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P.J. Fisk Describes Her Quest for God as Mother in Newly Released Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “If God Is My Mother, Who Is My Father?” by P.J. Fisk.

A religious scholar shares her spiritual journey in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, searching for truth amidst age-old traditions of religious thought and the role of women.

Influenced by her Seventh-day Adventist grandmother, the author joined that church by baptism when she was 14 years old, setting the stage for the religious conflict that would reverberate in her life. She spent 15 years working within the education system of the church. In this new book that serves as both a memoir and record of a spiritual journey, P.J. Fisk shares her views of religious conflict, especially as it relates to the roles of men and women in a traditionally patriarchal organization.

“If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?” gets personal quickly, opening with Fisk’s description of herself as a pregnant newlywed locked out of her apartment by her husband. It’s a pattern that repeats itself over the years, as Fisk works to obey her husband as religious traditions dictate, no matter what the personal cost to her body and mind. Working as head dean for girls at an Adventist school brings professional success but also personal anguish as Fisk realizes girls are held to a different standard than boys and that standard comes straight from doctrine.

Personal pain and losses, as well as big changes in her life, lead Fisk to question the doctrine she’s followed all of her life. Her studies of spirituality, including reading “The Woman’s Bible,” call into question the assumed maleness of God and the resulting subordination of women both in church and in society. “As long as women accept the position that religions assign her, her emancipation is impossible,” Fisk writes, recognizing her own culpability in how she raised her daughters and granddaughters. Her spiritual journey toward finding the Goddess in God, which continues today, leads her to conclude that a purely patriarchal – or matriarchal – solution will not work. “God cannot be a male with no female in the Godhead,” she writes. Instead, the world needs to embrace the love inherent in the mother aspect of God with help from the mothers now living in the world.

Author P.J. Fisk has studied women and religion for more than 30 years, researching religion from ancient times to the present and focusing on the plight of women as they relate to a predominant male system of religion. She has six children and 12 grandchildren and raised her daughters in a fundamental Christian church based on the patriarchal systems of the Bible. Fisk and her husband, Loren, live by the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

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For additional information, please visit www.PJFisk.com.

If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?

P.J. Fisk

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2353-3                        192 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book by Frank Layman Promotes New Ways To Think about Thinking

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Success Through Logical Thinking” by Dr. Frank Layman.

A healer of the body turns his attention to the mind in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Physical therapist and orthopedic specialist Frank Layman provides insights on thinking logically instead of turning to emotion to promote personal success.

Achieving success requires dedication and overcoming obstacles – including emotions, which can put up a wall that prevents attaining that success, no matter how it’s defined. This new book aims to provide a logical thinking model so readers can approach life with the intent of improving it, including moving away from being governed by emotions and the negative results that such thinking can create. Identifying barriers and applying logical thinking to resolving them is the first step on the path to success.

To be successful in any endeavor takes a complex culmination of approaches. Dr Frank Layman’s experiences in helping patients’ recover and his own life experiences and successes make for motivating and compelling approach to self-improvement.

“Success Through Logical Thinking” offers specific tips for moving toward logical thinking. Author Frank Layman describes the benefits of logical thinking as a means to alter perspective and influence behavior, as well as a means to diminish self-doubt, which can sabotage commitment to goals. He includes warnings on managing expectations, not wasting time and avoiding temptation to be distracted. A test in one of the book’s final chapters allows readers to better assess their ability to apply logical thought to issues of everyday life and point out negative habits they can then work to eliminate so they can fully achieve their goals and build on their success.

Author Frank Layman, a specialist in orthopedics and sports medicine, has more than 20 years of experience treating athletes and patients. Layman, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, North Caroline Physical Therapy Association and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, has degrees in sports medicine/athletic training and physical therapy, as well as a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia and a medical degree in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine. A national speaker for Cross Country education is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving for more then 13 years. He is a clinician and leader with Randolph Hospital. When he’s not teaching and treating patients, Layman practices Brazilian jujitsu, studies aerodynamics and is a pilot. He also enjoys time with his loving family.

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For additional information, please visit www.FrankLaymanSTLT.com.

Success Through Logical Thinking

Dr. Frank Layman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2213-0                        156 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Retired Football Coach Shares Leadership Philosophy in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” by Bob Springer.

A retired high school football coach offers tips for parents to help their children succeed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Successful parental leadership is the key to winning or losing on or off the athletic field. That’s the claim in a new book written by a former high school football coach and human resources executive. Bob Springer aims to provide parents and leaders of student athletics with a new perspective on managing middle and high school athletes. Fictional stories within the book illustrate different styles of leadership designed to help parents raise children to be successful.

 “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” urges parents to step into that role proudly, providing guidance and discipline when needed instead of avoiding hurting their child’s feelings or being worried they can’t spend time with friends. Springer refers to this as putting kids first, writing that although both adults and peers are critical in shaping student athletes, “the role of the parent is that of the critically important glue: the record keeping, celebrator and disciplinarian.” A series of Leadership Considerations lets parents assess and develop their own leadership style. Springer urges parents to use tough love on their children when necessary, asking them to maintain and exceed performance standards in order to keep their students on the path to a winning life.

