Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year's Eve Panzerism

Panzer on New Year's Eve and Catnip:
No Catnippin' and drivin'.

There's nothing wrong with a little
recreational catnip, now and then.
I just make sure I don't take the
Panzermobile out for a spin
after a little 'nip.

Got it?


Happy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Understanding Writing Mystery Fiction

Catch me if you can!
Panzer was out looking for more help writing mystery fiction. He stopped in at Elizabeth Spann Craig's blog. He found a post by mystery writer Joe Benevento.

Benevento explains how the hero should solve the crimes in your mystery; not by being smarter than everyone else, but by being more suspicious of people than everyone else.

If you're interested in reading about how to set-up the capture of the crooks in your mystery, tootle over to Understanding Writing Mystery Fiction

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Free Audio Story

It's FREE!
You know how much my bad boy loves FREE stuff, right? Well, he was over at Dean Wesley Smith's blog and found a FREE audio book there for you. Smith is reading his own story called Last Car For This Time.

You need to hurry over to hear this FREE audio story! It's only FREE for five more days!

To listen to Dean Wesley Smith read his short story, tootle over to New Free Audio Story

Friday, December 27, 2013

How to Pace a Crime Novel

How important is pacing?
Panzer was out in the Catosphere today and stumbled onto a site called Now Novel.

He found a post there about how to pace a crime novel. The post starts off with the easy don'ts in pacing. We've posted here before about the "info dump" which leads to the "too much information upfront" and the "too little payoff." So ... Panzer knows none of you need to worry about that part of the post.

The obvious don'ts are followed by three less common ones and that's the important part for Panzer's friends because he hasn't covered them here before. There's the "begin with a bang," "solving too easily" and "revealing too soon."

If you're interested in learning the don'ts of crime novel pacing, tootle over to Pace Your Crime Novel

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ - GalleyCat

It's FREE. Happy cat dance!
Panzer found this FREE Audible audiobook offer over at GalleyCAT. The audiobook is the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that the movie is based on.

Panzer went over to Audible to check it out. He discovered you don't have to be an Audible member, but you do have to give your personal information to get the FREE audiobook.

If you're interesting in the audiobook, tootle over to Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ - GalleyCat

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas


Panzer, the Pirate and Me!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Anne R. Allen's Blog: The Rules of Writing...and Why Not To Follow Them

Christmas is coming!
It's been a long time since Panzer visited Anne R. Allen's Blog, so he decided to stop in today.

 He's really glad he did, because she explains the New Writer's Rule Book. You know, it's the book we're all handed when we join the writer's world. Now you all know my bad boy. He's never met a rule he couldn't break, so he is in total agreement with Anne's post.

If you want to read all about the rule book, tootle over to Anne R. Allen's Blog: The Rules of Writing...and Why Not To Follow Them: Somerset Maugham famously said, "There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are." But pretty much...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dave Eggers Tells Writers To Take A Stand

Panzer parked the Panzermobile over at The Guardian today.

He wanted to read Dave Eggers' views on the NSA and writers. You see, my bad boy and I are always researching interesting ways to kill people. Panzer will tell you, we've used soap, tomato juice and Fox Glove besides your usual guns and poisons. Imagine what the NSA could do with that!

Wait. We have to go. There's somebody at the front door ... and the back door ... and the window ... .

If you want to read Dave's views, tootle over to Dave Eggers and the NSA.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Panzer says:

Cats are never wrong.

They may be temporarily intellectually challenged, but they are never wrong.


Got it?


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Smashwords: Smashwords Signs Distribution Agreement with Scrib...

Christmas is here from Smashwords!
Panzer is doing the Happy Cat Dance! Mark Coker has just announced over at the Smashwords blog that Smashwords and Scribd have signed a distribution agreement. Smashwords authors' ebooks will be enrolled in two of Scribd's programs. Scribd has a subscription based program that allows readers to pay a membership fee and then have access to unlimited reading. They also will be selling Smashwords ebooks.

Smashwords authors will need to opt-in, so be sure to go to the Channel Manager page on your Dashboard to take advantage of the program.

If you already are a Smashwords author or you're thinking of becoming one, you should tootle over to Smashwords: Smashwords Signs Distribution Agreement with Scrib...: Smashwords today announced a distribution agreement with Scribd , which operates one of the world’s largest publishing platforms and onlin...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smashwords: Smashwords Unveils Major Website Redesign

Looks good!
Panzer and I went over to check out the new Smashwords redesigned site. My bad boy is really impressed with the new look.

The changes to the author dashboard and sales reports area make it a lot easier to use. The layout and colors make it easier to read too.

From the reader/buyer's standpoint it's cleaner and nicer looking. The search bar is right at the top to facilitate finding the author or the ebook the browser wants.

If you want to see the new site, tootle over to Smashwords: Smashwords Unveils Major Website Redesign: Smashwords today unveiled our first major website redesign since our launch in 2008. We made hundreds of changes large and small.  We also...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kristen Eckstein's Success With Kindle Ebooks

Christmas is coming!
Panzer has been hearing a lot about Kristen Eckstein lately. It seems like everywhere he goes in the Catosphere his friends are meowing about her.


Earlier this year she challenged herself to write one Kindle ebook per week ... and ... then she did it ... and ... then her ebooks started hitting the top 100 at Amazon.

The Future of Ink blog has an interview with Kristen about how she managed those sales and tips for how other writers can achieve their own Amazon success.

If you want to learn how to skip writer's blog and hit the top 100 at Amazon, tootle over to Kristen Eckstein Success Kindle Ebooks

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Top 100 At Amazon

My bad boy did it again. He's back in the top 100 at Amazon!

