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As you know, I’m a big fan of Blurb. Its software enables you to create coffee table quality books, and you can also import content from blogs — purrfect if you’re memorializing a pet who’s gone to the Bridge.

Earlier this year, a group of 100 Catsters collaborated on a Blurb book to memorialize Scooter. It was a very special project because it was community-based, and everyone who’s seen the book has raved about it.

If you’ve been thinking about creating a book based on your pets, now’s the time. The Best Blurb Books Contest is accepting submissions through October 22. Enter your photo book in one of three categories family, pets, or travel for your shot at one of three $3,000 grand prizes, or one of three $1,000 runner-up prizes. Theres no entry fee just the cost of ordering a single book and you can enter as many books as you like.

Once youve ordered, the real fun begins. On October 23, voting opens to the public. That means youll want to get your friends, family, neighbors, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and anyone else in your entourage to get out and rock the vote, for your book. Once the votes are in, one judge in each category will select a winner and a runner-up.

If youre planning on making a holiday gift book anyway, this contest is really a no-brainer and an extra $3,000 might just come in handy this holiday season, no?

About Blurb:
Blurbs creative publishing platform makes anyone to design, publish, share and sell a bookstore quality book. Every family, traveler, photographer, bride, cook, poet, teacher, blogger, and artist has a book inside them waiting to be published (and entered into the Best Blurb Books Contest for a shot at $3,000!).

Download Blurbs free BookSmart book design software for your PC or Mac at www.blurb.com and get started. Select from lots of design layouts and tools to customize your book. Import photographs, text, your blog, or other content. You have complete creative control. Books start at $12.95 for a 7×7 softcover.

Looking for inspiration? Browse the Blurb bookstore

Click here to begin.