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Books/Publishing

 

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.          

 

Film

                                                        

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?  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.    

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- February 27, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- February 20, 2015

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Last week, we discussed the importance of identifying your core values from the standpoint of building an author brand. Remember, just because we're talking about marketing doesn't mean we're talking about building an artificial persona to sell books. We're focused on the real, authentic you. By identifying your core values, you can proceed with confidence and expand your network.

 

Now, let's remove the mystique around networking. Before 2003, it was a concept that had very little to do with the online world. When you talked about networking pre-social media, you were more than likely referring to a social gathering of individuals in the business world building contacts in a relaxed atmosphere. It was about building relationships that were beneficial to you and your career.

 

Today, networking is much more broadly used. It's not just about building business contacts. It's about building your social circle outside of your geographic area. In short, it's about meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. From an indie author's perspective, there is still an inevitable commercial benefit from these connections. Your network is your volunteer salesforce. Without doing anything other than being themselves, the people in your network will spread the word about your book. And the obvious rule is that the bigger your network, the bigger your volunteer salesforce. Your role is to socialize: be an active participant in your own network, engage with your network, interact with your network and always look for opportunities to grow your network by meeting new people.

 

Networking is one of those things that's not difficult to understand, but it can be difficult to master if you're not active. So, go forth and network. Build relationships, and watch your volunteer salesforce grow.

 

-Richard

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Elements of the Author Brand

It's Never Too Early to Get a Little Help from Your Friends

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Books/Publishing

 

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?          

 

Film

                                                        

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.   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.    

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- February 20, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 2015

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For some authors, there is a very understandable hesitation at associating their writing efforts with marketing efforts. In short, authors don't like to be thought of as a brand. They don't like everything they do to be associated with building said brand. They have a strong distaste for brand talk, and I get it. After all, isn't branding just a contrived exercise, made up of insincere tactics, to create an image for an author that appeals to as many people as possible?

 

No, but that is how many authors perceive branding. Branding, in the realm of the author, is nothing more than a public representation of your true self. It's you being you on a blog, within your social media circles, or on your YouTube channel. It's not you being what you think your readers want or what will help you sell the most books. That's called spin, and it has a short shelf life that eventually will spin out of control and cost you sales.

 

Like it or not, you are a brand, and your brand identity stems from your core values. Your basic beliefs dictate your brand decisions. So, do you know what your core values are? I know it sounds like an insane question. Most people know what they believe, right? Not necessarily. They know what they like and what they dislike, but, more times than not, they can't identify why.

 

Here's my challenge to you: identify the top three things that make you happy and three things that make you angry. Provide a short defense for each item in your list. Explore why each item made the list. When you're done, you'll have a better understanding of your core values, and moving forward, your brand will have a more authentic and confident voice.

 

-Richard

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Is Podcasting Right for You?

Social Media Swap

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Books/Publishing

 

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?          

 

Film

                                                        

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?   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.    

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- February 6, 2015

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For my newest book (Wait for the Rain, releasing February 24), my publisher and I were torn between several cover options, so we narrowed it down to two and then put it out to my fans to vote. Needless to say, I was thrilled by this suggestion, and my fans loved it too! I asked them to weigh in by a certain date via my newsletter, my Facebook page or Twitter, and the response was better than I ever expected. (Click here to see the winning cover.)

 

I highly suggest you do something similar (might be fun to ask them for help choosing a title as well.) Not only will it generate interest in your book, it will give you a chance to personally engage with your readers.

 

One of the most common questions I get from first-time authors is "what should I put into a newsletter/Twitter feed/Facebook page/etc.?" This is a wonderful example, and it's so easy to do! For my cover campaign we offered an incentive to vote: a signed copy, whose winner would be chosen at random. I posted the news on LinkedIn too, which led to a new crop of voters who hadn't read any of my books - but now maybe they will because they are invested in the process. The same happened with Twitter. People retweeted my tweet about the contest, which led to more votes from potential readers.

 

I have no way of knowing if any of these people will actually buy a copy of Wait for the Rain, but it sure doesn't hurt that they know about it. That's the thing with book marketing: You never know for sure if something's going to sell books, but it's worth trying almost anything once.

 

If any of you reading this post follow my lead, please let me know. I'd love to hear how it goes!

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Considering a Reader's Suggestion

Looking for Marketing Tips? Here's What's Working for One Indie Author - and What Isn't

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the podcast Serial. On the slim chance you haven't heard of it, allow me to inform you. Serial is an audio series by Sarah Koenig that tells the true story of a murder in Baltimore, Maryland. Each of the 12 episodes tells one aspect of the story. It is a simple, yet compelling telling of a mystery that has become wildly popular.

 

That last bit is important for those of us looking for marketing ideas. Serial has become so talked about it has reached zeitgeist status. The podcast trend is officially on the rise thanks to Koenig. People with nothing more than a smartphone are starting to record and upload their own podcast masterpieces in the hopes of duplicating the same viral magic.

 

The problem is that these things can rarely be duplicated because there's an effort to duplicate something that already exists. If you want to start a podcast in an effort to build your author brand, make it true to your brand - not Sarah Koenig's brand. Be you; don't be her.

 

The first thing you're going to want to decide is if podcasting is right for you. One reason Serial worked is because it was a planned 12-episdoe series that was carefully crafted with stellar production values. Do you have that in you? Another reason it worked is because the material was ripe for the telling. You have great material, but can you design it episodically to enthrall listeners and keep them coming back for more?

 

If you decide that podcasting is for you and your material, then congratulations! You have an excellent tool not just for storytelling, but for building your brand.

