Thursday, July 2, 2020

Authors in the Coronavirus Crisis: The European Writers' Council Report - Publishing Perspectives

As Panzer was taking his afternoon nap he shaken from his kitty bed by crying and shouting coming from the Catosphere. Our brave kitty boy hopped in the Panzermobile to discover the source of the trouble. Following all the noise took him to the Publishing Perspectives site. There he found a post about the plight of writers in the European Union (EU).

According to Porter Anderson's post, writers and translators in the the EU are suffering large uncompensated financial losses. The European Writers' Council just released a report about the financial situation of the 150,000 writers and translators the group represents.

I'm glad I have a second job as a cat.
The financial losses are due to several factors, including changed or cancelled book publication dates, postponed translations, cancelled prizes and grants, cancelled or moved online speaking engagements and other related writing activities from which writers and translators gain financial payments. Unlike other "businesses," freelance writers and translators are not receiving any type of government compensation to replace these losses. Several links to other writing and publishing information are included in the post as well as a link to download a pdf copy of the European Writers' Council's report.

Panzer says, "It's not any different here in the U.S."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a large cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection. If you plan to follow the links, bring a thermos of tea and seven muffins.

To read the post tootle over to authors and Coronavirus

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

26 Writing Contests in July 2020 - No entry fees - Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity

Today Panzer made a short trip into the Catosphere. Our traveling kitty made a quick stop at the Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity site. There he found a post about writing contests in the month of July. None of these contests have an entry fee. While the post isn't directly about the publishing industry, he thought you might like to take the opportunity to submit to a writing contest. These all have July end dates so you need to be quick with your submissions.

Barbecue is one of my favorite holidays.
Panzer says, "Saturday July 4 is a holiday in the U.S. celebrating the country's independence. The company where What's His Name works will be closed on Friday too. Things are kind of mixed up around here right now with Saturday visitors and barbecue plans."

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a large muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Writing Contests in July

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

B&N Makes HQ Layoffs - Publishers Weekly

Not what I would call good.
Today, Panzer made a quick trip to the Publishers Weekly site. With a little digging in the posts our illustrious kitty found one about Barnes and Noble.

According to the post by Jim Milliot, Barnes and Noble has done some layoffs in the U.S. headquarters. Among those let go (fired) are the literary fiction and the science fiction/fantasy book buyers. The company also took advantage of the Covid-19 shutdown to re-arrange the stores' interiors, furniture and books.

Panzer says, "This little kitty wants to know if this means Barnes and Noble won't be selling literary fiction or science fiction/fantasy books any more."

Note: This is a long-short length post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Barnes and Noble layoffs

Monday, June 29, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on hunting prowess:

I approach my quarry with stealth.
I slink forward on silent paws.
I sniff the wind quickly, measuring the strength and direction.

Moving with the sun at my back,
I am the world's greatest hunter. *
I dive ruthlessly forward ...

I pounce ...
And ...
Once again ...

The hunt is successful.

The food dish is mine.

* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Friday, June 26, 2020

Microsoft to permanently close physical retail locations; will incur pre-tax charge of $450M - GeekWire

Nothing will ever be the same.
Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere, the Panzermobile was suddenly shaken by crying and gnashing of teeth outside. Following all the hubbub took our brave kitty boy to the GeekWire site. With no digging at all he found a post about Microsoft's bricks and mortar stores. While the post doesn't have anything to do with publishing, Panzer found it interesting and thought you might too.

According to the post by Taylor Soper, Microsoft is permanently closing all 79 of its retail outlets. The stores have been closed since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company announced today it won't re-open any of the stores.

Panzer says, "Well, they didn't really have that many stores, but now you can't "test drive" any of their hardware before you buy it."

Note: This is a long medium post. Bring a cup of iced tea and two chocolate chip cookies and a brownie for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Microsoft

Thursday, June 25, 2020

George R. R. Martin Gives Quick Update on Winds of Winter Progress -

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere he decided to make a stop at the site. With no digging at all our inquisitive kitty found a post about bestselling author George R. R. Martin. He's the author of the Game of Thrones books and one of Panzer's favorite authors.

Don't bother.
According to Andrew Liptak's post, George R. R. Martin posted on his own blog that because of the Covid-19 quarantine he has been spending a lot of time working on his novel Winds of Winter. It also turns out he's has some tv shows and two movies in the works as well. Andrew Liptak quotes extensively from George R. R. Martin's post. There is a link in the post to George R. R. Martin's site if you want to read his original post.

Panzer says, "Don't bother to read the Comment section. Some of them got deleted by the Moderator, some are whiny and a few are okay; but mostly it's a waste of your time."

Note: This is a medium length post. Bring a cup of tea (or whatever you want to drink) and a muffin or two for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to George R. R. Martin update

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Post-Pandemic Publishing for Indie Authors - Smashwords

I'm really tired of this virus. Are you?
Panzer decided to make a stop at the Smashwords site today.  Our illustrious kitty boy uses Smashwords distribution for his ebooks so he likes to check the blog there to see what's happening. With hardly any digging at all he found a post about the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on indie ebook authors.

Mark Coker's blog post is divided into eight sections. The first sections of the post delve into the world health and economic and financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The next sections deal with how these will impact the indie author environment. The final section of the post is the "Indie Author Action Plan" and contains steps for authors to follow to maintain their long-term career goals.

Panzer says, "This is an interesting post."

Note: This is a humongous post. Bring a thermos of your favorite beverage and six muffins and six chocolate chip cookies and some chocolate fudge for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Indie Authors

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

FastPencil Rebrands as Opyrus - The Digital Reader

Today Panzer's trip into the Catosphere took him to The Digital Reader site. With a little digging in the posts, he found one about the FastPencil company.

Looks like they have a membership?
According to The Digital Reader site owner Nate Hoffelder's post, he received an email from FastPencil stating they are rebranding/renaming the company Opyrus. The company is a paperback and ebook publisher. The company's email is directly quoted in the post. The post includes a link to the site so you can check out the services offered and the prices. There's also a link to a raffle the company is having.

Panzer says, "We've never used their services so we don't know anything about them except what we read at their site."

Note: This is a short length post. Bring a half a cup of tea for your reading today.

To read the post tootle over to Fastpencil is Opyrus/

Monday, June 22, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on moral concepts:

Mom said, "Bad Kitty," when I scratched the furniture.

You know ...

What's His Name always says she's pretty smart.

So ...

I thought about what Mom said for a long time ...

in between my morning nap and my noon nap.

And ...

This is what I decided:
Sorry ... You're wrong again Mom.

There are two ways to look at it ...

My way ...

And ...

The wrong way.

* From Cat Wisdom for humans

Sunday, June 21, 2020