy -The Book Designer

Writing to sell is as important as writing to inspire.

 

Film

 

Independent Filmmaking >> Success - NoHo Arts District

One must define success before one can achieve success.

 

 

CollabFeature - a Case Study in Crowdsourcing Filmmaking from Pitch to Production to Distribution - L.A. Biz

Learn how crowdsourcing was used from the beginning to the end of a film project.


Music

 

How to Promote Your Band in 5 Minutes or Less - Song Cast Music

From stickers, flyers, and podcasts, you'll find a mixture of old and new media strategies to promote your band in this blog post.

 

 

100 True Fans? Is Small Really the New Big? - Bob Baker's Indie Music Promotion Blog

The quality of your fan base is far more important than size of your fan base.

 

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - February 8, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - February 1, 2013

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I don't write children's books, but my friend Raymond Bean does. He's the author of the popular Sweet Farts series, so I asked him to share his thoughts on the genre. Here's what he had to say:


I teach 4th grade by day and write children's books by night. I spend my days helping young readers sift through the book baskets and find the gems they'll want to read. Reading, writing, and sharing with my target audience has taught me a ton about the likes and dislikes of young readers.


Obviously, just like writing for adults, there's not a one-size-fits-all formula for kids. Taste in books varies wildly. I aim for the reluctant reader - the kids who read a few pages of a book, put it back, and repeat. They have a hard time finding a book they're willing to read to completion. They're finicky, set in their ways, and (in many cases) avoid reading like the plague. Of course, not all young readers are reluctant; in fact, most aren't. But if you aim for them, the eager readers should be a cinch!


Writing for kids is a blast. Relax, have fun, and trust your instincts. Here are three tips:


  • Kids love illustrations! It fascinates me how even the most basic illustration can really grab their attention. Adding just a few to your book can go a long way.


  • Your title and cover MUST get their attention. Some kids pick books up and put them back so fast the human eye can't even track it! Whether they're flipping through the book basket at school or clicking away on their e-reader, you've got seconds to get their attention. You might have the best book they'll ever read, but if your title/cover is weak, they'll never know it because they won't turn the page. When I wrote Sweet Farts the working title was Wind. I don't think it would have reached as many readers if I hadn't changed it.


  • Keep it real. It doesn't matter if you're writing realistic fiction or far out sci-fi. Keep your dialogue real. Dialogue that doesn't ring true with kids is a death sentence. If there's one place I stand my ground during editing, it's dialogue. I've had editors suggest changes in dialogue that make sense for adult work, but for a children's book it needs to stay. Your 10-year-old main character can't sound like he's pushing 40. If your dialogue is off, kids will drop your book so fast they'll be in the kitchen munching on Doritos before your book hits the bedroom floor.


I don't use illustrations in my novels, but Raymond's second two points are right on the money for writers of all genres, not just children's book authors. To learn more about his books, visit www.raymondbean.com.


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What is a Young Adult Novel?

Advice from New York Times Bestselling Author Guy Kawasaki

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I'm a big fan of self-publishing because it gives anyone the opportunity to fulfill his or her dream of becoming an author. However, authors must watch out for the unscrupulous types who prey on unsuspecting writers who are so eager to see their work in print that they get, for lack of a more gentle term, ripped off.


Here are three types of predatory behavior to watch out for when selecting vendors. Run for the hills if you encounter any of the following:


1. Promises of success: Any self-publishing company that guarantees it will make your book a best seller is lying. Would you work with a bookie who guaranteed a horse was going to win a race? Or a stock broker who guaranteed a certain stock was going to skyrocket? I certainly hope not. No one can predict the future.


2. Purchase requirements: Many indie authors end up working with self-publishing companies that require them to buy thousands of copies of their own work. The vast majority of the books end up collecting dust in a garage, and the duped author is out thousands of dollars. In today's print-on-demand world, buying large quantities of your book upfront shouldn't be a requirement.


3. Exclusivity: Before choosing a company to help you publish your book, make sure that if someone were to call you tomorrow and offer you another publishing opportunity, you have the option to accept it and walk away cleanly. If you don't sign away your rights, you'll be in the position to weigh your options carefully and make the decision that's best for you and your book.


Quick tip: before committing to a vendor, type the company name into a search engine and see what others around the web are saying. When reaching out to vendors for more information, be sure to ask about each of the above points so you have a clear understanding of their business practices, which ultimately will help you make a more educated decision on a publishing partner.


-Maria

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Why Print On-Demand?

Indie Freedom!

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