What inspired you to write your book?
I had a wonderful little half poodle, half Cocker Spaniel dog for 15 years. She passed last summer. I had a ton of nicknames for her, one being Doggie Woggie Doodle. In her honor, I am writing this series.
I have 6 planned. Book two is available on Amazon now, Doggie Woggie Doodle Has Puppies, and Book Three is with the illustrator and I’m hoping for a June release on that one.
I adored my little girl, my dog, she was the sweetest, kindest, most loving little creature and I miss her dearly! When I write the DWD books, it soothes my heart as I remember her crazy antiques!
About your Book:
Tinker Toodle can’t find his Doggie Woggie Doodle anywhere! He looks high and low, but it appears Doggie Woggie is off on another adventure. After hours of looking and suggestions from his mom, he locates her hiding in the bushes!
Cute illustrations and rhymes.
2-6 years old, but fun for all ages!
Book Genre: Children/Dogs
What formats are your books in
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I love writing in this genre. I was writing Romance Novellas and How To Books before getting into this genre. This seems to free up the kid in me and take me away from the adult writing and the psychology in the twists and turns of my characters. I write the children’s books under my own name, the others under pen names. These are fast and easy for me to create so it feels like I’m suppose to be doing this. I have a total of 13 books that I have scheduled to be written by the end of this summer. Also included are some comic book style books as well. I feel people are so connected to their pets and that they enjoy reading about how other people are too. And kids love animals. It’s so innocent.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
If you are a pet lover, watch your beloved animal and write your book after their crazy antics! You know your pet better than anyone! Write about how silly it can get, it’s favorite food, toys, games, find a unique angle on your pet that might pull your reader in. Create a silly name for your pet/book. Become the kid that will be reading your book. Be the child. I know, it sounds like some hippie philosophy, but it works. lol
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I currently publish all my books through Amazon. I find the platform easy to use and super fast. The tools are user friendly and the exposure is wonderful. I have yet to make these books hard copies, but as soon as I have the first 3 in the Doggie Woggie Doodle series, June, I will combine them and do a Create Space Physical book. I decided to use Amazon as I feel it is the largest venue right now, although other venues are becoming popular. I am currently using the KDP Select program so that prohibits using others for now.
I am happy where I am currently publishing.
I have been writing How To books since 1999, but they were giveaways to build my list. I decided just last year to pull most of my material, consider each piece for publication to gain a larger audience.
I would definitely advise new authors to decide… Fiction or Non-Fiction first. There is a huge difference and a huge time commitment difference. How To Books can require a lot of research and organization in a tutorial sense. Screen shots, even video in some instances.
Fiction can take much more time depending on your skills. Also, you might need an editor and other help in the areas you might not be skilled in. You may need a refresher in English and writing. Regardless, all the tools and education are out there and some are free online.
If you are creative and are dying to get that book out of you, start writing now!!! Don’t wait. Don’t edit as you go along, get the story down on paper. Write, Write, Write!!! Try to write at least 1000 words a day, that is not a huge time commitment and it adds up to 300,000 words a year!!!!!
If you do a children’s book, find the angle, the one thing that sets the animal apart from others.
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