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 idea to clean every book in my office, and in doing so I wrote Dog Eared: A Year's Romp Through the Self-Publishing World.
Dog Eared explores several themes in my writing life, 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 the writer's destiny marks except one? Why I played trivia with bikers in a Daytona Beach bar (while munching on a burger topped with hemp seeds)? And why Exercise Rule #39 doesn't alway work for me?
Honors and Awards
Winner, Book Excellence Book Awards
Winner, International Book Awards
Winner, Indie Reader Discovery Book Awards
Runner Up, Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards
Runner Up, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist, Chicago Writers Association Book Awards
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