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Blind Cat Wins Best Cat Video of the Year Award

A blind cat named Oskar won the best cat video of the year award from Friskies. This adorable and inspiring galley cat has a website, a store and a Facebook page, but he doesn’t have a book deal yet.

SocialTimes has more: “The grand prize winner of The Friskies Awards was none other than Oskar, an adorable little blind cat playing with a green ball.  Oskar the cat has his own Facebook page with nearly 90,000 likes,his own website, and now his owners have $15,000 to spend on toys and catnip for him and his big cat brother Klaus.”

Friskies launched The Friskies earlier this year, generating 1,400 cat video submissions. Readers voted on the winner, giving the video embedded above the $15,000 grand prize.

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How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project

We feature a new Kickstarter publishing project every week on GalleyCat, a series that began by interviewing SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn about her now-completed Black Wave Project.

Glenn met her fundraising goal, and shared practical tips that will still help writers use Kickstarter–advice ranging from free video-making tools to choosing the best fundraising amount. The website Kickstarter has become a powerful new resource for publishing projects–helping writers and publishers raise the funds to start working on their artistic dreams.

Want to see more publishing projects on Kickstarter? Check out Writing & Publishing category, the Comics category and the Journalism category for more inspiration.

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10 Ways to Syndicate Your Online Writing

If you spend hours working on a blog post, you want to find as many readers as you can for that piece of online writing. On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, Social Times editor Devon Glenn introduced a Launch Grow Joy infographic with 30 tools for sharing your online writing.

Above, we’ve highlighted one section of the infographic focused on ways to syndicate your writing, but you can explore the complete infographic below–how many of these tools do you use? Press play below to listen to the podcast.

SocialTimes has more about the chart: “This chart contains 30 channels where a blog post – or anything with a URL, really – might be found and shared by others online. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are obvious choices for sharing stories with friends, but there are other sites devoted specifically spreading and sharing links. Don’t forget StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Digg. One interesting section on this chart is a list of sites that syndicate content. Amazon, for instance, is testing out a publishing tool for bloggers on the Kindle. If you give each post the maximum exposure, you can focus on writing better stories and still get a lot of page views.”

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How to Improve Your Online Writing Portfolio

Do you need a better way to share your published articles, stories and excerpts online? Contently has a free tool t0 upgrade your online writing portfolio.

On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed Contently’s new Portfolio+ network. Glenn also shared advice for making your portfolio look its best online. Follow this link to sign up for the new service.

Press play below to listen to the podcast. Here’s more from SocialTimes: “Writers, like designers, are asked to show samples of what they can do before they are hired … Contently’s design gives freelancers who might be overlooked on other sites a chance to show, not tell, what they can do. (It’s a phrase that writers hear a lot!) Writers can search for their stories online or enter them manually into the system. A flexible interface displays the images, text excerpts, and share counts for Web articles on one page that writers can adjust to suit their needs. Old-school journalists can also upload copies of their print work.”

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LinkedIn Profile Tips for Writers & Publishing Pros

LinkedIn has launched a new redesign, changing the way individual profiles will look on the social network.

To make sure GalleyCat readers are prepared, we’ve listed three simple things you can do to make your LinkedIn page shine in the new layout. Social media advisor Donna Serdula also created a video (embedded above) showing you the coming changes to your LinkedIn profile.

SocialTimes described the new layout: “At the top of the page is a larger profile picture, a quick summary, and bullet points that highlight the user’s current job, previous employer, and educational background. All other details, such as contact information, have been moved farther down on the page.”

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The Most Popular Literary Cat Videos of All Time

On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, SocialTimes staff writer Devon Glenn told us about an entire film festival dedicated to the fine art of Internet cat videos at Walker Arts Center’s Open Field in Minneapolis.

Check it out: “While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our unofficial cat-lady-in-residence invites you to come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other.  Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena.”

Since this is GalleyCat, we decided to round up the most popular literary cat videos to celebrate the cat-focused festival. All the videos are embedded below, along with the link to the Morning Media Menu episode.

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Less Than 32% of Kickstarter Publishing Projects Get Funded

Less than 32 percent of all publishing projects on Kickstarter actually get funded.

Kickstarter has started recording a useful set of statistics about projects attempted on the site (chart embedded above). According to these records, 6,445 publishing projects have been posted on Kickstarter and the successful projects have raised $10.37 million through the fundraising site.

Here’s more from Kickstarter: “How much has been pledged to Kickstarter projects? (More than $250 million) How much has been pledged to successfully funded projects? (More than $215 million) What percentage of Theatre projects have been successfully funded? (63%) How many projects have raised more than $1 million? (Seven) How many projects have never received a single pledge? (More than 7,000)”

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How Moderating Comments Can Help Your Site

Should you moderate comments on your blog, YouTube page or Facebook Timeline? One example shows how a little moderation can go a long way…

On today’s Morning Media Menu podcast, Social Times staff writer Devon Glenn (pictured) explained how a YouTube user named Rob changed the hostile mood of commenters on his site by turning on the ‘Approve Comments’ feature.

Check it out: “At the time, Rob was enrolled in a graduate program for social research. He decided to use ‘Bird Face’ to conduct a social experiment of his own.  First, he removed many of the negative comments about the video. Then he turned on the ‘approve comments’ filter to keep the flame wars under control. ‘People tend to go with whatever the vibe is,’ Rob said, and he noticed that the first few comments effectively set the tone for the rest.  Now viewers concede that ‘the effect is pretty cool.’”

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How to Keep Your Work Off Pinterest

As content creators worry about their work being uploaded to Pinterest without permission, the popular social network has created a simple piece of HTML code that will prevent your page from being “pinned.”

Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, Social Times staff writer Devon Glenn explained how publishers can use the new opt-out code. Is anybody in the GalleyCat audience worried about having their work pinned without permission?

Check it out: “What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned? We have a small piece of code you can add to the head of any page on your site: <meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />”

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Digital Book World Coverage

On today’s Morning Media Menu, Social Times staff writer Devon Glenn shared three creative ways to promote your book on social networks–advice she collected Digital Book World in New York City.

GalleyCat, eBookNewser and Social Times have covered Digital Book World all week. Follow the links below to read more.

David Houle: “There were more books published this week than there were in all of 1950″

74% Of Book Buyers Have Never Bought An eBook

Take a Look at Copia, a Social Network for Book Lovers

Should eBooks Be Distinguished From Books?

How Will Social Media Affect the eBook?

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