Author Bob Springer retired in 2011 after coaching high school football for 14 years in Ohio and West Virginia school systems. He coached teams to the state championship and earned Coach of the Year honors at another school. He served as assistant coach and head coach after retiring from Allstate Financial, where he spent 26 years, eventually becoming Vice President of Human Resources. Before Allstate, the 1964 Marietta College graduate had coached football for five years.

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For additional information, please visit www.bobspringerbooks.com.

Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart

Bob Springer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2156-0                        144 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Fiction Release Tells One Jamaican Man’s Tale of Triumph ; Book by Monica Dyer

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “This Son Rises From the West” by Monica Dyer.

This new fiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing is the story of Ricky, a Jamaican man who has risen from poverty and overcome his deeply-held belief that mediocrity was all he deserved.  Through the years, Ricky battles outside forces as well as those within himself to become one of the most distinguished men in his chosen field.

Author Monica Dyer’s new release from Dog Ear Publishing begins as Ricky Elliot, distinguished in the field of race relations, awaits his family’s arrival.  Today is the day Ricky hasn’t even dared to dream about, the day he will be formally presented to the Queen of England.  How did a boy from a poor family from Jamaica climb to these dizzying heights?  As he awaits his sisters, Ricky contemplates his life thus far.

His early years were joyful, filled with sunshine and love from his mother and father.  His brother Calvin’s disdain clouded his landscape, but Ricky was generally happy.  He worked hard, and after his graduation, set out to learn a trade.  Eventually, he felt himself longing for something beyond the colony he called home, something riskier that offered the potential for higher reward.  Ricky moves to England, where he hopes his elder brother will, at last, accept him and aid him in this unfamiliar land.  Alas, Calvin refuses to acknowledge him, leading Ricky into the darkest period of his life.  Desperately poor, dangerously ill, Ricky manages to pull himself and his sisters into the light, and nothing can stop him now.

This Son Rises From the West is inspiring, and Ricky’s journey from the island to accepting the highest honor the “mother country” offers is a fascinating story, one that will find readers rooting for him all the way.   Author Monica Dyer, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, immigrated to the United States forty-five years ago.  Her determination to receive an education allowed her to follow an interesting employment track, where she has worked at everything from childcare to Wall Street.  This is her first novel.

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For additional information, please visit www.thissonrisesfromthewest.com.

 

 

This Son Rises From the West

Monica Dyer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-14575-1715-0                        228  pages                        $15.95 US

 

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at

dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense!

Successful Dog Ear Publishing Author Shares Five Steps to Self-Publishing Success.

Moira Allen is the author of more than a dozen books and over 400 articles and columns.  Two of her titles, Selling on Amazon: The Newcomer’s Guide  and Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, have found a home with Dog Ear Publishing. Moira also hosts Writing-World.com.

Moira Allen is the author of more than a dozen books and over 400 articles and columns. Two of her titles, Selling on Amazon: The Newcomer’s Guide and Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, have found a home with Dog Ear Publishing. Moira also hosts Writing-World.com.

Five Steps to Self-Publishing Success

by Moira Allen

What writer doesn’t want to be a success?  That’s what drives so many authors down the “do-it-yourself” route in the first place.  The problem is that for every DIY success story, there are literally thousands of failures.  The statistics are sobering: In 2010, 2.75 million titles were DIY-published (1).  Yet one POD company that published over 10,000 titles in 2010 reported an average of 75 sales per title — which means that while a few titles probably sold quite a bit more, most sold quite a bit less (2).

So what’s a DIY author to do?  Obviously, success is possible, or this blog wouldn’t exist.  How can you increase your chances of getting your book into the top 10% — the group of authors who sell over 500 copies annually and earn anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 per year?

1) Forget about becoming an “overnight success.” Perhaps the most important step you can take is to cast aside the notion that DIY publishing is the road to overnight success.  Unfortunately, “speed” is one of the factors that often lures authors down this road in the first place.  Traditional publishing takes time — lots of time.  Agents and editors may take months to respond to a submission, and if that response is a rejection, the author gets to start again, and again, and again.  DIY publishing holds out the promise that if you send in your manuscript today, you can be holding a shiny printed copy of your book within weeks, or even days.

Having a printed book and having a “successfully published” book are two very different things, however.  Your task is to recognize that, as a DIY author, you are a general without an army.  A traditional publisher has that army — a staff of editors, proofreaders, designers, artists, marketers and distributors — whose sole job is to create and sell high-quality books.  Further, that publisher has ties with the bookselling industry that ensure that a minimum number of your books will get into bookstores, no matter what. (They may not sell once they get there, but they will get there.)

You, on the other hand, have… you.  And you probably have other things to do — things like a job and family.  You simply cannot achieve in a month, or six months, what a commercial publisher can achieve.

So what can you do?

