Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Looking for...Animals, Pets, Pet-care, etc.

My wife has been lobbying for a puppy. Our neighbors got a very cute one and that seems to have set her off. Now, I would like a puppy, also, but I am all too aware who will be the primary caregiver to this puppy, given that I work from my home office (home being where the puppy will be all day) and she does not. Thus, if we get a puppy, I get to add walking the dog to my list of chores. Hence, I am resistant.

That said, I love dogs and I am not alone. Witness the success of Marley & Me, which will soon be a major motion picture, I hear. With all this in mind, I am looking for....

  • Animal-related books (nonfiction)
  • Pets & pet care

Are you a talented writer with a talented dog? This might be one of the few areas in which you don't have to have some pre-established platform or be previously published. You just have to be a damn good writer and have a very, very entertaining and endearing story to tell.

But if you want to write about pets and pet care, please do be a specialist, a vet, a certified animal trainer or the like. If someone is going to drop $16.95 for your opinion on how to care for their pet, they obviously want to be confident you know what you are talking about. And, of course, you need to be a clear communicator and good writer. I don't believe you need to be Hemingway, but you do need to explain the whats and whys of what you are advising in a manner the reader can understand and follow.

Z

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