Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Literary Agent Asks Clients To Join Authors United

Today Panzer was cruising in the Catosphere when he felt a thump. The Panzermobile got caught in a tractor beam and pulled over to the New York Times site. There my bad boy found it was a post by David Streitfeld that caught him.

My tummy hurts I have no literary merit
Turns out Authors United has a new standard bearer. Literary agent Andrew Wylie has sent a letter to all of his clients asking them to join bestselling author Douglas Preston's Authors United group and quite a few of them have agreed to join. According to Mr. Streitfeld's post, Mr. Wylie says Amazon's lack of marketing some books will lead to the "end of literary culture in America."

Panzer says, "But ... wait. Does that mean my books sold now on Amazon don't contribute to the literary culture? Don't my books have literary merit?"

Warning: You'll need a very b-i-g cup of tea. This is a very l-o-n-g post because it has quotes from not only Mr. Wylie but some of his clients as well.

To read the whole post, tootle over to more Authors United

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stephen King Says Dead Tree Books Are Here to Stay

You've got to watch this!
Panzer is a big admirer of Stephen King and his writing.

So, when he found a post by Maryann Yin at GalleyCAT about Mr. King, he did the happy cat dance. Then my big bad boy jumped in the Panzermobile and rushed back from the Catosphere.

Although the post is about Mr. King's views on the future of dead tree books, there's another link near the end of the post to a long video interview at The Huffington Post site that contains much more.

To read the post and watch the video, tootle over to Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay - GalleyCat

Monday, September 29, 2014

A New Panzerism

Panzer's thoughts on Autumn:

Mom's asters are blooming today. She said they bring another Summer to a beautiful conclusion.

Hey ...

Wait a minute ...

That means Autumn is coming.

Cold weather.




She better appreciate my work.

I have to get outside now!

I have to dig out all those asters.


It's up to ME to stop Autumn from coming!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free Ebook for Kindle for a Limited Time

Panzer was out in the Catosphere today and stopped in at Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine.

Hurry before it's gone!
You all know how much Panzer loves FREE ebooks, right? Well, my bad kitty boy found an announcement at Mr. Crider's site about a FREE copy of Heath Lowrance's Hawthorne: Tales of a Weirder West. This is the west like you've never known it.

To get the link to the ebook, tootle over to  Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Free for Kindle for a Limited Time:

*A tip of the cat fedora to Kevin Tipple's Corner for the link to Pop Culture Magazine.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Amazon and Perseus Books Reach Ebook Sales Agreement

What does Perseus know that we don't?
Panzer found an interesting post by Jim Milliot at the Publishers Weekly site today.

According to Mr. Milliot, Amazon and the Perseus Books Group have settled the terms of a new ebook sales agreement.



The rumor is Perseus Books Group has reached an agreement with Amazon.

Inquiring cats want to know: Why has Perseus accepted the new ebook sales agreement and Hachette won't?

Panzer says, "I want to see those ebook sales terms please."

To read the full post, tootle over to Amazon and Perseus

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Collaborate with R.L. Stine on Wattpad

Collaborate? Really?
Panzer stopped in at GalleyCAT today. My bad boy found a post by Maryann Yin about an interesting Wattpad contest.

Do you want to collaborate with thriller/chiller writer R.L. Stine on a short story? Well, here's your chance. The beginning is already written and posted at Stine's Wattpad profile page. You write the middle, then Stine will write the end. According to the rules, Wattpad and Stine will pick the winning "middle" entry.

You must be a Wattpad user, but joining is free. You have to post your entry to your Wattpad account. The entire short story will be only 1,000 words long, so keep that in mind when writing your entry. You need to hurry because the contest ends October 9.

Panzer says, "It's important you read the entire rules! There may be some things you don't want to agree to do."

To read the entire post, tootle over to Wattpad contest

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Douglas Preston-Authors United vs Amazon Continues

You guys are washing the Panzermobile.
Panzer headed out into the Catosphere, but his radar wasn't working because he immediately ran into a Douglas Preston-Hachette-Authors United vs Amazon cloud.

My poor little kitty could barely see out to keep control of the Panzermobile while he was dodging all the flying fertilizer and guano.

My intrepid captain finally landed the ship at the Publisher's Weekly site first. There he found a post by Paige Crutcher. The post was about the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's luncheon for bestselling author James Patterson. Also present was Michael Pietsch representing Mr. Patterson's publisher Hachette.

As one of Panzer's friends, you'll remember that Mr. Patterson is one of the signers of Douglas Preston's letter/ad in the New York Times and the letter to the Amazon Board of Directors.

While neither Mr. Patterson or Mr. Pietsch made any direct comments about their dispute with Amazon, Mr. Patterson did make a disparaging joke about Amazon. All in all, the post makes interesting reading.

However, what was really splatting the Panzermobile was the post Panzer found when he stopped at The Passive Voice site next. It seems bestselling author Douglas Preston and his Authors United group have come up with another letter. This one is to the U.S. Department of Justice.

For what?

They want the DoJ to start an antitrust investigation of Amazon because they don't like the way the company does business.

Panzer says, "Let me get this straight ... Hachette still hasn't signed a new contract with Amazon to sell their books, but you guys want the DoJ and the US government to spend money to force Amazon to sell Hachette's books as if there was a contract."

To read the post about the letter to the DoJ, tootle over to Douglas Preston and Company

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amazon Customer Billing Changes Coming To Germany

Where is my phone?
Panzer was over at the Slate site today. In a post by Alison Griswold he learned about Amazon's new plans for payments in Germany.

Plans are in the works to allow Amazon buyers to pay through Bango for their digital items (like ebooks) on their Telefonica Deutschland phone bills. The roll out of the new payment system is scheduled for next year.

Panzer says, "Don't be fooled. The beginning of the post is a review of Amazon's new ereaders and tablets. Just keep reading."

To read the whole post, tootle over to Amazon billing

Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Panzerism

Puppy-love? Who would read that?
Panzer on Book Reviews:

I read a book review today that said

the storyline was about ...


Dumbest plot I've ever heard of.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Learn Short Story Deep Structure

Panzer took the Panzermobile deep into the Catosphere today.

What kind of fadeout?
My bad black kitty found a post by Dr. John Yeoman at the Write To Done site. In his post Dr. Yeoman explains about using deep structure when writing your short stories.

You're probably familiar with some of the tips included in this post. One is weaving a subplot into your story. Another is repeating a question asked at the beginning of your story at the end.

But have you ever thought about including an emblem in your story? Or how about an elegiac fadeout?

Panzer says, "What?"

To read the full post and find out what an elegiac fadeout is, tootle over to deep structure