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Tuesday, January 25 2011

     Forced bedrest gives you lots of time to think. Yesterday afternoon I had an epiphany as I stared at the cobwebs on the ceiling fan. This will not come as a surprise to fans of The Briar Patch, but believe it or not, this Big White Dog has quite a following.  Other Half is still shaking his head in amazement.  I told him that he won't think it's funny when that Big White Dog brings home a paycheck. I finally decided to follow the advice of so many of you and do a Children's book about Briar & Roanie.

     Last night I waded through all the photos I've taken of Briar from the tiny puppy to the smiling mountain she has become. After I select the photos, then I'll write the picture book text around them.  At that point, we'll begin the laborious task of finding an agent interested in the tale (tail!) of a Big White Dog and an Injured Sheep. Wish us luck!


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 12:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  14 Comments  |  Email
Love this! Congratulations in advance! I know it will be an awesome book and kids will love it! I can't wait to tell my daughter Ginny, who is a big fan of Briar! I haven't emailed you in a while, but know this, reading your blog is a part of my every day routine! Hope you are feeling much better today
Posted by Jonnie Edinburgh on 01/25/2011 - 01:27 PM
Where do we pre-order?!?!?!? Oh yes, this blog is the first one I hit every day.
Posted by Diane I. on 01/25/2011 - 02:28 PM
Hahahaha! Trust me, I've heard that getting a Children's book published is a LONG uphill battle. Fortunately I have a "day job" so it isn't a big deal. I also have faith. I have faith that the magic between species will be as appealing to hardened publishing executives as it will be to kids. And who knows! Perhaps God will smile on us. He certainly smiled on Roanie.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/25/2011 - 04:17 PM
I'm so excited! I'll definitely buy it for my nieces. You need to throw at least one pony picture into the book too ;) I'm delighted to have gotten my own "Briar" now too... a 10 month old Anatolian named Karuma. Cool, cool dog. Love these giant sweethearts. Oh, and in the book it needs to be a coyote attack, not a Police Dog ;);)
Posted by Sharon Martin-Holm on 01/25/2011 - 04:53 PM
Yea!!! I love the White Mountain!! How is Briar doing with the babies? I see that one of them is interested in what she is doing, but Roanie is totally at ease with her presence.
Posted by CeeCee on 01/25/2011 - 05:49 PM
Me again. Why are Briar's feet and front pink in the first picture?
Posted by CeeCee on 01/25/2011 - 05:50 PM
Briar's feet aren't really pink. She was muddy...really muddy....everything around here is muddy now! Briar is good around the lambs but she gives ALL lambs a wide berth, even Roanie's lambs. When lambing season is over, I'll be able to leave Briar in with the sheep full time again. For now, she is just with them when I'm home to monitor baby lambs and Giant Baby Dogs!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/26/2011 - 11:27 AM
Thanks everyone for all the support! I'm really looking forward to doing this children's book. I may be bouncing some ideas off you guys later!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/26/2011 - 11:29 AM
I know the LGD community will jump on it. Recent mystery published with Pyrs in it by an LGD owner. May even get to catalogue it when done :)
Posted by Liz (Vic Aust.) on 01/26/2011 - 05:16 PM
This is a wonderful idea!!! Have you thought about self-publishing using ;)
Posted by Krystal on 01/26/2011 - 08:45 PM
Sheri - WHEN your story gets published, please come speak to my elementary school. They are desperately in need of character lessons in this day and age. I will send you the name of a publisher who has done several animal related series children's books. They have already shown they are in that niche market. Good luck! Can't wait for your debut!
Posted by Dani Ezer on 01/27/2011 - 12:07 PM
the publisher I referenced earlier Ozark Publishing, Inc. Prairie Grove, AR 72753 800-321-5671
Posted by Dani Ezer on 01/27/2011 - 12:15 PM
Excellent! That sounds like a good place to start! And I would most certainly LOVE to come speak to your class!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 01/27/2011 - 04:40 PM!!!! I just love Briar! I was just chatting with a friend of mine about our favorite childhood books just the other day. I can definitely see Briar and Roanie's story as favorite for many. My top 3 were: The Velveteen Rabbit, A Rose for Pinkerton and Go Dog Go. Best wishes! Hugs to Briar! And 2 thumbs-up to your epiphany!!! ~Ginny
Posted by Ginny on 01/30/2011 - 06:16 PM

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