Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Year -- 2011

Many resolutions will be made in the next few weeks. It seems silly to put off promises to one’s self until the first of every year but that seems to be the norm. My personal resolves were made earlier in the year. I worked hard to find a publisher for all my unpublished novels. I was able to publish all five of them on Amazon Kindle. In tandem I was promoting the six screenplays that are finished. Three of them are in the hands of a producer at this posting. Will they sell? Who knows? I hope I live long enough to get an answer. Currently, I have two novels in process; ExPat, a romantic caper novel is almost finished. Half-Breed, a period western is at least a third complete.

What should I change for next year? Not much. I’m probably going to continue down the same path; writing books and screenplays, doing deals, and working for the betterment of the kids and staff at Nutre Hogar. How the priorities shake out will be a daily decision.

Click on the links below for more information.

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 17, 2010


I’m pleased to announce that all five of my novels are now available for sale on Kindle book store. I have pledged 100% of my royalties from book sales until March 31st, 2011 to NUTRE HOGAR, the home of 40+nutritionally challenged children under five. For further information, contact Chris Smoot. (507) 6-581-6169 or

e-books make the perfect last minute Xmas gift. Most all PDA’s and all computers can read these Kindle books. Downloads just take seconds. Go to, look for the Kindle bookstore, and in the search…type in Robert Hatting. All five novels will appear. The prices are reasonable $2.99 to $4.95. You can gift to anyone. All you need is an e-mail address.
 Help me help the kids.

Robert Hatting

Thursday, December 16, 2010


As I make this new posting, Amazon Kindle has four of the five novels that have been gathering dust in my hard drive.

BOOMER, CRYSTAL COWBOY, ALASKA BE DAMNED, and THE LAST FRUIT STAND ON GUAM are either live (for sale) or in review. I’m about to upload my novel, PARTNERS, later today. All five will be available for Xmas. Each time I post a novel, I purchase it so I may be the first to review. I’m able to make comments as to the content and rate the books as in movies. BOOMER for instance, is rated "G",73,000 words. CRYSTAL COWBOY is rated "PG14", 80,000 words. ALASKA BE DAMNED, I rated "PG17", 140,000 WORDS, and THE LAST FRUIT STAND ON GUAM is 120,000 words and is rated “R”. PARTNERS, will run 65,000 words and be rated "PG14."
To find any or all on the Amazon Kindle Book Store, search for Robert Hatting.  One can read a couple of chapters of each novel for free.

Happy Reading,


Thursday, December 9, 2010


I really like living in Panama; it is my home.  Because of that fact, I’ve refused to go back on the “book tour” in the states.  In lieu of that I’ve chosen to have my work published by Amazon, kindle library.  I’m pleased to announce I have two of my novels on sale at the kindle store. CRYSTAL COWBOY, $3.95 and BOOMER, $2.99.  They are available on all versions of the Kindle plus PC and Mac, I-pad, I-Phone, Android, and Blackberry. AND, you can listen to the stories using text to voice.  One can go to the Amazon Kindle Bookstore site, and read a couple of chapters of each novel for FREE.  Or, you can go to my blog and read a short excerpt.  Amazon has a method to send my e-books as a gifts.  Xmas is coming!   Regards, Robert Hatting

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I just checked Amazon Kindle bookstore and discovered my novel, BOOMER, is now available on Kindle or any other device that reads the kindle format.   Check out Amazon for further details.

BOOMER is a period western. I wrote it as a youth book but realized it has a larger market. The following is a short excerpt.

…. Sheriff Boomer has little to do with Jeffers except on poker night. They appear cordial, but Jeffers still holds a grudge against the Sheriff for not catching the bandits who robbed the Butterfield stage seven years ago. They stole sixty thousand dollars in gold coin, an amount Banker Jeffers could afford, but being tight, begrudges the loss of even a dime.

The fact that Banker Jeffers was aboard the stage when it was held up made matters worse. Other passengers recited that the banker cried and wet himself when one of the masked robbers jabbed a pistol in his face. When questioned by the Sheriff, Jeffers couldn’t describe his assailants, their horses, or any other details.

Sheriff Boomer lit out after the bandits with a big posse. Gone almost a week, they cut some sign that made them think the robbers had gone east toward Pantano. After the first week most of the posse returned, dribbling in by ones and twos. Sheriff Boomer, Homer Kearns, and Billy Blackwater stayed on the trail of the bandits. Another week went by and Sheriff Boomer finally returned--riding in from the west. He said they trailed the robbers in a big circle and finally lost all sign of them after one of our summer rainstorms washed away all the tracks. Homer Kearns went home but Billy Blackwater stayed out. He was never one for town life, being part Indian and all.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kindle Klub November 23, 2010

The initial thrust of the Kindle Klub was met with some positive responses, a couple of negative comments and of course there’s always the person that slams an idea because it wasn’t his/hers. Posting on chat rooms is akin to lecturing roosters – one has to deal with a lot of strut and crow before they get it!

