Publishing Tips from Bogart, my cat

3 May

So you want to be published?

That’s purrfect! And, unlike Shannon, I can find time between my catnip and cuddling to write this blog post. So I’m doing her a favor. (She owes me an extra bowl of cat food now.) For the equivalent of a sparkly cat toy, you can buy Minutes Before Sunset on Amazon and Smashwords for $6.99, and I’ll post a picture of me playing with my new toys next time! (I almost furrgot: Shannon wanted to share this–her novel was featured in Book Mavern’s Picks, and her website hit over 7,000 followers!)

Publishing Tip #1

Create your piece. If you have hundreds of pieces, don’t forget you can get them together, but it will take time. Have fun with it, and take breaks when you need to. The whole picture will come together when it’s supposed to. 

This was the beginning of my masterpiece. I even lost some pieces. But at least I could fill them in with my own creativity.

This was the beginning of my masterpiece. I even lost some pieces. But at least I could fill them in with my own creativity.

Publishing Tip #2

When you have your pieces together, begin editing (recreating and finalizing) your product. And don’t get mad at that loud machine that your papers magically shoot out of.  It’s only trying to help.

I originally thought this machine was my mortal enemy. But now I know it gives me free paper to rip up and roll around on.

I originally thought this machine was my mortal enemy. But now I know it gives me free paper to rip up and roll around on.

 Publishing Tip #3

Now that you’re sending your finalized product out, don’t get scared of rejections or critiques. These things happen. Humans don’t always understand what you’re trying to write. That’s why they talk so much. 

Even I get scared somethings (mainly by my neighbor's dog, but that's not the point.)

Even I get scared sometimes (mainly by my neighbor’s dog, but that’s not the point.)

Publishing Tip #4

I mean it. Don’t get scared and don’t give up. Be willing to change within the realm of being yourself, but always press forward. Even when all seems hopeless.

See? I tried moving away, but I had a problem lifting all of my bags by myself. So I stayed.

See? I tried moving away, but I had a problem lifting all of my bags by myself. So I stayed.

 Publishing Tip #5

Since you haven’t given up (because I know you took my advice–I need my own cat blog) you have succeeded! And you can relax on top of your hard work. Literally.

I particularly like sleeping on top of other's work, but sleeping on top of my own is probably the right thing to do.

I particularly like sleeping on top of other’s work, but sleeping on top of my own is probably the right thing to do.

Publishing Tips #6

Don’t forget to celebrate. You’ve done all of this hard work, and you deserve some family and friend time. Cuddle that cat nip, snuggle up to the window, and watch the birds. Have a great time!

This was my book release party.

This was my book release party.

I hope you enjoyed my purrpespective on publishing. Shannon should be returning for next time, but, in the meantime, I’ll be playing with all of those toys you guys are sending me. 

~Bogart

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23 Responses to “Publishing Tips from Bogart, my cat”

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann May 3, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Meow! Gotta love any cat named Bogie.

  2. L. Marie May 3, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Love this! Please thank your cat for these wonderful tips. 😉

  3. M. L. Sexton May 3, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Reblogged this on M. L. Sexton.

  4. lensandpensbysally May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Enjoy your weekend.

  5. The Lit Chick May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Bogart gives such great advice. I hope he becomes a frequent guest blogger!

  6. kenthinksaloud May 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    LOL well done Bogart – you gave great advice (purrfect, you might say 😉 )

  7. rick fry May 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    A cat blogging! I love it!.

  8. WyndyDee May 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on Wyndy Dee.

  9. nannetteree May 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Awesome, love Bogart and his tips 🙂

  10. deeannfrye May 5, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Hello Shannon, just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for an award! You can get the details here, http://deeannfrye.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/the-sunshine-award 🙂

  11. Tuan Ho May 5, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    I’ve really got to get myself a cat. Iol 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson May 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Haha! Yes! I love Bogart. He’s the perfect writer’s companion.
      ~SAT

  12. shellchild May 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    That is genius. I miss my cat…you made my day.

    • Shannon Thompson May 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      Glad to hear :]
      Pets are wonderful and priceless. Memories of comfort that last a lifetime.
      ~SAT

  13. naomimgruer May 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my lifestyle blog, https://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com, recently. You are ambitious and an inspiration. Good luck with your books. I need some luck with mine! 🙂

  14. stephsgrn May 9, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love it! Great post!

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