Giveaway & Book Review – How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

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Millions of people the world over enjoy watching videos of ‘celebrity’ cats, which in turn generates a fair amount of cash for any lowly human lucky enough to have filmed a cat video that subsequently goes viral.  But is capturing a mega-successful cat clip dependent entirely upon the whims of fate, or could you somehow guide the wheel of fortune and transform your very own loveable moggy into an Internet Sensation?  Here’s the good news: according to Patricia Carlin – author of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity – it’s well within the realms of possibility for any humble cat servant to end up with a viral cat video on their hands!

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is due for publication in the UK on 1st April 2014, and is available for pre-order from Amazon at the moment for £8.77.  However, I was sent a copy for review, a copy which is now up for grabs as a giveaway prize – read on to find out how to enter…

I must admit that when I was initially offered this book to review I was concerned it may be exploitative, but it’s not at all.  In fact it’s a very, very funny take on the internet cat phenomenon, which also pokes a stick in the eye of the ‘Get Rich Quick’ self-help book genre, and even manages to get the spay/neuter message across while doing so – which impressed me no end!  It’s also packed full of high-quality cat photos, courtesy of Dustin Fenstermacher – whose work has appeared in the New York Times and other estimable publications.

The book features tips on assessing your cat’s financial potential by identifying his/her ‘type': if you share your home with a Sweet Baby Kitten or a Clown, your videos will pretty much sell themselves, and your bank balance will react accordingly; but don’t despair if you live with a Badass or a Moron – these problems are not insurmountable, and can even work to your advantage.

- Beryl, would you like to become an internet celebrity & help me on my way to financial freedom? - Go boil your head.

- Go boil your head. (Beryl’s response to my suggestion that she perform her Repeatedly Saying the Word Hello While Holding a Toy Rat in My Mouth routine to camera so that I finally capture a viral cat video & become rich beyond my wildest dreams.

Of course, any potential feline star will also need a decent stage name – this thorny issue is easily solved by using the handy conversion table provided.  For example: a good name for a white cat seeking international stardom would be ‘Snowball’, but convert this to ‘Ghostface Killah’, and the world’s your oyster.

Unfortunately, once your cat hits the big time, you are likely to find yourself dealing with some of the many pitfalls of fame.  Luckily, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity also contains plenty of advice about how best to handle the downsides of stardom, such as hassle from the paparazzi and the perils of catnip addiction.

In amongst all the amusing nonsense you’ll also find some genuinely useful information on how to shoot and edit successful videos, which could be applied to any subject matter – handy if your cat steadfastly refuses to play ball and help you on your way to financial freedom!

I already have plenty of feline divas sharing my living space, so I’m loath to add global stardom into an already volatile mix.  Hence I’m offering my review copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity as a giveaway prize.  (I promise you it’s still in good nick – no muddy paw prints or biscuit crumbs besmirch its pristine pages.)  To enter, simply leave a comment below – entries from the UK only, please!

Boring but necessary giveaway rules: To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight on 31st March 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/04/14 and notified by email.  The winner will receive one copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celelbrity by Patricia Carlin.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

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37 Responses to Giveaway & Book Review – How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

  1. Looking forward to this, might even buy a copy if I don’t win… :)

  2. Mandy Atkinson

    We have 2 cats… One is your classic tortie who sulks.. The other is her litter mate who is a budding superstar with very winning ways… this book would certainly help us to help them to stardon!

  3. That looks awesome, maybe my two can learn something

  4. Susan Carruthers

    Looks like an interesting and funny read!

  5. Lisa Wilkinson

    Sounds like a great book :)

  6. My cat is longing for fame. Trouble is the Twitter handle ‘Grumpy Cat’ is already taken! Looks a great book.

  7. This time next year we’ll be meow-nillionaires!

  8. The competition for prima donna cat celebrity status in our house would be unbearable… but I would love to read the book!

  9. Denise McSpadden

    This book sounds very entertaining! I’d love to read it :-) Good luck everyone!

  10. Deborah Wheeler

    sadly not a hope in hell of either of my 2 becoming famous unless it’s a world record for the number of small furry animals caught in one day – but the book seem like a fun read for me

  11. I’ll give it a try, sounds fun. Maybe one of my cats could become a celebrity.

  12. Good and informative content. I’ll try to make my cat Charlie be the most popular cat in the information era. :)

    I think a very unique talent or habit of a cat like for example handing his master the car keys could be a good start.

  13. My cat Dylan (named after Bob – not the Magic Roundabout) thinks he us a dog and plays fetch with anything he finds!

  14. I would love my Sheldon to become famous :)

  15. Looks a very interesting and funny read!

  16. I NEED this so my cats can start paying their way! The lazy so-and-sos just mooch around the house all day and sponge off my handouts!

  17. My cat Smokey is already a star in my eyes and he certainly knows how to catch attention! Loving the idea do this book, would love to read thanks

  18. hahaha :) i love internet cats

  19. Natalie Crossan

    Fantastic giveaway fingers crossed xx

  20. I think my three could become internet sensations – one for sleeping, one for giving dirty looks and one for begging!

  21. I’ve asked the cats and they would really like to win this prize. Right now they are both sleeping, but come 5am they will be raring to go and will start practicing for stardom!

  22. Sounds like a very amusing book! I have two cats, one a budding star and the other ready to rugby tackle her at the critical moment…which ends in a great play fight, running all over the house and one bemused owner holding a camera with a two cat shaped blur on it! :)

  23. All cats are famous in my eyes.

  24. astrid.james1@googlemail.com

    Love this, I have 3 of them :)

  25. brilliant :) My kitty is already a star in my eyes now to take on the world :)

  26. haha I’d love to win this, my cats are comical most of the time. Why the female cat insists on climbing into my handbag I’ll never know!

  27. I have 3 cats each of whom could become the next celebrity cat on you tube. But I think my favourite idea would be for my cat FFW to have her own where am I sleeping this week video? I also have a young male cat who is the craziest rebel cat in the neighbourhood despite being the smallest Small Cat Syndrome!

  28. Looks like a “must have” for anyone with a half decent camera and a half decentXXX…what am I writing!!! a beautiful, funny, affectionate, unique and photogenic cat (as are they all, of course! smiles reassuringly and convincingly (I hope) at my own 3 furry purries !)

  29. haha! I love the idea of this book! I have 4 cats so hopefully one of them might make it to stardom!

  30. Anything that manages to get the spay/neuter message across is a worthy read !! ~^..^~

  31. Claire Turnbull

    The problem will be which one to choose out of my three – the pretty one, the mean one or the one ‘with character’!

  32. My cat needs this, he has delusions of grandeur already. I can see him hitting the heights with this :D

  33. “Categorically a “grrrrreat prize”

  34. I have 3 cats, hence triple the chance, I can smell fame and fortune already! lol. This sounds like a great read, I would love to win.

  35. Karen Scammell

    Would love this!!!

  36. Rachel O'Rourke

    Sign me up, I can see stardom in my cats eyes and an endless treat of tuna! ;)

  37. Sounds like a good read (and a good cat photo prop – lol) =^..^=

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