Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Day for Free Cats and Crime

Cats and Crime will only be free at Smashwords today. Get it while you can! (While it's not required, Panzer and I would really appreciate a book review at Smashwords or the other guys' big book store.)

Remember to use the Panzer code SW100 when you check out. Free Cats and Crime!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Smashwords: Smashwords Introduces Preorder Distribution to App...

Panzer stopped in at our friend Mark Coker's blog over at Smashwords. Mark has a new Smashwords feature to announce.

If you've been around Cats and Crime very long, you know we use Smashwords to distribute our ebooks to Apple, B&N and Kobo. Now, if you pre-order our new ebooks, they'll be available before the official sale date.

To learn all about this new Smashwords feature, tootle on over to Smashwords: Smashwords Introduces Preorder Distribution to App...: Smashwords authors and publishers now have an exciting and powerful new merchandising tool:  Preorders at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Goodreads Counts 20 Million Members - GalleyCat

20 million? MeWow!
Panzer was over at GalleyCAT one of his favorite stops today. He found an announcement that Goodreads now has 20 million members.


That's a lot of readers.

My bad boy is ready to become a member.

If you want to read about Goodreads and the most popular books there, tootle on over to Goodreads Counts 20 Million Members - GalleyCat

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Free Fantasy eBook - Call of the Herald

It's FREE!
Panzer is so excited! He found Brian Rathbone is giving away copies of his ebook Call of the Herald for Nook, Kobo, Kindle or Audio.

Panzer says, "Take your pick. They're all FREE!"

Grab your FREE copy at Free Fantasy eBook - Call of the Herald

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs

I don't think so!
Panzer found this article at Salon.

The article poses the question, If Amazon puts the brick and mortal bookstores out of business will that impact how readers find what books to read? If it's true readers find their books in bookstores and then buy them online, the writer of the articles postulates Amazon's book sales and thus profits will diminish enough to cause Amazon's demise.

Panzer says, "Hmmm. Really?"

You can read the full article at Here’s how Amazon self-destructs

What do you think?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ripping Off Indie Authors: Let Us Count the Ways

We are indie! We are strong!
Panzer was out in the Catosphere today and happened upon this post by Coral Russell at Indie Reader.

Coral's post made Panzer and I think twice about our plans for marketing our next ebook. We planned on setting up a blog tour and even getting help setting up our Wordpress site. Looks like that's not something we should do without a lot of investigation!

Panzer says, "Is there no place an indie author is safe?"

To be safe and prepared tootle on over to Ripping Off Indie Authors: Let Us Count the Ways

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Another Panzerism

Panzer on Cat Behavior:

Humans wonder why cats run around with their tails straight up in the air and bushed out.

Well, hey. You got a better way of checking catospheric conditions?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

J.K. Rowling Unmasked

Robert Galbraith?
Panzer found an interesting article in The Telegraph. (A tip of the fedora to Kevin Tipple for the link.)

According to the article J.K. Rowling used the name Robert Galbraith to write a much acclaimed new mystery novel.

Panzer says, if you're interested in the latest news in England, tootle over to JK Rowling unmasked as author of acclaimed detective novel

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Robert J. Randisi Interview

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

My bad boy found a goodie for you. Here for your reading pleasure is an interview with Robert Randisi, the Executive Director of the Private Eye Writers of America. Mr. Randisi is one of Panzer and my favorite writers in the PI genre (and several other genres as well). This interview covers how and why the PWA was formed, Robert's writing history and lots of other writing information.

To learn how Robert wrote 27 books in one year (!!!) tootle over to  Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Robert J. Randisi Interview: Robert J. Randisi has been writing and publishing ever since I've known him, and that's been quite a while.  He's published so ...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to Create a Larger-Than-Life Character

Larger than life?
Our bad boy Panzer found a video on creating awesome characters for our writing projects over at K.M. Weiland's Wordplay blog.

The video is short, only two and a half minutes, but packed with helpful information. There are useful don'ts of character traits followed by two of the most important dos of character traits.

Panzer says, "If you want to take your characters to the next level, tootle on over to How to Create a Larger-Than-Life Character "

You'll probably also want to visit this blog each week from now on!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Apple Loses in Court

Panzer is back from the Catosphere with big news about the Apple price-fixing case.

But first, he wants us to give you a little test.
You're kidding right?


 Everybody who thought Apple would win the price-fixing case hold up a paw.

Let's see.

That's one. Mr. Tim Cook. Really?

Panzer says, if you want to read about the ruling, tootle on over to Publishers Weekly.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Free Fiction Monday: SeniorSource

Free! Free! Free!
Panzer here. It's Monday and that means Kristine Kathryn Rusch has another of her FREE fiction stories up at her blog. It's only FREE for this week and then it goes back to full price.

To read the FREE version, tootle on over to Free Fiction Monday: SeniorSource

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Another Panzerism

Panzer on testing:

I wasn't really trying to trip you Mom.
I was just testing our reflexes.

My reflexes are pretty good.
Yours, not so much.

Darn! Grounded again.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The New World of Publishing: Helping Readers Find Your Work

Make my own covers? Noooo!
It's been quite a while since Panzer stopped in at Dean Wesley Smith's blog, so my bad boy made a special trip over there today.

Smith is blogging about how to increase your visibility and help readers find your writing. He describes two methods.  They both involve a lot of work so, if you're a lazy writer, you'll need to stop reading right now. They involve writing and writing and writing ... And ... They involve learning to make your own covers. There's more involved too, but those are the two major points of his methods.

To read the whole post, tootle over to The New World of Publishing: Helping Readers Find Your Work

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Free Ebook For You!

It's FREE!
Panzer has a big surprise for you!

During the whole month of July Cats and Crime is FREE at Smashwords when you use your Panzer discount coupon! That's Smashwords NOT Amazon.

I don't believe you have to have a Smashwords account. But, you do have an account, right? If not, the account is free too and easy to set up. And ... there are lots of free books at Smashwords.

Here's what you do. Click on the Smashwords Cats and Crime icon (not the Amazon icon!) on the right hand side of this page. Enter your account information at Smashwords. Click to buy in the format you want and use the Panzer discount coupon number SW100 when you check out. That's it. Cats and Crime is yours for free!

Tell your friends and they can get Cats and Crime free this month too.