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All 3 “Amazing” Books Now Available

Written By: RJ - Jun• 12•13

Following the release in November of Our Amazing Cats, the next two books, ‘Our Amazing Cats, Vol. 2’ and ‘Our Amazing Dogs,’ were launched on May 15.

Stu Bykofsky, well-known columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, contributed both cat and dog stories to the books. Written in his inimitable humorous style, his stories include the hilarious account of his beloved dog, Cheech, in Our Amazing Dogs, and Ashes, a failed relationship leftover, in Our Amazing Cats (Vol. 1). Why he refers to dogs as “he” and cats as “she” is fully explored in his book, Cats Are Supermodels, published last year by Stuniversity Press, in which he also mentions some of Dr. Peters’ previously published advice to cat owners.

Colorado professional writer and contributor to both cat books, Nancy Dutton, said, “We writers are lucky to have (Dr. Peters) in our lives,” because of the opportunity for all authors, experienced or beginners, to become published affordably.

Dr. Peters said, “My books are filled with endearing, amusing and sometimes heart breaking tales that will help the reader appreciate all animals in familiar ways, yet with a new dimension of affection and regard for the qualities that make them unique.”

Her previous books include the still popular How to Make Your Cat Adore You, along with 7 Steps To 9 Lives, The Cat Lady Collection, Moving With Pets, Alternative Healing Choices, as well as last year’s Our Amazing Cats (Vol. 1).

In addition to entertaining the reader, Dr. Peters also uses her knowledge of self-publishing to help new writers get their own words into print, perhaps for the first time, as well as to provide a venue for seasoned writers to easily contribute more of their shorter works into the world.

Writers interested in pursuing this extremely affordable pathway-to-print should contact her by leaving a comment in the Reply area. To purchase the books, links to each one can be found on the Book List page.

Book Summaries – Why Do Them?

Written By: CEO - Nov• 07•12

We’re all busy these days, and reading a book becomes more and more difficult for most of us. Who has the time to sit down and relax with a book anymore?

Book summaries to the rescue! If you just need to keep up with the latest information, a summary is a great way to pick up current knowledge on many topics. A summary can be read in a much shorter time than the full, original book, and you can always go back later and work your way through the longer, original version if you want to, when you have more time.

Book summaries are not a new concept, either. Who hasn’t used at least one of the Cliffs Notes publications for a book report in school? Another well-known publisher, Spark Notes, has been around for a long time, too.

Because book summaries have become popular, publishers have proliferated recently, especially online. Thumbnail Books is no exception. We are just getting started and are already finding this publishing niche to be very exciting and fun.

Short Story Collections

Written By: CEO - Nov• 07•12

The nice thing about short story collections is that they are easy to put down when you don’t have time to read for hours at a time. They can take the pressure off when you are interrupted a lot or if you fall asleep easily while reading.

A short story is more likely to be finished while you have “just a moment” to read. This is handy when you are on a lunch or coffee break at work; when you fall exhausted into bed at night and can’t keep your eyes open long enough to get through a full chapter in a long book; when you read during the commute to work (you won’t miss your stop because you can’t wait to see if Esmeralda falls off the cliff); or when you’re expecting a phone call or a visitor.

And for some people, this is no small matter: If someone interrupts me during the final showdown in a long book I’ve invested my life in for an entire week and the next paragraph explains how the escape plan was hatched, I get mad. Yes, I succumb to the emotion of the movie in my head. I’m totally wrapped up in the climax of the story and I resent any and all interruptions. It could even ruin my day, set the mood for the rest of it, and I become the Tasmanian Devil of the secretarial pool.

Well, maybe not that bad, but I do like to finish a story I’ve started. And if I don’t have the time to do that, I don’t like it. Short stories fulfill my desire to get to the finish line on my own time, not someone else’s.

Stay tuned here at Thumbnail Books for opportunities to become involved in future projects involving “short writing.”