Welcome to AFS Publishing
Seeking to Entertain, Possibly to Educate
My Story, Mostly
‘My Story, Mostly’ is an autobiography of the author’s life. Well of course it is – if somebody else wrote it, it would merely be a biography. And since most of my story is in my head and not on shelves and shelves full of boxes of archival letters there wouldn’t have been much to go on. It’s a good thing I wrote it now before it was too late. My life was interesting enough, but hardly exceptional. Only people near to me, or near enough, would really be that interested in the doings of a typical Canadian Baby Boomer. So why write a book about myself, beyond mere misplaced vanity? Well, as you will soon enough learn, when you're gone, there’s nobody who can tell your story, or even know much about it. We all have a story to tell but few take the time to tell it. So if you want to know your father’s story (or your mother’s) talk to your parents while you still can. I didn’t; well, not often enough, and I didn’t take notes. One of my kids was evidently listening. She bought me a clever little volume by Jeffrey Mason, ‘Dad, I Want to Hear your Story’, which prompts you to respond to a number of thematic questions, on such topics as Love and Romance, Dad Trivia, The Teenage Years. Using these prompts along with some chronology, I was able to tell my story through various lenses. I think it worked pretty well. And I hope readers of every generation will get something out of My Story, Mostly.
The Treasure of Stella Bay
It’s 1961 in the tiny village of Stella on pastoral Amherst Island. Nobody asked 12-year-old Alex Jorgenson if he wanted to move there, but there he was, no friends no, prospects, no hope. With a little prodding from his parents, and his own resourceful mind, Alex gradually finds his way in his new environment: new school, new Sunday School, new Scout Troop, new friends, and a first girlfriend. Part Frank Hardy, part Tom Sawyer, Alex has many adventures, building a secret hideout, forming a secret society and solving an old mystery. This book should appeal to readers of all ages. For 12-year-old readers it is an adventure story and tries to draw a picture of universal angst pre-teens experience even today. Offspring of Baby Boomers might find echoes of their own teenage years, and what it might have been like when their parents were twelve. And for readers who actually were tweens and teens in the 1960s I hope they recognize artifacts of the day when a loaf of bread was 20 cents.
Travels With Myself – A Journal of Discovery and Transition
Travels With Myself is an account of one man’s journey through change and transition – grief, despair and frantic mania, finally to getting on with life. Doug lets us know that he considered the questions of life’s purpose throughout his life, but they didn’t take on real meaning until he was forced to deal with the death of his life-long companion to cancer, and then the loss of his new love to her life choices; then, hair on fire, traveling half way around the world to find himself. Intertwined with Doug’s Odyssey we also follow Doug’s journey to find a new professional identity.
Amitié, a Novel
Amitié came from Corsica to Canada to escape poverty and start a new life, and eventually entered the lives of Karla and David. Strong bonds were formed amongst all three until life's challenges changed everything. This is a story about love, and loss and grief. And about choices, though the reasons for those choices may not be so clear, not even to themselves.
The Hallelujah Chorus
Sequel to The Maxim Chronicles, A Year with a Champion Poodle, this book continues the story of the Jordan family and their beloved dogs who gave so much richness to their lives. Follow Hallelujah, the beautiful white bitch, as she herself goes to ‘The Show’, wins armfuls of ribbons and prizes, then retires to making puppies. The journey repeats as Halle’s best black bitch, Valmara’s Highland Fling Bonnie Doon, also wins Best Puppy in Show, and thrills her family all over again. You’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know about Poodles, grooming, breeding, obedience training, encounters with vermin, and vets. But this is not just a book about dogs. It is also about people, families, and relationships, laced with irony and humour. Interspersed in all this dog lore the author explores ideas in philosophy, religion, consciousness and life. Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows already the truth of Will Rogers declaration: ‘If there are no dogs in heaven, I don’t want to go there.’
The Maxim Chronicles
A Year With a Champion Poodle A story about a year in the life of a dog and his various families. Maxim was a Standard Poodle who lived for a time in Israel, only to return to Ottawa as a ‘teenager’ and learn to accept a whole new family. A memoir full of humour and information as Max and his family enter the world of conformation shows, and finally becoming a champion, in more ways than one. Clearly narrative therapy, it may also prove therapeutic to the reader as well.
The Dynamics of Management
Management is the art of influencing others to achieve organization goals, and in the bargain, achieve the manager’s, and the employee’s, personal goals. As the book makes clear, management is not for everybody, but if a career in management looks like the path you want to take to achieve life satisfaction then this book may help you understand what management – and leadership – really is, and what it takes to master the dynamics of influencing others.
About the author
Doug Jordan is the Principal in his own firm, AFS Consulting, in Ottawa, Canada, and owner and contributor to AFS Publishing. He spent the first twenty years of his career in industry in Human Resources Management, and the next twenty as an Executive Coach and Consultant. He has written three books on career and management effectiveness, and dozens of blogs on management, and life, which you can find at www.afsconsulting.ca.
Doug used to describe himself as a consultant/coach by day and author by night. But now the roles have been somewhat reversed.
Travels With Myself is Doug Jordan’s seventh book, another memoir. His first foray into ‘non-professional’ writing was The Maxim Chronicles, followed by the sequel, The Hallelujah Chorus, both memoirs about the family poodles. He is working on his next novel, The Treasure of Stella Bay and there are other books in the pipeline or in draft on his hard drive. We hope all these serve to educate as well as entertain.
Doug has a degree in Arts and an MBA from Queen’s University, but his education has never ended.
What our readers think
“The Maxim Chronicles charmed me from the very moment I began reading it. I fell in love with this amazing dog and found the funny and insightful writing to keep me engaged. I would recommend this to anyone who loves dogs and would benefit from Doug’s deep insights about the psychology of a dog and the love we have for them…oh and how it changes US!”
CCS, Watsonville CA
About AFS Publishing
Self-publishing is not quite as easy as those printing houses make it out to be.
I am Doug Jordan, owner and publisher of AFS Publishing. I learned a lot in publishing my first book, The Dynamics of Management, and then learned a whole lot more when I re-published it as an e-Pub! Publishing The Maxim Chronicles was a slight improvement, print and e-Pub versions. I founded AFS Publishing to help others in this perilous journey.
I use lulu.com for rather obscure patriotic reasons. I’m sure other service providers are probably just as ‘helpful’. (Okay, since you asked: the founder/owner off lulu.com is Bob Young, a Hamilton Ontario boy who made a gazillion dollars when he sold Red Hat Software; he also owns The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and I am a devout CFL fan – Go RedBlacks!)
The mechanics of publishing are one thing but finding the inspiration to write is another. Having the discipline and stamina to edit, and edit and edit is another thing again. And finally, having the courage to face the public and publish is quite another thing again. To write, and to publish, requires a balance of hubris and humility. Then follows the even more demanding task of promoting your book.
Let me know if you could use a little help, and encouragement.