Memoirs of a Papillon: The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad by Dennis Fried

What inspired you to write your book?
We had a catered birthday party for Genevieve when she turned one. Genevieve’s doggy parents were there, along with all her littermates and their humans. After the party, I sent the human guests a thank-you note from Genevieve, and my wife also posted it on some doggy newsgroups. We got several emails saying Genevieve was a very funny dog and requesting more Genevieve essays. I wrote and posted a few more, and people started asking if the essays were from a book because, if so, they wanted to buy it. Thus the idea for the book was born.

About your Book:
Genevieve, a seven-pound papillon, takes you into the inner sanctum of dogdom, revealing canine secrets never before shared with humans. Genevieve sinks her teeth into such topics as driving tips for dogs, the tragedy of doorbells in TV commercials, measuring the intelligence of humans, finding a reason for cats, converting your house into an agility course, and productive kitchen behavior.
The book is enjoyed by good readers as young as eight or so, all the way up to senior citizens.

Book Genre: pets/humor

What formats are your books in: Print

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
Humans’ love for their pets is a very special love indeed, and writing for other pet lovers is a communion of sorts, a way to share something very wonderful with other people who “get” it.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
1) Don’t.
2) If you must, go to the bookstore and internet and review the kinds of books that are on the market, try to figure out what makes them popular, see how they are priced and how they are marketed.
3) Before you invest any money in your project, decide what you reasonably hope to accomplish by publishing the book: share with some friends and family? try to make a few dollars? try to make a few million dollars? Your answer will determine what form of publishing gives you the best chance of reaching your goal.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I originally self-published, sold 20,000 copies with lots of TV and radio coverage, and then the rights were purchased by Simon & Schuster.

Author Bio:
Dennis Fried has “enjoyed” careers in college teaching, marketing, software development, and stand-up comedy. He holds advanced degrees in physics and philosophy, both of which he considers essential to successful dog ownership. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Katrina, and his boss, Genevieve.

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