I’m In the Doghouse Today
Today is the day. In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo. I’m celebrating with donuts because donuts are delicious and they play an important role in this book.
From In the Doghouse:
“My grandpa used to swear he could tell what kind of person someone was by knowing their favorite donut.”
Lucy smiles. “With all due respect, sounds like your grandpa was missing a few donut holes.”
“You’d be surprised how right he was. What’s your favorite donut?”
But do you know what, or rather who, played an even more important role in this novel? YOU, dear subscriber, and all of these wonderful people and organizations mentioned now:
In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View
by Teri Case
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it takes a village to write and publish a book.
Thank you first and foremost to Ted Llana for everything. I heart your guts.
My dear friend, Elizabeth (aka, Vego), thank you for the years of endless discussions and epiphanies that ultimately shaped this story.
Without Ingrid Yocum Reisman’s perspective and feedback, I wouldn’t have dared to write a character with autism. You make me laugh through tears, Ingrid. Thank you.
Lisa Sinicki, thank you for inviting me to take the Story Genius workshop via Author Accelerator (and for being a beta reader).
On that note, thank you Lisa Cron and Jennie Nash for partnering up to offer the Story Genius workshop. Lisa, my paperback copy of Story Genius goes everywhere I go. And Lizette Clarke with Author Accelerator, thank you for your “genius” coaching and manuscript evaluation. I won’t write a book without your help.
My drafts need beta readers and authors extraordinaire. Cathey Nickell and Lisa Manterfield you fit the bill.
Additional beta readers include the dynamic duo, Kate McKenzie and Buddy the Bull Dog, and authors Kim Hamilton, Kathryn Brown Ramsperger, Mary Incontro, Brian Joyner, Mary Jo Hazard, Peter Mires, and Lorie Schaefer. I’m grateful to my first ever beta book club, The DRBC, especially Christina H. Furasek, Dana Mauger, and of course, Larry and Thor.
Editor Paige Duke, your patience with my initial draft and your willingness to teach me and reread my changes differentiate you in your field. Follow-on editors Eddy Bank and Carrie Ann Lahain, I can sleep at night because of you.
A dog book needs dog people. Thank you, Donna Newman Wilczynski, Jessica Case, and Kristi Tristao Jensen for sharing, and letting me use your dogs’ peculiar habits.
Photographer Gretchen Lemay, everyone needs their headshots done by you.
DOGTV has years of scientific research behind its mission to entertain and comfort your dog when alone. You can learn more at DOGTV.com.
Special thanks to Dr. Amanda Toler Woodward and Loki (Chapter 38) for their dedication to the care and dignity of the elderly. Learn more about Dr. Woodward’s work at amandatolerwoodward.com.
Thank you Rupert Davies-Cooke and the Original Writers Group, especially Nahid for her input on astrology and how it influences personalities. Special thanks to Publishing Pros, Creative Rock Stars, and IPTIA.
Guess who kicks ass? Kelsey Browning, Reva Benefiel, and the rest of the KicksAss Creations Inner Circle. Learn more at kicksasscreations.com. Matthew Wallace, you showed up each day for a year, and that made me want to show up too.
Thank you, Dan Blank. As I write this list, it doesn’t escape me that I know at least 12 of these fantastic contributors because of you.
Dear Facebook friends, you chimed in whenever I asked for ideas or support. Where would I be without you?
Betty Crocker, thank you for creating the Cherry Chip Cake.
Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, thanks for writing He’s Just Not That Into You. I also couldn’t have lived without It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt.
Dear J.K. Rowling, I just . . . thank you for being you and for making life magical.
What good would a book be without some Backstreet Boys?
I Want It That Way
Words and Music by Martin Sandberg and Andreas Carlsson
Copyright © 1999 by GV-MXM and GV-Maratone
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All Rights Reserved Used by Permission
Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard LLC
Every book gets judged by a cover, and I’m grateful to have the cover designer, Olya Vynnychenko on the team again. Original photo credits belong to:
Couple: Neustockimages, iStock #155072327
Berger Blanc Suisse: GlobalP, iStock #484845940
Tennis Ball: Bequest, Pixabay #1593518
Everyone, thanks for being you.