I am a veterinarian and writer living in California. I have been a veterinarian for over thirteen years. I am in the process of writing a series of short books about medical problems in dogs and cats entitled My Virtual Veterinarian. For more information about my works in progress, please visit my website http://rachelebaker.com
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy the creative process of writing. I enjoy researching subjects related to pets and veterinary medicine and I feel good when I can share what I have learned with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am currently in the process of writing a book about Allergies In Dogs. For each chapter of my book, I do online research to find scientific articles related to that chapter and download the articles onto my computer. As I read through each article, I copy and paste the parts that I consider important into a new document. This is a very fast way to “take notes” while researching my topic. After I have finished reading the scientific articles and taken notes, I write a first draft of the chapter. Many more drafts follow until I am satisfied that my work is the best it can be.
What advice would you give other writers?
The most important advice I can give other writers is to have your manuscript reviewed by a professional proofreading and manuscript critique service. I have read several books by new authors that had very entertaining stories which were drastically marred by numerous grammatical errors, misspelled words, and inconsistencies. These types of problems make it very difficult for a reader to want to continue to read a book no matter how great the story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first book Eighteen Months To Live and I will self-publish my future books. I found the process to be relatively easy and definitely affordable.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-published books are the wave of the future.
What genres do you write?
Veterinary Medical Issues in Dogs and Cats; Non-fiction; Memoir
What formats are your books in?
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