I was fortunate to have found the one agent in the industry with an open mind, open enough to sign a dog to a contract. I don’t know what was in Barbara Poelle’s water bowl, but I’d like to get me some of it too. Regardless, she or even Irene Goodman herself, can put me on a leash and walk me anytime.
For those chasing the dream know that it’s hard work but with faith, and a never say die attitude, it can happen. Of course you could just roll over and play dead but that won’t get you in print, although the belly rub feels almost as nice.
To inspire you I’ve attached the ‘Money’ page of my contract with Barbara (my father says I write like a veterinarian so I hope you can make out my signature).
Bo, First Dog to Pen His Own Memoir
ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct. 29 — Just in time for the holiday season, “Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger (published by Kensington Books), the first non-fiction memoir ever written by a dog, is a laugh-out-loud look at how a canine and two seemingly normal people wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world while creating a lifelong bond in the process.
Bo Hoefinger is not your everyday, run of the mill author; he’s a mixed-breed shelter dog with an attitude.
Let’s get this clear right away: I’m a dog.
I’m 1’10″ and weigh 63 lbs, and although I’m a mutt on the outside, I’m a purebred on the inside. My good nature comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family, while my stubbornness is clearly from my Chowchow bloodlines. I’ve got Rastafarian ears, a black tongue for licking, and paws that should be on a dog twice my size.
I type 60 words a minute.
My name is Bo, and this is my story.
From shelter dog reject to beloved pet and popular doggie blogger, Bo’s life has been anything but ordinary.
Join this incorrigible canine as he welcomes us into his life, complete with his wacky “parents,” a constipated feline housemate, and chipmunk warfare. All tales are 100% true and will put animal lovers in fits of laughter. Bad to the Bone is an unforgettable, laugh-out-loud tale of love and loyalty that reveals the true heart of a modern American family.
A frequent contributor to local fence post 12, Bo is president of the nonprofit Beneath the Fence Society. His popular blog, BoKnowsOnline.com, receives up to 100,000 page views per month. He is also the dog behind the writer chosen as the “doggie blogger” for Dogster.com, with a membership of more than 500,000.
Bo lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his sisters Copper, a Rhodesian ridgeback rescue, and Moose, a grey run of the mill house cat. He also shares accommodations with his two owners. Everyone is allowed on the bed.
For more information, please visit http://www.BadToTheBoneMemoir.com.
EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact:
Lisa Hoefinger at BoPaw Productions
(When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)