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My new book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG, comes out today! (Comment to enter the giveaway contest)

Categories: Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog, Dog Stuff, My Writing Life.

Oh my gosh the big day is finally here! My new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, comes out today, July 31. So exciting! There’s some basic info about the book below, but I’ll just skip to the giveaway info:


— In celebration of release day, I will be picking three (3) commenters on this post to win a free copy of ANY of my books that they choose. Winners can pick from the following: 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, Create Your Writer Platform, Red Dog / Blue Dog, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. (If you tweet or share news of my book release and this contest through social media such as Facebook, you get 2 entries into the contest instead of one. Thank you for spreading the word!) Good luck! Comment within 2 weeks to enter. (UPDATE: Renee Carter Hall, PoesChild, and sddblake won.)




RED DOG / BLUE DOG is a photo collection of dogs doing stereotypically liberal and conservative things. It rips on both sides equally and is designed to be pure levity in an election season. It makes a good gift book for dog lovers and politics gurus. I dedicated the book to my flabby dog, Graham, who, though he contributes nothing to the household, is a big snuggly ball of love — and I am grateful for him. As my dog is a rescue himself, I am excited to donate a portion of the proceeds to rescue organizations and no-kill shelters.

You can find RED DOG / BLUE DOG on Amazon here. Find the book’s accompanying website here. And I want to give one big shout-out to ALL of those who submitted photos for the book’s consideration. This book came about with the help of many, and was a labor of love (and fun!).














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137 Responses to My new book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG, comes out today! (Comment to enter the giveaway contest)

  1. Janie Reinart says:

    Congrats! You are so dog gone funny!
    Best wishes with your new book.

  2. dlock says:

    Have the winners been picked yet?

    Thank you,

  3. tottenkathy says:

    How observant! We need a breath of fresh air in the political area right now. Sharing on facebook. Pick me please.

  4. gte714j says:

    What a hilarious combination that everyone can laugh at. Pick me!!!

  5. carilynn72 says:

    My beagle always says she never discusses politics or religion. But we’ll both make an exception for this book.

  6. DeiStarr says:

    I shared to Twitter, which automatically updates on my Facebook. :-) Looking forward to your work!

  7. pdscott3 says:

    Our shelter-rescued dog, Rousaou the Labrabull, fully endorses this book! He is so excited about it that he had to share on Facebook, too.

  8. merrigoldj says:

    We all need relief from the election frenzy. Too bad politics couldn’t be housed under fantasy or horror stories and shelved if not wanted. I also need relief from editing my book–your contest is better than another cup of coffee!

  9. STANWYCK says:

    Looking forward to reading your material. Look forward to reading anything that can forward my writing and help make things smoother even though we all know they are never smooth.

  10. meirz says:

    Looks hilarious!

  11. Esi Mathis says:

    Now, I doubt your furry family member adds nothing to the household. Think how different the atmosphere would be without him :)

  12. escameron says:

    I also want to know when you will be releasing Red Cat/Blue Cat.

    Congrats on the release!

  13. dsimorte says:

    Perhaps this book will win the Poolitzer Prize. Congrats!

  14. eyvonner says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute!

  15. Write Like The Dickens! says:

    I give this book four paws up, five tail wags, six butt sniffs and a perfect 10 doggie biscuits! Congratulations to you and your four-legged friends!

  16. sddblake says:

    Cute! I love anything about dogs!

  17. Mgreen56 says:


    I am color blind, politically impotent and a cat lover yet, there is something about your book that intrigues me…

  18. weberdiane says:

    My daughter is going to love this book!

    • weberdiane says:

      Actually, my son will too. He just published his first novel, also a political one, called The Bull. .(www.pintbottlepress.com) I’ll have to get a copy for him, too.

  19. JMRWriter says:

    As a dog writer and dog rescuer, I love the idea of this book. And I know my high school-age son would love the humor in the book. Best of luck!

  20. newwriterslife says:

    Set the dogs on the Political pundants ;). Chuck Sambuchino has shed new lite on “Who let the Dogs Out!”
    Best of luck with the book. I’m “itching” to get my paws on a copy!!

  21. janedog says:

    Thanks for the preview! Looks like a fun book for the election season!

