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Monday Mentions: Better Late Than Never Edition

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. And I’ve got a BOATLOAD of links today, so take your time, bookmark the entry for later if you like, and share with your friends.

Sorry this is a day late, but I’ve been head-down busy with the KURVES orchestration. Today is a catch-up day, and the Tuesday Tips next installment will be posted this afternoon.


Kindle Format 8 Launches in KDP    Kindle Format 8 (KF8), the new format for Kindle, allows you to take advantage of highlighting, colored text, text wrapped around images, bulleted lists, tables, and more! I understand the formatting guide has been simplified, and they also have conversion resources available.

Beware iBooks Author Contract!  Read this to learn what’s in the contract before you sign up (you give ’em the rights before you read the contract, yikes!)

Interview With Mark Coker of SMASHWORDS  Have you considered self publishing? SMASHWORDS allows you to create 9 different formats, from Ebooks to print-on-demand (POD). Here’s an awesome Power Point presentation from the man presented at California State Writers conference. Thanks to cat book author (Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings) Margie Yee Webb for posting to Facebook!

Thrillers vs Mysteries, what’s the diff?

Writer Beware Blog on Copyright Infringement  Be careful you’ve got your OWN RIGHTS BACK when you self publish–some authors are getting sued. (HarperCollins vs Open Road)

Self-Pub’d Author Beware from the brilliant blog by JA Konrath (you MUST read this!)

“RESCUE” YOUR GOODREADS BOOKS! “At Goodreads, we make it a priority to use book information from the most reliable and open data sources, because it helps us build the best experience for our members. To that end, we’re making a major change. On January 30, Goodreads will no longer display book information that comes from Amazon. This includes data such as titles, author names, page counts…”

Authors, To keep your books I’m told you need to “rescue” your book. Click on the OTHER EDITIONS of your book listing and follow the steps.

Confessions Of A Publisher “We’re In Amazon’s sights and they’re going to kill us. . . ”


Is Your Dog A Zen Master? Kewl study…includes why some German Shepherds may have a problem with impulse control (that explains Magical-Dawg’s ADD…)

Art and Science of Animal Training Conference in Denton, Texas has been extended to close February 1st due to technical difficulties with our website.
The schedule of events for the weekend is now available.

Dr. Ian Dunbar (he’s DA MAN!)  celebrates SIRIUS® Puppy Training’s 30th birthday with the launched of a new Puppy Raising Initiative at in an attempt to coordinate all dog professionals — breeders, veterinarians, retailers, trainers, and shelters/rescues — to support and promote an educational program for prospective and new puppy owners.

Golden Collar Awards Nominations Announced This is for canine stars who appear in theatrical releases (movies, TV, stage). Fun stuff!

Stop Canine Flu in Shelters from the great folks at Morris Animal Foundation


Oxygen Masks for Pets to save a life in case of fire. Do your fire fighters have these? Great blog from Chris Davis’s blog.

Feline-Alinity 101 from the ASPCA helps shelters evaluate kitty personality to provide the purrr-fect adoption match.

Reducing Kitty Colds in Shelter Cats  from the awesome Morris Animal Foundation

The Cat Coach has a shiny new website! Congrats to my writing/consultant colleague Marilyn Krieger (Note: she has an AWESOME book called Naughty No More).

JUST ONE DAY when euthanasia technicians put down their lethal syringes and instead pick up a camera to post pictures–and get those pets adopted! What are YOU doing on June 11, 2012? Spread the word–see who in your community will “take the pledge” for just one day of no-kill.

A friend shared this video and it made me giggle–DON’T TRY THIS WITH YOUR BIRDY FRIENDS without extreme caution.

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

6 responses »

  1. Love the sleepy cat and bird friend. So Deadlines, self-pub? JA Konrath seems to be a fan of epub.

  2. Love the video! And the Konrath article is a must-read! Going back to check the rest. Thanks, Amy. How are rehearsals going?

    • Hiya Patricia! Well, rehearsal last night was a weee bit rough *s* We’re at that point we’re ALMOST off-book, and the struggle to remember blocking/cue/lines can be tedious. It’s just one of those things every show works through. This is the last week at our first rehearsal space, and we move to the theater next week, AND get cast pictures made, so stay tuned! We have a photographer/videographer, a newspaper reviewer and a TV interview lined up. Gulp! Guess now we can’t back out, LOL!

  3. Great links! I need to get over to JA’s blog, this is the second time I’ve seen a link to his post.

    That video is too precious! What a patient kitty and persistent bird.

  4. Awesome links – thank you for sharing, Amy. I need to check them out. I haven’t heard about the Goodreads change – that’s too bad!


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