I didn’t set out to write a book. I set out to clean my office. That was last year's New Year’s resolution. It all started because of the IRS, who want to know how much inventory a writer has at the end of the year. Once I started rummaging around my bookshelves, I got the brilliant idea to count and clean every book in my office. Let’s see: four walls of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, four seasons to the year—hmm, looks like a yearlong, office-cleaning project to me.
And it was, resulting in my latest piece of writing titledDog Eared: A Year’s Romp Through the Self-Publishing World, which explores several themes like Why my high school girlfriend dumped me after she gave me a copy of Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund? Why I have all of the writer’s destiny marks except one? Why I played trivia with bikers in a Daytona Beach bar (while munching on a hamburger topped with hemp seeds)? Why Exercise Rule #39 doesn’t always work for me?
Winner, 2017 Canadian Book Excellence Book Awards
Runner Up, 2017 Reader Views Book Awards
Finalist, 2017 Chicago Writers Association Book Awards
Book Review Excerpts
By the time I had read ten pages, I knew I wanted to finish the book. By the time I had read fifty pages, I knew I couldn’t put it down. William B. Bein, Award-Winning Business Writer, Consultant, and Chicago-based Entrepreneur
In this charming, unorthodox, and personable memoir, W. Nikola-Lisa uses the seemingly mundane task of cleaning out his office as a clever frame for reflections upon everything from his love of Robin Hood to the self-publishing process, taking readers on an enjoyable journey that every book lover will relate to—and every author, indie or otherwise, will learn a thing or two from. Brooke Warner, Author of Green-Light Your Book
A quirky, informative, and highly absorbing journey into the world of self-publishing, told by a master storyteller. If A. J. Fikry were to self-publish a book about self-publishing, this would be it. Holly Brady. Publishing Strategist and Former Director of Stanford Publishing Course
A fun, yet thoughtful, romp through the self-publishing process interwoven with the journey toward becoming a writer. Part self-publishing how-to, part memoir, part travelogue, this story unfolds with a storyteller’s precision that includes involving vignettes, surprising historic asides, and personal observations. A treat for anyone who loves books, reading, and the publishing world. Marlene Targ Brill, Author of Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express, Recipient of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award
Nikola-Lisa uses his yearlong project of sorting and cleaning all the books in his office as a launching pard for an exploration of the joys and challenges of being a self-published author. Clearning and organizing books may not seem like the noblest of endeavors, but five pages into Dog Earer, you will be dedicated to the project. In another author's hands, this subject matter could easily stagnate, but thanks to Nikola-Lisa's humor and wonderfully quirky style, the book is a true delight to read. Terrell Isselhard, Reviewer, Windy City Reviews
As I developed this project I posted sample chapters on my blog. They're from the uncorrected Advance Reader Copy, nonetheless they will give you an idea of what the book's about. To read a sample chapter or two, pleaseclick here. You'll also find sample chapters from other works as well, most recently from my middle grade novel titled Shark Man.
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Title: Dog Eared
Subtitle: A Year's Romp Through the Self-Publishing World
Author: W. Nikola-Lisa
Design: Deb Tremper, Six Penny Graphics
Publisher: Gyroscope Books, Chicago
Release Date: September 2017
Genre: Autobiography, Memoir; Travelogue
Appropriate Age Level: Adult
Page Count: 337
ISBN: 978-0-9972524-4-6 (paperback), list price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-9972524-5-3 (e-book), list price: $3.99
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