Monday, August 3, 2015

Abandoned Animals

Around the end of August and beginning of September is the time when we see a lot of abandoned animals in my area. People spend the summer with their kids in the mountains, most of them bring a cute puppy, kitten, bunny or other animals to amuse the kids on their vacation.

Unfortunately, when the time comes to go back to their city homes, they don't know what to do with the animals. Decent people drop them off at the shelter with some donation, but there are heartless people who just close the door of their summer home, and leave the animals behind.

They don't care that the young dog or cat that loved them all summer will be scared, hungry, sad and feel abandoned, and often die lost in the woods or get hit by a car, because they don't know where to go. Luckily, we have shelters and sanctuaries in the area that give the abandoned animals home, and a lot of them are adopted by loving families.

I strongly believe that if someone don't feel compassion when looking into the eyes of an animal, they can't feel love for another human either.

I don't need to remind you that animal abusers are out there, instead, on this blog, I want to show you animals that are happy and cared for. When you adopt animals from a shelter and give them a home and love, they will give you all they got. They will be your loyal companion until they take their last breath.

With a group of author and poet friends, we put together two picture books with short stories and poems about animals. When you purchase the books, the royalty is donated to shelters and sanctuaries. This is our way of helping animals, giving you the enjoyment of reading our stories and poems.

You can find the eBook and print book links on the left sidebar, or click on the blog pages and read about the Read for Animals project.

Enjoy this video that I embedded from Youtube



 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Raise a Paw

We have raised some paws


UPDATE:
Since our last donation we didn't raise a paw, only 3 eBook copies were sold when the books were on 99 cents promotional sale in September, 2014. The 3 sales amount to about 99 cents, which is not enough to raise a $10 paw.

The lack of sales probably due to lack of advertisement, but because the goal is to donate the money, we're not spending money on promoting the books.

Therefore, the books are sold only when interested readers stumble upon it on selling sites, and when animal lovers share our posts.

Please share this blog, let your animal lover friends know about the Read for Animals project.

We will post the next update when we raise another paw.

GOOD NEWS:
I May 2015, we have raised 32 paws from the royalties paid from the sales of the anthologies! Thank you animal lovers for sharing posts and purchasing the books!

So far we have raised 32 paws (each paw means $1) toward our next $100 donation

NOMINATE SHELTERS:
This free blog has limited with gadgets and options, visit my WEBSITE page to nominate shelters and sanctuaries for the next donation, and keep up with updates.


Thank you for your support!
Erika M Szabo

Author:

Publishing Coach:

Founder of the Read for Animals project:


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Let's Raise Some Paws


Hi, I'm Oreo, the mascot of the Read for Animals project
We have raised 200 paws to help my friends in shelters and sanctuaries
My friends are unwanted, abused or sick, and they don't have loving homes.
They get food, shelter and love from the dedicated workers of the shelters, but they depend on donations to help animals.

The Read for Animals project was created by author Erika M Szabo,
and her author, poet and animal lover friends joined her to publish two books in the series,
The royalty from the book sales is donated to shelters, sanctuaries and animal hospices.
The stories and poems are purrrfect and grrrreat in both books, and there are lots of pictures of my friends in the books too.

I'm on a website and blog tour to raise some paws and help my friends


We have donated $100 from the sales of the #1 book
And $100 from the sales of the #2 book 
Visit this page to read more:


and follow my visits to different blogs and websites on this page:


You can purchase the Read for Animals anthologies print and ebook on discount price in this





Friday, September 5, 2014

Updates


Due to the limitations of blogspot,
I created a Read for Animals page and blog where I post updates about the project
Visit the





Friday, August 29, 2014

A million thanks


With this watercolor picture, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the Read for Animals #2 project.

The author and poets who donated their stories, poems and photos:
Evelyn Steward, Jennifer Priester, Lorinda J. Taylor, Olyn Warfield, Paula Shene, Jeanne E. Rogers, Aya Walksfar, Pamela Griffiths, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Alice Marks, John A. Miller, Brian T Shirley, Tracey Dixon, Sandra Novelly, Susan M Plake, Barbara Corry, Michael Spisak, Susan Austin.

