Creative Community Bulletin 17 September 2010 Through 07 October 2010

These are the arti­cles, blogs, and resources I found inter­est­ing and wor­thy of shar­ing for 17 September 2010 through 07 October 2010:

  • What to Look For in a Conference Before Registering -

    not all con­fer­ences are cre­at­ed equal. Here is a check­list of items to con­sid­er before reg­is­ter­ing for the next big “must-attend” con­fer­ence.

  • 7 Simple Rules for Better Press Releases -

    Contrary to what the naysay­ers believe, press release dis­tri­b­u­tion is still an effec­tive way to get your name out there, build links back to your web­site, and increase your search engine pres­ence. But of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to write press releas­es. Most of them are writ­ten the wrong way. Just check out any news wire online and you’ll see what I mean.

  • Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent: Are There Really That Many People Out There Writing Books? -

    Are there real­ly 15,000+ peo­ple a year query­ing agents? Are there real­ly that many nov­els and mem­oirs and self-help books and alien encoun­ters of the dubi­ous kind? There are real­ly that many peo­ple writ­ing books? Really?

  • Adobe Illustrator: Opening Tricky Files – Graphic design tuto­ri­als, free­bies, & advice by work­ing artists and design­ers. | GoMediaZine -

    Sometimes files just don’t want to play nice. And usu­al­ly when that hap­pens, there’s a dead­line loom­ing.

    Knowing ahead of time how to get out of a tricky sit­u­a­tion can make the dif­fer­ence between hav­ing time to do the job at an easy pace, or pulling your hair out.

    I’ve come across two handy Illustrator util­i­ties — one soft­ware, one a tip — that might just save your neck if you ever get your­self into the sit­u­a­tions addressed by each of these.

  • Four Arguments for Charging Late Fees -

    One of the most impor­tant poli­cies you can have in place in your busi­ness is for pay­ment; a pol­i­cy that out­lines what you charge, when you bill, when pay­ment is due and how you expect to be paid.

  • You Gotta Love a Close Shave - Final Proof Archives -

    It’s Friday and your pub­li­ca­tion is behind in its pro­duc­tion sched­ule again. One of your design­ers is in your office for the eighth time in the last 30 min­utes ask­ing you to inter­pret your notes in the mar­gin of the last proof. You’re also ignor­ing the phone because you rec­og­nize the num­ber is from your print­er, ask­ing (again) when you’re going to upload pages. You know you’re behind, and what’s worse, you’re also putting them behind. It seems you spend all of your time in edit­ing and production—and less and less time think­ing and work­ing cre­ative­ly.

    If this sce­nario hap­pens month after month, you have a few options: You could scream, fire your design­er, harass your asso­ciate edi­tor, or quit. Or, you could shave two weeks off your pro­duc­tion cycle with InCopy™, spar­ing your design team the frus­tra­tion of try­ing to deci­pher your scrib­bles and mak­ing work a hap­pi­er, more effi­cient envi­ron­ment.

    Tags:

    InCopy

  • 30+ Ingenious Book Photomanipulations | Designious Times -
  • 50 Famous Fictional Characters That Are Based on Real People -

    Write what you know” has become more than just a small cliché, per­me­at­ing every­thing from nov­els to screen­plays to com­ic books. But in spite of its ubiq­ui­ty, the advice cer­tain­ly car­ries with it con­sid­er­able mer­it. Writers of all types draw inspi­ra­tion from them­selves, their friends and fam­i­ly or famous fig­ures in order to cre­ate mem­o­rable, nuanced char­ac­ters. It hap­pens reg­u­lar­ly in every form of media, often­times with­out the audience’s aware­ness. This list, by no means even remote­ly com­plete, presents some of the more famous (some­times infa­mous) exam­ples of the lit­er­ary device from across a diverse selec­tion of nov­els, films, tele­vi­sion pro­grams – even a com­ic book and a song or two!

  • Keyboard Shortcuts for InDesign -

    Whether you are new to using InDesign or have used it for a while, key­board short­cuts can help your speed. Learn the InDesign key­board short­cuts and how they func­tion in your work­space. Download a com­plete list of InDesign quick keys for your ref­er­ence.

    Tags:

    InDesign

  • i-FunBox | File Manager, Browser, Explorer, Transfer Tool for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch via USB -

    Total Control of iPhone/iPad File System
    Manage files on your iPhone or iPad in a way just like Windows File Explorer but more robust and friend­ly. Easily trans­mit files and fold­ers to your com­put­er with the per­for­mance opti­mized file trans­fer and brows­ing. File sys­tem of firmware 3.0 is now ful­ly sup­port­ed.

    iFunBox, USB Portable Disk on iPhone

    Hi-Speed General Purpose Storage
    Use your iPhone as an USB Portable Disk for gen­er­al files. Exploit the large flash mem­o­ry on iPhone or iPad with trans­mis­sion speed beyond 5MB/s.

    iFunbox, iPhone File Search

    General Purpose File Search on iPhone
    Search files in the entire file sys­tem of iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad by match­ing files name and sizes. Seach files or fold­ers can also be done with­in a spec­i­fied fold­er.
    iFunBox, iTunes Music Video Downloader

    Recover Music and Movie on iPhone/iPod
    Download Apple iTunes© man­aged audio and video in iPhone, iPad or iPods to PC as a back­up copy or burn to CD. Scan and recov­er music and movie files in iPhone and iPod even when iTunes is refused to con­nect. Copy from iPhone and iPod.

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