Greetings and salutations, it's that time of the week for a roundup of CAT SCHTUFF, DOG SCHTUFF, WRITER-ICITY and more!
This past week has been a strain–on my emotions and my communications. I’ve over-used and abused my voice, and the strain showed up last Thursday and 7 days later has only slightly recovered. About the same time our landline telephone went out (quelle ARG!) but it didn’t matter so much because I have no voice.
No. Voice. At. All.
Yet while moping around the house for 3+ days without any vocalization above a whisper, it occurred to me I had no problem whatsoever communicating with the cat or dog. Read more here . . .
Pungent pet breath goes beyond offending houseguests; it signals the beginning of dental disease that’s not only painful, but can cut short your pet’s life. February is National Pet Dental Health Month so it’s the perfect time to “brush up” on recognizing and preventing tooth trouble. Note: many of these tips work for cats, too (no matter WHAT the cat says!)
Today I continue my series on nonfiction book proposals. Over the next several Tuesday Tips I’ll continue to cover some of the meat-and-potatoes of choosing topics, researching ideas, and putting together a winning nonfiction book proposal. While I write primarily about pets, the same ingredients for your nonfiction book stew are the same–it’s just the seasoning and presentation that may vary.
The first week discussed the IDEA TREE followed by topic choice including where to find ideas and decide if they’re viable. The third covered passionate picks and bio building–and then the holidays happened, so I took a week off. The next installment covered to query or not, what goes in a query or cover letter and how to approach an editor/agent. We’ve dissected the nonfiction proposal to find out the components and got up-close-and-personal with the nonfiction proposal OVERVIEW and the COMPETITION/MARKET SURVEY. Have questions about format? Find the answers here. And check out this blog for author bio and promo tips.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)