Podcast Episode 176: From Blogger to Author: How to Write a Dog Guide Book with Jen Sotolongo

This episode features one of my favorite pet blogging friends, Jen Sotolongo of Long Haul Trekkers. Jen recently released her first book about hiking with dogs, published by Falcon Guides. As a blogger, I’ve heard people say for years that writing a book is just like writing a whole bunch of blog posts. Is that really true? Jen told me all about the process of writing her first non-fiction dog guide book in our conversation.

In our conversation, I also ask Jen about one of the hot topics of the year. According to social media, off leash dogs and irresponsible owners are running amok! I let my dogs off leash all the time, so I had to ask Jen if I’m part of the problem.

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About Jen Sotolongo

Jen Sotolongo is the owner and writer behind the popular adventure dog blog, Long Haul Trekkers. In May 2021, she released her debut book, The Essential Guide for Hiking with Dogs, published by Falcon Guides. Jen lives in Portland, Oregon with her rescued Cattle Dog mix, Sitka where they enjoy trail running, camping, and road tripping to the mountains.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The path that led Jen to write a dog guide book
  • Why Jen is passionate about hiking with dogs trail etiquette
  • The importance of discussing controversial topics, such as balanced training methods
  • When is it okay to have your dogs off leash?
  • Is writing a book really like writing a series of blog posts?
  • The benefits of having contributors in a dog guide book
  • How to store and prepare photos for a book

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