Monday Mentions: Scat-Man, Scams, Pirates & Goldens Rule!

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Pooh Bear in his tux at age six weeks…and passed away August 8, 2013 at the age of 13. Image Copr. Stephanie Collins/Flickr

Enroll your Golden in the Morris Animal Foundation program (listed below) and give hope to all the Goldens who have come before like Pooh Bear…and all the wonderful doggies of our future.

I’ve recently received several emails from WhiteHall Publishing urging me to sign up for a $175 (or more) listing in their online catalog that purports to get your book noticed by readers. Uhm…well, I don’t think so.

The company is a publishing service, something they define as a “brokered book” which basically means for a fee they will publish your title. The principles of this group may well offer terrific one-on-one coaching and advice, but posting a digital online catalog of X-numbers of books IMO is not a smart move for individual authors. They’ve advertised such things for actors forever–pay yer $$ to get a headshot/name listed–and that was the days of PRINT doorstop-size tomes no agent or casting director had the time or inclination to read.

Think about it–you’re also a reader. Will you go Internet surfing to find an online “catalog” of books for your next reading purchase? Let’s get real here. This offer basically “publishes” a digital book of author’s books (no rhyme or reason to the choices, just whoever has the funds to pay), and then the AUTHOR gets to “share” it with his audience/readers…and that’s supposed to increase the likelihood someone will buy your book. Oh, and the promo says it gets “shared” with 5000 others…who are those others? Whitehall mostly publishes horse and pet books–is your book a horse or pet book? Does the 5000 refer to other authors now in their database? Are authors your target audience? How many copies of your book will you need to sell to pay for that $175?

Hey, maybe you believe this is a great option–then go for it. But I would urge anyone to think critically about such offers, and make sure what you get for your $$ is the value you need.

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. It’s fascinating to think how dolphins communicate–and compare it to they parakeet chatter. I’ve also included another Thrillerfest video from the awesome MEDICAL THRILLER panel. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

 Know What Your Rights Are Worth

Win A Custom Book Cover! Deadline Sept 6, thanks to Karen Dionne for sharing this (btw, it’s her daughter!)

Writer Beware: Jonquil Press & Red Lizard Press

Author Solutions (Scam?) at Miami Book Fair from David Gaughran…come on David, don’t hold back, tell us what you REALLY think!

I Love Scribd! I’ve posted excerpts from my books there before…but when someone uploaded the ENTIRE “AGING CAT” book without permission, that hissed me off (it had been downloaded several thousand times). Check for your titles. Scribd makes it easy to get ’em removed, though.

Albee Agency Now Sandpiper Publicity BEWARE!!!

 Choosing Distributors Carefully if you’re self pub’ing here’s a note of caution: Smashwords vs Draft2Digital

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

 Calling All Goldens! Retrievers, that is…Morris Animal Foundation needs YOUR dog (under two years old) for a study that can help stamp out canine cancer! Will you help?

Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report thanks to my colleagues at GoodNewsforPets

Thanks to my cat-writing colleague Barbara Stein for pointing me to the cat-egorical video, below.

From the 2012 Thrillerfest Panels

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