Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Are pit bulls now acceptable in the publishing world

After The Dogs Who Found Me came out three years ago, I mentioned that I wanted to write a social history of the American Pit Bull. No one was interested. My book, with a pit bull on the cover, went on to sell over 50,000 copies and my publisher wanted another book. I suggested a social history of the American Pit Bull. They weren't interested. I met with another publisher, suggested an approach, almost agreed to compromise, and yet it was made clear that there was little support for the book, and I decided to wait til someone really understood what I wanted to do, and that there was an audience for it. A few months ago I started working on a new proposal on the same subject, and then, suddenly, pit bulls were on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now comes the news that the Sports Illustrated author has signed a deal to write "The Lost Dogs"--an account of the the Vick dogs and their lives after being rescued.

Is there still room for another pit bull book on the shelf?

7 comments:

Stacy said...

At this point in time I definitely think there is room for another pit bull book on the shell! People seem eager to know more about this breed which has been misunderstood for so long.

MHaus said...

Absolutely. The social history of pit bulls didn't begin or end with Vick. I want to read your book.

lisa in tlh said...

Yes!

ResqK9 said...

Are you kidding? The more support for these poor, misunderstood pooches, the better. Get out there and accomplish your goal, Ken!

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I think it might shed some light on the breed. I mean even among those who consider themselves "dog people" there is a pit bull stigma.

Deefor said...

It is true. I just finished a reading "Merle's Door", a beautiful moving book with an awful comment about pit bulls. I hope you write it.

Madeleine

ruby said...

You have to write it! You're the perfect person to do so. I want to read it already. :D