  22. E W Puddle says:

    Cute. Wonder how long before those pictures make it to the email chain letter.

  23. O/Siris says:

    Hey my birthday is this month!

    Sock it to me!

  24. Timber says:

    I have two Blue Dogs and they would love for me to read this to them so they can make fun of the Red Dogs. (Although they both agree that the Red Dog who likes to read The Patriot Act is hot.)

  25. Ale Meza-Santiago says:

    Red Dog is cute, but I have to agree with Blue Dog a whole lot more!

  26. hidden.deer says:

    I liked the poopy dog, i must be mentally 12… oh well at least part of me isnt’ getting old!

  27. SJStephens says:

    Um.. Hilarious! I love the Dog with Glasses… about Taxes… Too funny! I’m definitely getting this for my friend who loves dogs & Politics!

  28. lejo76 says:

    Good Luck Chuck,
    All voters should read your book first before entering the booth.
    The book looks like a two term winner!

  29. DebbieL says:

    Congratulations! Great photos!

  30. Tortoise says:

    Your book looks like a winner to me. In case you’re planning a sequel, my poodle Pepper was just bathed and groomed and says he’s ready for his closeup.

  31. crazyjeans says:

    Congratulations! What an exciting day for you. Best wishes for your continued success!

  32. jmarieteach says:

    Election time is filled with so many negative times that it is a breath of fresh air to have some humor added in. I am a pushover for dogs so that makes it even better. Thanks for the oportunity to preview and perhaps win a copy of what is sure to be a best seller.

  33. someguyinva says:

    Well why not? I’d love a free copy of the Childrens’ book market. Thanks for all you do Chuck!

  34. BJewell says:

    Dog gone good pictures!

  35. jlhuspek says:

    Politics needs all the humor it can get. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  36. nanapat1 says:

    I can hardly wait to read the entire book! Perfect timing for your book, and it gives us all some much needed laughs during the relentless negative political messages! I shared both on twitter and Facebook!

  37. pmettert says:

    Sounds like a fun book. :)

  38. jenipixie says:

    Looks great! Congratulations on the book :-)

  39. Jennifer says:

    ha ha ha!!! I loves these photos. I am going to see about getting the book for my mom.

  40. henrysmile says:

    I am a dog lover. wow! This book looks great. Do we vote for blue dog or red dog?

  41. mich.mcentire says:

    I didn’t have any dog pictures to contribute to the book, but my cousin did–she dresses up her dogs for all sorts of occasions. We were so pleased that one of her pics was selected for this project!

    Write on,

  42. Mr. Sambuchino:

    Great job on the new book. I loved your samples that you shared with us and am considering buying a copy. I love pet related works, especially involving humor and will be leaving information about your work on Facebook. I do not do twitter very often, but with your permission, I may mention it on some of the other social networks I use. Please let me know. I just published my second novel last week and as one writer to another, I wish you all the best.


    Thomas L. Townsend II
    Author: United Earth: the Revelation (currently being translated to script)
    The Harvest (Just released)

  43. slayers23 says:

    Best of luck on the release. I look forward to getting a copy. It looks like a fun read.

  44. Athornia says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book. The dogs are cute and funny.

  45. ODonoSama says:

    A fersh take on political DOGma.

  46. ChiTrader says:

    I think having dogs run the federal government is a great idea, red or blue. They can’t be worse than 99% of the humans we’ve sent to Congress.

  47. evwings says:

    All of your books look great, but I love politics and those puppers look so sweet so I would opt for the new one.

  48. FLWylie says:

    Hey, I like free books too. But what about Blue Cat/RedCat?

  49. maryam123 says:

    Wow this is hilarious! I’m not a political guru – in fact, I’ve never really understood politics, which makes this even better. I think it’s a fun way to learn it. And I just love it when political parties are made fun of! :D :D :D

  50. muddykinzer says:

    Congratulations on your release day! All of your books sound good!

  51. Kaylyn says:

    Why not Blue Dog/Red Dog?
    I could really use the 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market book. :)

  52. writingwildly says:

    Well I might trust the doggies more than the politicians! Gotta Laugh Out Loud! Thank you for all the great info and free download. I will post your info on my face book! I appreciate the opportunity.
    And congratulations and the very best of luck on your new book!
    Linda Garcia aka writingwildly

  53. tharanda says:

    I’ve shared with Twitter and FB. You book looks great! Thanks for the info, the opportunity, and best of luck on your sale!

