Greetings from Portland, Oregon –
Paw Prints In My Heart brings my total to five books; four novels and now a dog book I never planned to write but had to write. I’m fiercely proud of this unexpected non-fiction offering, as well the novels.
Writing the story of the dog of my life’s improbably wonderful long life was a labor of love. Great personal therapy, too.
At the same time, I’m all too aware of what the ‘Self’ in Self-Publishing really means. Ouch.
There is no agent to encourage, guide, and help to persevere. I had a NYC literary agent once and still scratch my head at all he did – and didn’t – do. In fairness, our relationship was born during the early days of the manic self-publishing explosion that redefined the conventional book business and led to the demise of publishers and retail stores, et al.
And our relationship was seasoned during the darkest days of the economic meltdown.
Timing is everything – or nothing – depending upon your point of view.
So I self-published my crime thriller trilogy, then another novel, The Do-Over, with a 21 year-old college girl as a hero, and just now the story of the dog of my life and how he changed my life and taught me so much without ever saying a word.
But self-publishing means there is precious little help and even less support.
No editor catching the typos and wayward commas I can’t see.
No promotional department to help get it out there.
And no agent urging me on.
Only my wife to wipe my fevered brow, pat my back and tell me it was all worthwhile. Thank you, my love!
Like all the writers like me, we depend upon you.
Telling others about it.
All part of the dream of someday, somehow, catching lightning in a bottle.
I’m hoping to live long enough to become an overnight success.
So check out Paw Prints in My Heart. Paperbacks and Kindle eBooks at amazon.com.
If you like it, please review it. And then share it with folks that might get comfort from it during times of grieving for dearly departed furry four-legged friends.
My hope is that dog lovers will see a bit of their dog in my beloved old Lab, Mac.
And that non-dog lovers read it and reconsider.
And that everyone has a dog of their life at least once in their life.
Thanks for reading.
May the pages keep turning and deprive you of sleep!
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