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awatkins
04-13-2005, 11:55 PM
Hi all,

I'm compiling a list of markets that accept animal-related articles and essays, and I've also got a few good resources I'd like to share. I know we have folks here write about cats, dogs, birds, horses, and wild animals. Anybody else want to chime in and tell us what animals you write about? And if you have any good markets you'd like to share, by all means post them and I'll put them in the list. Rose has already posted info about a few, and so has Reece. Thanks. :)

Oh, I almost forgot! If anyone is interested in writing animal/pet books, I have a list of contact info for book publishers.

As soon as I can get my stupid computer to stop eating my documents, I'll post a list! Visual C++ runtime errors/abnormal program terminations, anyone? Grrrrr.......

GHF65
04-29-2005, 06:45 PM
Oooo! Me! Me!

I'd love the contact info for animal book publishers. I know they're listed in Writer's Market, but the info is outdated almost before it arrives at the door.

Abnormal program terminations? How often do you clean your drives? Did you write the programs yourself?

I've done my stint as tech support for my high school, so if there's anything I can do to help, let me know. Most of the runtime errors I've come across were software conflict issues. Norton's antivirus programs have a tendency to be major players in that arena. Pop-up blockers will also conflict, as will (as I just discovered the hard way) firewalls.

awatkins
04-29-2005, 07:47 PM
One book publisher coming up.

Here ya go: http://www.barronseduc.com/info.html

That's my publisher and they're very cool. Scroll down the page a bit to see the guidelines. You can also look to the left and see the book categories. Browse around a bit and see if they've published something like what you have in mind. Good luck should you decide to pitch them. :)

I'll gather some others soon and get them in here, as well.

Thanks for the offer of help with the computer probs! Will try to get back with some educated questions. :D

wurdwise
04-29-2005, 07:54 PM
I looked at Barron's and it looks very interesting, but the only thing I couldn't find was any discussion about payment. Awatkins, thanks for the lead, but can you tell us where to learn how they pay their authors?

awatkins
04-29-2005, 08:07 PM
Hi Denise,

I found out payment details when they offered me a contract and we discussed the terms. They offer a split advance, half on signing of the contract, the rest after the project is completed. Then you receive royalties after the advance is earned back.

Seems like Writer's Market says they offer advances of around $2,500 to $3,000, but I can't remember for sure. (Anybody have a recent copy?) I suppose it depends on your project, since they publish books of different lengths and formats. If they are interested in buying your book, you can iron all that out then. :)

wurdwise
04-29-2005, 08:10 PM
Thanks a million!

awatkins
04-29-2005, 08:14 PM
You're welcome! :)

GHF65
04-30-2005, 09:57 PM
Thanks again, Anne!

Do they welcome direct contact, or is the intervention of an agent necessary? I do see in the guidelines that they are open to queries, but is that reality or just fluff?

I'd love to have a little incentive to finish the next two books. Right now I'm suffering Writer's Funk, a little-known syndrome brought on by Rejection Overdose.

awatkins
05-03-2005, 03:55 AM
Do they welcome direct contact, or is the intervention of an agent necessary? I do see in the guidelines that they are open to queries, but is that reality or just fluff?

Right now I'm suffering Writer's Funk, a little-known syndrome brought on by Rejection Overdose.

Hi there!

No, they don't require that you have an agent, and yes, they really do invite queries! It has been my experience that they are very-writer friendly, easy to work with, and very approachable. I highly recommend them.

Rejection Overdose. Seems like I've heard of that. ;)

mommie4a
05-03-2005, 06:25 AM
Hi Anne - ok, it's a little late, I'm a little fatigued, but I have a list somewhere of a bunch of the animal mags that I found on one of the writer ezine websites. I'll hunt for second and see if I can find it then post it. jill

mommie4a
05-03-2005, 06:33 AM
www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets.shtml (http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets.shtml)

www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets2.shtml (http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets2.shtml)

www.writing-world.com/freelance/petmarts.shtml (http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/petmarts.shtml)

The first and the last seem to have the most specifics on particular markets.

awatkins
05-03-2005, 06:01 PM
Lovely! Thanks so much, Jill. :Hug2:

mommie4a
05-03-2005, 06:04 PM
de nada!

awatkins
05-03-2005, 06:10 PM
From their web site:

"Until further notice, City + Country Pets Magazine is no longer accepting unsolicited articles."

Looks like they prefer queries, but I and and other freelancers have noticed that this publication is either waaaaaay slow to respond, or does not respond at all. Just a heads-up. If you have a different experience, please let us know.

~ Anne

GHF65
05-04-2005, 05:27 PM
City & Country Pets hasn't accepted unsolicited articles for some time. I think I last tried them about a year ago, and that was the response I got. They were pretty quick about it. They shot me down by return email! :horse:

Joanne

Rose
05-04-2005, 06:10 PM
I hope this is an appropriate place to post this question...Anne W., please tell me if it should be moved!
Has anyone worked with Whole Dog Journal (www.whole-dog-journal.com (http://www.whole-dog-journal.com))? I requested guidelines in Sep of 2004 and again a few weeks ago, but to no avail. I haven't heard a peep.

Rose
05-10-2005, 06:13 PM
A quick review of my spreadsheet seems to indicate most dog magazines pay around $0.10 word...or less! Dog World is up to $0.50/word, so that's better. Does anyone know a dog article market that pays an average of $0.25/word and up? How about pay rates for these pubs in particular:

Whole Dog Journal?

Animal Fair? I requested guidelines about three weeks ago, but haven't heard anything.

The Bark? Their guidelines say their pay rates vary, and I'm wondering if anyone here knows what their *average* rates are. They also say response time to queries is 8-10 months. Yes, MONTHS! Yikes.

awatkins
05-12-2005, 12:48 AM
Rose, did you have any luck finding out anything from these markets? I'm not familar with any of them.

Rose
05-12-2005, 02:01 AM
No, I've hit a road block with these markets. I'll keep digging, though!

awatkins
06-17-2005, 09:57 PM
Here's another pet book publisher; they're the book division of Fancy Publications. (Fancy Publications is the publisher of Bird Talk, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, etc.)

Here's the homepage: http://bowtiepress.com/bowtie/default.asp

Click here for submission guidelines: http://bowtiepress.com/bowtie/submission.asp

Here's a link to their catalog but I don't know how current it is:
http://bowtiepress.com/bowtie/catalog.asp

GHF65
06-18-2005, 05:32 PM
FINALLY! It's so hard to find an animal book publisher that takes horse stuff. I can't wait to submit my proposal! Thanks, Anne.

Joanne

awatkins
06-18-2005, 05:41 PM
You're welcome, Joanne! Good luck with it! :)