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
Love Thy Haters: Four Tips to Float Peacefully in the Sea of Criticism - Marketing Tips for Authors
Zen and the art of handling your critics.
How to Build Your Readership Six Ways (Without Social Media) - The Future of Ink
It's not just a virtual world.
What is Your Filmmaking Niche? - Filmmaking Stuff
What is your signature filmmaking move?
Writing: Overwriting - Indie Tips
You're not writing a novel; you're providing the foundation for a film.
How to Use Your Vocal Registers Effectively - Easy Ear Training
Do you know your own vocal registers?
My Top Two Breathing Exercises for Singing Effortlessly - How to Sing Better
We all know how to breathe, but do we know how to breathe correctly?
Weekly News Roundup - March 6, 2015
Weekly News Roundup - February 27, 2015
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?
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup- February 20, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- February 13, 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
How to Research Your Crime Novel - Writer's Digest
Crime scene descriptions, forensics, police interrogation tactics: just how far do you have to go to research your crime novel?
The Story Grid. How to Tell a Story and Edit Your Fiction with Shawn Coyne - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn interviews Shawn Coyne about keeping a reader engaged enough to purchase your next book.
How to Network in Hollywood (or Anywhere, Really) - Filmmaking Stuff
When raising money for a film, remember not to make the conversations exclusively about you.
Ten Lessons on Filmmaking from David Lynch - Filmmaker Magazine
David Lynch is one of the most innovative filmmakers working today.
Vocal Performance and Acting Technique: Making Choices - Judy Rodman
Lights. Camera. Sing.
Should You Run Paid Ads to Promote Your Music? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
What to consider before you pay to advertise your band.
Weekly News Roundup- January 30, 2015
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?
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.
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.
Weekly News Roundup- January 23, 2015
Weekly News Roundup- January 16, 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 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
How to Write a Bestselling Novel - The Guardian
How to go from trying to write a novel to writing a novel.
71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book - Your Write Platform
The key to marketing your book.
20 Filmmaking Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know - Indie Movie Making
Do you have empty space in your shot? Should you?
How to Direct Actors and Film Crews: Detailed Tips for Independent Filmmakers - LAvideoFilmmaker.com
Go above and beyond the dialogue when directing your actors.
Self-Promote Your Music - about careers
Simple steps to promoting your own music that make the process less daunting.
How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio - Raw Technique Studios
A detailed video tutorial on the best way to set up your home studio.
Weekly News Roundup- December 26, 2014
Using Fiction Techniques for Writing Nonfiction - Helen Sedwick
How to get the logical side of your brain to have a little fun.
Eavesdropping for Story Ideas and Other Tips from a Veteran Novelist - The Book Deal
Bestselling author Warren Adler shares advice on writing and publishing.
Do You Know What the Difference Between a T-Stop and an F-Stop Is? - Noam Kroll
Do you know your aperture settings?
Attention, Filmmakers: Here's 10 Tips for Finishing Your Documentary - IndieWire
Defining the narrative structure of your documentary.
How Valuable Is Your Voice? A Lesson from Van Gogh's Shoes - Judy Rodman
The marketplace does not determine the value of your voice.
How Changing It Up Can Help Build an Audience - musicgoat.com
If you want to draw more people to your shows, don't be so predictable.
Weekly News Roundup - December 19, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - December 12, 2014
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
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