Recently, I was asked to participate in a project for an upcoming book, A Letter to My Cat, a book project that truly celebrates one-of-a-kind cats and their dedicated owners.
I was so honored to be asked to participate in this project, and am delighted to be able to share an open invitation to all of you to share your letters of love to your cats for consideration in this heartwarming project! As the creators said, "this is a unique opportunity for you to express what makes your relationship with your own cat or cats so special and to explore the love, joy, laughter and selflessness (or maybe selfishness) our furry friends treat us to every day. "
About the Book:
Lisa Erspamer, Kimi Culp and renowned photographer Robin Layton created their first hit book, A Letter to My Dog: Letters to Our Best Friends with the intent of capturing the extraordinary bond, undying loyalty, and deep love and connection so many of us share with our furry best (canine) friends. After its release, there was a resounding cry-- or should we say, meow-- from another group of devoted animal lovers: cat lovers! Suffice it to say, there was no way they couldn’t create A Letter to My Cat.
More from creator Lisa Erspamer:
“My beloved Yorkie, Louis, was the original inspiration behind the idea for this book. Louis was a very special little guy who carried his heart on his paw. His big beautiful eyes stared at me 24 hours a day. When I was in the room nothing else mattered, except for the occasional ball. Louis not only taught me about the beauty of having someone to care for – he taught me how to love and made me a better person. Louis loved me more than I ever thought possible. I can honestly say that I experienced unconditional love for the first time through the eyes of my special boy. Louis was there for me when no human could be – he was my protector, my therapist, my teacher and my best friend. I thought Louis and I would be together forever, but sadly just a month before the release of the book, Louis died. His death was sudden and unexpected, a kind of freak accident. He took his last breath as I held him in my arms. His little sister Lily was there with us. It was the hardest day of our lives.”
Below, please see the creators' open invitation for you to submit your letter!
Dear Cat Lovers,
We are thrilled to invite you to participate in A Letter To My Cat, a uniquely heartfelt book project that celebrates one-of-a-kind cats and their dedicated owners.
A Letter To My Cat will follow the hugely successful book, A Letter To My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends (www.alettertomydog.com), which features a compilation of stunning portraits, accompanied by personal letters to each dog from devoted owners-- including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Tyler Perry, Chelsea Handler, Robin Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as animal lovers just like you!
A Letter To My Cat will also include gorgeous photography and personal letters from prominent individuals as well as everyday cat owners. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit animals in need.
We would love for you to submit a letter to be considered for publication the book. This is a unique opportunity for you to express what makes your relationship with your own cat or cats so special and to explore the love, joy, laughter and selflessness (or maybe selfishness) our furry friends treat us to every day.
If you would like to submit a letter, this is what is needed:
- Your letter: Started "Dear (cat's name)" and signed (i.e. Love, Mom) and kept to less than 500 words total.
- Photos: Send in a few photos along with your letter. Ideally, they should be personal pictures, but if a professional took them, please include the photographer's contact information so they may be contacted for rights if needed.
- Your Contact Info: Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and any social media, website, and/or blog info.
There is no hard and fast deadline yet, but get those letters in! You can submit the letters and the photo files at alettertomycat.com.
We look forward to reading your letters. Please be patient with the process, as we are combing though several entries. Feel free to pass this along to anyone else you know who loves their cat. Got questions? Reach out to the creators on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
I know you all love your cats and hope that you will join me in participating in this great project. It was a delight for me to write my letter to my diabetic cat, Calvin, and I am sure that your letters will be just as enjoyable to write!