2) Don’t overestimate yourself.  You may be a brilliant author, but that doesn’t mean you’re a brilliant book designer, cover artist, or marketer.  However, as a DIY author, you’re still responsible for all those facets of book production.  Half the battle is recognizing what you’re not good at, and finding alternatives when “doing it yourself” is not the best option.  In short, you may not have an army, but if necessary, you can hire one.

3) Don’t cut corners.  During WWII, the term “ersatz” came into the English language to describe an inferior substitute for “the real thing.”  Ersatz bread included fillers such as sawdust; ersatz coffee was made with chicory or beans.  The word came to mean something that might look like the real thing, but that, on closer inspection, wasn’t even close.

At conferences and book fairs, I frequently find myself looking at what I can only describe as “ersatz” books.  They positively scream “DIY.”  Their authors hope against hope that readers will look past the poor design and appalling cover art to discover the gems within.  The problem is, readers have a choice.  No one eats bread made from sawdust if real bread is readily available — and we DIY authors often forget that there is no shortage of high-quality, well written, beautifully presented books on the market.  Readers aren’t going to assume that a book that looks inferior in the outside is going to be a gem on the inside.  Instead, readers are going to assume that if it looks like sawdust, it’s probably going to taste like sawdust.

In short, readers do judge books by their covers… and by their interiors.  I am amazed at how many DIY books have no margins and are printed like manuscripts, with double lines between paragraphs or unjustified right margins.  Readers take one look at poor presentation and assume that if an author can’t even manage to make a book look like a book, what are the odds that it “reads” like one either?  A huge key to self-publishing success, ironically, is to do everything in your power to make sure your book doesn’t look self-published.

4) Know who your readers are and where to find them.  This is where the nonfiction author often has the advantage over the fiction author.  Nonfiction outsells fiction roughly two to one — and one reason for this is the “niche.”  If your niche, for example, is Roman military history, you have a lot less competition than if it’s vampire romance.  That means that aficionados of Roman military history books are far more likely to find, and buy, your title than fans of fangs, who have hundreds of titles to choose from and not enough time in the world to read them all.

Every article I’ve read on self-publishing statistics is quick to point out that the majority of nonfiction books aren’t sold in bookstores.  They’re sold in specialty stores, through businesses and services, in gift shops, and in dozens of other places.  Your title on Roman military history, for example, might be a perfect fit for museum shops.  Your work on patio container gardening could find a home at nurseries and florists.  Your recipe collection for tea-cakes might be a hit amongst Victorian bed-and-breakfasts.

My self-publishing success story is a book titled Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet.  When I first published the book, I assumed that the appropriate place to find these owners was the pet store.  But pet stores don’t want shoppers to think about the possibility of a pet dying.  They want to encourage shoppers to buy stuff for living pets — and possibly to adopt a new pet.  In time I discovered that the place to find my customers was through such outlets as humane societies, veterinarians, pet loss counselors, and pet cemeteries.

My book was first self-published nearly 26 years ago, when the only way to reach a potential customer was to print an advertisement and send it through the mail.  Today, thankfully, we have the Internet — so finding your readers today means determining where they “hang out” online, what types of websites they visit, and how to construct your own site to attract them.  It also means taking advantage of the power of Amazon and other online markets, because once a reader “discovers” your book, that’s the place they’re most likely to buy it.

5) Be patient… and persevere.  Big publishers can turn a book into an overnight success because they have “shotgun power.”  They can get thousands of copies into hundreds of bookstores, all at the same time, while releasing a publicity campaign that includes costly advertising and promotions, all timed to create a dramatic “launch” and instant “buzz.”

We don’t have that ability.  It’s important to remember that every step we take will involve a delayed response.  If you send a book to a reviewer, and it gets reviewed, that review may not appear for months.  If you build a dynamite website, it will take time for word to spread and links to form; it’s not going to get a high ranking on Google overnight.  If you have a blog, it will take time to gain followers, and for those followers to post links back from their own blogs.  If you create a Facebook page, it will take time to amass “friends” and build a track record of “likes.”  If people buy your book on Amazon, it will take months for reviews to trickle back in.

The good news is that success builds on success.  More hits on your website, and more links from other sites that consider yours worth promoting, means higher page rankings — which lead to more hits, more visits, more links, and so on.  A positive reader review on Amazon will lead to another sale, and another good review, and more sales, and more word of mouth.  If a specialty shop orders ten copies of your book and manages to sell them all, they’ll come back for 20 the next time.

So give yourself — and your book — time to succeed.  Because the very best kind of self-publishing success isn’t the kind that happens overnight.  It’s the kind that lasts — and keeps your book selling for decades!

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(1) R. Scot Johns, “Self-Publishing Statistics,” Scot’s Blog, May 25, 2012, http://authoradventures.blogspot.com/2012/05/self-publishing-by-numbers.html

(2) Tom and Marilyn Ross, “Book News and Publishing Industry Statistics,” Self-Publishing Resources, posted May 2010, http://selfpublishingresources.com/resources/books-news-and-publishing-industry-statistics/