Monday Mentions: Cover Angst, Poison Mushrooms & Salty Language

I’m in a flurry-hurry of last edits for LOST AND FOUND, flamingo-dancing fast as I can to send off to my editor tomorrow. I’m delighted to have received another advance quote on the book from the awesome dog and cat expert Dr. Marty Becker, woot! In other news, my publisher is working on a revised cover so consider the current one a place-holder for now.

September 20 release date will arrive very soon, so I’m working hard to line up blog tours, advance reviews and other important “schtuff” that will help get the word out. If you would be interested in hosting me/the book (or any of the nonfiction books?) on your blog for a tour–or would like an advance PDF review copy–please drop me a line or post a note in the comments.

Meanwhile the voting for NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT has the dog names Dakota and Bruno nearly neck-and-neck, while cat names Macy and Simba are top contenders. Today is your last chance to vote–as I said, I’m sending final version to my editor tomorrow!

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.


The Grammar Police don’t apply for a job here if you’re your grammar sucks

Three Days on a Criminal Jury fascinating look from mystery author and blogger Beth Groundwater

Jodie Renner on Voice she always has such good advice

Pricing Discussion, do you agree?

RWA 2012 Keynote “Weathering The Transition” from Stephanie Laurens, well worth reading

Salty Language, how genre and timeframe dictate what’s permitted, great post!

Run to Ground book launch, virtual and real, from DP Lyle, I just got this book in my shipment from Thrillerfest and can’t wait to read it. FYI, Doug gave me a killer advance quote for my own thriller–he’s got great taste. Ahem. And is a terrific thriller author!

Screenplay Festival Deadline July 31st! Comedy Workshop looking for writers

Marketing Pros & Cons, one indie author’s experience

The Writer Magazine Goes On Hiatus after 125 years, wow…

7 Places for Free Photos safe for blogger use? Check it out.

Pre-Publishing Checklist could be helpful for indie authors

Chuck Sambuchino Q & A on success in writing and editing


Amazing Poison Mushroom Cure for dogs, wow!

Nominate Shelter Volunteer and they could win $10k for their shelter

Novel Approaches in Canine Nutrition webinar hosted Sunday Aug. 12 by Dr. Jean Dodds

“Killed” & “Modified Live” Vaccines, issues to considered if given together

Genome Barks Podcast Series some great info

Stem Cell Veterinary Research, fascinating stuff from Morris Animal Foundation to help cats with chronic renal disease, canine back paralysis and more!

Dolphin Encounter! fabulous pictures from Dr Rayya

Raw Food Under Fire–Again (a conspiracy?!) a great discussion by Sally Bahner with terrific links to more info

Job Posting: Chief Operating Officer for the AKC

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Or is your old-fogy cat or aging dog in need of home nursing care? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Don’t forget to vote for your NAME THAT DOG/CAT character choice in the forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND!


Monday Mentions: Cover Angst, Poison Mushrooms & Salty Language — 10 Comments

  1. I’m so glad to see so many bloggers linking to and sharing the fight on raw food. Whether you'[re a raw feeder or not, the issue should be important to all dog lovers. When we allow the AVMA to start making policies that don’t reflect the research, where will it end?

    • I know many folks who feed raw and do so with great results. Even though I don’t personally feed raw, and do strongly caution folks to LEARN HOW TO DO IT RIGHT, it doesn’t seem the AVMA statement has been well thought out and does appear to be driven by other issues beyond nutrition. Thanks for visiting and commenting on the blog.

  2. Amy, I would be delighted to host you on my blog. Let me know what date works for you and we will be good to go. We can go with interview questions or you can write a post. As a rule, I don’t do book reviews but rather share the story about the writer and how the book idea evolved. How does that sound?

    • Patricia, THANK YOU! I would love to “visit” your blog. Sounds terrific, let me look at some dates. The release is Sept 20 but I’m told the print version may take a bit longer to drop so I’m looking at the first couple weeks of October. Interview questions would be awesome–I’ll probably be brain dead by then. *s*

  3. On grammar police: At my current job I see bad grammar all the time. As I always put it: “these people make puppies cry.” Even the management mixes up too and to. The amount of times I’ve seen assess replaced with access make me want to pull my hair out. I can deal with minor mistakes like the occasional wayward preposition, or not being 100% sure where commas go (as long as it doesn’t go overboard), but I see a lot of extremes. Of course, I also saw the same in one of my anthropology classes – a shared undergrad/grad course. We occasionally traded papers for proofreading. Usually I ended up trading with one of the grad students. How they got that far in school was beyond me… there were so many red marks on that page by the time I finished it looked like a grammar massacre. It also makes me cringe when people who blog for a living make spelling and grammar errors that they really shouldn’t be making. Especially the spelling errors. GUYS. Most blog platforms have a spellcheck option for a reason! USE IT!

    Not that everyone doesn’t slip up now and then, but if you error is that consistent, I might have to slap you. Then there’s the mistake that slipped by proofreading by three different people on my resume I used for quite some time – “duties included by not limited to”. Once I finally saw it, I had to wonder just how many jobs that had cost me. Because listed in my skillset: attention to detail. *epic facepalm*

    Though speaking of typos, I think you missed the “K” here: “Nominate Shelter Volunteer and they could win $10 for their shelter” 😉 I kinda did a double take at that one. LOL

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