One of our CWA multi-award winning members, Alana Grelyak co-creator of the web series CATastrophes is a #CatVidFest finalist for the prestigious Golden Kitty Award. Previous winners include Grumpy Cat and Henri Le Chat Noir. The CATastrophes entry is a funny and insightful video “Cat Behavior Finally Explained” and one every cat lover can relate to. Alana and her film director/writer/editor husband have amassed an incredible body of funny, intelligent and thought-provoking cat videos on their YouTube channel. Their goal is not only to entertain but advocate for cat adoption and a no-kill nation for shelter cats.
Take a peek at the video and tell us in a comment what you think.
There are five Cat Video Festival award finalists and the winner is chosen by voting. It’s easy but hurry, voting ends on July 31st! You can vote multiple times per day. The lucky winner will be announced at the festival in Minneapolis on August 12, 2015. Tickets are still available. To learn more visit the Walker Arts Center
There are two ways to vote for your choice for the Golden Kitty—online or Twitter. Tweet: hashtag #votegoldenkitty and the title of the video “Cat Behavior Finally Explained”. May the best kitty win!
The CWA is excited to announce our two writing panels at Blogpaws 2015, the premier pet blogging and social media conference.
Publish Or Perish?
This publishing panel features pet book authors and publishers Amy Shojai of CWA; Pam Johnson-Bennett, a best selling cat behaviorist and author; Lisa Erspamer, a best selling publisher of cat and dog books; and Bob Mayer, a best selling author and publisher. The panel will discuss the current state of publishing from the “traditional” to “indie” paths, how publishing has changed, why bloggers should write a book (or become a publisher), how to choose your publishing path, pitfalls to avoid, and how to leverage social media and blogging to build your author platform.
Panelists (from left) Lisa Erspamer, Pam Johnson-Bennett, Bob Mayer and Amy Shojai.
Bridging The Blogger/Writer Gap
There are writers who blog and bloggers who write but all bloggers can benefit from honing their journalistic skills. In an interactive roundtable discussion, award-winning CWA members Layla Morgan Wilde with Janiss Garza, Alana Grelyak and Deb Barnes share their knowledge in a lively debate. Key points include: Attribution, citing sources, deep research, stylistic consistency, editing, editorial calendars, ethics and transparency.
Panelist (from left) Deb Barnes, Janiss Garza, Alana Grelyak and Layla Morgan Wilde.