Founded in October 2004, Dog Ear Publishing is the result of a beautiful collaboration between 3 veterans of the traditional publishing industry. Their combined 55+ years of traditional publishing experience brought Dog Ear to life with a unique perspective on the industry that competitors just don’t have and cannot buy. Meet the Staff
In the ever-changing world of book publishing, Dog Ear Publishing offers something incredibly dynamic to authors looking to self-publish. Together, they have assembled a responsive team of editors, book designers, layout technicians and book marketers ready to guide you through the Dog Ear self-publishing process with expert recommendations, package options, editorial services, exclusive online articles and other resources. Dog Ear’s commitment, coupled with the generous profit structure, low per unit print prices and contract terms afforded to Dog Ear authors adds up to the best services in the self-publishing industry. What’s more, Dog Ear gives you a truly remarkable experience: everything you need to give your book the best chance to succeed.
The Dog Ear team feels strongly that authors need to know how to compare apples to apples when reviewing self-publishing companies:
When an author takes all of this into consideration, Dog Ear wins every time.
The early days of Ray Robinson's career path found him between a rock and a hard place.
It was 1987, and this geology major had trekked to Wyoming only to discover that he didn't really like rocks... Six months later, back in Akron, Ohio, he found himself applying for a job at Waldenbooks.
That application led to both retail experience as well as assignments at the corporate headquarters in Stamford, CT. He eventually became a marketing director for Pearson Education, an Indianapolis company specializing in educational books.
Prior to forming Dog Ear Publishing, he worked for a book packager building products for traditional publishers.
"We spent a ton of time learning all kinds of technology in bringing books to market more quickly and economically," he said. "We began to see that those who really cared about their books were the authors. Why shouldn't authors have access to all the expertise and technology of the traditional publishing industry and be able to produce their own books?"
When Robinson first entered the publishing industry, authors relied on "vanity presses" to produce their work - many of whom would charge $15,000 or more and leave the author's garage filled with hundreds of books.
Ray, along with coworker Alan Harris, joined forces with Miles Nelson to create Dog Ear Publishing to provide the author community a self-publisher with a heart. The group's application of new technologies and publishing on demand reduced the cost of publishing a book to a fraction of what it had been for previous generations; authors now have the ability to publish a book in as little as six weeks and print as few as a single copy. "An author sees his manuscript in published form and thinks you've performed a miracle," said Robinson. "No one writes a book overnight. It's someone's passion that's been worked on for years."
"I've enjoyed the book industry," Robinson continued. "And since October, I can't think of a day that I've not been thrilled to be here. We want to be able to keep that sort of environment forever."
Once upon a time, Alan Harris was shooting for the stars... literally.
A biology major and astronomy minor, his career plan was to search for life on other planets.
Little did he know when he took a job at a mall-based Waldenbooks how it would change his life. Shortly after his debut at Walden, Harris was promoted to the company's home office in Connecticut to be a buyer. That job transitioned in to a position as an acquisitions editor for Pearson Education where he was responsible for researching book topics and finding best-selling authors. Prior to joining Miles Nelson and Ray Robinson at Dog Ear Publishing, Harris had worked as production manager for a composition house that provided production for some of the largest book publishers in the world.
Actually Harris worked alongside Robinson at the production house; together they joined forces with Miles Nelson to create Dog Ear Publishing with the express purpose of providing a user-friendly publishing experience. The technological advances Harris developed at the production house, and which he brought along to Dog Ear, have reduced the cost of self-publishing to a fraction of what it used to cost. Authors now have the ability to publish a book in as little as six weeks, including the option to print as few as a single copy.
"I've spent a long time in the publishing business... from selling books to the reading public, to managing authors as an acquisitions editor, to the actual production process. I love what I do - Dog Ear allows me to create a great book for any author; from those who want total creative control or who are frustrated with traditional agents and publishers, to those who just want to create a book for themselves," he said.
According to Harris, it's more than using the software; it's about utilizing technology to make self-publishing affordable and efficient - providing a product that is the same or better quality as that produced by a large publisher, and to which the author retains all his or her rights.
As a child, I read everything I could get my hands on, and I dreamed of getting paid to read books and of helping people. With this dream, I propelled myself through college to earn bachelor’s degrees in English (minor in Writing and Publishing) and Business Administration while working as a peer tutor in the university writing lab and interning with a publishing company in college. After graduation, I stayed on with the publishing company, where I fell in love with book publishing.
Editing is my avocation. I began freelancing right after college, while earning a master’s degree in Health Communication and then working as an editor for Eli Lilly and Company and for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. I have edited everything from class materials and newsletters to master’s theses, scholastic imprints, professional journals, and books in all genres. I feel my calling as an editor is not only to improve text but also to teach those with whom I work so they can constantly improve their writing.
When I’m not editing, I’m planting and growing things on a small homestead in Indiana with my husband and two children.
I have one goal: to create and shape cohesive, fluid, accessible copy that shifts perspective and makes a connection.
With more than twelve years of experience in the writing and editing industry, I accomplish that goal through a passion for brainstorming, researching, planning, writing, and editing everything from grants to novels to marketing materials to websites.
My articles, interviews, poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in various print and online publications, including Calyx Journal, Inkwell Magazine, Mindful Homeschooler, and Home Education Magazine.
Dog Ear is changing the world of publishing by empowering authors to publish their books themselves with complete editorial and copyright control.