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There’s a lot more going on off this blog than on it, this month: some stories are finally ending and some are about to begin.

Remember the writing contest that HRD co-sponsored with the Fairport Public Library? Well, all good things come to those who wait and, finally, the grand prize winner gets to see her story in print in the December 2012 issue of Rochester Woman magazine. It’s so exciting to see what happens when a little girl becomes a published writer.

In fact, the folks at the library and I are SO excited to be able to promote kids, their pets and writing, that we’re already planning the details for our second writing contest. So, stay tuned for future announcements about that.

As a first step to marketing my own book, I started a fan page called Happy Dog Tails! and it’s been a lot of fun to be able to focus exclusively on dog stories and to help get the word out about adoptable dogs.

Speaking of adoptable dogs, I’ve been reaching out to some of the local rescue/adoption groups in the area, offering to help them tell their dog stories. Last night I heard back from the woman who handles the marketing/promotional piece for Rescue*A*Bull. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be showcasing some of the adoptable dogs from this group here on HRD.

Last, but certainly not least, my own book is almost finished! I know that I keep saying that and then just “one more thing” happens to push the completion date out a bit farther. I’ve been honoring my instincts with this and knew that I was on the right track when I listened to my inner voice tell me that I needed to add two essays to the 9 that are already written.

Just over a week ago, I sent the completed essays plus the bonus story that I decided to include (it’s a very short story for cat lovers) to three of my friends who are professional writers/bloggers and Social Media Divas for review purposes. I may be jumping the gun just a bit, but I heard back from one of these awesome women last night and here’s what she had to say:

“Kathy Porter puts into human words what dogs speak from their hearts. In a day and age of social media busy-ness, how it is refreshing to curl up with a well-composed collection of feel-good essays. As a pet writer, blogger, and dog lover of the highest order, it was my honor to spend an evening with Kathy Porter’s lifelong affair with dogs. You’ll be kissing your dog on more than one occasion after reading these stories.”

Carol Bryant, Pet blogger/writer/PR and Social Media Guru

I also decided that it’s important to use the book to promote the valuable work that adoption groups do. So, I’m very pleased to tell you that a portion of the sales from both the digital book (the e-book that will be published on Amazon’s Kindle platform) and the paperback version that will be published using Amazon’s Create Space company, will be donated to the American Brittany Rescue (ABR) rescue group. They have a pretty active Facebook page if you want to check them out.

This was an easy decision to make considering that the story in the book that takes its title from the book title is about a young, male Brittany spaniel who was one of the first dogs here in Rochester to steal my heart over 20 years ago!

Whew! Think it’s time to take a breath before getting back to work. As always, stay tuned because I have a feeling that the best is yet to come.   [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]



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