The month of November had me running , and I'm still playing catch-up. First, the BIG NEWS--
I've a new book contract! This is a breed book on the American Pit Bull Terrier, and is due January 1st, so I'm typing like the wind to meet my deadline.
I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in White Plains, New York overseeing the Cat Writers' Association's 16th Annual Writers Conference (www.catwriters.org) , to great success. We had several editors and agents, a host of great speakers, and an exciting awards banquet. I'm please to have won the association's highest honor, the CWA Muse Medallion, for my Pet Peeves radio show at www.PetLifeRadio.com, my CBS-TV Pet Talk segment, and an online article on cat claw training at www.shojai.com.
In other news, I was flown to St. Louis by the Purina CatChow group earlier in the month for an all-day photo shoot (with cats!), to update the CatChow.com website and mentor pages. You see, I've written an "emotional health" online column as a Cat Chow mentor for many years, along with other veterinarians, and Purina plans to promote our advice columns more widely in 2010. This probably will be in conjunction with the Animal Planet "HousecatHousecall" show.
That same week, I traveled to Austin, Texas for the annual meeting of the CATalyst effort. This group seeks to improve/promote the profile of cats, in order to put them on equal footing (paws?) with dogs that receive more funding for health and other pet issues. I'll write, radio, and tv on the subject in the future.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)