What's happening with the pet book marketplace? Does anyone have any idea? There are two upcoming conferences for pet writers and I have to wonder: WHY?! What's the point? There is little enough work and little enough interest in publishing pet books. Years ago I wanted to write a memoir. The reaction was something akin to having suggested that I was planning to grow another head. So I set to work writing the stuff that would help pet owners, books in my area of expertise with small dogs, canine behavior, wellness and more.
I turned around and suddenly there was "Marley and Me," and Jon Katz's books. How did that happen? Those were memoirs. And by people who weren't known for their expertise with dogs, weren't dog writers (yes there are organizations for dogs writers and cat writers and horse writers and more...) but there they were with best-sellers.
Now there's no money for pet books on training, behavior, etc. but I have to wonder if the marketplace isn't flooded now with memoirs?
So, where do we go from here? Into another genre? Maybe. Some of my colleagues have begun writing fiction. Personally, I'm not good at making stuff up. I love to read it but I can't seem to write it. Go figure. And I'm still pondering those pet writing conferences with eidtors,no less! Is that just something else to tack onto their resumes? Another conference at which they've spoken and will talk to authors and would-be authors? Or is something else afoot? And does it tie in with the threatened new trend of no advance money for books? Are we really expected to work without pay? Aren't there laws against that? I guess not. How are we supposed to live? Or aren't we?
I guess maybe my question should be: do you want fries with that?
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation