What inspired you to write your book?
I have learned so many things from my dogs–good things, bad things, things that have changed my life. With their unconditional love and faithful companionship, they fill a place in my life that no human could ever fill. Through this book, I wanted to not only share the many lessons God has taught me through my pups, but also to show that dogs are so much more than pets. In my home, they are family members. They are my furry children. They are teachers, friends and so much more. My goal with this book was to encourage, to inspire and to share the love that can be found in the bond between dog and human.
About your Book:
They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They truly are man’s best friend. And best of all, they love unconditionally. What better animal to inspire us and remind us of spiritual truths that can be found in everyday circumstances? In this collection of short devotions for dog lovers, join author, Dana Rongione, as she relates comical occurrences that illustrate Biblical principles and encourage hound huggers across the globe.
Book Genre: Inspirational/Christian living/Devotional
What formats are your books in: Both Print and eBook
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
When writing in the pet genre, I believe it is essential to be a pet lover and owner. When it comes to other genres, a writer can research and find the necessary information to fill the pages of his/her book. When it comes to pets, however, no amount of research will give true insight into what it’s like to live with pets. A writer could spend days or even weeks reading about dogs and interviewing dog owners, but until he/she has experienced the cold nose on the back of his/her leg first thing in the morning or the tail that wags the entire body or the pitiful eyes pleading for an outing, he/she will still be in the dark. Pet books should be written for pet lovers by pet lovers.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Allow your pets to be the main characters. People love to read about the crazy antics our pets can perform. Did your dog raid the pantry, open and eat the box of chocolates under the Christmas tree, get hold of a fireball candy or learn an impressive new trick? Tell your readers about it. Be honest, but feel free to embellish just enough to bring the events to life in the mind of your readers. Then, think of new and interesting ways to apply those comical events. Is there a lesson to be learned and applied? Is there a moral to the story? Does the event link to another topic in which you hold an interest? Write your book in such a way that readers walk away feeling as if they were entertained AND educated.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
With the economy in its current state, finding a publisher has become even more difficult for writers. . .especially fairly new writers. For that reason and at the nudging of the Lord, I’ve self-published each of my books, including this one. Amazon has a program called “CreateSpace” that makes it possible for authors to publish their works in paperback at a very reasonable price. Additionally, I’ve published my books on Kindle and through Smashwords, making it available in e-book formats for all reading devices like Nook, iBooks, Sony, etc. Despite the ease of publishing in these formats, I strive to make sure that my books offer quality content and are free of errors. Naturally, mistakes do still occur, but my goal is to publish books that any traditional publisher would be proud to call their own. That being said, while self-publishing does have a few drawbacks, it also has a lot of perks and offers a better chance for new authors to see their books in print.
Dana Rongione is a Christian author, speaker, writing coach, teacher, pianist, housewife, hiker, dog lover, avid reader, blogger, chocoholic and much more. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Greenville, SC with their two dogs, Tippy and Mitch. Dana is the author of numerous devotions, books, e-books, articles, songs, poems, and stories. She also writes a monthly column for Christian-Books-for-Women.com. Whenever she has the opportunity, Dana enjoys speaking to women and sharing the life-changing lessons God has taught her. Her goal in life is to reach lost souls for Christ and to encourage the weary Christian.