Sherry’s Secret Dictionary: A Guide to Your Dog is my most recent book. I wrote this book in the form of a dictionary to make it easier for readers to find solutions to their dog’s misbehaviors. Not every dog learns the same way so it is important for readers to be able to find the behavior and solutions quickly by looking in the table of contents to find the page with all the possible solutions to their canine problem.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am from Montreal and have been training dogs for many years. I teach animal psycology at a college in Montreal, I teach correcting problematic canine behaviors at animal shelters and I run my own dog powered sports club called Power Paws Dog Club where I teach scooter joring, carting, canicross, bike joring, kick sledding and ski joring. I have worked as an assistant veterinarian and as a groomer in the past.
What inspired you to write this book?
While working in a Humane Society, I was often asked for tips on correcting problematic behaviors such as barking, biting, jumping, etc.. Many adopters had bought other dog training books, but still couldn’t understand why the tricks in the books didn’t seem to work. The problem was that most books will give you one or two methods of training, but these methods might or might not work for their dog. It was then that I thought it would be a great idea to write my own dog training guide specializing in correcting these behaviors. I also knew that many adopters, when faced with problematic dog behaviors, would not have the patience to read through an entire book to find the answer to their question. This book was designed to be easy to read and results are fast!
How did you choose the title?
The book is in the form of a dictionary and it contains many dog trainers’ secrets to training so I thought it was fitting to use Sherry’s Secret Dictionary.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I wrote to many different publishing agencies and was turned down for three years. I finally found an agency in New York that was willing to help me get the book published! The trick in my case was that I never gave up!
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer, it was only when I saw the need for a book containing my professional knowledge and the knowledge of veterinarians that I began to write.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to use post-its. Ideas come and go quickly and I have found that if they are not written down as they come, they tend to be lost. I carry post-its and a pen on me and as I get an idea, I stop what I’m doing to write it down.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
The book is a non-fiction and doesn’t have any characters.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I’ve learned that writing is the easiest part of a book. Publishing is the hardest part and many people get discouraged when trying to find a publisher.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would not do anything differently. My book is based on facts and should be changed in any way. I never gave up when it came to trying to find a publisher.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read books on dogs and different canine sports. Canine athletes have always facinated me. My absolute favorite read is a magazine called Mushing Magazine from Alaska. It has great stories about races and kennel care.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am currently working on a book about solving feline problematic behaviors. Working in a shelter, I am often asked for solutions to problems such as urinating outside the litter box and scratching the furniture. I plan to put it in the same format as Sherry’s Secret Dictionary to make it easy to read.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
My advice would be to make sure you always have something to write down your ideas and when it comes to publishing, never give up!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader would be dog owners. The book was designed with animal shelters in mind as these dogs are the most problematic, but any dog owner experiencing problems would really enjoy the simplicity of the book!
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can find the book on Amazon, at Chapters and directly from the publisher at www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/SherrysSecretDictionary.html