Gerbil Meets Mouse

  • Episode 269
  • November 13, 2012

Continuing our series on self-publishing, author Bailey J. Thompson discusses some of the trials she encountered in getting her book series published, and how she launched Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing to make it happen.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario. Bailey J. Thompson also joins us in studio.
  • Hillary is leaving Canada to head to Dominican Republic during the Christmas break.
  • {play 5:03}Feature: Continuing our series on Self Publishing, Author Bailey J. Thompson discusses the process she went through in order to get her book series published, the trials she encountered, and how she launched her own publishing company—Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing—to make it happen.
    • The potential flaws (or challenges) in self-publishing in the traditional sense.
    • Finding a publisher: the challenge, and the alternative.
    • About Bailey's children's book series, Gerbs In The House.
    • What it took for Bailey J. Thompson to start her own publishing company to publish her book.
    • The series of books coming from Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing.
    • How Bailey J. Thompson uses technology (chromakey/green screen) to produce her books.
    • The process of creating a Gerbil Meets Mouse book.

    • How Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing is able to print books and turn a profit.
    • Submitting your book ideas to Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing.
    • Introducing Melvin, one of the stars of Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing's books.
    • How technology has enabled Bailey J. Thompson to start her own publishing company.
    • The upcoming release of Bailey's books, and how you can obtain copies for your kids just in time for Christmas (worldwide shipping).
  • {play 22:06}The hidden vial sent to us from Mihail in Bulgaria. Fortunately, not noxious.
  • {play 25:29}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 31:00}Viewer Questions
  • Viewer Question: I bought an iPod Touch 4 a few days ago, but my Linux system sees it only as a camera. Is there any way to copy the files to the iPod using Linux?
    • Wikipedia Article: Comparison of iPod Managers.
    • Why Robbie just gives in and uses iTunes to sync his iPod Touch 4 even though he's a Linux guy.
  • Viewer Question: Is there a way to install Ubuntu 12.10 on a Mac Mini with nVidia graphics?
  • Viewer Question: I thought of a way with which to block swear words from form input on a web site. Each word is converted to a special number (MD5) and compared to the database. What are your thoughts?
    • What a hash is, and how it is used to compare values.
  • Viewer Question: I'd like to thank you for your suggestion for using Back In Time to backup my NAS. It looks like a great program which will do exactly what I'm looking for.
  • Viewer Question: What ever happened to Space Fish?
  • Viewer Question: What do registered viewers get that normal users don't?
  • Viewer Comment: I found an answer to the question I had about running two modems. I instead ran a Category5 cable to the modem to allow the television to connect. We do have very poor Internet here though (waiting for fibre optic Internet service for a couple years now), so there are sometimes some issues with the streaming video.
  • Taking a look at the Category5 Poster Cork Board...

  • Discussing the upcoming Christmas special.
  • Viewer Question: Hillary, are you and your husband using Linux yet?
  • Viewer Question: Can I allow a non-admin user to mount a hard drive and be able to watch videos on Ubuntu?
  • The new Season 6 rotation for our co-hosts.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball


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