What inspired you to write your book?
When my dog died, I was very lonely for another dog (even though I kept telling myself I didn’t want another one right then). I kept looking on petfinder at the dogs and clicked links to read about the shelters and rescues. I was overwhelmed by how many homeless dogs there are and how much of a struggle it is for rescuers to raise adequate funds. Some of the conditions at the facilities was less than adequate, even though they were doing their best. I wanted to do something to help raise funds and awareness, something that would inspire people to adopt and be responsible pet guardians. What came to me was this book.
About your Book:
Rescue Me is a little book with a big mission – to raise sensitivity to the plight of neglected and homeless dogs, and to recognize the unexpected miracles these dogs inspire in the hearts of those who love them. This book is an inspiring collection of 12 true tales of extraordinary commitment, faith in the midst of challenges, twists of fate, second chances, and the magical joy that canine companionship brings.
Donations from the proceeds of Rescue Me benefit non-profit shelters and rescue organizations.
Book Genre: Non-Fiction>>>Pets
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?
The pet genre appeals to a specific targeted audience – pet lovers, and even more specifically, certain kinds of pets. Within that genre there are books about animal training and care, which may or may not evoke emotion in the reader. Pet books on animal welfare, rescue, more personal stories about our pets can draw people already emotionally connected to those issues, as well as inspire emotion and action. Of course, other genres can do the same, but not all (or many).
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Know your topic well and know your purpose for writing the book. Do some research to see what books are already out there on the subject and what people are buying. If this is a ‘book of your heart and passion” write it regardless of competition. This sense of passion and purpose will keep you writing on long after the initial excitement at the idea wanes and you are rewriting and tweaking your manuscript for the fifth time!
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It was important for me to keep costs low to maximize profits for donations.It was also important for me to have a sense of control to keep the marketing going in the long term, and not just have the book be a flash in the pan. I decided to self publish rather than trying to get a traditional publisher. I published through Amazon Createspace. Be prepared to have to learn a lot about formatting if you are going to do all the publishing work yourself. It can be very frustrating and time-consuming the first time you do it. You may want to explore getting services done for you if it is not something you want to tackle yourself.
Val Silver is a lifelong animal lover with a heart for animals and humans in need of healing love. She wrote Rescue Me, her first book, to raise financial support for homeless dogs, to raise awareness of their plight and needs, and to show what wonderful companions these dogs are when given a chance. Val is a teacher, healer, and holistic wellness educator and coach. She believes that it takes education, positive action and compassion to create healing and better lives for all creatures-animal and human.