  54. dcameron says:

    I want ‘em all.

  55. EvanLewis says:

    OK, as the owner of three dogs and two fosters, and the author of “Skyler Hobbs and the Garden Gnome Bandit” (EQMM Sept/Oct), this sounds like a great batch of books.

  56. dlock says:

    I love dogs and political humor – the perfect combination, and sales go to a good cause. I would appreciate a copy of any of the books and Red Dog, Blue Dog.
    I have written a middle grade children’s historical fiction short story, Riddle of the Great Seal – 3000+ words, and a second one in the works. It fits your post about a new literary agent, Emily Grief who is interested in fairy tales, and fantasy for middle grade books. It doesn’t indicate the minumum words required, but I can go to the library and check in Children’s Markets….

  57. dkeymel says:

    Looks so right for the timing. I’m sure it will be a great success. Who would not love a story
    with cute pictures of dogs. Congrats.

  58. queerbec says:

    This would be a perfect gift for some political junkies I know who think they are big dogs!!!!!

  59. Scanner says:

    Being a dog lover, I had to comment. While my dog Sexy Sadie is apolitical, I do lean to the left myself. But, please, keep this under your hat, I would hate for it to get back to Sadie~

  60. kosmicleo says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great info, and the opportunity to win a free book. Very much appreciated. :o)

  61. Carolina says:

    The book looks hilarious! Thanks for the giveaway.

  62. catnipkiss says:

    Great idea; I wish you big slobbery success with your book!!

  63. romancegirl says:

    Love the cover face-off. Too bad our current candidates don’t look as good as those “dogs”. I have a character referred to as a “lapdog” in the manuscript I am currently working on. How apropos, wouldn’t you say?
    Congrats on publishing yet another masterpiece.

  64. Colossians323 says:

    Congrats on the release of a new book, “Red Dog Blue Dog”. Talking about politics through pictures of dogs is a cute idea. I have never seen politics presented in this manner. Congrats, I say again, congrats.

  65. crazy101 says:

    Love dogs, hate politics! I will definitely read it.

  66. theryanlee says:

    This looks like a funny and interesting book. It’s always good to add a comedic flavor to a topic like politics!

  67. calypso64 says:

    I love the dog pics. Reading and writing are two of my favorire things to do. Looking forward to your book.

  68. Jennifer Larson says:

    Also I tweeted it!

  69. Jennifer Larson says:

    I write political nonfiction myself so I love a good book with humor during election time!

  70. epoor says:

    Bless you for adopting a rewscue dog.

  71. revegrande says:

    This looks like something I’d read–definitely something I’d read! Can’t wait to get to a book store to see if they have it :D

  72. Love dogs but am getting disgusted with politics. The book looks adorable. Shame we can’t elect dogs instead of people. They never lie and are faithful to their human through thick and thin.
    Best of luck with the book. You can’t go wriong with that many cute dog pictures.

  73. Doropatent says:

    Congrats, Chuck–I love your sample photos! I’d like to see one with Red Dog and Blue Dog confronting one another–but with politics the way they are today, they’d need to be wearing muzzles!

  74. janstone says:

    Brilliant book. I’m all about politics during presidential years, and I’ve even written a blog entry on barackobama.com. Too bad it’s almost impossible to find the IL blog, but that’s pretty much the story of my life. Nonetheless, I’ll Tweet away fromJansWrite, my Twitter name, and pray that the Aug. 14 date will bring me luck as it’s my birthday and 30th wedding anniversary. Last year at this time I said I’d give myself a year to write for myself (non-fiction essays). It fast approaches and I’ve received 8 rejections so I guess I haven’t completely failed in my objective, but not feeling too successful either… Lastly, having never won anything before in my life, who knows? This could be it! Thanks for giving me the chance, and best of luck w/your book. It seriously is a truly creative way to get people thinking about the political process — hence its brilliance. And I will purchase it whether or not I win.

  75. hgf says:

    Very cute :). Awesome gift for political dog lovers!

