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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Share Your Story about the Pet Who Changed Your Life

I'm working with my editor at Literary Productions on a new series of books about the animals who have changed their owners' lives.

I'll be writing several profiles about celebrities and their beloved cats, dogs and horses. But we're also opening up storytelling to any pet owner who has a compelling, true story about a wonderful animal and the bond that developed.

We want inspirational, true, well-written stories focusing on a single
four-legged friend you rescued that had an indelible impact on your life. Perhaps the animal got you through some challenging times, accomplished some incredible feats, or even literally saved your life.

Above all, we want readers to be captivated and touched by every story. By the end of each chapter, readers should feel connected to you and your pet and be left with both a smile and a tear.

We’re looking for a wide variety of stories. Some will no doubt be sad, others funny, and most somewhere in-between. All must be true and personal, filled with both drama and emotion, and have a complete beginning, middle, and end.

The most effective writing uses vivid imagery and touches all five senses, so readers feel as if they are right there with you in midst of the story.


A portion of the proceeds from the books will benefit Best Friends Animal Society, a great group that rescues animals and finds loving, safe homes for them. Writers whose stories are chosen will receive a small stipend.

If you have a story to share, read the Writing Guidelines and send your story through the Web site. A panel of professional editors will review all stories and chose the best, most heartwarming ones for publication. Stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words and should be written in first person because of the personal nature of these books.

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