Great Reads for Filmmakers

Adding these to my must-read list!

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It was the great Groucho Marx who said: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read”. I’m hoping that anyone reading this post has not mastered reading inside a dog, but I think Groucho’s assessment of the magic of books is correct. And if you are an indie filmmaker, books can be a wise investment on your journey. Whether it’s technical texts or books to inspire, having a resource library at your disposal is very useful. Quite often when conversing with filmmakers, if there’s a book I know of that I think will be useful or that they will find interesting, I definitely make a recommendation. I also try and do an update on this subject on the blog as I find books that I know filmmakers, producers, people aspiring to work in the film industry, or entrepreneurs…

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Have You Cleaned Your Book Links Yet?

Lemon Shark

Everyone loves cleaning, right?

Yeah.

Here’s a quick and easy (don’t you just love those words?) way to clean something super important: buy links for your books.

Hmm… Long, messy link. (Clean-up on aisle five!)

Happy, clean, pretty link!

How did I get that? Easy. Delete everything highlighted in yellow. (That would be everything after your ASIN.)

What are those reference, encoding, string of letters and numbers thingies? Why are they there? If the link works without them (it does), why include them? You need your ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) but after that…?

You could take out the “https” or the “www” (or even the title of your book if you’d like) to shorten it for sharing or just to look nice. But, for now, I’m thinking that stuff at the end there would be great to, you know, not be there.

I don’t know much about…

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Render unto Caesar

Saïdeh Pakravan's The Counter Argument

A first for the Counter Argument, a commentary from an outside contributor. I have asked fellow writer David Vann permission to post the English version of the article that was published in French by the daily Libération on the occasion of the Paris Book Fair this past March. Vann forcefully makes the case for pulling God out of the public debate. While I may not agree to see entirely removed fairies and goblins and angels from the lives of people who can only put one foot in front of the other if they feel these entities by their side, the point is most welcome and well-taken that believing in higher powers poisons public life at all levels and in all countries. It didn’t always use to be the case. Despite glitches, the world ran as well as could be expected, given various faiths and beliefs. The tide has turned, though…

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When the Going Gets Weird …

 

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Analysis | What a week. Here’s what we learned (and still don’t know) about the Russia investigation

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S-Town, Brian Reed & Why ‘Podcasting is the Future of Storytelling’

Dear writers! Start writing podcasts! 🙂

Screenwriting from Iowa

“This is certainly the fastest that a podcast has accrued that big of an audience, no matter how you cut it.”
Nick Quah on S-Town

I’m not sure a screenwriter has hit the network TV talkshow circuit since 2007/08 when Juno brougth Diablo Cody fame. But S-Town podcast producer Brian Reed was interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month. One more indication of rapid changing times in the digital world.

Who would have bet a year ago that a podcast set in Woodstock, Alabama would capture the nations attention? If William Faulkner were still alive he might take that bet (if he’d had a few drinks. Flannery O’Connor might have even taken that bet sober. Because those two writers knew that dark Southern Gothic tales can be powerful.

For at least a season the torch of mythical Southern storytelling belongs to Reed, a Jewish New Yorker. And along the way…

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Why You Should Embed Tweets in Your Blog Post

Awesome!! 🙂

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I shared how to embed tweets in a blog post but you may be asking yourself why you’d want to.

You: “So, Sarah, that was cool and all but why would I need tweets on my blog?”

Me: “What?! Because!”

You: …

Me: “It’s awesome, that’s why!”

You: …

Me: “Okay. I’ll tell you.”

These embedded tweets are… Psst… Come closer… *whispers* Interactive.

I know, right? How cool is that?! Readers can do anything right from your blog.

  • Open your tweet
  • Visit your timeline
  • Check out a hashtag
  • Follow
  • Like
  • Retweet
  • Reply

Everything is clickable. It’s basically a live tweet. One that you’ve highlighted. One that you want to share with your blog readers.

I do like Twitter but, let’s face facts, that thing moves like ticker tape. It’s so easy to miss tweets from your tweeps. Depending on how often you post, that tweet is going to be much…

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Secrets to Selling Books as an Indie Author

If you’ve ever wondered as an indie author how to sell more books, here are a few links that seemed particularly helpful to me.

How I Went From One Sale in February to 100+ Sales in March

Amazon Sales Rank: Taming the Algorithm

Exactly how I self-published my book, sold 180,000 copies, and nearly doubled my revenue

And here are some more ways to make money!

PS: On the fake news front, here’s a helpful guide, Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online.

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