Friday, May 22, 2015

Harlequin Books Available on CD

I can't have a CD. I don't have pockets.
Panzer made a quick stop at the Publishers' Weekly site today.

According to a post by Clare Swanson, Harlequin in conjunction with HarperCollins will begin a new imprint called Harlequin Audio. These will actually be CDs not audio books. They will be made available to the library and retail market. Plans are to begin distribution on June 30.

Panzer says, "When will they get into the actual audio books instead of CDs?"

To read the post, tootle over to Harlequin audio

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former FMAM Editor Need Our Help

What are you waiting for?
As regular followers of Panzer's adventures in the Catosphere you know our big bad kitty reports on all things indie related. Today, he's letting you know about a former indie e-zine editor/publisher who needs help.

Former FMAM publisher Babs Lakey is in danger of losing her home and has started a GoFundMe campaign. Even if you can't help financially, you can help by spreading the word through your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts with links to her GoFundMe page.

When Panzer was still a kitten and first dipping his toes into the publishing world, he was a finalist in one of Babs' writing contests. Without that validation of his work, there might not be a Cats and Crime today, so there's a special place in his kitty heart for the lady. There are probably many other stories like our kitty boy's because she's done much for the writing community over the years.

To read Babs GoFundMe page, tootle over to Babs Lakey GoFundME

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pre-designed Or Custom Book Covers And More For Indie Authors

Pre-designed? Who else used it too?
Panzer, our big bad Catosphere explorer, decided to stop in at Guido Henkel's site today. It's been a long time since our kitty boy has been to visit Mr. Henkel and he's happy he chose today to do it.

According to Mr. Henkel's post, he's part of a new endeavor for indie author services. The new endeavor is called Covertopia. Indie authors can buy a pre-designed cover or order a custom cover at the site. Authors can also order layout services, formatting services, audio covers, postcards and more.

Panzer says, "The samples at Mr. Henkel's site make it look worth checking out."

NOTE: Panzer ignored the ad at the beginning asking for his name, clicked cancel and had no trouble reading the post.

To read the post, tootle over to pre-designed or custom covers

Monday, May 18, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on being a Bad Boy:

For a while I was working on my Bad Boy image.

Girls really like that whole rebel cat routine.

But the more I studied it, the more I could see that Bad Boys and Incredibly Stupid are the same thing. I mean running in front of cars. Baiting the neighborhood dog.

I'm just not that stupid.

You know ... my Momma Kitty didn't raise no stupid kittens.
Let's drop all that Bad Boy stuff.

At least none that were male ...

Well ...

none with black fur ...

and named Panzer.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Is The Self Pub Stigma Gone?

Only the best will do.
Panzer made a hurried trip into the Catosphere today. He was late for his after lunch nap and wanted to get to it before he fell asleep at the controls of the Panzermobile. Our kitty reporter of all things indie stopped in at the Indie Reader site.

According to the IR Staff, because indie publishing has been so easy in the past, a lot of material that was unedited, had bad covers and should have been left in a desk drawer to die a slow death was instead self pubbed. This lead to reader overload of ebook garbage and a bad reputation for everyone who self pubbed.

But, the IR Staff says the self pub stigma may finally be disappearing. The quality of indie books in general is improving. Indie books are being nominated for prizes and even winning some. Indie books are even making it onto some best seller lists.

Panzer says, "Humans should put as much time into self pubbing the best book they can as they put into talking about the book they self pubbed."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a b-i-g c-u-p of tea.

To read the post, tootle over to Indie Reader

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Help For Book Promotion And Research

Let's go.
On today's trip into the Catosphere Panzer found a post at Elizabeth Spann Craig's blog about a subject every indie author should be thinking about. Our big bad kitty indie author knows we all need to be book promotion experts.

Elizabeth Spann Craig has gathered together a treasure trove of information on book promotion and marketing for indies. Her post includes links for a free video series for Facebook advertising, links for choosing Amazon keywords, marketing practices for authors, Amazon ebook sales, and more.

Panzer says, "I've got to go. I have to watch these videos. See you tomorrow."

To read the post, tootle over to promotion

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Kobo To Deliver Ebooks to Southwest Airlines Flights

I have wi-fi. Will Kobo work here?
Panzer was out in the Catosphere in the Panzermobile today. Our flying kitty pilot discovered a post over at the Publisher Weekly site.

According to Calvin Reid's post, complimentary inflight copies of Kobo ebooks will be available on Southwest Airlines. Passengers will be able to use their wi-fi enabled mobile devices to download and read an ebook on their flight. If the passenger doesn't finish the ebook on the plane, they can buy the ebook and finish it later.

Panzer says, "Read fast, faster, fastest!"

To read the post, tootle over to Kobo ebooks

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Smashwords Introduces New Metadata Option for Box Sets

Can I find enough for a box set?
Panzer was over checking out what's new in the Catosphere. Our big bad investigative kitty reporter likes to stay on top of indie publishing news. so he stopped in at Smashwords today.

According to founder Mark Coker, Smashwords has developed a new option to help authors/publishers bring their box sets to the public's attention and increase their marketability. Smashwords now allows the classification of a box set as part of the publishing process. Until now, there has been no way for e-retailers to know if a publication was a single ebook or a box set. Smashwords' new classification will help e-retailers promote box sets to readers.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. How come nobody else thought of this before?"

Note: Mr. Coker includes instructions for upgrading the classification of a previously published box set as well as new box sets.

To read the full post, tootle over to Smashwords: Smashwords Introduces New Metadata Option for Box ...:

Monday, May 11, 2015

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the need for cat cleanliness:

Do you know why I'm licking my fur?

It's to make me shine like a lighthouse on the moon.


Look closer. See there. That's your reflection glittering on my shiny fur.

No? Don't see it?

A little closer maybe?
Really. This proves it.
Still no?
A little closer ... closer ...


That's how cats hunt.
We use our brains, not our paws.
See, on a good night I can catch my prey while laying in a single warm spot.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers' Day


Mom's Everywhere!

From Panzer, Me  and What's His Name