The tireless work of the editors:
Paula Shene and Jeanne E. Rogers

Friends who donated their animal photos:
Deborah Davidson, Candice Roche, Lyle Gallup, Heather Mason, Shannon Sonneveldt, Linda Erickson, Lou Ann Noble


The book is now available in ebook, coming soon in print

The Read for Animals project started when I was organizing and rewriting the short stories I have written the past few years. The idea came to me that with a few of my friends we could put together an anthology to help animals, and I asked my animal lover friends if they’d like to participate. They responded, and the stories and poems started flooding in. We published the first book of the Read for Animals series, and the first $100 donation was made to Columbia Greene animal shelter of NY, thanks to animal lovers who purchased the book.
This book is the second in the Read for Animals series. Some stories will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and make you cry. Some stories are true, and the fantasy stories will make you think… what if? Each author and poet brings their unique writing style, to make the book enjoyable.
Thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need, by purchasing this book.
-Erika M Szabo
What can we do as writers and poets to help animals in need? We can write, sell the book and donate the money – after publishing fees – to animal shelters, sanctuaries and animal hospices to help their dedicated work.
The authors and poets:
Erika M Szabo, Evelyn Steward, Jennifer Priester, Lorinda J. Taylor, Olyn Warfield, Paula Shene, Jeanne E. Rogers, Aya Walksfar, Pamela Griffiths, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Alice Marks, John A. Miller, Brian T Shirley, Tracey Dixon, Sandra Novelly, Susan M Plake, Barbara Corry, Michael Spisak, Susan Austin.

Don't forget to come to our Facebook event September 9-16

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Animal lovers unite for a good cause


You are invited to our week-long Facebook event
September 9-16


Animal lovers unite to support a good cause, to help animals. In this event we don’t offer prizes. We will play fun games such as “caption this” picture posts, and the best captions will be displayed on the Read for Animals blog: http://www.readforanimals.blogspot.com
The reason for this event is to get together in a week-long event, talk and post about animals and read books to help animals.
The Read for Animals project started when I was organizing and rewriting the short stories I have written the past few years. The idea came to me that with a few of my friends we could put together an anthology to help animals, and I asked my animal lover friends if they’d like to participate. They responded, and the stories and poems started flooding in. We published the first book of the Read for Animals series, and the first $100 donation was made to Columbia Greene animal shelter of NY, thanks to animal lovers who purchased the book.
The second book in the Read for Animals series will be published this week. Some stories will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and make you cry. Some stories are true, and the fantasy stories will make you think… what if? Each author and poet brings their unique writing style, to make the book enjoyable.
Thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need, by purchasing this book. Have fun, post about your animals and share their stories.
You can find the buying links to the first book in the pinned post’s comments, and we will add the links to the second book as soon as it will be published.
The "Meet the Authors" schedule will be posted when the event starts.

The book is now available in ebook, coming in print soon

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book 2 is coming


Happy to announce that the second book of the
Read for Animals anthology series is going to be published next week.
Check back for the link,
Every purchase of the book helps animals in shelters

We help animals by donating the royalty from the sales to shelters, sanctuaries and hospices. Some stories will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and make you cry. Some stories are true and the fantasy stories will make you think… what if? Each author and poet brings a unique writing style.
Enjoy the stories and donated pictures with “What could they be thinking” captions, and thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need by purchasing this book.
The authors and poets:
Erika M Szabo, Evelyn Steward, Jennifer Priester, Lorinda J. Taylor, Olyn Warfield, Paula Shene, Jeanne E. Rogers, Aya Walksfar, Pamela Griffiths, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Alice Marks, John A. Miller, Brian T Shirley, Tracey Dixon, Sandra Novelly, Susan M Plake, Barbara Corry, Michael Spisak, Susan Austin.