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Give Books as Gifts this Holiday!

cover of you wake up one morning featuring doodles of typical morning items such as a school bus unmade bed shower pancakes cerealGive books as gifts. Use our code “cyberholiday” in the online store at http://smalltoothdog.com/books to save. For the first holiday weekend, this code is worth a 20% saving (!) through November 26th. Percentage changes after that date. Come to get some great books!

showing a collection of book covers from our titles including books for kids, adults and write-in journals. code cyberholiday valid for 20% discount through 26 november 2018

Our Publisher in the IBPA Magazine!

Sean Buvala had a nice article in the trade magazine for the Independent Book Publishers’ Association October edition. In it, he talks about the many ways an author might connect with an audience for books sales and speaking connections.

You can read the article online at this link.

a collage of the article that sean wrote for ibpa.

NEW! Request for Proposals Page!

We’re starting to list our RFP or Calls on their own page. These will be most often for illustrators. Please visit the page at this link now to see our latest requests.
a green background with the words call for proposals rfp03212018 and the url of this website listed

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Learn More: So You Want to Publish Your Book?


We’ve created a workshop to help answer the most basic questions about publishing your nonfiction book for adults or teens. We’re also going to be discussing creating the basic kids’ book. Learn more about this Arizona-based live workshop at this link now.

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Mission Statement.

a drawing of our small tooth dog*We are a small, niche-based publishing company in Arizona.
*We publish books in the arts and creativity for adults and kids.
*We want to build personally-rewarding and profitable relationships with our authors, illustrators, staff and customers.
*We are a diverse, friendly, and welcoming company.
*We want to encourage you to pursue your purpose in life.

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Small Tooth Dog at Tempe Book Festival 2017

So, how much fun did we have at the Tempe Book Festival? Lots and lots. We were proud to introduce #PrincessCortland from the “Apples for the Princess” book, too! Thank you so much to the good team at Tempe Public Library for putting on such a great and diverse event.

princess cortland with sharon gilbert

princess cortland with jill from the library, standing in a hand-held frame with lots of apples on it
Princess Cortland with Jill from the Tempe Public Library.
michelle buvala stands at a table full of books and art
Michelle works at the vendor space at the Tempe Book Festival.
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Story on Saturday Podcast

Our publisher, Sean Buvala, has released a new podcast series. It’s a bit kinder and gentler than his “Inappropriate Folktales” podcast, but still not really designed for the little ones. You can find it a storyonsaturday.com, with links to ways to subscribe at all the normal podcast-y places.

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Autumn 2017

shelves full of art paperThings are moving forward for our group for the Fall of 2017. Well, Autumn in our part of the world anyway. Here’s a pic from our run today to our local and serious art-supply store as our staff gets ready for some exciting new things. We gotta have supplies!

We’re going to be hosting vendor tablesĀ  and offering workshopsĀ  at the city of Goodyear’s Art of Cultures event in October. We’ll be doing the same for the Tempe Book Festival in November. We’re still talking to Thrill Halloween about doing the same with them, with a special focus on the artwork from The Mesquite Tree Studio.

We’ve got two new books coming. Our book in helping kids write and tell stories should be out late November. Our Aesop and Art book, The Fox and the Crow, has been moved around a bunch but we’re pretty sure we’re looking at December.

Along the way, we’re creating workshops and articles both public and private.

Thanks for stopping by our site.

2017 Catalog Sheet

We are glad to tell you we have a new 2017 Catalog Sheet ready for you. You can download the .pdf right here. It includes two of the new releases we have for 2017: “The Kids’ Guide to Making Great Stories” AND “The Fox and Crow” (finally!) Aesop book.

Download the 2017 Catalog List for Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing.

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Making the Art

a close up of a lions head sculpted out of grey clayWe’re pleased to tell you that the Fox and Crow book is back on track after a few big ol’ bumps in the road. We anticipate a late-summer release. In order to create the image for “The Donkey Who Wanted to Be a Lion,” Michelle had to create a clay sculpture or a “maquette” (learn about that at Wikipedia) of the image that reflected back from the water of the lake. Here’s an up-close image of the face of the lion.

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