Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice, and opinions from around the virtual globe.
What Is a Perfect Ending? - Writer's Digest
A panel at this year's ThrillerFest discusses the best way to end a novel.
5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: What Is It Costing You? - The Future of Ink
How to overcome all those excuses that are holding you back.
Email Marketing for Movies (Why You Need To Start Now!) - Filmmaking Stuff
Is your email marketing campaign as crucial as your filmmaking strategy?
How Do You Co-direct a Film? - Projector Films
The only thing harder than directing a film may be co-directing a film.
Crowdsourced Songwriting - Musician Coaching.com
The role of emerging artists and the current state of the music industry.
3-Step Process to Singing in Tune: Listen, Mime, Sing! - Judy Rodman
Using active listening can help train your voice.
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Weekly News Roundup- July 18, 2014
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The Arc of the Indie Author Journey: From First Book to CEO of Your Global Media Empire - The Creative Penn
Being master of your own destiny can be daunting, but you can afford to learn as you go.
15-Minute Book Marketing Tactics for Busy Authors - All Indie Writers
Making time for marketing just got a lot easier.
How to Crowdfund like Humphrey Bogart - Filmmaking Stuff
Here's looking at...some basic yet effective crowdfunding strategies.
Very, Very Independent Filmmaking - Getting on with It - NOHO Art District
Immersing yourself in the film community can go a long way in helping you become a successful filmmaker.
Starting a Music Career - Musician Coaching.com
Music consultant and former A&R representative Rick Goetz shares his philosophy on getting your music career off the ground.
How to Use Twitter to Attract Fans and Make Connections - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Use Twitter to connect with fans, journalists, venues, and music idols.
Weekly News Roundup - July 3, 2014
Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
Book Marketing Advice for Self-Publishers [Infographic] - The Independent Publishing Magazine
Advice for indie authors from around the web in one handy infographic.
How Authors Support Their Writing Dreams - The Book Deal
Tips on how to find your write-work balance.
Can Film Scripts Help People Understand Anxiety? - The Guardian
Has the constant theme of high anxiety in films helped society come up with more effective treatments for anxiety?
Tip of the Day: The Critical Importance of Post Audio - Noam Kroll
Post Audio is so important yet so overlooked and underappreciated.
3 Tips for Recording Group Vocals with a Single Microphone - The Audio-Technica Blog
Recording group vocalists separately can result in an unnatural sound.
Songs and Stories: Bev Barnett's Social Media Balancing Act - Michael Gaither.com
Bev Barnett is an experienced singer, songwriter, and PR person.
Weekly News Roundup- June 20, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- June 13, 2014
Jog Your Memory: The Effects of Exercise on the Brain - Michael Hyatt
An infographic that shows how exercise can help your brain stay in writing shape.
How a Strong Circle of Influence Can Increase Your Results - The Future of Ink
Start building contacts with skills to help effectively spread the word for future releases.
How Short Should a Short Be? - Film Shortage
Where your audience will see the film makes a big difference when deciding on the length of your short.
For Jennifer, Whomever You Are - Advice on How to Pursue Your Art - Filmmaker IQ
Helpful advice for a photographer that also applies to filmmakers.
Songwriter Vocal Strain: Hazards of Singing While Writing Songs - Judy Rodman
The key is to ease in and pace yourself when using vocals to write a song.
Know about Your Acoustic Guitar - Musician Makers
A detailed look at all the parts of an acoustic guitar.
Weekly News Roundup- June 6, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- May 30, 2014
Tend Your Garden - A Newbies Guide to Publishing
Your success depends on how active you are in your publishing career.
The 5 Essential Story Ingredients - Writer's Digest
You're going to have to acclimate yourself to crisis and escalation in order to make a discovery and change.
"The Enemy of Art Is the Absence of Limitations" & How Boxing Yourself in Will Help You Develop the Best Story Idea - Noam Kroll
Following strict rules can give you the freedom to be more creative.
How Your Face Changes in Different Lighting - Pixel Bark
Are your actors ready for their close up? Here's a video that demonstrates how lighting can make all the difference.
Tumblr Marketing for Musicians - Musician Coaching.com
Tumblr's Music Evangelist Nate Auerbach discusses how musicians are using the social networking site to build their brand.
Indie Label Advice from the Great Escape 2014 - Hypebot.com
Indie label advice that can be applied to indie artists.
