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Amazon’s New SciFi, Fantasy, and Romance Subcategories

Via Robert Chazz Chute
Robert Chazz Chute's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:35 PM

Author India Drummond noticed that Amazon has new categories, subcategories, theme categories and character categories. Learn at the link to The Writer's Guide to E-publishing. They're pretty detailed, cool and interesting (though they've got elves, dragons and pirates, but no zombies, darnnit!)

Um, hello, Amazon? I've got a bunch of books on your site. I'm grateful to India for pointing this out, of course, but shouldn't Amazon go out of their way to let us know about something like this? Did I miss a meeting or a memo? Lots of things happen on Amazon and sometimes it seems like they rely on osmosis to announce changes. (Like one day you wake up and the tags are gone.)

It's a good idea to revisit your book's categories from time to time. If your work isn't moving in Mystery, you might have more luck in Action/Adventure (assuming your book could reasonably fit both categories.)


You're allowed two categories on Amazon, so explore your options so readers can find you. The more specific your list, the greater your chances of book buyers discovering you're awesome (assuming you're awesome.) You could be ranked 1,786,023 in sci-fi, but you could potentially be huge  in a subcategory, like First Contact, Galactic Empire or Cyberpunk.


It's an exciting marketing opportunity if we work it right.


~ Chazz


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'Days of Our Lives' Casting Director Fran Bascom Dies - Chicago Tribune (blog)

'Days of Our Lives' Casting Director Fran Bascom Dies - Chicago Tribune (blog) | Casting Cosmos |
'Days of Our Lives' Casting Director Fran Bascom Dies Chicago Tribune (blog) She worked on "Days of Our Lives" from 1998 to 2007, bringing on thesps including Arianne Zucker, Alison Sweeney, Blake Berris, Darin Brooks, Nadia Bjorlin, Jay Kenneth...
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Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone") (Director's Cut)

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Actors from iconic dramatic films, laughing between takes | Imgur

"A fantastic collection of candid 'between takes' shots: reminds you that life on set should always be full of laughter, it's the best way to unleash trust and creativity.

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, June 9, 2013 3:04 PM

That Snape...always a cut up...

A little Sunday fun...great images from classic films that give us glimpses behind the scenes and remind us of just how much committed actors are able to pull us into their world and get us to suspend our disbelief. So much so in fact, that several of these images are actually a bit jarring. Michael Corleone   belly laughing? No way. 



Juan Carlos Burgon's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:29 PM

This article can show us that between the joy and the filmaking theres a very short line of division cause when youre are trying to have a good movie done youve always will nedd to be on a grate mood condition

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22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!)

22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!) | Casting Cosmos |

It's not just Kickstarter anymore. Here's a road map.


Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects.


Today, there are scores of crowdfunding sites. Indiegogo, Bolstr, Fundable--the list goes on. With the SEC poised to allow projects to offer equity, crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionize how entrepreneurs raise money. (For now, you have to offer some kind of reward in exchange for donations.)


But all sites are not created equal. Some specialize in nonprofits, or in certain types of products; others offer consulting services in addition to sourcing funding. In an increasingly crowded and complicated marketplace, where should you turn to fund your endeavor? Follow our map.

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Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically

Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically | Casting Cosmos |

Excerpt from review article by VentureBeat:
"Upload your script, choose some backgrounds, and magically created a professional-looking storyboard of your movie. Or the graphic novel version of your text-based anything.

Amazon Studios released Storyteller today to allow writers and filmmakers to quickly, easily — and cheaply — storyboard their scripts.

Roy Price, Amazon’s director of Studios said: “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department, and assistant editor — everything you need to bring your story to life.”

You start by uploading a script to Amazon Studios — or by playing with one that’s already there. Then simply page through the script paragraph by paragraph. Storyteller will try to match up characters, props, and background with the words in each chunk of text, and it does a surprisingly good job.

But if you don’t like what Storyteller gives, you can choose from its library, or even upload your own custom background or characters. Currently, the software has a library of thousands of props, characters, and backgrounds..."

Read full review article:

Learn more and try out Storyteller:


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Jim Doyle's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:32 AM
Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically
vgpascal's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:49 AM

Du synopsis au storyboard en passant par

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 1:52 PM

load of applications in the classroom