I sent out over 600 notices and discovered a typo in the blog address. So, 600 people got to hear from me again. Oops! This predicated several recipients to request to take them off the mailing list. Some were polite others stern and some downright hostile. I guess I need to explain how I got 600 e-mail addresses. Some are friends and family but others came to me… over the years, soliciting or announcing something. I have a personal policy… if you contact me, someday I’ll contact you back. To use a boxing metaphor, you throw a left jab – expect a right cross in return. I’ve never understood people who make a big deal about being on someone’s mailing list. If you don’t like to receive something…just mark it SPAM. It’s not personal, it’s business.

Authors – Dianne, Bill, Larry, Dianne G., Charlie, and Michael B: some of you already are in the process of converting your work to e-books. A few of you are reluctant. If you publish on an e-book format, send a synopsis or excerpt… or both. I’ll post it for you.

Crystal Cowboy may be unavailable for the next twenty four hours. I was able to navigate through the publisher’s site and was able to reduce the price of my book.

I like this idea from Kim Norman :

Hi Bob,

While in the publishing blog page I noticed that I could copy the link to my profile in Facebook, so I did so. Now I have spread the word about your book. You might suggest that other people send out to friends. We like the story so far, and will possibly subscribe.

warm regards,

I’ll post other suggestions as I receive them.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Crystal Cowboy on Kindle

As promised, I've posted an excerpt from Crystal Cowboy.  A romantic comedy with a rodeo backdrop.  I was notified by that  my e-book is on their shelves.

 Harp liked driving, Harp liked bull riding, and Harp liked knives. His three passions combined to give him a solid claim to happiness. Only two hickies nagged his mind. His mother and his soul mate. The deteriorating relationship with Goldie was a major concern; his quest for his soul mate was exasperating. He was constantly on the hunt…trying to find his mate.

Dahlia, queen of the Redmond seventeen, was a self proclaimed psychic counselor. Harp believed in her prophecies. Dahlia continued to stress the importance of seeking his kindred soul. She said that if he kept himself grounded and centered, his mate would appear in a dream. He’d know what she looked like and be further along in his search. So far, the only dream Harp could remember was a foot with four toes. It reoccurred often; a female quadped with four painted toe nails. Sometime the four toe foot image was a side shot, sometimes a bottom view, but mostly an aerial from above.

Harp spent about as much money each month visiting Dahlia as his mom spent on imported fruits and vegetables. Harp wasn’t concerned about the physic expense because Dahlia predicted his draws, his scores, and even the events he needed to turn out. Harp believed her prophecies were germane to his success. He was always mentally prepared. His competitors weren’t. Having the edge bolstered his confidence and courage. Very necessary ingredients for a champion bull rider.

I hope to be showcasing other Kindle authors.  Follow the blog and send along your work.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Over the years, when asked advice about business, I usually replied, "don't worry about the name of your business right now.  Although it is important, fine tune your business plan first."
I violated that cardinal rule.  I named the concept (kindle klub) before giving much thought to the structure of the idea. 
Sharing information about the Kindle Readers and the Kindle Library seems to be in the forefront of the concept.  However, there's another aspect -- self publishing through Amazon Kindle program.  I encourage you to participate at any level.  Simply follow the blog and write comments.  I'll paste them into my posts.
I share your book publishing frustration. I published 'Angels in Panama' in April and have since learned that it near impossible to promote a book using traditional methods when you are not physically in the U.S. I am also in the process of getting the book 'Kindle-ized'.
I really like your idea of a Kindle blog. Thanks Larry
I've made a feeble attempt thus far to promote this blog and idea. Any ideas for promotion, to reach Kindle users, would be appreciated.