Weekly News Roundup- May 16, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- May 9, 2014
The Last Few Days at London Book Fair Have Been Mind-blowing for Me -The Creative Penn
An excellent breakdown of the news that really mattered coming out of the London Book Fair.
How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts - Marketing Tips for Authors
Authors of fiction can be experts too.
10 Filmmaking Myths: Busted - Raindance
Elliot Grove, the founder of the Raindance Film Festival, dishes on the myths he has come across on his independent film journey.
Case Study: "Memory Lane" - A Lesson in Sustainable Indie Filmmaking on No Budget - IndieNYC
How an independent filmmaker secured an international distribution deal for a film with a $300 budget.
Live Shows! How to Squeeze More Marketing Power Out of Your Music Gigs - Bob Baker's The BuzzFactor.com
A live performance is your opportunity to gain a fan for life if you play your social media cards right.
Quieting Your Mind for Performance Focus - Judy Rodman
Your vocal performance depends on your state of mind.
Weekly News Roundup- April 18, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- April 11, 2014
Building a Literary Community: Why and How - The Creative Penn
How connecting with other authors can lead to finding more readers.
How to Harness the Power of Viral Marketing - The Future of Ink
When you get a mention online or offline, be ready to pounce on the marketing opportunity.
Filmmaking Tips from SXSW: Some of Indie Film's Biggest Movers & Shakers Sound Off - No Film School
A collection of insights from indie stalwarts participating in various panel events at this year's SXSW.
How Feature Filmmaking without a Crew Is Possible - Filmmaking Stuff
Gathering an all-volunteer crew can sometimes create more problems than it's worth.
Checklist: What to Do before You Book the Gig - Bob Baker's The BuzzFactor.com
A little planning is prudent before you start booking gigs.
Discover How Chords Are Used in the Songs You Love - Hooktheory.com
An amazing and addictive tool that lets you see the similar chord structures of popular songs, and it even predicts what will be the next big thing in chord structure.
Weekly News Roundup- April 4, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- March 28, 2014
To Do: A Social Media Spring Clean - Catherine, Caffeinated
Those old posts you've forgotten about may have a few odds and ends that need your attention.
How to Build Buzz for Your Book with Social Media - The Future of Ink
How to build buzz without drowning people in self-promotion.
5 Things about Crowdfunding That Were True in 1998 (& Are Still True Today) - Filmmaker IQ
Think crowdfunding is a new concept? Think again.
How to Shoot Stunning Infrared Cinematography & Why It's So Powerful - Noam Kroll
Your camera can shoot in a spectrum of light beyond the capacity of human vision and capture stunning images.
10 Secrets of Social Media for Musicians - Hypebot.com
How to find the right balance between social and promotional.
Top Social Media Marketing Trends in 2014 - The Curious Brain
Are you providing passion-based content to the social media community?
Weekly News Roundup- March 21, 2014
Quick Tips to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing - Catherine, Caffeinated
Author and writing coach C.S. Larkin shares six tips to improve your writing.
Behind the Microphone ? Internet Radio Is a Great Online Marketing Strategy - The Future of Ink
Build your brand and sell books by being a guest on internet radio shows.
How to Sharpen Your Movie Hook (So You Get Noticed) - Filmmaking Stuff
How to make investors and moviegoers care about your movie.
The Three Rules I Saw Broken at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival - Script Magazine
Technology has created an indie filmmaking revolution, and like any revolution, rules are being broken.
Vocal Tone: What It Is, Why We Change It -Judy Rodman
Your vocal tone is a key component of communication, even when it comes to singing.
Music, Mind and Meaning - The Case for the Science of Music - Hypebot.com
Why do we like music?
Weekly News Roundup- February 28, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- February 21, 2014
How to Write a Fast-Draft Novel - Writer's Digest
Prep work is your best strategy to writing a novel in a short period of time.
40 Things an Author Absolutely Must Do to Succeed - Author Culture
Author Kevin Parsons shares his long list of common sense ideas on how to succeed as an author.
Indie Filmmaking is Surging despite the Odds - Variety
While the number of studio-financed films are going down every year, the number of independently financed films are going up.
Legally Speaking, It Depends: Music in Film - Script Magazine
Just how does a filmmaker go about getting clearance to use a song in a movie?
