"MAXDOG" is now available on Amazon.com!!
Click HERE for the 'Print-on-Demand' version
Click HERE for the Kindle (USA) version
Click HERE for the Kindle (UK) version
Caryl Moll's author page on Amazon, click HERE

Dear Readers and faithful friends,

After a number of years of wonderful blogging, this blog has effectively become dormant - except for occasional updates regarding my book, MAXDOG. I have left this blog as a legacy to my dog and a place of sanctuary where we can reflect upon his life. Take your time, peruse the pages spanning Max's 18 months in cyberspace. Feel refreshed and uplifted because his story is an amazing one of..."LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX". Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:

* 'LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX: click HERE
*MAXDOG'S FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: click HERE
* MAXDOG, the book: click HERE

If you would like to follow me on a deeper, spiritual level, then I invite you to visit my more personal blog:

May God bless you and thank you for following me!
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXDOG's CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE

Friday, July 15, 2011

'THE ROAD TO PUBLISHING'

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!!!
MAXMOM here...

('Maxdog' by Kathleen Coy)

 
Hello there to all my friends around the world, Maxdog's friends, readers and supporters of this blog.

I began writing Max's book in February 2010. It was around the time of the diagnosis of his liver tumour - and during his last 107 'Days of Grace'. I can say, with all honesty, that I was emotionally compelled to write his story.  I have been focussed on this task, since then, with unwavering determination. It has been a difficult and painful journey, but certainly a worthwhile one. Maxdog continues to impact on my life - even from beyond the grave.
I remember one particular day - sometime in March 2010.  Max was lying at my feet.  I knew he was dying but he'd already exceeded the two week life expectancy which had been given to him.
As I looked down at this beautiful dog, an overwhelming feeling of love engulfed me.  There was no way I could allow him to die and for his story fade into obscurity.  Max had done some amazing things in his life - not least of which was his assistance in my recovery from deep depression.  He had also touched hearts world-wide. 
I simply had to write his story!
 
So I got up from my seat and went to my kitchen.  In a corner of my grocery cupboard, I retrieved a candle.  I lit it and placed it on the coffee table in our lounge. 
It was a somewhat poignant moment as I made a promise - to Max and myself - that the light of the candle would not go out, until I'd finished writing the book. 
 
Well, it took many candles!
 
In September 2010, 4 months after Max's death, I completed the first draft of MAXDOG.
Writing this book has been an amazing journey.  Not only has it provided catharcism for both me and my family, but it has allowed us to reach closure on a very difficult part of our lives.
With my family's permission, I share my very personal account of my life with MAXDOG in this book.  A short life - only 10 years.

  I believe that MAXDOG does honest and true justice to my beloved Max.  It also gives credit to my family and my amazing blogging friends around the world who have supported me along this journey.v I have been blessed so many times, with the uncanny moments, when exactly the right people have been put into my path.  I have no doubt that these people have arrived, by the hand of God, to assist me in what has been at times a very difficult journey.

A basic Internet search will reveal that there are many routes to publishing, which include either mainstream publishing or Self-publishing. I have looked into both at length and have chosen to self-publish.
 
My sincere hope in this venture has been two-fold:
 
* I wish to give voice to the powerful bonds which develop between companion animals and their owners
 
* By telling my personal story, I hope to assist in eradicating the dangerous taboo's, judgement, preconceived ideas and social isolation, which is directed at people who suffer from depression and anxiety.  We need to speak about these conditions - openly and honestly - and share our journeys with the world.  Only in this way, will we course a path to averting the social stigma attached to anxiety and depression. It is a human condition which affects most people at least once in their lives! 
 
Finally, let me say that every word, every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter and indeed the entire book, is backed by my personal prayer:

"Wherever Maxdog's story goes, let it do good!"


   I invite you to visit us on MAXDOG's
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
and track this journey.

Thank you to all my friends for supporting, following and encouraging me:
- through your emails, on my new blog, on Facebook and in private messages and converations. I feel extremely privileged to have met so many incredible people.
 
Enjoy my book!

Sending lotsaluv to you all

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

4 comments:

Ginger Jasper said...

I have no doubt that this wonderful book will get published and we can all have the joy of reading it.. I will purr my support and mum will add her prayer to yours .. Hugs GJ xx

Petey said...

Don't rule out online publishing! A lot less expensive and an easy way to distribute your book to a global audience!

Your pals,

Petey and Jane

emilene said...

Sending you good wishes and holding thumbs that it will work out exactly as you wish. I look forward to reading the book!!

retriever said...

Hello from Belgium+ 2 golden retriever Zitablue and cerise