Please opine on my press release!

I’m not sure about the timing of this, but I’m working on a press release for my picture book, “Puppy, the Navy Seal Dachshund“.  Stepping out of my usual habit of just plunging ahead, I have been researching the topic and found this concise article in the Alliance of Independent Authors which helped me get started.  Thanks so much to Bronwyn Hemus for making it seem doable!  Here is what I’ve come up with and I’m hoping I may get some feedback!

Dachshund Becomes Navy Seal Dog!

Is the headline that Puppy, a beloved pet from Peoria, Arizona hopes to see in his local newspaper. Puppy’s journey is the plot of a whimsical children’s picture book by local author and dog lover, Anne Milstead.

Anne is a retired Tolleson Elementary teacher who spent 19 years reading, teaching, and loving children’s books.  In this book, she hopes children will love her animal characters who are actually her own pets, along with a rabbit who has decided to live in her back yard in spite of the dogs.

There is a lesson to be learned by watching the efforts of an irrepressibly ambitious pet dachshund who dreams big and works hard to reach that dream of becoming an elite Navy Seal dog. Anyone who has ever “gone for it” will be encouraged by the result.

“Puppy, the Navy Seal Dachshund” is available at Authorhouse, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite on-line book seller in soft cover or e-book format.

Anne would love to hear from readers and may be contacted at

Anyone?  Anyone?

Less subtlety and more directness!

This morning I read K.M. Alexander’s announcement about his new book,  “The Stars Were Right”  and I really liked how he showcased the book in an exciting way and encouraged his readers to buy a copy.  He wrote a good book and he’s not timid about asking people to buy it.  I am, however, and it’s silly and actually dishonest.  It’s like, “Here’s a little children’s book I wrote, and oh, here are some teaching activities you might like, and I’m sorry it’s so expensive, but maybe you can just download the ebook.  Well after admiring K.M. Alexander, a professional writer, I now say this:

Announcing a charming book about talking dogs that is sure to please any child, “Puppy, the Navy Seal Dachshund”!  See how Puppy strives for greatness with the aid of his best animal friends and how hard work makes dreams come true.