It's hard to read below, but he's #80 in Mystery - Anthologies and #89 in Mystery - Collections & Anthologies.

Happy Cat Dance!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Best Practices for Book Trailers

It's a Book Trailer. Not a truck.
I've been thinking about doing a book trailer for a long time. Now that I'm taking a break after writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I put my best CAT private detective on the hunt for information for me.

My bad boy found a post by Lisa Hazen at Book Promotion.com with all the answers to my book trailer questions. Lisa's post breaks book trailers into six different types. There's Teasing Fiction, Creating A Viral Sensation, Capturing The Author's Voice and three more. Each of the types has an example to demonstrate Lisa's description.

If you need inspiration for your book trailer, tootle over and watch the different examples of book trailers at Best Practices for Book Trailers

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Getting More Reviews On Amazon

By the truckload?
Over at the Future of Ink blog Panzer found a post that was worth the trip in the Catosphere to get there.

With a title like How To Get Reviews By The Truckload On Amazon we all need to read it. The post includes the different kinds of reviewers, how to find them and how to ask for a review.

Panzer says, "Reviews are what sell books!"

If you're looking for reviews for Amazon, tootle over to Getting Reviews On Amazon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards

Reviews SFF series novels.
My bad boy and I were out in the Catosphere today looking for book review blogs.

We didn't find any interesting mystery review sites, but we did find an SFF (Science Fiction and Fantasy) site for series at Dragons Heros and Wizards. As the name says, the site will be of interest to SFF authors.

If you're looking for a review for your SFF novel that's part of a series, tootle over to Dragons Heroes and Wizards

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'The Hobbit' & Secrets of Smaug the Dragon | Finances Online™

Mom? Why Dragons?
Panzer and I were out in the Catosphere today and we stopped in at the Finances Online blog. We found an infographic for Smaug the dragon in the new Hobbit movie.

You'll love it. The graphics are so great.

If you want to know how much smaug is worth financially, tootle over to Secrets of Smaug the Dragon

Monday, December 9, 2013

Before Revising Your NaNoWriMo Novel

As Panzer and I told you a few days ago, we took part in this year's National Novel Writing Month.

We're still recuperating, so we haven't started the rewriting and editing on our novel yet. We're glad we haven't because Panzer found a post by Angela Ackerman at the Writers Helping Writers blog. Angela discusses the things to do before you start your rewrite and edit of your NaNoWriMo novel.

The first thing is to let the novel rest. Set it aside and don't read it. While it's resting you need to think about your character development and plot development. Were there some things that didn't seem to work while you were writing? These steps will get you ready to start the rewriting and editing.

Panzer says, "These should be what you do with everything you write."

If you want to know how to go about rewriting and editing your work, tootle over to Your Nanowrimo Novel

Friday, December 6, 2013

Paperback Writer: Not a Penny Ten

An early present for you!
Panzer likes writer Lynn Viehl's Paperback Writer blog.

Today he found an especially valuable post from December 2 there. Why is it valuable? Because all the software Lynn has listed are FREE. There's a clipboard program, an art program, a graphics conversion program, a pdf reader and more. A total of ten free software programs.

Panzer says, "FREE! FREE!"

To see if there's anything here for you, tootle over to Paperback Writer: Not a Penny Ten

Thursday, December 5, 2013

How Long Is Your Copyright Valid?

Panzer was wondering how long a copyright is in force.  He wanted to know exactly how long he'll own the copyright on Cats and Crime.

Well, my bad boy did some searching around in the Catosphere. He found a paper prepared by Cornell University with just the information he was curious about. Not only does it have the length of copyright for published work, unpublished work, music, etc. (sorry this is for the U.S.A.); but it's a downloadable pdf document.

If you want to find out about copyright length, tootle over to Copyright Length

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Amazon Racks Up Sales for Kindles During Black Friday Weekend - GalleyCat

Are you ready for Christmas sales?
Panzer was over at GalleyCAT today. My bad boy found a post about Amazon's Black Friday Kindle sales and they were huge sales numbers!

Panzer says, "Have you got your ebook up at Amazon for Christmas sales? All those empty Kindles need to be filled with ebooks!"

To read about the Kindle sales tootle over to Amazon Racks Up Sales for Kindles During Black Friday Weekend - GalleyCat

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Getting Book Reviews: The Methods Award-Winning Authors Use – A Study

50 Bestselling authors? 50?
Just like you Panzer and I are always looking for reviews for our ebooks, so my bad boy spends a lot of time scouring the Catosphere looking for information.

Today he found a post at The eBook Author's Corner about how 50 bestselling authors get their reviews. That's fifty bestselling authors! This post is a treasure trove of ideas. There are tips here on using social media, email lists, review blogs and review sites (some sites we'd never heard of!).

If you need help getting reviews, tootle over to Getting Book Reviews: The Methods Award-Winning Authors Use – A Study

Monday, December 2, 2013

Resolving The Amazon Keyword Issue

Keyword Problems?
Are you one of the book authors who got caught up in the Amazon keyword issue? Did you compare your writing style to another author's or compare your book to another in your book description? Did Amazon pull your book from their store?

If so, Panzer found some help for you out in the Catosphere at Author Marketing Experts' blog. There are step by step instructions here to help you not only contact Amazon, but also how to get your book accepted back into the store.

If you have this problem with your book or you just want to know the process for dealing with Amazon, tootle over to Resolving Amazon Keyword Issue