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Thoughty Thursday: Patterson Sells 26 More Books

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My paw calls "dibs" on the toy.

"It's mine, ALL MINE!"

The Email newsletter Publisher’s Lunch reports industry news including highlights about books sold. On Tuesday, this notice was included:

#1 NYT bestselling author James Patterson’s next 26 books, including 4 new series for young readers, with 13 titles each for Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown, and Megan Tingley at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication through the end of 2014, by Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly.

I mean–REALLY?

Do publishers even know what publishing will be like in 2014? And what happens if (God forbid!) Mr. Patterson gets kidnapped and held for ransom by a down-and-out wannabe sci-fi author who suctions out his brain-matter and auctions Mr. Patterson’s shelf space to ghost writers of celebrity instant-books paid by the word (with a nice “bump” for extra syllables) but Google Panda disrupts the brand-search when spell-check freezes the software and the whole schmear collapses and . . . traditional publishing goes down the toilet?

What if?

I’m jess all a-tingle over the wondrous writer-icity of this announcement. It’s sorta like the AKC or Westminster and CFA announcing the next 26 Best-In-Show dogs and cats, without any chance of a BOS or HORRORS! a Premiership. Oh, and those of y’all not in the show world can google those terms for your furry insider’s terms.

So what do YOU think? What does this say about the future plans of traditional publishing? Where does that leave you as a writer? Can you hear the ringing of the nails hammered into that publishing coffin or can the undead arise, ARISE and take matters into their furry fists?

Just askin’ cuz…I mean–REALLY?

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Feline Friday: A Cat-mas Tree, Pet Proofing & Cat Show Fun

Elvis, the Savannah Cat at the CWA Writers Conference

It’s FELINE FRIDAY, and do I have some cat-nips for you! To start the holiday weekend off on the right paw, enjoy this article on creating a cat-safe Christmas tree

The Christmas tree might as well be an early holiday gift to your cat. Kitty can’t resist the urge to sniff, cheek rub, claw and scale the branches to reach the highest possible perch. Don’t blame your cat. It’s normal for a cat to compete for the top spot (literally and figuratively) to secure his place in kitty society. Tree encounters of the kitty kind not only risk breaking your heirloom ornaments, but your cat can be injured by chewing or swallow dangerous items. Rather than fight a losing battle to keep your cat at bay, create a second, cat-safe tree with these 10 tips . . . 

Homes become pet playgrounds at this time of year so you also need to cat proof holidays. Cats delight in un-decking the halls, climbing the tree (or watering it!), eating decorations, and otherwise wreaking havoc. The result is a Christmas that’s anything but merry. Use these 10 tips for pet-proofing your holidays (it works for d*gs, too!).  

To all my Cat Writers Association colleagues, I’ve finally put together my video recap of the 17th Annual Writer Conference (with some neat footage of cat—and dog—books at the signing, cat show vendors, and more). CWA conference pictures are here. There’s also a video of gorgeous cats being judged at the cat show, featuring Vickie Fisher and some cute-and-fuzzy kittens. Watch clear to the end to see Elvis, the incredible ambassador cat for Savannah cats—and shelter kitties. Enjoy! 

Purrs to Red Room’s Gina Misiroglu of Red Room who put me in touch with the Pawnation folks, in her effort to shine a light on Red Room’s authors and send traffic to Red Room. (Hint: You can subscribe to the RSS feed for updates, and join Red Room—it’s easy!—to post comments).