Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Must. Stop. The Stupid.

They're almost as bad as me.
Panzer decided to pay author Joe Konrath a visit today. It's been a long time since he's been over to Joe's blog A Newbie's Guide to Publishing so he wasn't sure what he'd find there. My bad boy was happy to find that Joe hasn't changed a bit. He's still just as much a curmudgeon as ever.

So ...

Panzer found a post with Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler's take on the Authors' Guild's post, Douglas Preston's letter, the indie authors' letter and everything to do with the Amazon-Hachette dispute. Joe and Barry do the post as a conversation discussing and dissecting it all.

Be forewarned, this is a very, very, very long post.

Panzer says, "I just love these guys. They've got the bad boy attitude down perfectly."

To read the full post, tootle over to A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Must. Stop. The Stupid.:

Also More Amazon-Hachette of Interest:
Amazon Poses Possible New Offer To Hachette
Authors' Guild Sends Letter In Amazon-Hachette Dispute
Hachette Turns Down Amazon's Author Offer
Amazon-Hachette Contract Dispute Continues
300 Authors Join Amazon-Hachette Dispute

Monday, July 28, 2014

A New Panzerism

Let's try it and see.
Panzer on developing your cat's personality thru games:

No, I don't want to play a game of chase the wadded up paper ball.

Now ...

A game of ambush mom's ankles might be kind of fun, though.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Liberio Lets You Make an eBook From Google Drive - GalleyCat

A cat's work is never done.
Panzer took a leisurely trip around the Catosphere today. My bad boy stopped in at GalleyCAT. He found a post by Dianna Dilworth about an ebook conversion platform called Liberio.

According to Ms. Dilworth, if you have a Google account, you have access to the platform. You can use it to convert your Google Drive document to an ePub file. You can even make a cover for the ebook you just created. There's even a link in the post to Liberio to learn more.

Panzer says, "Oh, no. Something else I have to learn. I'll have to use Google Drive so I can test Liberio."

To learn more about this conversion platform, tootle over to Liberio Lets You Make an eBook From Google Drive - GalleyCa t

Friday, July 25, 2014

Apple Settlement May Not Be Settled Says Judge

I thought the end was in sight.
Panzer just got a Reuters news flash about the proposed Apple ebook price-fixing case settlement and possible case reversal he told you about. The judge in the case has not accepted the settlement.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote says she has serious reservations about the settlement. Judge Cote sites issues with the amount and terms of the settlement as well as other issues,

Panzer says, "Just when I thought it might end ... no such luck for this kitty."

To read the entire Reuters news story, tootle over to Apple Ebooks Settlement

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oyster Now Available on Web & Mobile Browsers - GalleyCat

Who will survive?
Panzer hasn't been to GalleyCAT for awhile so he made a short trip there today. He found a post about ebook subscription service Oyster.

The Oyster service has until now been Smartphone and tablet based. Now the service is moving into being Web and mobile based. This will put it in competition with not only Scribd, but with Amazon as well since the (r)etailer's entry into the ebook subscription service last week.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. Let's see ... Scribd ... Oyster ... Amazon. Who will still be around in two years?"

To read about Oyster's move into the new markets, tootle over to Oyster Now Available on Web & Mobile Browsers - GalleyCat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazon Poses Possible New Offer To Hachette Author

Humans. Pfftttt.
Panzer got a late start in his Catosphere search today. But heading out late was worth the trip. The Publishers' Weekly site has an update on the Amazon-Hachette dispute.

Amazon made a "what if" offer to bestselling author Douglas Preston (who started the letter against Amazon). In the offer Amazon said, "what if" they starting carrying and selling Hachette's books again ... and "what if" the royalties from those sales was given to the authors ... and "what if" the money Amazon and Hachette's each earned from those sales was given to a literacy charity ... and "what if" Amazon and Hachette kept negotiating then ... would Douglas Preston and Hachette's other authors refrain from speaking out against Amazon?

Mr. Preston's response was the same as last time, "No."

Panzer says, "Humans. I'll never understand them."

If you want to read the latest in the Amazon-Hachette contract negotiations, tootle over to Amazon to authors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Using Twitter Hashtags for Book Promotion

Who knew?
Panzer was out looking for marketing ideas today. My bad boy found a site he'd never been to before called the Readers+Writers Journal. He read a post there about using Twitter for book promotions.


With only 140 character?

Guess what the promotion tool at Twitter is.

It's hashtags.

The post includes examples of the hashtags you want to use with samples of how to use them. It has where to upload your cover; how to promote a sale; and, even has a link to 200 more promotional hashtags.

Panzer says, "I never knew there were all those hashtags for writing."

If you're looking for information on book promotion on Twitter, tootle over to twitter for book promotion

Monday, July 21, 2014

A New Panzerism

Missed it again!
Panzer on the virtue of cat naps:

Don't you just hate it when you're late for a nap because you overslept?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Yet Another View On The Amazon-Hachette Dispute

I'm a bad kitty. I wasn't paying attention.
Panzer stopped in at Gigaom today. This is a new site for my bad boy. He was just tootling around in the Catosphere and found it. He's going to bookmark it for future visits.

My big black kitty boy found a post there by Laura Hazard Owen which approaches the Amazon-Hachette dispute from a totally different angle than the other sites he's visited recently. Ms. Owen looks at the dispute from the standpoint of the language used by each of the two companies. She demonstrates through examples of word choices used in press releases and other means how each of the companies portray themselves to writers and the public at large.

Panzer says, "I'm ashamed of myself. I never knew this was happening. There's so much spin here it's like watching the neighbor's dog chase his tail."

To read Ms. Owen's take on the dispute, tootle over to Amazon-Hachette

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smashwords: Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

This doesn't look good to me.

 Panzer was interested to find this post by Mark Coker at the Smashwords blog about the new Amazon Unlimited service.

My bad boy already knew he wasn't going to join the Amazon Unlimited service. You have to be part of the Amazon Select Program and agree not to sell (or offer free) your ebooks anywhere except in the Amazon store. He never joined the Program because he wanted to be able to offer his adventures to everyone: Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Scribd, Oyster, etc. Turns out Mr. Coker agrees.

If you're thinking of joining the new Amazon Unlimited or just want more information, you should tootle over to Smashwords: Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?: Amazon today unveiled Kindle Unlimited, following in the footsteps of Smashwords partners Scribd and Oyster. When I first heard of Kindl...