An Exercise in Goal Setting - Musicgoat
You won't believe how easy it just might be to achieve a goal.
Shift Happens: Are You a Reader, a Listener or a Watcher? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Have podcasts made blogs irrelevant? Bob Baker doesn't think so.
Weekly News Roundup- February 14, 2014
Staying Connected: You're Not Alone - The Book Deal
When you're out of the writing zone, it can sometimes feel like you're alone.
How to Create Stronger Bonds with Readers through Author Appearances - The Creative Penn
The virtual world is great for meeting readers, but the real world is great for bonding with readers.
12 Early Short Films by Famous Hollywood Directors - Mental Floss
Every great filmmaker was once a beginning filmmaker.
Actor or Character? - A MOON BROTHERS Film Blog
Should an audience be drawn to a film because of the characters or the actors playing the characters?
Facebook Now Lets You Ask Friends for Music Suggestions - Kings of A&R
An interesting development for musicians on Facebook.
10 Music Bloggers Who Write about Unsigned Artists - Entertainment Divaz
Here's where you start building your list of movers and shakers in the always changing music industry.
A Tale of Two Author Brands - The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn examines her brand as a novelist and her brand as a nonfiction author.
The DNA of a Successful Book: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat
Did you know that books with a female protagonist are 40% more likely to become a bestseller?
Are You Meant to Be a Filmmaker? - Chaz Harris's Blog
Can you imagine doing anything else?
Make the Distinction between Being a Visual Director and a Performance Director & Your Career Will Change - Noam Kroll
If your cast and crew know what kind of director you are, your production will go much smoother.
Networking: Why it's So Important and How to Do It - Music Think Tank
Why knowing people in the music industry is so crucial to your career.
The Best Social Media and Internet Marketing Strategy for Musicians - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Do you know the four modes of communication?
Weekly News Roundup- January 31, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- January 24, 2014
How to Dominate Your Niche with a Book Blog -The Future of Ink
Here are your three steps to genre domination.
Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 -A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Author Joe Konrath lets us peer into his crystal ball to see what he believes is on the horizon in the world of publishing in 2014.
88 Cinematographers Share the Best Professional Advice They've Ever Received - The Black and Blue
Be careful. You may know it all after reading this article.
Building A Cinema Camera for Under $1000 - Which Cameras Are Best & Which Accessories You Need - Norm Kroll
You can piece together an exceptional camera for under $1000 these days.
The Power of a Concert Memento - Hypebot.com
Do you have the merch to leave an impression with your fans?
9 Things Every Musician Needs To Know About the Sound Guy -Digital Music News
Sure he does a killer mic check, but how is he at pulling off a killer sound?
Weekly News Roundup - January 10, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - January 3, 2014
Blog Carnival: Marketing Tips for Authors -Marketing Tips for Authors
A collection of links to posts on all-things books and publishing.
Too Much Vertical Space in Your Manuscript? -The Book Deal
Are you including enough writing in your writing?
Achieving That Film Look - New Channel Media Blog
Tips and tricks on how to give a digital image that film look.
Why All Film Directors Need To Know How to Act - NoamKroll.com
Having experience as an actor will allow you to communicate better on set.
Becoming a Better Singer - MusicianCoaching.com
Renowned vocal coach Linda Septien shares her thoughts on the art of singing.
Does Music Make You Smarter? (The Mozart Effect) -Maestro Musicians
Has music given you better spatial temporal reasoning?
Weekly News Roundup - December 20, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - December 13, 2013
10 Essential Non-Writing Tools to Help Writers Write -PBS
What non-writing tools are in your arsenal?
Getting Maximum "Bang" for Your Book Description Buck: an SEO/Author's Perspective -The Creative Penn
Author and book marketing expert Lori Culwell looks at book descriptions as an SEO professional.
How to Build Rapport with Movie Investors (and Other Hollywood Heavy Hitters) - Filmmaking Stuff
Because sometimes it is about whom you know.
30 Things about Screenwriting - Filmmaker IQ
The greatest hits list from Scott Myers' blog, Go Into The Story.
Mixing and Producing: Choosing a Mix Engineer - Musician Coaching
An interview with Grammy-winning engineer Jason Goldstein.
Social Media to Your Band's Advantage -Musician Makers
Use social media as more than just a gig announcement tool.
Weekly News Roundup - December 6, 2013
Weekly News Roundup - November 29, 2013
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