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Fantastic! I remember you asking me for an essay and how sorry I was not to have one -- oops, I guess I can't really be sorry that I haven't lost a beloved pet, yet...

Denise Emanuel Clemen

Congrats, Barbara! I hope you do another anthology that I have a piece for!! My dogs are smiling. Hmm--maybe gloating.


THIS is a great story Barbara, Congratulations!
I work for a pet insurance company and get to spend my days listening to the stories of pet parents who are dealing with illness, injury and death (and expensive medical bills). I am constantly awed by the depth of the dedication and love they have for their pets. I cannot wait for your book to be published so I can share it with them.

Loren Stephens

Congratulations Barbara. What a wonderful concept for a book. I look forward to receiving it and adding it to my Abercrombie collection. Best, Loren

Kathleen Guthrie

A perfect example of "write what you know." Congratulations!


Thank you everybody for your comments. And no one nailed me for saying that Dr. Bob was a DMV instead of a DVM.


Ayan, thank you so much for your comment. As my busisens builds, I will certainly keep you in mind. I would like to look at some samples of your work and I can publish them in my newsletter if you wish. You will get a byline, bio, and be able to promote your writing services in the newsletter. Click on the Newsletter tab above, then the Writer's Guidelines link and review the guidelines. There is a link there to subscribe to the free newsletter and place a free classified ad in it. You can also submit your article(s) there for the newsletter.


Hi Janie, This is Ayan from India. I am interested to get invoevld in creative writing projects with you. I can write in all domains that you have mentioned in your website.Please let me know in details how I can be actively invoevld with you. Regards,Ayan Bhattacharyya


Martha Silano posted this on my Facebook page - "A very cpemolling question about do we get paid, Penny. I tried to post a comment on your blog, but the letters I was supposed to type didn't appear. Here's what I would have posted:Of course I write "for free." I'm a freaking poet! Every once in a while I get $20 for a poem, and I've received a few grants and residencies, but I don't think of writing as a paying job, so all that's gravy. Poetry feeds my soul. I would write it even if it cost me money (and it does, in a way, cost me a lot of money, in the form of time). Do we get paid to pray?"

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