About Us
Custom Book Publishing

Ascend Books is a highly specialized publishing company with a burgeoning presence in sports, entertainment and commemoration events. Ascend Books publishes a variety of formats each year — in a variety of subject areas.

Ascend Books executes publishing projects in a tightly defined market — that of sports celebrities, including athletes, coaches and teams, and of significant anniversary celebrations of sports institutions, such as football bowl games, franchises, and halls of fame. Ascend also provides exciting titles in the entertainment arena, including books on jazz music, beer, and other popular topics.

Our custom books publishing initiative provides a multi-dimensional approach for a select number of titles. Each year, Ascend preserves the legacies and milestones of groups, associations, charities, and teams who celebrate significant anniversaries, events, and accomplishments worthy of a custom book project. With these milestones comes the opportunity to broaden the collective mindshare of the customers, fans, or memberships close to that organization or individual.

Ascend Books evaluates and recommends various book publishing options for high-profile individuals and groups in areas of business, sports, and entertainment. We are interested in books worthy of regional or national trade distribution, as well as opportunities requiring an industry-specific emphasis to a targeted and specific readership. We will consider publishing projects for private consumption or distribution to both the regional or national trade.

Each year Ascend Books works with the nation's leading industry professionals and associations. The Ascend Books distribution team shepherds thousands of books from press to audience each month. Ascend employs professionals in editorial, sales, production, and distribution roles. Our stringent publishing criteria, however, limits the number of books we publish each year. When we accept and initiate a book publishing project, we put our full complement of talented editors, collaborators, photographers, artists, and sales professionals behind each project. Unlike many other publishers, the Ascend Books team works with setting goals, then establishing defined objectives to maximize the sales opportunities for each project. When the decision is made to proceed on a book, we put the full strength of our sales, editorial, production, and distribution resources to work.


At Ascend Books we pride ourselves on:
  • Efficient and frequent communication with our authors and strategic partners
  • Hands-on project management to maximize book sales and distribution
  • A coordinated plan for effective regional, national and industry-specific publicity
  • Managed celebrity appearances and strategic bookings coordination
  • Up to date royalty reporting and contract administration
Your group or organization may be recognizing an event or anniversary worthy of a custom book.

It may be time to contact us if you are:
  • A published author or agent with a professional book proposal
  • An author with a book manuscript to which you own the copyright
  • An association or organization with an upcoming anniversary or milestone
Ascend Books considers a variety of approaches, distribution channels and publishing efforts for each submission. We count on our strategic partners to assist in reaching our collective goals. Our publishing efforts are a true partnership in every sense of the word.

Contact us to discuss your custom book publishing opportunities.
Direct your submissions to:
Bob Snodgrass
Ascend Books
CEO & Publisher
(913) 948-5500
bsnodgrass@ascendbooks.com



Inside the Park:  Running the Base Path of Life
By Willie Wilson
 with Kent Pulliam
16 page photo insert


Willie Wilson played baseball with the mentality of a football player — a grimace, on his face. Totally unprepared for the spotlight of being in the major leagues, Wilson experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, sometimes unable to tell them apart. He helped lead the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series in only his second full season in the Major Leagues.

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Tigers vs Jayhawks:  From the Civil War to the Battle for No. 1
By Mark Godich

16 page color photo insert section


Missouri and Kansas went from unranked at the start of the 2007 college football season to playing for No. 1 in the country on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so no wonder Brent Musburger chose his words carefully as he addressed a national television audience moments before kickoff of the rivals’ historic meeting.



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Winning with Purpose:  Raising Our Game and Lifting Our Teammates, On and Off the Court
By Satch Sullinger
 with John Dauphin

Sports is filled with successful coaches, but Satch Sullinger’s story offers championship-level inspiration to players, parents and coaches who care about values and winning the right way, on and off the court. In an ego-soaked era where highlights and sound bites speak to a “me first” societal mentality, Sullinger’s message cuts through the din, to the core of what matters most: mastering the fundamentals of selflessness that allow us to raise our game, lift our teammates and rise to collective glory.

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At the Hang-Up:  Seeking Your Purpose, Running the Race, Finishing Strong
By Ted Owens
 with Jim Krause
and Jesse Tuel

16 page photo insert


This is the inspirational story of Ted Owens — still the coach with the most wins in the history of Allen Fieldhouse — from growing up as a boy on a cotton farm in Southwestern Oklahoma during the Great Depression to coaching at the highest levels of the college basketball world.

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Relentless:  From Redshirt to the Rock of the Jayhawks
By Travis Releford
 Matt Fulks

Every team has at least one. That one player who’s called on to make some- thing happen. Throughout his career on the University of Kansas basketball team, Travis Releford was that guy. So much so, in fact, that on Senior Night 2013, head coach Bill Self told the Allen Fieldhouse crowd that Releford was “the rock of our team.”

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Live an Extreme Life:  Losing the Weight and Gaining My Purpose
By Bob Brenner
 Reji Laberje
16 page color insert


Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Bob Brenner fed his addictions to food and football, becoming the biggest guy in his family of six siblings and on the defensive lines of winning team after winning team. Bob's size was an asset that he wanted to continue growing.

