The Cowdog Is King!

cowdikJohn Erickson is a jen-u-wine Texas cowboy. He’s a lanky, bearded six-footer in an honest-to-God ten-gallon hat, and he has that stubborn Old West determination to succeed.

That’s why he borrowed $2,000 from a high school football buddy who worked at the Perryton, Texas, bank, and in 1982 started publishing his own books — the Hank the Cowdog series.

Erickson had been writing for 15 years, collecting hundreds — possibly thousands — of rejections. “I’d gone to writers’ conventions and chased those New York editors all around the hotel lobbies, but nobody was interested,” he says. “Maybe self-publishing was a crazy thing to do, but it was really a matter …