Jamie Mcguire: Music Is The No-fail Remedy To Writer’s Block

Meanwhile, photography app Camera+ saw an update that improves its burst-mode feature. Beats makers of the popular Beats By Dre premium headphones confirmed to The Next Web on Monday that the United States launch of its long-anticipated music streaming service is set to occur in the next few months. The service will be available on the web and on Android devices, and it will also take on Apple’s iTunes Radio feature on iOS devices. Beats has been working on its Beats Music service for some time, and the company was previously rumored to be courting Apple in a potential collaboration. Apple eventually rolled out iTunes Radio alongside iOS 7, but Beats reportedly is not deterred by the iPhone maker’s entry into the streaming segment. Whereas iTunes Radio has a more Pandora-like approach, Beats Music is said to rely heavily on curation and playlists. “If you really love music,” Beats COO Luke Wood told The Next Web, “we want something that can go deep with you for a really long time. And that requires a perfect harmony between the algorithm and human curation.” Wood gave no further specifics regarding Beats Music’s launch other than to say “within the next few months.” Camera+ gets full-res burst-mode in update Popular photography app Camera+ saw an update on Monday to bring the app to version 4.2. The update fixes a bug that would cause the app to crash when it was in burst-mode. It also adds the capability for devices such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c to take pictures in burst-mode at full-resolution. The new version also adds a new effects pack, increasing users’ options when applying filters to their photos. The effects pack duplicates all of the filters that Apple’s standard Camera and Photo apps include in iOS 7. The new version of Camera+ is available in the App Store for $2.

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Post to Facebook Jamie McGuire: Music is the no-fail remedy to writer’s block on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1fW5dmP Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jamie McGuire: Music is the no-fail remedy to writer’s block Joyce Lamb, USATODAY 12:01 a.m. EDT October 8, 2013 “Red Hill” by Jamie McGuire. (Photo: Atria Books) SHARECONNECT 1 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Lots of authors count on music to help keep the muse on a steady writing beat. Jamie McGuire, whose Red Hill came out last week, shares how music affects her writing and also shares her playlist Jamie: Stories don’t always just flow out of me. Sometimes I stare at my computer with one hand on my face, begging my muse to get it together. I try my best to put on character suits: to step inside the body and mind of my characters to truly experience what they’re feeling so I can effectively transfer their emotions to the reader. If I’m not crying during a gut-wrenching scene, how can I expect my readers to? It’s sometimes difficult to get into the writing mind-set, but music helps me get there. One of the fun things to check out on my website is the playlists for each of my books: the music I listened to “to get in the mood.” On my computer, music isn’t categorized by country, Top 40, ’80s and the like, but by happy, sad, suspense, scary and action.


You Tube’s Danielle Tiedt has major marketing plans for YouTube Music Awards. (Image credit: Getty Images for YouTube via @daylife) A glitzy concert award show plays directly to two important constituencies beyond the audience: advertisers and the music industry. The YouTube Awards make perfect sense as YouTube goes mainstream, says Dave Morgan, founder of TV ad targeting firm Simulmedia. YouTube has massive reach with a young audience. Its a great environment for the music industry to show off what it has to sell. The YouTube Music Awards streamed live from New York is loaded with the requisite star power. Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire will all be on stage. Adding to its pedigree is creative director Spike Jonz and Vice, the ultra-hip content factory often likened to MTV in its raging hormone growth stage. {Ex-MTV/Viacom supremo Tom Freston is big investor and advisor.} More importantly, the YouTube Music Awards have already drawn a blue chip advertiser, Kia. The Korean auto giant has signed on as the exclusive title sponsor of the 90-minute live show. Major advertisers want and are willing to pay a premium to reach a young, engaged audience. YouTube is staying mum, but ad rates for its award show could easily demand rates 25-50 percent higher than usual fare. While theres been some softening of video ad rates over the last several months given so much available inventory, music video ad rates have stayed consistently strong on YouTube, according to video ad buying platform TubeMogul .