Big Publisher Snaps Up Dog’s Book: A To-Be-Continued Update

August 2008
by Dennis Fried

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Big Publisher Snaps Up Dog’s Book: A To-Be-Continued Update

by Dennis Fried

As many of you already know from my previous articles, I created Eiffel Press in 1999 to publish my dog Genevieve’s first book, Memoirs of a Papillon: The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad (dogtellsall.com). It’s done very well since its publication in 2000, having sold 20,000 copies to date. We did a lot of touring, along with radio and TV interviews, which were rather easy to get because the combination of the adorable little dog with a low opinion of humans and a biting wit is like catnip (!) to the media. We also had features and reviews in Time magazine, The Boston Globe, Dog World magazine, and other publications.

Several years ago I queried about 25 agents to see if they’d be interested in trying to sell the book to a big house. I had done pretty much all I could do to promote the book, and I felt it had a lot of untapped potential. I got back the usual “Not for us” replies (when I got a reply back at all), but a couple of agents were kind enough to write personal notes. They said they thought the book was good, but they also thought it had already been too successful for another publisher to want it. This was a new kind of rejection!

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