Daisy Got A Book Deal!

☆ March 19, 2019

OK, I got a book deal. And Daisy stars in it!

The book came to me while I was driving last August, I started the book proposal in September, freaked out and ignored it in October, finished it in November, and sent it to my agent the week after Thanksgiving. She loved it and wanted to wait until after the holidays to send it to editors, so that happened the first week of January, an imprint of Penguin RandomHouse won the rights in a sealed-bid auction the first week of February, and we signed the contract last week, which means I finally get to share the news…. insert one-footed cartwheel here!

The working title (which means it could change) is MEDITATIONS WITH COWS and it will be out Fall 2020. Here’s the blurb:

MEDITATIONS WITH COWS traverses Stockton’s deeply intimate relationships with cattle via raw and visceral stories of the work and wonder of ranch life in modern America. MEDITATIONS WITH COWS is an immersive journey into understanding and honoring these strong, intuitive, and generous animals. Throughout the book, Stockton critiques the inhumane and environmentally destructive factory farm and feedlot system, and shares sustainable alternatives for ethical omnivores that prioritize the humane treatment of animals and responsible stewardship of the Earth. Stockton is the author of the bestselling The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming along with two popular blogs.

This book is the culmination of the last ten years of my life and all I’ve learned from Daisy, et al.; all the beloved bovines with whom I’ve shared my life. I pray (on an hourly, tear-stained, stress-hunched basis while clutching Bird by Bird like a bible) that I will do them justice with this book.

And I’m sending another all-encompassing, from-the-bottom-of-my-heart thank you to everyone who supported The Daily Coyote: Ten Years in Photographs in 2017. Creating that book was a transformative experience for me; I exorcised some demons and remembered how deeply in love I am with books. It made me want to create another one. And here we go…….

If you want to be sure to get updates on the new book, you can sign up for THIS mailing list. You’ll get very few emails from me over the course of this year, but I have some special secret stuff planned as we get closer to publication. Might as well sign up now so you don’t have to remember to do it later! Just click HERE.

Comments

26 Responses to “Daisy Got A Book Deal!”

  1. ELAINE CHECKLEY
    March 19th, 2019 @ 8:27 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Just signed up for the mailing list and will pre-order when it becomes available. How exciting for you!! Much love to the farmily – xoxo

  2. Anita
    March 19th, 2019 @ 8:35 am

    Wow! Just think of the potential your book has to transform minds, open hearts, and hopefully change the lives of animals.

  3. annnoe
    March 19th, 2019 @ 8:37 am

    This is such great news, Shreve! Congratulations!

  4. PENNY KIPLEY
    March 19th, 2019 @ 8:50 am

    Awesome Shreve!!! So excited. Cant wait. Xo Penny
    Congrats!!!!

  5. Liane B
    March 19th, 2019 @ 9:07 am

    I have absolutely no doubt you will do them justice. It’s what you’ve been doing all along. Much love and congrats!!

  6. Karen Rodriguez
    March 19th, 2019 @ 10:59 am

    How awesome!!! Happy news!!!

  7. Sheri Nugent
    March 19th, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

    Yes yes yes!! I’m excited to read it. I hope you include lots of pictures.

  8. Sarah W.
    March 19th, 2019 @ 12:07 pm

    Such exciting news! This is the book I didn’t know I was waiting for. As a longtime vegan, it means a lot to know that ethical omnivores are out there and are speaking up about the factory farm system. But also, the world just needs more small but powerful animal stories, especially with writing as beautiful as yours.

  9. Joanne Davis
    March 19th, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

    Awesome news!!!! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!!! I read the post to Kirk through tears of joy!!! of course he’s use to that when ever I read him anything you’ve written… ;)

  10. Vickie Zimmerman
    March 19th, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! I’m SOOOO excited!!! Thank you!!

  11. bonnie
    March 19th, 2019 @ 12:55 pm

    good for you! and it will be good for all the cattle out there too. go for it!

  12. Pat Horwath
    March 19th, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

    I was deeply touched by Daily Coyote and Ten Years so I know this will be epic Shreve! You are able to touch the human spirit in a way that is unique and needed today and shed light on how we can ethically treat animals, wild and domestic. Blessings to you and your farmily and friends!

  13. Ailsa Francis
    March 19th, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

    I am so proud and inspired by you. I know it’s going to be huge and I’m honoured to be along for the ride! You are … well, I can’t think of the appropriate word so I’ll make one up … amazingly redunculously beyond compare!

  14. Debbie Lee
    March 19th, 2019 @ 2:44 pm

    Hooray Shreve, looking forward to reading, congratulations to you, Daisy and all. x

  15. Cinda Mefferd
    March 19th, 2019 @ 8:48 pm

    Congratulations, Shreve!! Lots of work. Lots of value. I am looking forward to the new book already.

  16. mlaiuppa
    March 19th, 2019 @ 10:24 pm

    Congratulations. And yay ME! I get the book I have been craving. My favorite cow immortalized in print. Already signed up and can’t wait until I hold her precious image in my hands and devour every story of her and the rest of the bovines. As soon as there is a pre-order, I’m on it. If not happy birthday to me than hopefully Merry Christmas to me.

  17. Sandy G.
    March 19th, 2019 @ 11:50 pm

    Yay!! I just love Daisy’s sweet face and am really looking forward to getting your book with Daisy photos and stories when it comes out. Congratulations, Shreve! ;-}

  18. Karen
    March 20th, 2019 @ 9:17 am

    Congratulations… and brava!, girl.
    You will not only do them justice… you will ~fly~!

  19. Neeko
    March 20th, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

    I AM HERE FOR THIS.

  20. Pamela Ryan
    March 20th, 2019 @ 4:02 pm

    one word——YAY!!!!!!!

  21. Laura
    March 20th, 2019 @ 5:47 pm

    Great news and it will be a great book–how could it not be with Daisy?! xoxo

  22. Theresa Szpila
    March 21st, 2019 @ 4:34 pm

    HIP-HIP-HOORAY!!!! I can’t wait!!!!

    Good luck with the calving. Sending blessings to all moms and babes; may all births be easy and fast and may all babes and moms be perfect!

    Hope you will soon be off crutches so you can really enjoy the season.

  23. Janet M
    March 21st, 2019 @ 5:56 pm

    Your cows stories are beautiful, and I am so glad that they are going to be in book. I am hoping that Daisy continues to thrive for some time to come.

  24. Nova Lockhart
    March 23rd, 2019 @ 4:57 pm

    Good for you, Shreve!! Congratulations!

  25. Donna H
    March 28th, 2019 @ 11:47 pm

    Congratulations Shreve! Daisy is so loved, she deserves to have her (et. all) her stories told. There is no one better writer to accomplish that than you! Your ability to pull the reader directly into the story is a gift/talent you not only possess, but wield like a fine tuned instrument. I’m looking forward to devouring every word! So stop stressing and fly! Hugs to all the farmily! Thank you for everything.

  26. Donna H
    July 26th, 2019 @ 12:42 am

    Congratulations!!!!! I can’t wait to read it. I love all the family stories, especially the ones starring Daisy.

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