You've probably heard that any good writer needs to also be good about following the current trends in publishing. Well, evidently the hot trend right now is dog books.
This made me think of Anna Quindlen's Good Dog. Stay., which I read a couple of months ago. I haven't read Marley and Me, the book that supposedly kicked off the trend, but I have definitely noticed the number of dog books on the new arrivals table lately at Barnes & Noble.
Of course, I also immediately thought of Kathy Kehrli of Screw You!, who has a dog book idea of her own. Looks like your idea has got the green light, Kathy!
I wonder if horse books are the next trend, or perhaps an offshoot of the dog books trend? On my shelf of books I plan to read, I have a memoir called Chosen by a Horse, about a rescue horse. And of course, since I rescued Panama I have plenty of ideas for a horse book of my own!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Dogs are hot in publishing right now
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Thanks for sharing this. I guess maybe I should work on finishing that manuscript of mine while the dog market is still hot, huh? I'm not sure I agree with the comment about dogs/religion, however. I have both in my life and quite honestly, I think pets provide a genuine glimpse into the spiritual world. You don't always get that in church or in people.
I agree, the dogs/religion comment annoyed me a bit. It seemed kind of flippant. Although I know what he meant about dogs not necessarily being "wise" in a human sense of the word, I still think they can remind us of the simpler pleasures in life. At least for me, dogs add a sense of balance and enjoyment to life. (As do the cats and Panama...)
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