Welcome to the newest page turner idea: The Blog Hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it is a way for readers to discover new authors. After all, we authors need to be creative not only with words, but with marketing. With bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, the Blog Hop is a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.
Here is an easy, effective way to find new authors. I first wish to thank fellow author Amy Shojai for tagging me to participate. She is a best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, including her latest thriller called: LOST AND FOUND. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins penned this review of Amy’s book: “Riveting, heart-wrenching, brilliant, the debut of a stunning talent.”
Click here to find out more about this book and Amy Shojai, co-founder of Cat Writers Association and one of the world’s top pet authors!
In this post, I am following the Blog Hop protocol by answering these 10 questions about my latest book, What Dogs Want, and my background as an author. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your pet-loving pals!
1. What is the title of your latest pet book?
My 24th pet book is entitled, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move.
2. Where did the idea come from for this book?
I’ve traveled all over North America and given talks about dog (and cat) behavior to people who are frustrated, perplexed or confused by what their pets do and say. One day, I received a call from a book editor from Global Book Publishing in Australia. She was searching for an author to write a canine communications book and said I was the publisher’s top pick to write it.
3. What genre does your book come under?
This is a non-fiction pet book filled with great insights into the canine mind.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In an easy-to-follow format, this book bridges the canine-people communication gap by decoding 100 postures, expressions, sounds and actions from dogs.
5. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
What Dogs Want is a global release from Global Book Publishing. Firefly Books is handling the North America release.
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Surprising a shorter-than-anticipated time: about four months. Like most of us authors, I wrote this book while I was juggling other book projects, magazine article assignments and editing chores.
7. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?
Two of my favorite pet authors who really know how dogs think are Dr. Marty Becker, America’s Family Veterinarian and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual; and Dr. Sophia Yin, a terrific veterinarian-behaviorist and author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves.
8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The photos! Each page you turn ushers you to another stunning photo of dogs evoking all types of emotions. The cover features a Jack Russell terrier cocking his head and looking right into your eyes.
10. How can we find out more about you and your other books?
I invite you to ‘sniff around’ my main website: Four Legged Life, to learn more about my mission to bring out the best in pets and their people. I am also the creator of National Dog Party Day and one of 14 Master Certified Pet Tech pet first aid/CPR instructors in the world. Visit my pet first aid site.
Below, you will find the names of five talented authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPS and new releases! Happy writing and reading! And, now in alphabetical order, I salute:
- Andrea Chilcote – transformational leader for corporations and individuals and gifted, inspirational author. I happily wrote the foreword to her paw-mazing book, Erik’s Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom and am proud to announce her latest book, This Very Moment, a collection of thought-provoking essays. Learn more by visiting her site and her blog: www.erikshope.wordpress.com.
- Cathy Conheim – official ‘cat scribe’ to Henry the Cat. Don’t be fooled by her title. Cathy was a successful business coach and psychologist whose philosophy to reach out to others grew global after she adopted this three-legged tabby. She champions the causes of people and pets and her latest must-get book is called Henry and Tink: A Remarkable Romance. This delightful book depicts the unlikely friendship of Henry and a special two-legged Dachshund named Tink. Proceeds go to various charities. Learn more by clicking here.
- 3. Jennifer Quasha – accomplished author of more than 40 books for children and adults. Her latest works appeal to dog and cat lovers and are part of the highly successful Chicken Soup series. The titles:I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! And I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! Discover more about this multi-talented author by visiting her site.
- Robert Semrow –Best known as The Pawtographer, Robert captures the full gamut of canine emotions with his camera lens. He recently assembled some of his best work in a clever, motivating gift book called Life Is Pawfect. An excerpt: “Life is pawfect…when you can shake, rattle and roll in a poodle skirt!” Learn more about Robert by visiting his site.
- Margie Yee Webb – This accomplished writer-photographer is a friend to all felines, especially a green-eyed tabby named Cat Mulan. Paw through the pages of her book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, and be prepared to be inspired by its words and images. Learn more by visiting her site.
I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have a favorite author you would like to spotlight? A favorite pet tale? Contact Arden at www.fourleggedlife.com.