Monday Mentions: Mind Games, Doggy Brain Scans & ACX Royalty Reduction


“Yes, I wrote ALL those books,” says Seren. “And NO, Karma, I do NOT want a smooch–you’re covered with dawg spit!” Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Karma continues to woo Seren, and Seren maintains her dignity–and her distance. But small progress is being made. For the past several days now, I’ve been able to work while ALL were out and about. Karma has claimed a couple of fav resting spots, and Seren seems fine with that as long as he doesn’t get chummy with her blue bed.

Next on the to-do list: a halter for Karma, so we can go out when the roses bloom. They’re already sprouting leaves, so flowers can’t be far away.

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. 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. Hopefully I’ll be back up by then.


Mind Games a great post from Kristen Lamb on how you may sabotage your success

Discoverability: Social Media Part 2

Self Pub Market in India fascinating facts re: demographics and pricing especially

Vaccine for PTSD? it has nothing to do with writing, other than my main character in LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK suffer from PTSD and…it’s my blog. 😛 (no, not the dog…although dogs CAN suffer from PTSD)

Win $2000 Pub Package from Firebrand  This is a new company (formed in 2013) so there’s not a big track record but could be a good option for folks wanting a turn-key self pub solution. Some of their fees seem quite reasonable, others not–and of course, execution is the make/break for this. For instance, the ISBN charge of $29 is great (Bowker charges $125), but they charge $79 to copyright, when the US Copyright Office charges $35. The chance for a “free package” though may be worth your while. Deadline 3-10-14.

Amtrak Writer’s Residency wow, I’d go for that!

ACX Royalty Structure Changing from a 50% cut to 40% (still a dang fine percentage, don’t you think?) plus they’re raising the “bounty” from $25 to $50 to the rights holder when their audio book is a first purchase. So …BSP…I just gave away a boatload of audio books via my Pet Peeves newsletter this weekend (you need to subscribe–top right corner of this blog *s*). Check out my nonfiction pet books and HIDE AND SEEK audio titles here!

Author Reaction to ACX Change and here’s insight from the VO Pros on the change


Squirrel Vs Dog  a fun post from Susie Lindau

Allergy-Friendly Pets? I’m not sure that I agree with this list, what about you? where are the Siberians? and Labradors on the list because they “swim more frequently?” Hmnnn.

22 Crazy Animal Laws some of these have got to go in a book plot!

Cats Forecast the Weather, here’s how

When A Rescue Really Isn’t some surprising and shocking info–you need to know this!

Dog Brain Scans Reveal…we’re more alike than we think!

Enjoy this fun video, thanks to GloGirly who shared this on her PAW-some blog.

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Monday Mentions: Mind Games, Doggy Brain Scans & ACX Royalty Reduction — 2 Comments

  1. The singing kitty video was kinda scary!

    I was fascinated by the brain imaging results. To think we might one day be able to talk to humans! I wonder if they’d listen.

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