  76. muchocalor says:

    Cute title. Me and my four dogs (two are shelter dogs) found the photos and captions hilarious! They are ready to make their own book now.

  77. Amber says:

    I can not wait to read this. The idea is amazing and the sneak peak photos are hilarious. Congratulations!!

  78. Marianne says:

    It looks like you are going to give William Wegman a run for his money with Red Dog / Blue Dog. It looks great.

  79. stalloek says:

    Your book looks hilarious! I’m a huge dog lover and a sucker for any kind of comedy – this is the perfect combination!

    Earlier this year, I went to B&N to buy your Guide to Literary Agents book. I found one last copy on the shelf, but was dismayed to see someone had scribbled in it. My disgust quickly turned to excitement, however, when I flipped back to the front cover and saw the “Autographed Copy” sticker on the front! Lucky me! But I guess it’s not all that surprising, since I’d heard from the person that pointed me to your website that you were a fellow native of the best city in the world :)

    I can’t wait to add another of your books to my collection!

  80. summontherats says:

    Congrats on the book! It looks adorable. :)

  81. annashuster says:

    Funny, adorable, and political…I’ll definitely pick up a copy of this one!

  82. Heinboo says:

    The Blue Dog has occasionally got himself into hot water for sniffing female canines other than his own while the Red Dog seems more interested in settling serious matters with a dog fighting match up between pitbulls. Sounds like fun stuff!

  83. WinkSplat says:

    Seems like a great book! Filled with cute and hilarious text made for all ages!
    Can’t wait to read the entire book!
    Help, Tweet and Share to spread the word!

  84. Robyn Hoode says:

    I love the one about the American flags!

  85. Cookiejarnett says:

    TWEET TWEET TWEET- OOPS I Stumbledupon something great.

    Chase your dreams- even when the mountains pop up. Trudge over them. The rewards will be sooooo worth it!

  86. lsteed says:

    What a fun book! I love that it pokes fun at both sides, and uses adorable dog pics to do so! I’m also tweeting @loriesteed. Thanks for the contest!

  87. homemomma4 says:

    Chuck, congratulations on your new release. What a ‘fun’-tastic way to lighten a potentially explosive genre! I’ll have to add this to my Amazon wishlist! All the best ~

  88. JShifman says:

    I am a young writer who is still cutting his teeth in the business, so some of these books would be very helpful! Maybe not the dog book, but the rests! (Ok, I just want the dog book)

    J. Shifman

  89. Looks like a fun book, and good timing too. :) I’m not on Facebook but posted a tweet (@RCarterHall) to help spread the word.

    (Sorry if this shows up twice — got a WordPress error the first time.)

  90. PMDrummond says:

    Being a State employee in California and facing the budget crunch that we are, poking fun at politicians is one of my favorite pastimes! Great job, Chuck!

    I’ll Tweet your success.

  91. mtrybak says:

    Great idea for a book! I love the little yorkie. Good luck with your book!

  92. schwip says:

    Your dogs are super cute! Politics is such a ‘heavy’ topic, I am glad to see some humor poked at it.

  93. nataliewrite says:

    Here’s a comment for the email I just got about this contest :)

  94. dblayne says:

    Congratulations! Looks lke a super fun book!

  95. Karin1130 says:

    This is an awesome prremise for a book. I can’t wait to read it!

  96. jacheree says:

    I love this! Politics get on my nerves. But puppies are adorable! :) What a good way to kind of poke fun at the whole charade.

  97. They’re, cute. I hope they’re all registered voters! Congrats on the book release.

  98. JWLaviguer says:

    Dogs are awesome!

  99. jdmstudios says:

    Looks hilarious! Love the dog pics :)

  100. KittyB78 says:

    Congrats on your new release! Interesting approach. :)

  101. needcash67@yahoo.com says:

    I will bark for this book.

  102. FabulousWog says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! It sounds Fabulous!

  103. FunkyGal says:

    Politics – does the dog wag the tail or the tail wag the dog…

  104. mpyefinch says:

    Well in my house we are split red/blue. My side of the family bleeds blue while the other side…. Anyway, if dogs could vote I think they would vote for the party offers free veterinarian care, snacks on voting day, and the ability to stay at any hotel they choose. I love the concept of the book, so I have many people who I know will love the book. I am definitely going to tweet and FaceBook it.

