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Easy methods to Pitch Books to Companion Animal Psychology

Frequent questions on getting your guide featured on Companion Animal Psychology.

A selection of books about dogs, cats, and other animals
A choice of books about canine, cats, and different animals. Photograph: Zazie Todd

By Zazie Todd PhD

Lately, I recurrently get emails from authors and publicists asking how they’ll get the Animal Guide Membership to select their guide. 

There are a number of ways in which books get talked about on Companion Animal Psychology, so I believed I’d put one thing right here that explains. (This features a shock that I’m engaged on in the mean time). These choices are for traditionally-published books solely. (In case your guide is self-published, skip to the part on the Animal Books Group).

Most of those options–but not all–are for books about animals. 

The Animal Guide Membership

The Animal Guide Membership began in 2016 and since then we’ve learn 10 books a 12 months, taking January and July off. We learn nonfiction books about animals. Most are science books, however we learn memoirs every now and then too. Our readers are around the globe, so we favor books which can be accessible in each North America and the UK. We additionally favor it when books can be found in several codecs, as a result of some members favor to take heed to their books whereas others favor to learn them in onerous copy or digital model.

Members select the books. Members additionally counsel a whole lot of the books, and I counsel some too after all. What this implies, although, is that even when I like your guide and assume the guide membership will adore it too, I can’t assure that it is going to be chosen. But when your guide can be a very good match, I’d prefer to learn about it.

Even when books aren’t picked the primary time they’re advised, they’ll come spherical to be thought of once more. We prefer to learn a mixture of new books and older books. You possibly can see earlier decisions on the animal guide membership web page.  

Since Companion Animal Psychology has a dedication to reward-based coaching strategies, one rule for the guide membership is that we gained’t learn books that counsel the usage of aversive coaching strategies comparable to prong or shock collars. 

Along with the members within the group, lots of people appear to learn alongside us, after which generally electronic mail me their ideas. 

The Pawsitive Publish in Dialog

The Pawsitive Publish in Dialog is the podcast related to Companion Animal Psychology, co-hosted on my own and Kristi Benson. We report about as soon as a month, and we love speaking to our favorite authors of books about animals. 

We don’t have friends each episode, and never all of our friends are authors, as a result of we additionally love speaking to scientists and canine trainers and so forth. But when we love your guide, we’d love to talk to you. 

On the finish of each episode, we ask our visitor (if we’ve received one) to inform us about what they’re presently studying. Then we every share a guide that we now have lately completed and liked. These might be any books. We by no means know upfront what can be picked!

You possibly can take heed to The Pawsitive Publish in Dialog wherever you get your podcasts.

The Author’s Pet

The Author’s Pet explores the world of latest writers and their companion animals. It ran for a sequence after which took a break—however is now open for submissions once more. Each bit highlights an writer and their most up-to-date guide. Interview questions ask in regards to the guide in addition to how the pet influences the writer’s writing, whether or not it’s merely maintaining them firm on the keyboard or offering essential inspiration. 

To be thought of for The Author’s Pet, books don’t must be about animals. Actually, most of them aren’t. However the writer does have to have (or have had) a pet who they want to speak about. 

Yow will discover out extra in the rules for The Author’s Pet.  

Guide Spherical-ups

Sometimes, I publish a round-up of the books I’ve been studying these days. They’d be any sort of books, not nearly animals—simply what I’ve been studying. I like placing this type of submit collectively, however sadly I haven’t had the time to do one for some time.  Possibly that’s my cue to do one other one quickly, however I can’t make any guarantees. In any case, these are by no means books that folks have despatched me, they’re what I’ve discovered from shopping my native guide retailer or from listening to folks’s suggestions on my podcast.

A Shock

Proper now I’m engaged on one thing to do with books about animals. I can’t give something away right here, however in the event you’ve received a guide about animals that was out lately, or that can be out later this 12 months, let me learn about it. I’ve received a few spots for books which can be a very good match. 

The Animal Books Group on Fb

In addition to the guide membership, I run one other group on Fb which is for anybody who needs to talk about books about animals. Authors are allowed to share their interviews and upcoming occasions at any time, and on the final Sunday of the month they’re welcome to submit about their guide. Conventional and self-published authors are all welcome.

Most members will not be authors, however individuals who love animals and love studying.

Members are inspired to share information articles, interviews, and many others. about books about animals. I share a whole lot of writer interviews in right here, insofar as Fb permits. (Sadly lately Fb doesn’t let Canadians share information articles—sure, it’s ridiculous. However members who aren’t Canadian gained’t have this drawback). 

Though the guide membership is for subscribers to my electronic mail listing, authors don’t must subscribe to affix (although after all you’re very welcome to!). Whenever you ask to affix, as an alternative of giving the passcode, inform me you’re an writer and the title of your guide, and I’ll allow you to in.

Easy methods to pitch your guide

I hope this helps to make clear how books get talked about on Companion Animal Psychology. Be at liberty to electronic mail me about your guide in the event you assume it’s a very good match for one in every of these classes, or just be a part of the Animal Books group in the event you’d like. I get a whole lot of emails and am not in a position to reply to all of them, so having a transparent topic line will assist me reply to you sooner.

You possibly can contact me on companimalpsych at gmail dot com.

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