27 April 2007

The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Dogs

Available in the Holly Lisle Bookshop.

Have you ever been reading a book – maybe even enjoying it – but when you got to a crucial point, the author made a glaring mistake that made you want to throw the book across the room? Would you keep reading?

Here’s a hint: most people won’t.

Time is in short supply, and readers are just looking for reasons to put your book down for a better book, or something else – and you DON’T want to be the writer whose book gets thrown across the wall.

Writers, there are almost 45 million dog owners in the United States alone. 45 million. That’s almost 1 out of every 6 people in the US. That’s a heck of a lot of people.

And YOU could be causing them to throw YOUR BOOK against the wall, by making mistakes that are so irritating to readers – but SO easy to fix. The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Dogs by Amy Laurens will show you how.

So, your main character owns a dog – or maybe is a dog. What next?

Imagine being able to write a scene from the point of view of a dog, and not having to mention the dog at all – and yet people still ‘miraculously’ know your main character is a dog. The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Dogs discusses in detail what it’s like to be a dog – their senses, their emotions, everything – and you can use this information to create rounded, compelling characters that act like dogs, not people in fur coats.

But what if you don’t want to write about a main character who’s a dog? And what if you already own a dog, and think you know all about them?

Let me assure you: you still don’t know everything you need to know.

The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Dogs includes tips on things your typical dog-owner wouldn’t even think to include. Mistakes about dog showing, breeding, the different breeds of dogs and how dogs think and feel – all this and more are discussed in this brand new e-book.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll learn in The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Dogs:

• Dogs don’t actually see in black and white. They have dichromatic vision.
• Dogs can smell things into their component parts – they can recognise the whole and the parts.
• Dogs don’t speak English – but they’re very superstitious.
• Dogs don’t do things to ‘get revenge’; in fact, they aren’t capable of thinking in such terms.

Plus discussions on things like:

• Purebreds versus mongrels: is one better than the other?
• Male versus female: is there really a difference?
• Dogs versus cats: what’s the real deal here?

And much, much more!

Pick up your copy right away – you’ll be writing like an insider in no time at all, and you’ll be secure in the knowledge that no-one will every throw YOUR books against the wall – at least, not for dog mistakes!


Yunaleska said...

I think I'm going to need a copy, since Termion deals with animal instincts (knowing a dog will help me think on what to look out for).

How much will it cost?

Amy Laurens said...

US$9 :)

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