  105. TTC says:

    Who speaks for the Shiba Inu?….They are considered an INDEPENDENT dog breed.

  106. mwebster says:

    Cute idea, hope I win a copy!

  107. ewenstrom says:

    Congrats on the release! Looks like a funny read.

  108. raelababe says:

    Um . . . what if I don’t like dogs? Can we have RED CAT/BLUE CAT?

  109. samcarter46 says:

    I would love to win any of these books. Thanks for the chance.

  110. Mialie says:

    Here’s a comment! It was great to meet you at the Stow Library last month!

  111. SarahArnette says:

    I’d love reading this book! A book about dogs and politics! Plus it is a humor book! :) Posting on Facebook!

  112. Linda.H says:

    Hot-diggety, Chuck. This new book looks great. Real cute. And you’ve proved it true that “every dog has its day”. I bet you are celebrating with your friends, family, and collie-gs.

    I probably don’t have a dogs chance of winning any of your books, but doggone it, I’m gonna’ try. Therefore, I’ve shared this on my FB page. I understand that gives me a bone-us entry. Two instead of one. That gives me a good feeling. It is quite paws-sible that I might win and I’m not just chasing my tail. Woohoo!

    But seriously, the book does look great. I love all animals, but dogs are so expressive and just darn cute. Good luck with it.

  113. sspratt2010 says:

    I tweeted and shared on Facebook. Love the political/dog humor. Thanks for the sneak peak.

  114. Leigh Muller says:

    When it comes to gentle humor, we’re all red, white, and blue dogs. Cheers to equal opportunity silliness. I promoted your book a couple of times on Facebook because you’re a good guy who deserves to do well, we could all use a little levity in our politics, and I’d really like a free book! Good luck. Hope it rockets.

  115. EWood says:

    So excited for you, Chuck! Such a creative idea. Best of luck!

  116. Wendy says:

    Consider yourself tweeted! “Parents” of rescue dogs unite to share the news.

  117. nataliewrite says:

    Tweeted and shared. I love humor books, dog books, advice to literary books.

  118. Book looks terrific! I like the pooch wearing the glasses the best, but they’re all terrific! What a great idea!!

    I tweeted and facebooked this.

  119. Lilia F says:

    Is it wrong that the preview didn’t have enough poop jokes for me?

  120. sbcrispell says:

    Congrats on the new book! It seems to be the type of polotics I can get into.

  121. Lorrie Kim says:

    Ah, this book could calm down many an argument at the polls this November. I’ve linked to this page from LiveJournal.

  122. LucyBoydWriter says:

    Good luck with your book! I tweeted it, too.

  123. AmyShouse says:

    What a hilarious idea! It looks amazing. I can’t believe that little fluff ball in the attractive two piece read the ENTIRE Patriot Act! Congratulations Chuck.

  124. LauraR says:

    This looks wildly entertaining. Congratulations, and thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed because I could really use two of your books!

  125. So excited! Can’t wait to see! Congrats, Chuck and thanks for the opportunity. I tweeted, FaceBooked, and Google +ed the link to your new book. Best of luck to the sales and thank you for your contributions to no-kill animal shelters. Su

  126. bsharp505 says:

    Great day to kick off publishing your book – it’s the dog days of summer – and near the tail end of a political season that is not in heat, and looks more like two dead dogs fighting.

  127. This looks hilarious, and I know exactly the person who needs to have it. I tweeted this link. Can’t believe you’re making us choose if we win. Oh well, enjoy your Launch Day!

  128. lzeibak says:

    Love the idea for the book, Chuck! I can see this becoming a huge hit!
    It might be a stretch but maybe this could be turned into a movie too? Talking liberal dogs versus conservative dogs? Ann Coulter’s dog against Rachel Maddow’s? There may be a script in there somewhere…

  129. Jen1313 says:

    Chuck–congrats! Love the sneak peek inside your new book. Hilarious!

  130. Wendy92 says:

    How can I resist? I’m a sucker for pooches and politics.

  131. I shared on Twitter and Facebook – I’m thinking these will be great election day defusers. ;)

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