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It's Awesome, Baby!:  75 Years of Memories and a Lifetime of Opinions on the Game I Love
By Dick Vitale
 Dick Weiss
Joan Williamson


It’s hard to believe, but Dick Vitale, ESPN’s perennially youthful basketball analyst, is 75.

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Building the Perfect Star:  Changing the Trajectory of Sports and the People In Them
By Dr. Bob Ward
 Mac Engel
Foreword by Randy White

16-page photo insert


Today, it is inconceivable for a professional or even small college sports team to go without a coach designated to enhancing conditioning, strength training, and overall performance. But someone had to be first.

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From the Guys Who Were There:  The Kansas City Royals
By Bill Althaus

16-page photo insert


For 365 days, the Kansas City Royals have lived with the specter of the 2014 World Series hanging over their heads.

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Between The Lies
By Marv Levy


The Los Angeles Leopards and the Portland Pioneers are on a collision course toward the Super Bowl Championship. One team is led by a take-no-prisoners head coach; the other by a cerebral, slow-and-steady coach who has been thrust into the spotlight because of a tragedy. A tense showdown is about to unfold before the world’s football fans.

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The Shame of Me:  One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back
By Ryan Lefebvre
 with Jeffrey Flanagan

Kansas City Royals’ broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre seems to have it all – a dream sports job of announcing Major League Baseball, a huge house on a lake, plenty of expensive toys, good looks, and the admiration of friends and fans. But depression is seldom deterred by such superficial trappings. And depression’s grip on Ryan was so strong and so unyielding that he nearly ended his life.

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The 300 Club:  Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s 300-Game Winners?
By Dan Schlossberg

Foreword by Wayne Hagin


Coming in April: Since the beginning of Major League Baseball in 1876, only two dozen pitchers have won 300 games. And because of new philosophies about pitch counts, the role of relief pitchers, shrinking strike zones, and fi ve-man rotations, there’s a good chance that the 300 Club has admitted its last member.

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Welcome to the Blue Heaven:  Don't Bet Against the Goalkeeper
By Jimmy Nielsen
 with Paolo Bandini

Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year for 2012, Jimmy Nielsen, has established himself as one of the best players in the league and a fan favorite in Kansas City, playing for Sporting Kansas City. Yet while supporters are familiar with his achievements on the field and larger-than-life personality off it, few are aware of the remarkable story that led him to the US Midwest.

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The Curse:  Cubs Win! Cubs Win! ... or do They?
By Andy Van Slyke
 with Rob Rains

Could this finally be the Cubs’ season? The team is in first place and playing well as the All-Star break approaches.

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Dickie V’s ABCs and 1-2-3s:  A Great Start for Young Superstars
By Dick Vitale
 Illustrated by Craig Lueck

Do you know a young superstar who’s old enough to begin learning their alphabet and numbers? A budding basketball fan who’s ready to take on the world of reading and hoops?

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Many Happy Returns:  The Story of Henry Bloch, America’s Tax Man
By Tom Bloch
 Introduction by Henry Bloch
16-page color insert


Does the very thought of preparing your own taxes give you a headache? Get to know the man who is responsible for helping more than 20 million taxpayers with this dreaded annual burden.

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Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s
By Rob Peters


Kansas Jayhawks ABCs and 1-2-3s is an alphabet and counting book that teaches kids ages 2-7 all about KU!

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Lombardi’s Left Side
By Herb Adderley & Dave Robinson
 with Royce Boyles

Winning was not the only thing. Something more important than winning football games occurred during the Lombardi Dynasty. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers ushered the National Football League to the forefront of American sports popularity during a racially explosive time, proving that teamwork transcended the color barrier.

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Getting a W in the Game of Life:  Using my T.E.A.M. Model to Motivate, Elevate, and Be Great
By Dick Vitale
 with Reji Laberje

It’s tip-off time and time to get that W, a WIN, in the most important game of all... the game of life! Dick Vitale has been in our homes for more than 30 years calling College Basketball on ESPN. Now, invite him in to share the incredible legacies lived and lessons learned that have resulted in a formula for success he’s willing to share with today’s young men and women.

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One Man’s Dream: My Town, My Team, My Time
By Frank White
 with Bill Althaus

When the Kansas City Royals appeared in the 1985 World Series, manager Dick Howser had to make a difficult, and controversial, call. Because the series started in the National League city of St. Louis, there would be no designated hitter, which meant that Hal McRae would be relegated to the role of a reserve player coming off the bench.

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Blood, Sweat, & Bears: Putting a “Dent” in the Game I Love
By Richard Dent
 with Fred Mitchell

Bears’ overwhelming defense during their Super Bowl run, and a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was an 8th-round draft pick out of tiny Tennessee State in 1983. The tall and skinny rookie would become a 4-time Pro Bowl selection who also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles. Dent wound up his brilliant 15-year career with 137.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns.

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