Friday, November 19, 2010


A large section of time has elapsed since my last posting. Chris Smoot and I took a run at starting a "shopper" here in Chiriqui -- In two languages. Unfortunately, we were the only two people interested in the concept. We invested a lot of time and money, only to be dissapointed in the end. We dissolved our endeavor a month ago. So for me it's back to the basics. Writing and publishing.
I currently have one book in print. It's entitled PARTNERS. It was released in 2005. The timing was unfortunate. I was out promoting this contemporary western novel during the high hype of the movie "Broke Back Mountain". (the story of two homo's that wore cowboy hats). Without exception, when I was at a book signing, someone would ask, "is this the book about the gay cowboys?" The ensuing discussion always left a chill in the air -- resulted in poor sales.
I did a national tour with Michael Blake (author of Dances with Wolves). Michael was promoting his first non-fiction book, INDIAN YELL. Even piggy backing on his fame, book sales were marginal at best. I could never make the math work. Spend $12,000.00 promoting (travel, hotels, food, etc.) to sell 3000 books with a royalty payment of $.96 each. So, I quit and returned to my home in Panama. I continued writing, however. I have several completed manuscripts that have been reviewed by publishers and contracts issued. I didn't sign because I would have to return to the US to do the promotional gigs.
Electronic books have held an alure. For a decade, I've held the opinion that e-books are the future of publishing. Amazon dot com has blazed the way with their Kindle reading device. Each generation of this device has gotten smaller and less expensive. AND, their library of e-books has swollen to almost a million titles.
Yesterday, November 18th, 2010, I uploaded one of my manuscripts into Library of Congress (copyright office) and later, to the Amazon Kindle Library. I also ordered the latest Kindle with WIFI and 3G capabilities.
So, in summary, I joined the thousands of authors who've embraced e-books. Look for CRYSTAL COWBOY in the fiction section of the Amazon Kindle library.
Puro vida,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

(507) 6-809-4510 English
(507) 6-581-6169 Spanish

15’ New/custom Work skiff – Panga mold. $2500.00 Same hull without aft locker, $1500.00.

22’ New Panga, center console, bait locker, fish box. $14,000.00.

33’ Blackfin sportfisher. Twin 315 Yanmar diesels, $130,000.00 Fully equipped.

*Beach Restaurant* Seats 40, turn-key. Sits right on the seawall. $15,000.00.

New 17’ Panga. Heavy fiberglass construction. A fishing/workboat for only $2995.00.

36’ DeepSport New/Custom. Twin Toyota Nanni inboard diesels. Tuna tubes, baitwell, head, flybridge, tower and poles. Ready to go…$200,000.00.

*Panama Corporation* Contains over $500,000.00 in assets. 18,000 sq ft building on 3 acres

New 27’ center console Sport Fisher. $6995.00.

New 23’ launch. Heavy fiberglass construction. $3195.00.

1977 Land Rover $1200.00

Santana model 88. Diesel Engine, 4 speed, 4X4, rough but runs. The glass is good, aluminum body, the interior is not bad, I have the front bumper and most of the door panels, all four jump seats, etc. NO TITLE!!!! Selling as parts only. $1200. 00, or best offer. Might Trade.
In addition there is an extra front axle, differential, rear axles, trailer hitch, 3 extra wheels. Extra front and rear brake assembly.

CONSIDER US FOR YOUR NEXT AUCTION! Boats, equipment, cars, trucks, household, tools, machinery, antiques, livestock, farm and garden. Proven success in Panama.

ANGLER BOAT MOLDS - $130,000.00
Molds to build 25 ft. 27 ft and 29 ft boats. Package includes 15 rails, 10 Biminis tops, 10 gas tanks and 10 water tanks. Also included are 6 exhaust fans
Here is an opportunity to start a boat company. Molds are located in Miami, FL. To see photos of finished products, review their website.

A niche product for a niche market.
A well established pizza restaurant in alto Boquete is available on a turn-key basis. Fully equipped, well trained employees, and loyal customers. $25,000. or offer.


Almost 6 months since my last post -- my how time flies. Time to reassess my life. I suffered under the dilusion that I could write my way to fame and fortune. Having a couple of books published and one screenplay optioned is NOT a sterling career. It's really a lame attempt! So, I have decided to abandon the writing in order to get my financial house in order. I HATE BEING BROKE! Enough grieving over my last business loss.
My partner (Chris Smoot) and I have launched a new company here in Panama, called Isthmus Vessels & Equipment. I think we should be called Isthmus Traders, because we are delving into a lot more than just boats for sale. We currently have a dozen boats, 4 bussiness opportunities listed as well as some restaurant equipment, a couple of Panamanian Corporations, a classic vehicle and an ozone generator. We make our products and services known by publishing a flyer. We have them strategically placed all over Chiriqui and Panama City. We are about to embark on a plan to publish 4 pages and circulate it like a shopper. We will sell advertising to sponsor the printing. A very select sponsorship. One that doesn't sell products, but services. Phase 2 of the 4 page (photo trader type) periodical will be to have it translated into spanish and begin distribution into the core of Panama.
Stay tuned and look for our posters.