Wow sometime while I was busy with life… there’s been a lot of new Ragdoll books published. I’m up to 7 pages in my amazon store. If you’ve read any of them (especially the ones aimed at adults) please let me know what you thought.
I released my hardback of The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat for print. Now most people would celebrate a 1 year book release anniversary then probably wait till 5 years but since it took me 4 years to write it- today means something to me.
To all of you who have purchased the book, left an Amazon or Barnes & Noble positive review, told a friend and liked my social media pages- I’d like to take a moment to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
To the wonderful breeders and cat parents who sent in pictures. Thank you again. I appreciate you sharing your beautiful cats with me. I know some of the beautiful cats are no longer with us and I hope having them forever in print is a fond memory.
So today I just say thank you.
Best to all,
I ‘met’ Jenny online in a Yahoo Ragdoll cat group back in 06 or 07 shortly before I adopted Tyler and Trinity. Her website is terrific plus she is also a cat writer for her blogs and an author. She does lots of interviews, product testing and is just full of helpful information and readers.
She has interviewed me for all of my books and has featured Tyler and Trinity twice. After this last time, I asked to turn the tables and interview her.
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If you are a Ragdoll cat lover and haven’t found Jenny’s site you are missing out. Tons of great info, reviews and product testing going on over there. You’ll also see lots of awesome Raggie pics. She doesn’t discriminate either. My two are wannabe’s meaning they may have no Ragdoll in them, but she featured their our story too.
I learned that Denny Dayton passed away in April and that he attended a TICA cat show in January, so he was active in the cat fancy almost to the end.
Denny and Laura Dayton answering my correspondence when I wrote The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat, meant so much to me. I mean here is a couple that was so influential in getting the Ragdoll breed recognized and they had long since retired, but Denny took the time to call me, and Laura emailed me.
Hopefully, they are now reunited together with all the Ragdolls they loved. What a pioneering couple they both were in shaping the Ragdoll breed.
I tend to put the cart before the horse. My brain usually gets an idea for a cover before I start writing. I’ve been making my own personal photo books for years, usually of our vacations. Out of the hundreds of photos I take, before they’re even off my camera, I usually have a thought as to how I want to make the cover. This comes much easier to me than writing.
Now on my hardback I knew I couldn’t use my furbabies because they are not purebred Ragdolls. I was sent tons of photos for use in my book. Those cat owner and breeders supplied me with cat registry copies for proof of purebred, and thousand of photos. Some were out ruled right away for the front cover because they were not high enough resolution. I was still left with a tough job of choosing because of the gorgeous cats and photo abilities by the gracious people who sent in photos. I looked back to see if I saved my other choice mockups I made. I didn’t, but if they were in the running for the front cover, they made the back cover or one of the eighteen, large chapter photos. I realized I was going to have a blank page (hardback only) after the last chapter and again someone from my Ragdoll online groups stepped up. Alissa Pendorf drew a wonderful portrait of Jenny Dean’s Ragdoll Charlie.
I knew I wanted a head shot and that I wanted to use selective color to focus on the eyes. I made several mock-up choices and had them printed as 8x10s. I put them on my fridge and moved them around for weeks, putting my favorite on the top. Again I was in no hurry because I still had the book to write. Eventually choosing Marsha Harris’ Tessie from Fur Real Ragdolls. Tessie’s half brother Quincy is also in the book, but I really liked how Tessie’s eyes stood out being a seal point mitted.
So that is how my front cover came to be. I’m leaving out all the changes to the title, the editing involved, and the back cover design, but in short I went with what I’d envisioned from the start. On the abridged paperback version, I went with the same cover but in all color.
Looking back my author name should’ve been larger. I was so reluctant to make it too big it looks a little lost down there on the bottom. I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience and not do that on a clients cover.