Tuesday, February 3, 2015

first issue sneak peek

I'm busy working on the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine....getting close to pulling it all together!
screen shot of Hannah Michalski's article "What is a photo worth?"

Monday, January 19, 2015

Magazine Submissions

Paws For Charity will be publishing several magazine issues in 2015.

Are you interested in submitting an article to the Paws For Charity Magazine?  This is what you'll need to send:

Paws For Charity is currently accepting submissions for upcoming issues in 2015. The issues do not have specific themes. Contributors must be artists or photographers of animals - amateur or pro - who use their talents to help animals in need. Articles should be uplifting and/or inspirational.

To submit an idea for a future issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine, please send the following info to Sara (email: pawsforcharity@live.ca). This information will not be shared or published.

Your full name
Email Address
Topics you would feel comfortable writing about (250 to 350 words)
Your art or photography - Sample images (small size) that you think would go with your suggested article (must be your own work - copyright remains with you)

If your idea is selected, you will be contacted to supply the following information:
Photo of you
"One liner" bio of you - 3rd person - to use as a caption under your photo
Written article - 250 to 350 words
Several Images - your own art or photography - high resolution 300 dpi, no watermark, 2500 pixels wide (copyright remains with you)
One web friendly image - 500 pixels wide, with watermark

Additional information may be required

Friday, January 16, 2015

fundraising success story

Blurb Books has just released a promotional email for non-profit photo books, and has used the 2015 Paws For Charity Weekly Planner as a success story example. The planner features photos from Peta Santoro (100loyalfaces.com). Peta is an Australian photographer, and she generously offered the use of her photographs for the planner. All profits from the sales are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID). SHAID is an animal shelter in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

The weekly planners featuring Peta's photographs have been a wonderful addition to our Paws For Charity book line up! It's a win-win situation. The charity gets the profits, and Peta gets some wonderful publicity.

It constantly amazes me how the internet connects all of us. A photographer based half way around the world can benefit a little shelter in Nova Scotia!

part of a promotional email sent by Blurb Books

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

things to come

This has been a busy week. For the past six years I have curated and edited books using contributed images from artists and photographers in many different countries. Over $11,000 has been donated to charity. This year, I am trying something new. It could be a flop. Or it could turn into something big. Really big. I'm not sure which outcome scares me more!

Today, in my email inbox, I received an advertisement from Blurb Books. "Take your book from good to great". And it features the cover from the 2012 Paws For Charity Art Book. 

I think it's a sign. Good things are coming!
look closely and you will see my 2012 Paws For Charity book!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Magazine (New!)

New year = new ideas! I would like to try something new in 2015 for the Paws For Charity Project. In the past, I have published The Paws For Charity Art Book in March/April. This year, I hope to publish a couple of issues of magazines throughout the year and will then be publishing an Art Book in October/early November.

The Paws For Charity Magazine is a new idea and....just like the Art Books....will depend on contributions from people like you. Unlike the Art Book, the magazine will feature stories about artists and photographers who contribute their time and talents to help animals in need. The magazine will evolve over time,
will start small (approx 30 pages?) and each article will be a full page, or double page spread.  (if you have any ideas or suggestions....or if you would like to contribute something...please email me).

My vision is to feature uplifting and inspirational stories about each artist/photographer...not just "q & a's", but a story (including images) about a project s/he is involved in, a group s/he is part of, etc. The page will also include a brief bio of the artist, and their contact links. All of you have so many interesting stories and unique talents. I'd like to share them! 

I'd like each issue to have a good balance of stories about artists and stories about photographers. I also envision a double page spread of "Adoption Spotlight" that features approx 10 animals up for adoption, with brief info about the animal, the photographer, and the rescue group.

Does this interest you? Are you working on a project that you think would make a good feature? Do you have any ideas for features? Do you see anything that should be changed?  Please send me your thoughts!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Summary

As 2014 comes to a close, I'd like to thank all the photographers and artists who participated in this year's project, and helped make it a success. Thank you to everyone who purchased one of our books! 

All images are donated by the participants for use in this project, and all my time is donated as well. That means that every cent that is raised from the sale of Paws For Charity products is donated to charity. Yay! 

This year, we raised $1,655 and donated it to S.H.A.I.D. (an animal shelter in Nova Scotia)
"Safe Now" © Claire Garrett (petography.com.au) - title page from the 2014 Paws For Charity Art Book
I've been creating art books and raising funds for charity for six years.  I'm not sure what 2015 will bring, but stayed tuned!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Donation to SHAID

Yesterday, I stopped by S.H.A.I.D. to give the final donation from the 2014 Paws For Charity Project. $775 was donated, bringing the total donated this year to $1,655.
Sara with Harold Rowsell, SHAID Manager
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all the participants from this year's project, as well as to all the people who purchased the coffee table books, notebooks, and 2015 planners. Thanks for helping to make this year's project another great success!