FitCat Publishing is accepting submissions for volume 2 of our award-winning book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. As with the first volume, it will feature 12 stories, all written in First Person Cat (in other words, through the eyes of the rescued cats), and a portion of the profits will go to cat rescue. The book is tentatively scheduled to be published in January, 2017.
We are looking in particular for cat bloggers, cat writers, or aspiring writers whose cats have blogs, Facebook or Twitter profiles — writers who are social media savvy, who are part of the online cat community or cat writing community, and those who have relationships with local rescues. And of course, you must have a rescue cat in your life, who will be the protagonist of your story. Even though having a cat’s point of view gives the story a highly creative angle, we are looking for stories based on real-life events.
The cats will tell the story of where they came from, how they were rescued, how they came to live with their family, and the adjustments they made along the way. The stories should be engaging and have a strong voice. There will be 12 cats and 12 stories in this book, and each story will be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The pay will be $150 for each story, with a bonus if the book sells over a certain number. FitCat will have exclusive worldwide print and digital rights to the published stories for the first 13 months of release, and nonexclusive rights beginning with the fourteenth month onwards. A third of the book’s profits will be donated to cat rescues.
For the first 13 months of release (except for December 2017), the net profit percentage designated for the rescues will go to groups chosen by the book’s writers, and each writer will be assigned a month to promote the book, during which their rescue will receive the third profit amount earned. At the end of the 13-month period, the writer whose month generated the most book sales will also see December’s designated rescue profit percentage go to their group.
Submission requirements — please follow these exactly:
- A one-page synopsis of your cat’s story. This can be written in third person.
- The first three paragraphs of the cat’s story, written through the cat’s eyes, just the way they might appear in the book. Please double space these paragraphs and indent (tab) the first line of each paragraph. Stories must be written in plain English; in other words, no LOL catspeak or kitty patois. While this style of writing may work for a 400-word blog post, it would make a 3,000-5,000-word story very hard to follow. Small inflections or speech quirks are fine, but your writing style must not depend on it. It is possible to infuse a feline narrative with lots of personality without stretching language to extremes. The paragraphs and synopsis should be in a .doc or .docx file.
- At least two, and no more than four of your best photos of the cat narrating the story.
- The URLs to your blog and social media accounts, especially any related or attached to the cat in the story, plus your marketing plan: how you plan to promote the book during your designated month.
- The cat rescue you would like to support. It must be a U.S. 501(c) non-profit.
- A way to contact you, including email (if different from the email you will be using to send the submission) and a phone number.
- These requirements are the minimum of what we need to judge your work. If you’d like you may include a resume, bio or links to past work.
Please send submissions to rescuesubmissions AT fitcatinc.com. Any questions about this project can also be sent to this email.
Only one submission per writer. If you have more than one rescue cat, pick the one you can voice the best or the one with the most interesting story.
Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2015, and accepted writers will be contacted throughout November. If you are not one of the accepted writers, please don’t feel badly — writing ability is one of the criteria, but not the only one, and it is quite possible that, like with the first book, we will get many more good submissions than we can actually use. This will be a fun and rewarding project, but the desire and ability to promote the book will be as important as the writing when it comes down to the authors chosen for this project.