What inspired you to write your book?
I am the owner of a rescue dog. She is a small terrier that rules the house. She makes me laugh and I thought it would be cute to write a children’s book based on my dog Pookie and some of the silly things she does. When I first got her she had been abused and starved left on the streets to die. Now she is full of life and playful like a puppy.
About your Book:
Dog story – Book One in “Silly” Puppy Series perfect Children’s Ebook for Holidays
Short Picture Book Written in Rhyme
This book is a humorous story in verse suitable for beginning readers and written for children 5 to 8 years-old. Teachers and parents can read this story to kindergarten to fourth grade.
This loveable terrier gets into all sorts of trouble as she chases rabbits, rolls around in the mud and licks her brother’s stinky feet. In real live, Pookie is just as adorable and those that meet her say she looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. A true terrier, Pookie is curious, feisty, playful and yes, sometimes, very stinky. We love her so much we couldn’t help but write a story about her.
˃˃˃ Endorsed by Preschoolers
We offered this story to a Pre-school teacher and her students offered us the following feedback:
I read this story to my group of pre schoolers today and it was an instant hit! It went down very well with one little boy who had just that very day got a new puppy…..he was able to chat with great animation about his dog and how smelly it was when it kept “pooing in the corner!” (his words!).
The story, with his simple rhyming format appeals to young children and mine particularly enjoyed trying to guess the last word of each line! We do a lot of rhyming games at nursery so these types of books are always popular.
Book Genre: Humor/Children?pet
What formats are your books in
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
Since this book is about a rescue dog we are able to promote the idea to others. We have built a Facebook page where links and information about dogs, pet owner and pet adoption are shared. Also most people relate to either having owned a pet or providing one for their children. Sometimes people relate more to animals than to other people.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Narrow your niche:
Will your books be informational, emotional or fun? In other words is your information to provide instruction like pet care, training or other facts. Maybe the books are emotional – memoirs that include a pet in your life, a dog rescue story or how pets have helped people and finally, you may just want to write a fun book for children where one of the characters is a dog.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I have written five other books. I love to write and have made a living as a writer my entire life. I am a Nashville songwriter, commissioned poet, award-winning journalist and prize-winning author.
I chose to self publish because I wanted control of my writing and creativity. Also the wait time from paper to market is faster and of course if my books sell well I make more money.
New authors should always explore both options. Traditional publishing has its advantages – the publisher takes care of the legwork like book design, book cover, book titles and distribution – where it will sell. Initial marketing may be done but you will still need to be involved in the marketing of your book. And also you usually get an advance.
The disadvantages of traditional publishing is the amount of time it takes – you usually need an agent that will take 10 percent of the contract signed. A contract with the publisher doesn’t mean publication or a quick turn around. The publisher may decide to hold off publication or to not publish at all. And even when they do, it could take anywhere from a year to five years before your book hits the shelves at book stores.
There are many other pro and cons but the main difference is that with self publishing you do all the work and success or failure falls on you.
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an Amazon bestseller, award-winning journalist, Nashville songwriter and commissioned poet. She is also a former Hollywood actress and professional tennis player.
Crosby has had a love affair with the written word since she was a little girl. Her writing passions have led her through a number of writing careers and numerous writing awards including being selected by TheAuthorShow.com in 2011 as “One of 50 Authors You Should be Reading.”
Her novel, Francesca of Lost Nation, is the winner of four literary prizes and has been a Kindle bestseller in various categories of Romance Fiction.