Friday, April 18, 2014

The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free ebooks!

Panzer was out in the Catosphere today.

My bad boy found FREE ebooks over at David Cranmer's blog! Cranmer has two of his short story collections FREE for the next few days. They are the mystery short story collection The Education of a Pulp Writer by David Cranmer and the western short story collection Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles by Edward A. Grainger (his pen name). Be sure to read the descriptions at Amazon. These may not be for everyone.

Cranmer doesn't specify how long he's going to have the books FREE so, if you want one or both, you should hurry over now and download them.

To get your FREE ebooks, tootle over to The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free ebooks!:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MAKE MINE MYSTERY: The Quicksand on Your Desk

Help! It's got me!
Panzer checked in at the Make Mine Mystery blog. Your intrepid feline traveler found Janis Patterson's post there very enlightening.

My bad boy never knew about the quicksand on our desk. And ... he didn't know ... that's why we've been having such a hard time finishing the rewrite on our new project.

Janis says if we're not careful, we'll all be sucked right down into that quagmire called ... the Internet. There. Panzer said it. The name of the evil pit. The Internet. Go anywhere near it and it'll suck you in and not let you go!

Panzer says, "We've got to save our friends! We lost too many already!"

If you're interested in protecting yourself from the quicksand, tootle over to MAKE MINE MYSTERY: The Quicksand on Your Desk: by Janis Patterson

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anne R. Allen's Blog: The 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette for ...

No whining!
Panzer and I like going to Anne R. Allen's Blog. Anne's blog was given a Writer's Digest Magazine Best Writing Website Award for 2013 because writers always find the most interesting posts there.

Today, when we visited we found a post about social media etiquette. There are 10 Commandments for your good behavior on social media. Anne's commandments include no spamming, no whining, and no badmouthing. There are seven more just as relevant as these listed at the blog.

 If you want to know the full 10 Commandments, tootle over to Anne R. Allen's Blog: The 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette for ...:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3 Steps To Indie Publishing Success

It's magic!
Panzer found a great indie publishing success story over at the Publishers Weekly site, The post is about how Jen McLaughlin reached indie success and the New York Times E-Book Bestseller List with her romance Out of Line.

According to Ms. McLaughlin, she followed three steps to her success.

The steps were:
1. Hire an Editor
2. Hire a Designer
3. Hire a Publicist

Those three steps are ones we can all put to work for us.

If you want the full details about the three magic steps to indie success, tootle over to indie success story

Monday, April 14, 2014

How To Convert Your Doc(x) File To epub

Easy and FREE!
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere not looking for anything in particular today.

He found a post at Gordon Burgett's Blog about converting .doc(x) files to epub format. That's a topic he's been wondering about for a long time. My bad boy has been using Smashwords to do all of his ebook distributions because he didn't know how to convert to epub.

Burgett's post has instructions for converting your .doc(x)s using Calibre. Now don't get too excited. It's not hard. His instructions are step-by-step and easy to follow. And ... best of all: Calibre is FREE.

If you're ready to learn how to do your own .doc(x) conversions, tootle over to convert to epub

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ellis Shuman Writes: How to Write a Thriller like Dan Brown

Editing is a long road.
Panzer is still searching the Catosphere for editing help on his newest WIP (Work In Progress). He told you last week about a post he found at Jody Hedllund's blog about keeping readers' caught up in the action in your book.

Well, today my bad boy found a post at the Ellis Shuman Writes blog that he thinks you'll find useful. This is an older post (from August 27, 2013) but still totally relevant.

Shuman has read all of Dan Brown's books. He's spent time evaluating how Brown's writing has managed to have such a wide readership. He explains what he's discovered about Brown's formula for writing a thriller. Shuman uses a step by step style that's easy to understand.

Panzer plans to take Shuman's 13 steps and evaluate his plot against them.

Panzer says, "Nobody ever said editing was fast, easy, or fun!"

If you want to know how Dan Brown writes a thriller, tootle over to Ellis Shuman Writes: How to Write a Thriller like Dan Brown: I remember boarding a flight from Israel to the United States in January 2004, with a copy of The Da Vinci Code in hand. The plane made a...

Friday, April 11, 2014

10 Things Not To Say To A Writer

Hmmm. 10 things?
Panzer was over at Indie Reader today and found a great post by Lucy Wang.

Lucy's post is about the 10 things not to say to a writer. The list includes things like the TBR (To Be Read) list, Too Cheap (your book that is), and You're A Poet ..., and seven more topics.

Panzer says, "This is such an interesting list! Not the usual 10 Things ... kind of list you're used to."

If you're interested in reading the list, tootle over to 10 things

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week - GalleyCat

It's FREE!
Panzer was over at GalleyCAT and found one of his favorite kind of posts: for FREE stuff! He's doing the happy cat dance. There's nothing my bad boy likes more than finding FREE stuff for you.

So ... he's happy to report Oxford University Press has announced that in honor of National Library Week all their online products will be FREE for that week. The post at GalleyCAT has all the information you need to log in and check out the FREE products.

If you're interested in checking out their online products, tootle over to Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week - GalleyCat

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6 Ways to Keep Readers Up Past Their Bedtime

Just what I was looking for.
Panzer was out searching for some help on editing. He stopped at Jody Hedlund's blog. The post he found there isn't specifically about editing, but it has some good tips on making sure your work is engaging to your readers.

Among other points, Jody addresses Panzer's biggest bugaboo which is making sure scenes count. He has a problem including scenes that don't move the plot forward. That means they're just plain boring. Boring scenes need to be eliminated at the editing stage ... not at the reading stage!

There are five more tips in Jody's post that are just as relevant during editing and my bad boy will be checking them all in his newest project.

If you need help getting your newest project into shape, tootle over to 6 Ways to Keep Readers Up Past Their Bedtime

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): How to Create an Audio Book

Hire someone?
Panzer was out in the Catosphere looking for help with producing an audio book.  He found a post by Heather Smith at Janice Hardy's Fiction University blog.

Heather Smith's post lists the seven steps she used to do her audio book. Heather didn't actually do the audio for her book; she hired a narrator.

If you're looking for the steps to do an audio book, tootle over to Fiction University (The Other Side of the Story): How to Create an Audio Book: