Why Dog Ear?
Our authors have published books that cover a wide range of publishing categories including Trade Fiction, Autobiographies, Cookbooks, Children's Books, Business Books, Self-Help Books, Historical Works, Poetry Collections and much more. You can browse a few of our titles below, or check out our list of titles at Barnes & Noble (or our Amazon.com list)
From Status Quo to Creativity
List Price: 19.99
Available: January 2016
In her first book, From Status Quo to Creativity, Ijeoma Nwankwo encourages her readers to push past complacency and strive for something greater. “The goal here,” she writes, “is to be bold while staying aware of the importance of creativity, which can advance you as an individual and add greater value to the overall work you take part in.”
Through a straightforward, step-by-step process, readers explore the keys to creativity, learn how to conquer everyday obstacles, and embrace innovation. With in-depth explanations on ROI, customer—unsung hero, automation, problem solving and SMART goals, From Status Quo to Creativity guides the reader through exercises designed to help everyone from beginners to experts dig deeper and reach higher.
For those looking to push ahead in the business world and break through the barriers of the mundane, Nwankwo has a powerful message: “You can do it!”
Spring: Picture Book (Hardcover)
List Price: 18.00
Available: June 2015
Edition: Hardcover (No DJ)
A lyrical poem about the goings on in Spring.
Rain paints, petals waft, tadpoles wriggle, daffodils poke up their heads, ducks quack, and birds learn to fly among other happenings. Accompanied by dreamy illustrations drenched with light and happiness.
Designed to be read over and over by parents or grandparents to children ages 0-6.
List Price: 9.99
Category: Children’s Books
Available: November 2015
Adventures and mysteries await a young lop-eared rabbit when he accidentally falls through a hole in an old white fence.
With no way back to his shady, comfortable yard, Montgomery sets out to explore the world beyond. Along the way, he meets a field rabbit named Bentley, and the two are off in search of a legendary raspberry patch. Their mission is a treacherous one, and Montgomery will come face-to-face with predators he’s never known before—coyotes, hawks, and even a rattlesnake! But the two rabbits find that by helping each other, and by accepting the help of a few new friends, they just might reach their treasure: a patch of juicy red raspberries!
Montgomery and Bentley’s adventure is one of danger, excitement, and self-discovery, as the rabbits learn important life lessons and discover a friendship to last a lifetime.
Sandy Little is a wife and mother living in Hidden Hills, California. Sandy has enjoyed a 25-year career in the entertainment business— on both sides of the camera—and is excited to bring her visual and storytelling skills to her first book, Montgomery Rabbit, which was inspired by her own childhood memories of playing in her grandfather’s raspberry patch, and by her love for family. Sandy is a passionate chef, photographer, and traveler.
About the Illustrator: Artist/illustrator David Wenzel has been creating original artwork for over 35 years. With an appreciation of nature, a foundation in design, and attention to detail, he strives to balance realism with expressive effects to convey emotion. He has illustrated numerous books for children. David is a graduate of Kent State University and lives in Valley City, Ohio, with his wife, Liz.
Unprepared: End-times Prophecy Novel with Bible Reference Endnotes
List Price: 16.95
Available: December 2015
When World War III erupts without forewarning, one-fourth of the world’s population dies in a matter of hours or days, just as the Bible foretells in Revelation 6:1–8. The world’s superpowers collapse in a heartbeat.
Jeff and Lisa Taylor, in their home near Columbus, Ohio, are stunned to learn that half of the population of the United States has been destroyed. Are these the end-times prophecies unfolding that they had studied in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible?
Jesus said, “Do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law…a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.” Matthew 10:34-36.
Paul said, speaking of Jesus’ return and our gathering to Him, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come, until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4.
Dale F. Shaffer has served his local church as a teacher, deacon, elder, and church administrator. He has also studied Bible prophecy for forty years, authored two management books, and the Detective Ed Slate mystery series.
Light and Dark: 1982 Edition Revised
List Price: 20.00
Available: December 2015
Light and Dark is a curious collection or “runic ragout of wry rhyme writing” sporadically spread over a broad spectrum of topics alphabetically ranging from Aardvark to Zeitgeist and all written by Tom E. Shaffer. Actually this is a somewhat revised version of a book of my highly variegated “verse-style” compositions which I had first assembled and self-published back in 1982. Quoting from that original introduction ‘to describe the dominant character and and style of its content, I was tempted to reply in the manner of a recipe: Mix equal portions of Ogden Nash, e.g. The Purist and that Edwin A. Robinson of Richard Cory fame; add a pinch of Poe, a bit of Bierce and a hint of Herrick; and then blend as well as poetically possible and carefully pour into a Bob Browning “dramatic monologue” mold … etcetera etc.’ These poems were fully intended to be read aloud with equal emphasis on both their music and message. This revised version takes advantage of word processing features unavailable to me back then but they can now greatly aid readers both to better understand individual poems or when reading them aloud, if sharing with others. I also hope it will serve as an easy introduction to all my other kindred pieces written since which have been waiting so long to take their place within comfortable covers on some suitable shelf, night stand or coffee table. This assiduous assemblage has been conceived as a Light and Dark … collection!
Here is a little “thumbnail bio” of the author. I was born in Tulsa, in a then pre-red Oklahoma and grew up there as an only child whose mother wanted him to become a doctor. Later I win an H.O. McClure Scholarship and attend Tulsa University as a pre-med student while I also work part time in a large general hospital as an Emergency Room orderly to help pay my way. Next, I’m drafted by the U.S. Army and after basic boot camp, given an M.O.S. as a medical corpsman and then directly assigned to the E.R. at the West Point Academy’s hospital in beautiful upstate New York. During this time I spend a lot of time reading, biking, playing postal chess and using my standing class A pass to enjoy many of the great cultural offerings of New York City. I consider an extension of my tour but luckily, in retrospect, chose separation just in time to avoid a sure reassignment to Vietnam. Two years later, again I’m working nights as an ER orderly, only this time at UCLA’s mega-medical center and teaching hospital and by day I attend classes at UCLA, majoring in psychology. By now I’ve lost any trace of “sustaining illusion” about being a doctor. It is also at this time that I first write and share some little poems with various medical friends who immediately make the mistake of encouraging me in this enduring, if sometimes doubtful endeavor. Later I move on to Mt Zion hospital in San Francisco where I soon become an SPD supervisor (no more ERs!) and there meet and marry a nurse and subsequently become one myself. After a full fifteen fulfilling years of oncology nursing, I retire and move (with same wife) to Seattle area of Washington State, where among other things, I resume my “versing” and at last seriously set about producing these books.
Ryan the Pirate
List Price: 10.99
Category: Children’s Books
Ahoy there matey! The team of Joe Garces and Bethaney Abercrombie are back in action with their latest collaboration, Ryan the Pirate. Ryan the Pirate is a swashbuckling adventure that follows a little boy, Ryan, as the fearsome pirate captain in search of adventure on the high sea. Follow Ryan and his motley crew of misfits as they sail the ocean blue in search of buried treasure. But danger is lurking out there somewhere beyond the horizon; will Ryan and his crew find the treasure they seek? Or will they be forced to walk the plank? Come on board me hearties and enjoy the adventure! Aarghhh!
After successfully writing books for his two oldest sons, author Joe Garces returns with a new story dedicated to his third and youngest child, Ryan. Ryan the Pirate follows up the highly successful, Garrett the Firefighter and Tyler the Cowpoke as the final installment in a series of adventure books based on, and dedicated to, Joe’s three young boys. A graduate of Southern Utah University and a former elementary school teacher, Joe is now a firefighter and arson investigator for the City of Oxnard Fire Department. Joe and his fantastic wife, Taira, live in Santa Paula, CA with their three boys Garrett, Tyler, and of course, Ryan.
Bethaney Abercrombie received a degree in art education from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in art education from Northern Arizona University, which prepared her for the years she taught junior high school art. She now enjoys her time as a stay-at-home mom and foster mom, living with her amazing husband and five beautiful children in Gilbert, AZ.
ANIMAL SPACE USE: Memory Effects, Scaling Complexity, and Biophysical Model Coherence
List Price: 79
Available: November 2015
Animal space use is complex, both from the individual and the population perspective. Spatial memory leads to site fidelity, emergence of home ranges, and multi-scaled use of the environment, and attraction to conspecifics—another memory-dependent property—contributes to population survival by counteracting decline in local abundance from unconstrained dispersal. However, memory effects, multi-scaled space use, and intra-specific cohesion present deep theoretical challenges for biophysical modeling.
Animal Space Use presents a range of system descriptors, model designs, and simulations; intrinsic properties from memory and scaling are illustrated in detail, and classical models are scrutinized with respect to compliance with real data. The presentations of concepts are geared towards a broad audience of researchers and students with interest in animal space use.
A joint effort between biologists, physicists, and statisticians is now on track to provide a more coherent theory for ecological inference—with a potential for stronger predictive power of ecological models than from more classical approaches. In Animal Space Use, Dr. Arild Gautestad advocates that an extension of the biophysical frame of reference may be needed to understand systems that express intrinsic complexity from the combined effects of scaling and memory.
Any scientist in the field of animal ecology should stay abreast of the rapidly developing theory and applications of complex biophysics. This bold, provocative book provides an overview, a critical evaluation of existing concepts, and a wide range of theoretical proposals to resolve present challenges.
Dr. Arild O. Gautestad is a theoretical ecologist with particular interest in biophysical aspects of animal space use. For more than 25 years, he has studied individual movement and population kinetics by constructing mathematical models, performing computer simulations, and testing on real data. He has been a research fellow and researcher at University of Oslo, Norway, and is now affiliated with its Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis. Dr. Gautestad has presented his scientific work as a guest speaker, published papers in high-ranking journals (many coauthored with Ivar Mysterud, University of Oslo), and now in Animal Space Use.
Curtain Up, Light the Lights!: A History of The Green Ram Summer Theatre
List Price: 25.00
Available: December 2015
Edition: Hardcover (DJ)
‘Cowboy coffee,’ strike nights, rehearsals in the rain, Shanghai-the-cat. It was a different time. Death of a Salesman, Bus Stop, Anything Goes, Long Day’s Journey into Night. Scripts of every stripe and nature. Shakespeare, O’Neill, Williams, Miller, Simon. Musicals, comedies, dramas, American and world classics. Pinky attempted small but human goals: teaching, enlightenment, the joy of creating, and warm summer-evening entertainments.
Today the Ram founders appear as giants. Largerthan- life, the tiny group of individuals who wrestled the theater into existence were somehow more daring, more courageous than now. Pinky, Gloria Link, Papa Buerki, Jim Kentzler, Arlyn Zeller, Don Burdick, Bob McElya, Joel Cook, Chuck Schmitt, Jo Anne Jaeger. What they achieved can never be duplicated.
This is their story too, of course, theirs more than mine. But I can’t speak of other people’s triumphs and tragedies, only my own, what I experienced in my seven seasons in the sun – and rain – during the summers of 1961–1967.
While at the Ram, scores of life-changing events flashed past in a blur of theatrical confusion, happenings which I sometimes understood only marginally. With twenty-five or more artists-inresidence on ‘the Ranch,’ as it came to be called, all straining mightily to survive and succeed, life crises occurred daily, heart-breaking tragedies and farceridden comedies, incidents often difficult to fathom, but seldom possible to ignore.
While I don’t claim to have fully understood the nuances of the all the dramas unfurling around me, I knew my own personal summers intensely – the successes, the failures, the real-life tragedies. They were to be the most vibrant, all-consuming times of my life. Embrace or reject it, one could not exist at the Ram without being totally, entirely, excruciatingly alive. Every minute of every hour of every day.
Wil Denson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre
from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in English from the University of Arizona. Denson taught at
the university level for more than 33 years. He headed the UW-Eau Claire theatre program for fi ve years and
was Director of UW-EC Summer Theatre for 25 seasons.
Cancer in American Democracy!: The Causes and the Cures
List Price: 16.95
Available: December 2015
This book describes how money in politics corrodes every aspect of our lives and our economy.
Each chapter deals with how the “cancer” is progressing and has a prescribed “cure” that the reader will find comforting.
Listed below are the subjects covered in each chapter:
Money in Politics and Decline of Democracy show the corruption in Congress and the effect that money has in our election processes. Instead of one man one vote we have one dollar one vote.
The Constitution deals with how politicians sometimes misinterpret the intentions of our founding fathers in order to push their own agendas.
The Supreme Court deals with how judges inject their own prejudices into our lives and how that affects mainstream Americans.
Political Parties, and the Presidency deal with our convoluted election processes, and show how gerrymandering distorts our elections.
The 2008 Financial Crisis, the Economy, and Deficits and Debts deal with the economic impact of our fiscal mismanagement.
Inequality deals with the disturbing trend of the rising gap between the wealthy and our middle classes.
Social Programs and Health Care deals with the impact that our lawmakers have on our welfare system and how we could improve those programs.
Foreign policy paints a picture of how our past and present policies failed and what would be the correct policy in the future.
The role of Government deals with how much Government interference can be too much or too little.
Technology and Solutions for the Future will leave the reader with an optimistic view of the world benefiting from new technologies, and describes a utopian view of how we could reform our political systems.
Kat and the Bone
List Price: 17.95
Available: October 2015
Jim Snertzbaum is an easy target for his middle school classmates. With a name like his and a short chubby physique, he might as well have the old ‘kick me’ sign taped to his back. Unlike most of the young people around him, Jim matures quickly in mind and body. He is motivated to improve himself by two things: A teacher who takes an interest in him and the new kid that moves to town. He is already a financial success by the time he enters his junior year. When Jim steps on the football field that fall, he is laughed at by many of his peers and even by one of the coaches. It doesn’t take long for the new improved Jim Snertzbaum to turn the animosity into admiration. Even his harshest critics have to admit that Jim, and his best friend Kat, are two of the finest high school players in the state.
Tom Hoch was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is currently a retired social science teacher and coach. Mr. Hoch lives in northwest Illinois with his wife of 40 years. His two daughters and five grandchildren live close by.
The focus of many of our authors' dreams is the telling of someone's life story, whether it is their story, that of a loved one, or someone they find just plain fascinating. Dog Ear builds books that beautifully showcase a personal story.
Business, finance, and entrepreneurial experts all turn to Dog Ear Publishing to create books that deliver value and benefit to their readers. Whether the topic is how to achieve financial independence, strategies for making a business more successful, or creating new sources of wealth, Dog Ear Publishing has built products to help authors in the business and professional community reach out to their core customers.
Our authors produce some amazingly beautiful children's books, all with wonderful stories. A variety of formats have been created, including square and portrait, paperback and hardcover - all available in full-color.
One of the great niche markets that authors are exploring is the world of cookbooks. Dog Ear Publishing can produce cookbooks in black-and-white and color, and both paperback and hardcover. We help our authors produce cookbooks about everything from wondeful ethnic food recipes to healthy cooking alternatives.
Our authors write on a variety of topics catering to specific niche audiences.
In the large category of Fiction, the old adage 'a picture is worth a thousand words' describes the importance of a great book cover. Dog Ear Publishing produces the finest book covers in the self publishing market - and our fiction books look stunning. No matter what genre of fiction our authors write on, Dog Ear will build an amazing cover to showcase the book.
Many Dog Ear Publishing authors produce books that help the reader get and stay healthy. Their expertise ranges from physical therapy to mental wellness to spiritual renewal. Dog Ear can build books that showcase exercises, charts, and images to help the reader understand best the instruction being given.
Encouragement, enlightenment, and enrichment can all be found within the books produced by Dog Ear authors.
Words can transform the world around us - and Dog Ear Publishing's poets showcase their works through the words they use to convey their emotions. Poetry doesn't have to flow in a single, straight line, but should move across the page in motion to the rhythm of the poet's thoughts. Our professional design team translates the poet's vision to the page.
Professors, scientists, doctors and technical experts of all fields have turned to Dog Ear to produce their books.