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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 a Great Twitter Bio Can Net You More Followers…and Sales! -BadRedhead Media

Your Twitter bio is important, so make it count.           

                                                    

Storyville: What is Literary Fiction? -Lit Reactor

The answer to that age-old question many authors have asked: "Did I just accidently write literary fiction?"

 

Film

                                                        

Social Media for #Filmmakers: Facebook 101 - Film Independent

To thrive in filmmaking today, you have to add one more job title to your list of many as an independent filmmaker: social media evangelist.

                                          

10 Pinterest Boards Filmmakers Should Be Following - Indiewire

Pinterest has become a social media favorite for a lot of filmmakers.

                                    

Music

 

11 Ways to Sabotage Studio Vocals - Judy Rodman

Judy lists some the habits and choices that influence your vocals.

 

The Accident That Changed Modern Guitar Sound - The Big Picture Music Production Blog

Who knew a little accidental guitar distortion would have such a huge impact on music?

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - August 9, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - August 2, 2013

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Books/Publishing


How to Make Your Summer Sales Sizzle by Getting Your Video On -The Future of Ink

Video works around the clock so you can enjoy the summer.

 

Film

                                                        

Smartphones: The Future of Filmmaking - Raindance Film Festival

A look at some films made with smartphones.

 

Top 10 Elements of Film Making - List Dose

Preproduction, production and postproduction in ten parts.

                                    

Music

 

Music Publicity: 10 Things to Do AFTER You Get It! - Bob Baker's BuzzFactor.com

What do you do with publicity once you get it?

 

3 Key Music Marketing Lessons Based On Eye Tracking Studies -Hypebot.com

Where the eye falls on a webpage can help you build a better website.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - July 26, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - July 19, 2013

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Books/Publishing

 

Most Common Mistakes: When Your Scene Focuses on What Isn't Happening - Wordplay

If you're going to write about what your characters don't do, make sure it counts.

                                                    

How to Make Ordinary Characters Compelling -Writer's Digest

A character doesn't need unusual abilities or knowledge in order to be fascinating.

 

Film

                                                        

How Does P.T. Anderson Start Writing a Story? - Making the Movie

Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the coffee shop method for breaking through writer's block.

                                          

10 Tips for the Video Producer on Location in Summer's Heat - Videomaker

The dog days of summer are upon us. Do you know how to beat the heat so it won't ruin your production?

                                                                                                                       

Music

 

Co-creating a Fanbase with Music Curation and What Artists Can Learn From Bloggers - Hypebot.com

Sharing and cross-promotion can help you build your fanbase.

 

What Are the Benefits of Listening to Music? -Musician Makers

Music matters on so many different levels.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - July 12, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - July 5, 2013

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I publish a number of different titles. A few of them are standalone books, but I've also published six titles as part of a linear series. I have been fortunate enough to get a small following of readers that will periodically contact me via email, social media or my blog and very kindly let me know they enjoy the books. I am grateful beyond belief for their support. 

 

 

Some of the readers take their support a step further and give me advice on where they think I should take the story in the next book. It's usually friendly. They'll say things like "It would be so cool if you..." Some of the ideas are quite good and imaginative, and I will take their suggestions to heart, but in the eight years since I published the first book in the series, I have yet to include a reader's suggestion.

I'm not arrogant enough to think my ideas for the story are infallible and sacred. It's just that I find incorporating a reader's idea can lead to "forced" storytelling because it conflicts with my vision as the storyteller. Does that mean I don't care about the readers' input? Not at all. I'm deeply flattered by it, and I'm pleased they've taken such ownership of the story.

 

Crowdsourcing a story can be a wonderful way to connect with readers. I applaud any author who can demonstrate the skill to gather input from readers and weave it into his or her work. However, as an author, you should never feel pressured to include readers' ideas for a future book. It's tempting to do because it will please the readers and ignite their passion for the book. There's a greater potential they'll become advocates for your brand as well. It seems like a win-win, but if the suggestions conflict with your vision, don't do it. Put the story first. All of your readers will be better off for it. 

 

-Richard

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Make It Easy for Readers to Find You

Keep Them Guessing to Keep Them Reading

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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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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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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!

 

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Weekly News Roundup - May 3, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 26, 2013

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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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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.                 

 

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Weekly News Roundup - April 19, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - April 12, 2013

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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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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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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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