Totes my goats!
DL woman pens children's book on her 'crazy' client
Last year, Georgia Nagel, otherwise known around Detroit Lakes as The Pet Sitter, was making her usual dog rounds, when a familiar friend sparked her imagination.
Nagel was in the midst of an online, eight-week writing intensive course. She had put off the first assignment, to write the first chapter of a book, busy with her usual pet sitting, when she started pondering on one of her more unusual clients, a goat named Maurice.
"I was thinking about the crazy things he does, like he will get in the UPS truck when they're delivering a package .... They leave the door open, he'll crawl in there," said Nagel, recalling a few times when he had crawled into her vehicle as well. "It's just like why would Maurice crawl into a truck? And then, all of a sudden, the imagination took over."
During the rest of her dog rounds that afternoon, Nagel began brainstorming the plot to a children's book based on Maurice. That night she went home, typed the story up on her computer, and sent it off to her instructor.
"My gal, she's also a publisher, that does this course, she sent it back, and she goes, 'You know, I've never published a children's book. I've been doing this for 15 years. I've published a lot of books. I've thought about it,' and she goes, 'I guess it's time'".
From that point, it all fell into place. Nagel asked a local graphic designer friend of hers, Kris Carr, if she would make the illustrations and, roughly a year later, Maurice the Goat Finds His Real Family launched on Amazon on Feb. 13 and went to number one in six categories on the site.
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