This is Jasper after yesterday’s photo-shoot at the canal, taking a well-deserved snooze on the dining room floor. He’s about to take on a new role as the poster boy for an e-book I’ve written that’s in its final stages of development.
Which I’m pretty excited about.
I’m not sure that “e-book” is the right description, but when my finished draft added up to 19 pages, I knew that what I’d produced was an e-book. What I’ve done is to compile four of my dog stories into a PDF that people will be able to download (for free) from the opt-in form here on my blog. They’re the “teaser” to the first book of dog stories I plan to self-publish.
This has been a dream of mine for a long time and it’s finally happening … with some determined help from a few friends of mine.
When I forwarded the finished stories to my friend Carol who had graciously offered to help me with the PDF formatting, she said:
“Kathy, you need to include photographs.”
Big sigh from me. But, I knew she was right and I went through my photo gallery and picked one for each story and sent them off to her in email attachments.
One of the stories is about a Brittany Spaniel. I didn’t have any photos of the real dog that this story is based on because what I wrote about took place more than 20 years ago. How was I going to get around this? And, then I had a moment of genius.
I’d contact a Brittany Spaniel rescue organization to see if I could borrow a photo of one of the dogs that they’d placed with a family or that was still looking for a home. When I contacted the American Brittany Spaniel rescue organization, a very nice volunteer offered to send me personal photos of her dogs. She and I have been emailing back-and-forth, and I can’t wait to see what she sends to me.
Then I started thinking about how I could send my four stories on a viral journey through the internet once the PDF had been downloaded. That idea led me to a talented web designer named Staci. She’s creating a one-of-a-kind image that will do that.
In one of the follow-up conversations that Carol and I had, she said:
“Kathy, you need a better title and you really need a photo for the cover.”
Another big sigh from me. But, she had sent me the first PDF draft. What she had created blew me away. It was so beautiful! And, once again, I knew she was right. And, because of Carol’s vision about what that cover photo had to be, my husband, Jasper and I headed off to the canal yesterday to try to capture that on film. We didn’t get exactly what Carol described, but I think we got a photograph that captures the emotional spirit of all four stories.
Back to work and back to waiting to hear from the American Brittany Spaniel rescue woman and more sifting through emails from Staci. I’m getting closer to a finished product. It’s looking like everything will be done by the end of August.
Then the real fun begins: sending my stories out into the huge internet sea! If I’ve done my part, and I truly believe that I have, my stories will find readers who will share them with their friends who just might share them with their friends … and they with their friends, all for the love of dogs. [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]