 

-Richard

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Introverted Authors: More Bang for Your Book

Marketing: Begin with Your Strengths

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As we make our way into 2015, I suggest making a concerted effort this year to have at least one copy of your book with you wherever you go. You never know when you're going to come across a potential reader, so it's best to be prepared. I've sold many books over the years simply because I had a copy with me. The reality is that most people will go their entire lives without meeting an author, so when it happens, they are often excited to buy a signed copy. Why? Because even if they don't plan to read it, having a personalized autographed copy of a book is cool! And who knows? Maybe they will read it, love it, write a glowing review about it on Amazon and Goodreads, then tell their friends to read it, or even buy copies for their friends as gifts.

 

Here are some places I have sold and/or given away my books:

 

  • Airplane
  • Train
  • College alumni networking event
  • Dentist's office
  • Holiday cocktail party
  • Starbucks
  • Optometrist's office
  • Yoga studio
  • Friend's barbecue

 

As I mentioned above, I've also given many copies away, which is a good strategy when the recipients are the kind of people who are likely to share their opinions on social media, etc., or are in a clear position to help you if they enjoy the book.

 

I realize that carrying a book around isn't always practical, especially if you don't use a purse. But if you have a car, it is definitely doable. Just toss a few copies in the trunk, and you're good to go. The key is to do your best to be consistent because you just never know whom you're going to meet while waiting in line for that latte.

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Guerrilla Book Marketing Tactic

Why You Should Give Away (Some) Books for Free

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Books/Publishing

 

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?

 

Film

                                                        

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.   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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?   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 30, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015

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Books/Publishing

 

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?         

 

Film

                                                        

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.   

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015

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For quite some time now, I've been recommending that authors use their email signatures as an indirect way to promote their work. Apparently a lot of you are taking my advice, because almost all the emails I get these days from authors mention their book(s) in their email signatures.

 

Nice!

 

Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I get from authors also go overboard on the self-promotion in the signature - which defeats the purpose. You want your email signature to get me to want to check out your writing, not to feel overwhelmed by all the hyperlinks - and underwhelmed by the content/professionalism.

 

Here are some quick dos and don'ts for email signatures:

 

  • DO include a brief, compelling line about your work that shows the recipient it's worth reading
  • DO embed a crisp hyperlink to your website or Amazon author page
  • DON'T tell the email recipient how wonderful/amazing/riveting/funny your work is
  • DON'T list complete URLs - in other words, embed them to keep it clean
  • DON'T include hyperlinks to every book you've ever written
  • DON'T include links to ALL your social media accounts (these should be easily found on your website and/or Amazon author page)

 

 

If your email signature is crisp, engaging, and pretty to look at, you'll have a much better chance of piquing a potential reader's interest than if you conclude your messages with 10 inches of gobbledygook. (Yes, I've received emails with signatures that are that long, include multiple ugly hyperlinks, and are over the top with flattering book descriptions.)

 

 

If you think of your email signature as a virtual business card, that approach should steer you in the right direction. Its purpose should be to open doors to future relationships (i.e. readers and sales), not to close them.

 

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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The Marketing Maze

Email Signatures: What's In a Name?

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Books/Publishing

 

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.       

 

Film

                                                        

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.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2014

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It is the new year, and I have an idea to help kick-start your marketing efforts. In November of last year, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In a 30-day period, I contributed 50,000 words to a new book. It was exhilarating, not to mention that it accelerated the writing process. I am much further ahead on the project than I had initially planned for and I've adjusted my schedule accordingly.

 

So, in the spirit of the new year and NaNoWriMo, why not have your own novel marketing month? Every day for 30 days, contribute to the marketing of your book. Whether it is writing a blog post about your book, contacting a reviewer or creating a video about your book.

 

This can do two things for you.

 

  1. It can give your marketing efforts a serious boost. By contributing to the marketing of your book every day for 30 days straight without a break, you're increasing the opportunity that your marketing will find traction somewhere along the way. The more "at bats" you have, the more likely you are to get a hit.

  2. You will gain a comfort level with marketing your book and by extension build your author brand. In essence, you will form a marketing habit. You'll develop a taste for it.

Just as writing takes a commitment, so does marketing. Make the commitment and pick a month to spend every day marketing your book.

 

-Richard

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Keep a Brand Journal

Book Marketing Takes Persistence

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Books/Publishing

 

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.     

                           

 

Film

                                                        

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.

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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.   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- January 9, 2015

Weekly News Roundup- January 2, 2015

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I don't know you, but will you review my book? Trust me; it's different than any other book you've read.

 

I know that's a strange way to start a blog post, but think about it: when we contact a reviewer online to review our books, isn't that essentially what we're saying? And it's not just a few of us contacting a reviewer hoping to get noticed. It's an overwhelming majority of us - the key word in that sentence being "overwhelming." It's just natural for reviewers to gravitate toward authors with whom they are familiar or know personally.

 

So what are those of us who aren't known by the reviewers - either personally or through one of our books - to do? Make an effort to get to know them, of course. I'm not talking about when you have a book you want reviewed. I'm talking about year-round. Most reviewers have an online presence. A large number of them maintain their own websites or blogs. Become a regular visitor to their sites. Comment on their blog posts. Be a contributor to their communities. Don't be falsely complimentary; be honest and insightful. Be charming without being condescending. Add value to their communities over and over again.

 

If you build a relationship with one reviewer, your circle of influence will grow. And you're not trying to influence them in a way that will get you a positive review. You're trying to influence them in a way that will get you noticed. If you conduct a preemptive charm offensive, you won't be a stranger when you contact them with a review request.  

 

-Richard

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Three Things to Avoid When Looking for a Review

Dos and Don'ts of Soliciting Book Reviews

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