Monday, August 3, 2015

A New Panzerism

Stay drowsy. Life's better.
Panzer on the ancient feline art of studying the back side of your eyelids:

Life is what happens when you wake up

and can't go back to sleep ...

It's over-rated.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Credits From Big 5 Settlement Being Dispensed

Finally. I almost gave up.
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, when he heard some cheering and clapping. Our big inquisitive kitty followed all the noise to the GalleyCAT site. There he found a post by Dianna Dilworth that explains all the celebration.

As part of the U.S. federal court ebook price-fixing case settlement in 2013, the Big 5 traditional publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster) agreed to make "credit" payments to purchasers of their ebooks. According to the post by Ms. Dilworth, these payments are now being dispensed to Amazon customers' accounts.

Panzer says, "It's about time."

Note: The post includes a link to the original Amazon post.

To read the post, tootle over to credits begin

Friday, July 31, 2015

Game of Thrones Historical Inspirations

Happy Cat! Happy Cat!
You all know how much Panzer loves Game of Thrones ... So when our big kitty George R. R. Martin fan heard GalleyCAT had a post with an infographic about him and where he gets his inspiration from, he jumped in the Panzermobile and headed right over.

According to the post by Maryann Yin, Game of Thrones is inspired by real history and the actual people who lived it. Included in the post is a link to a TED-Ed lesson and a link to a previous GalleyCAT post about Mr. Martin and his use of history. Also included is the infographic itself showing the historical figures and actions who inspired Game of Thrones.

Panzer says, "I'm doing the Happy Kitty Dance!"

To read the post and the infographic, tootle over to infographic

Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Ways To Hook Your Readers And Keep Them Reading

Could you resist this face?
Panzer headed out into the Catosphere looking for an interesting post for his friends. Our affable kitty stopped in at the Write To Done site to see what he could find.

After some digging around, Panzer found a post by Dr. John Yeoman about the 10 Ways To Keep Readers Hooked when you're writing fiction. Included in those 10 ways are the usual ones Panzer is familiar with like end each section/chapter on a cliff hanger to keep the reader reading, write short sentences to increase the tension for the reader, and introduce a new character to keep the reader's interest. However, there are some our big kitty hadn't heard before, like ask a question to pique the reader's interest, make a casual remark that the reader can interpret as incorrect and five other ways you might find useful

Panzer says, "The best way to hook a reader is to introduce a big, lovable cat. Nobody can resist me for long."

To read the post, tootle over to fiction story hooks

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Navigating the Ocean of Story

Hmmm. What could I ask?
Panzer was out tootling around in the Catosphere today and he found the Book View Cafe site. Our adventuresome kitty has never been there before, so he was digging around to see what he could find.

According to a post by science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, she's starting an online workshop which she calls Fictional Navigation. Writers will submit questions of 200 words or less and Ms. Le Guin will choose ones to answer. She will only accept questions about writing.

Panzer says, "This sounds like it will be interesting."

To read the post, tootle over to Navigating the Ocean of Story

Monday, July 27, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on having a healthy relationship:

Mom's love for me is sick, sick, sick.

It's a demanding relationship for me.

Maybe, if I could just get her to be a little less dependent on me.

Wait Mom! Don't stop!
But ...

Her need to touch my soft, silky fur does feel kind of good.

Maybe ...

Being co-dependent isn't so bad.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Amazon Has Competition From Jet

What do you think will happen?
Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere when he heard some ooohhing and aaawwing. Following the sound took to the WIRED site.

According to a post there by Brian Barrett, Amazon has some competition in the form of a new company called Jet. Jet will be carrying many of the same products as Amazon, but at a lower price.

Jet charges an annual membership fee, but there's a three-month free trial period to see if you like the products, service and prices they offer. After the three months you can either sign up for the $50 per year membership fee or the $100 per year fee. Not surprisingly, the $100 membership has similar, if not the same, features as Amazon Prime.

Panzer says, "This will either be fun to watch or a great big fizzle."

Note: This is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post, so bring a b-i-g cup of tea.

To read the post, tootle over to Jet

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Entitle Subscription Service Closes It's Doors

Now I have to find another service.
Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere today. Our intrepid traveling kitty made a stop at the Publishers' Weekly site.

According to a post by Calvin Reid, the Entitle ebook subscription service has ceased business. The last day was July 21. As an ebook subscription service, Entitle charged a monthly fee. The monthly fees were based on the number of books a member read. The fees ranged from $16.99 to $33.50 per month. These fee prices were too high to attract readers and the business closed.

Panzer says, "Sometimes you just have to charge less to make up the difference with more buyers."

To read the post, tootle over to Entitle

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Smashwords: How to Publish Ebooks - An Ebook Publishing Intens...

Watch it very carefully.
Panzer made a trip over to the Smashwords Blog today. Our explorer kitty found a new post about ebook publishing by Mark Coker.

According to Mr Coker's post, while at this year's Pacific Northwest Writers (PNWA) Conference, he presented four workshops on ebook self-publishing. Each presentation is 90 minutes long and covers a different aspect of the ebook publishing process. When you finish watching all four you'll be able to produce and market a quality ebook.

Panzer says, "It's a good primer for new self-publishers and a good reminder for old self-publishers."

Note: Remember, these are long presentations. Bring a h-u-g-e cup of tea and a l-a-r-g-e sack lunch.

To read the post and watch the presentations, tootle over to Smashwords: How to Publish Ebooks - An Ebook Publishing Intens...:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

George R. R. Martin On Hugo Voting

Geez. They're just puppies.
Panzer was out tootling around in the Catosphere today looking for some news for you. Our big bad kitty stopped in at George R. R. Martin's Not A Blog site.

Mr. Martin is urging fans to secure memberships so they can vote for the SF Hugo Awards. Panzer told you about the little brouhaha going on over the Hugo Awards and Puppygate back in April. Back then there were Mad Puppies and Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies (all kinds of puppies) running and yapping all over the Catosphere. Well, now it's time for the vote to see who the big dogs are. Mr. Martin has a link to apply (and pay) for a membership and another one to download a ballot. July 31 voting ends.

Panzer says, "Happy Kittens? Mr. Martin, how did Happy Kittens get pulled into that litter box?"

Note: Mr. Martin also has a link to File 777 where you can read more about all those puppies running in and out of their dog house.

To read the post, tootle over to Not A Blog