What inspired you to write your book?
Writing is a great way to work through difficult times, and I began writing this book in the midst of losing some very dear, longtime companion animals. I realized that I felt best, and handled the losses better, when I was concentrating on the ridiculous behavior and issues that our other pets were dealing with.
About your Book:
More than twenty years of performing pet rescues could wear anyone down. Especially when the pets that end up being permanent residents in your home are the most irascible, insane and ridiculously un-adoptable pets known to man. Circling the Waggins follows two middle aged women as they maneuver through one unexpected pet debacle after another in a rugged and isolated cabin in the National Park. Coping with Waldo, a way-too-brainy boxer mix, plus a mentally challenged hyperactive Shih-Chi named Rocket Boy, is difficult enough. Add three more canine misfits, a mysteriously humming cat, and an impromptu mouse rescue gone ridiculously wrong, and you’ve got what might be a recipe for total disaster. With patience and compassion, the women come to discover that even the tiniest of lives is precious; heartache and joy go hand-in-hand, and love is an eternal circle of wagging tails.
Book Genre: biography/memoir
What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I can’t answer that because I’ve only written in the pet genre.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
We all have a million stories about our pets, but that doesn’t mean that they are all so interesting that other people would want to hear them. Pick and choose the best ones, and don’t make it too sad – no one will want to read it.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self published my first book with Booksurge after two years of trying to interest a traditional publisher without success. I believed in the book enough to take the chance. Booksurge was overall a good experience, except that I was not pleased with what they were charging authors to buy copies of their own book. That made giving away copies difficult. Then Booksurge became CreateSpace and dramatically reduced the cost of books to authors. Marketing the first book proved difficult and time consuming, and it did not get the exposure or sales that I thought it deserved. When it came time to publish the second book, I knew a little more about proposals and spent more than a year again, but this time trying to interest agents. Although a couple of them were interested, they moved far too slowly. As I started thinking about self publishing again, although my choice would be CreateSpace, I didn’t want their name as my imprint. I decided to ask another author I’d met if he would consider taking me on to his imprint, Barking Planet Productions, which was perfectly suited for my book. He already had three of his own books out there and he was happy to have me on board. This makes him a micro publisher, since he footed the bill for publishing my book, and will be publishing additional material of mine in the future. We still used CreateSpace as the printer and distributor because I was happy with my first experience with them. Now the two of us work together to market our books and share contacts and opportunities.
Cayr Ariel Wulff is an author, artist, and animal advocate. She has volunteered in animal rescue for more than 26 years. Throughout 2012, She served as Contributing Editor for Pet Pardons News, where she reported on stories of animal abuse and animal welfare. She currently writes a pet column for the Examiner, and is also the National Animal Books Examiner. Wulff authors a personal blog about dogs: ‘Up on the Woof’, and uses her yelodoggie art to spread the joy of living with dogs. She has written two books about her rescue pets experiences; “Born Without a Tail” (2007) and” Circling the Waggins;How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness” (2012). She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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