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

 

Books/Publishing

 

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?      

 

Film

                                                        

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.  

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

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?   

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- November 28, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- November 21, 2014

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

5 Ways to Beat Average - with Missy Tippens - The Seekers

The temptation to settle for a good word choice instead of the perfect word choice is always present when you're working on a book-length project. 

                           

6 Steps to Overcoming Social Media Writer's Block - Digital Book World

How to get over those moments when you just don't feel like promoting yourself on social media.       

 

Film

                                                        

Cameras Don't Make Movies, People Do - The Black and Blue

It's all about knowing how to use the camera you have.    

                                          

The Creative Process According to Francis Ford Coppola - Filmmaker IQ

The filmmaking legend says the writing is the most challenging part of filmmaking. 

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Music Publicity Tips: Three Great Pieces of Advice - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Let them know you're a perk, not a pest.

 

If Not Now, When? - Start Singing NOW! - From the Front of the Choir

There is no time like the present to go after your dreams.  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- September 12, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- September 5, 2014

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Host Your Own Webinar

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I have mentioned before that you have something a lot of people want: knowledge. You are a writer. More than that, you are a published writer. You have a wealth of experience that writers who haven't published don't have. You've navigated the wilds of indie publishing. Show other authors the way.

 

How? Why not put together a webinar? It's a convenient way to connect with members of your community in a virtual environment that is a bit more intimate than interacting on a social media site.

 

Here are five things you should keep in my mind as you develop your webinar:

 

  1. Give yourself plenty of time from the day you announce the webinar to the day you hold it. A six-week window should give you enough time to build word of mouth for the webinar. Your primary source of communication will most likely be one of the social media sites. Give regular updates on the topics and material you'll be discussing.

  2. Be enthusiastic when discussing the webinar. Don't make a point of announcing that you're a webinar newbie or that you don't have a lot of experience. Keep the focus on the material and your passion for the material.

  3. This is an educational event. You aren't trying to sell them anything. You've probably learned as much or more from the mistakes you've made than the successes you've experienced. Lay it all out there for your pupils' benefit without any spin.

  4. Personalize the material. This is your journey you're using as source material. It is okay to include basic information, but don't make it the heart of your webinar. Focus on the path you've taken.

  5. Invite feedback. Most webinar-hosting sites give participants the opportunity to anonymously rate certain aspects of a webinar. Encourage your pupils to do so. You can even set up your own survey on a separate site to get any additional feedback that goes beyond the webinar hosting site's questionnaire. If you plan on making webinars a regular part of your marketing strategy, you are going to want the metrics that will help you grow and get better.

 

Hosting a webinar is a great way to give back to your community and connect with other writers. In other words, it's a great brand-building tool. Keep in touch with your attendees after the webinar, and make your brand a robust, interactive community.

 

 

-Richard

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Branding 101: The Keys to Successful Branding

Make Your Brand Engaging

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

Your Author Website is Boring: 5 Ways to Fix It - All Indie Writers

Professional blogger and indie author Jennifer Mattern maps out a plan to spruce up your author website.    

                   

How to Turn a Freebie Lover into a Super Fan - The Future of Ink

How to turn a casual reader into a super fan.    

 

Film

                                                        

No One Has Heard of Your Film - and That's Maybe How You Should Like It! - Projector Films

When being unknown can be a marketing strategy.    

                                          

Learning through Experimentation - Sheri Chandler

How to make a feature film without a crew and with a $500 budget.      

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

Singing Tips: Are Dairy Products Screwing Up Your Singing Voice? - Musicgoat.com

If someone tells you your voice sounds like butter that might be a problem.

 

Not Listening = Overplaying - Ashley J. Saunders

You don't have to hit every note. 

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- June 13, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- June 6, 2014

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

 

Books/Publishing

 

Social Media Quiz ? Which Social Site Is Right for You? - Author Marketing Experts

An interesting exercise in choosing the social media path that suits your needs and matches your talents.        

                                                    

Dos and Don'ts for Choosing a Title -Tips, and a Free Tool, Too - Beyond Paper Editing

A great set of guidelines for works of fiction and nonfiction.      

 

Film

                                                        

Film Schooling: Insider Insights on Indie Filmmaking - Pre-production and Locations - Bleeding Cool

The location you choose for your film has a bearing on more than just your story's setting.   

                                          

Great Filmmakers and Their take on Filmmaking and Style - Filmmaker IQ

Style is the most essential element of filmmaking.      

                                                                                                                                              

Music

 

5 Basic Recording Tips for the Hi-hat - The Audio-Technica Blog

Learning to properly record your hi-hat can make or break your mix.

 

Music Marketing Ideas: Where to Find the Best Ones - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com

Do you know where to find those hidden marketing ideas?  

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup- May 9, 2014

Weekly News Roundup- May 2, 2014

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.

 

Books/Publishing

 

Use an eBook To Build Your Brand - Huffington Post

And the rest of the world catches up. Indie publishing is a great vehicle for establishing an audience and building your brand.

 

When Bad People Write Great Books - Salon.com

Do you really want to know if your favorite author is a jerk, or would you rather just live in ignorant bliss?

 

Film

 

Think About Film Making Plus The Internet? - Better Concerts and Music

Oh what a joyous time to be a filmmaker! It is ripe for indies to gain an audience for their film projects.

 

Mystery Marketing is No Substitute for Good Filmmaking - Flickering Myth

Chris Nolan and J.J. Abrams are just two of the filmmakers this summer who are trying to have their cake and eat it, too. How do you market a movie without giving too much away? 

 

Music

 

David Pakman: The Best Part of 'Social' is the Data - Hybebot

It's no secret that your online activity is constantly being monitored. Dave Parkman, former eMusic CEO, thinks that's a good thing for musicians.

 

Do I Need Talent to Sing or Play Music? - Music After 50

It's a question you can apply to almost any artistic endeavor. What does it take to be a good musician?

 

-Richard

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Tuesday's Blog Roundup - June 7, 2011 Edition

Tuesday's Blog Roundup - May 31, 2011 Edition

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