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The Refractive Thinker®: The Premier Multi-Award Winning Research Publishing Solution

The Refractive Thinker® Hits #1 INTERNATIONAL Best Seller in 3 countries!


There is nothing sadder than the death of a baby. The research that you have spent months or years on is your baby and babies bring joy into the world.

The research you have done is important. You did it for a reason. You wanted to change people in the world.

We create a published portal for your writing so that people can find their way back to your original research and derive the benefit that you put your heart into.

How Publishing Your Dissertation With Us Can Enhance Your Career! Position Yourself as an Expert in Your Field!

VISION: To offer doctoral scholars an award winning publishing solution to position themselves as an expert in their field.

Sometimes the doctoral journey may take as much as 7 years or more. Often, when the degree is completed, the research is published by the respective university, where the new doctor will purchase a leather bound copy that sits on their coffee table as proof of their accomplishment, in addition to the diploma of course. Our goal as part of The Refractive Thinker® doctoral community is to get this research off the coffee table and into the hands of business owners who can benefit from the results. The goal is not to decorate the coffee table; the goal is to become an ambassador of change. Our goal is not to sell books, but to sell innovative thinking solutions.The world is in desperate need of answers to many of the problems that face the world of business and academia.  Join our research community of doctoral scholars in our mission to change the world.

If you hold a doctorate degree, you are invited to publish your research from your dissertation (5 chapter model), doctoral study (3 Section Model) or PhD study.  Come join doctoral scholars from around the globe as part of the 17-time award winning doctoral anthology, The Refractive Thinker® series.

Please ask us to email you a copy of our 2019 Catalog.

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Learn How to Get your Dissertation Results Off the Coffee Table

and Into the Hands of Business Owners who Need Your Research!



  • The Problem:  The lack of affordable and easy to understand publishing avenues for doctoral scholars to meet university peer-reviewed publishing standards.
  • Our Purpose: To create an aggregate publishing solution for doctoral scholars to publish their dissertation, PhD, or doctoral study results and scholarly materials.
  • Our Goal: To be the premier publishing solution to share an anthology of the works of multiple academic doctoral authors from around the globe.
  • Our Business Model: To share the expense of publication and to share the promotion.

Contributing authors receive:

  • Showcase of a 1-chapter summary of their dissertation, PhD, or doctoral study or doctoral level research as sole author or with co-authors
  • About the Author Page with their biography and picture
  • Showcase on this website, [] as a Refractive Thinker Author complete with email, social media links, and biography

Each book Includes: 

***Many Refractive Thinker authors proudly donate their royalties to support the following charities:



How are we different than other publishers?

The Refractive Thinker Press Logo Time to Publish Cost Peer Reviewed Global Doctoral Community Social Media Promotion Own Copyright
The Refractive Thinker® *Average 4.5-6 months Shared
Other Publishers *average 16-24 months Individual √ Maybe
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Marketing Exposure!

The success of the book receives:

  • Focused outreach for 3-months through Social Media outlets to promote the launch of the book, hype the book and give you additional recognition to your peers!  We will link our social media to you, reference you when and where possible to give you additional exposure.  Social media includes:
    • Linked In
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • You Tube Videos
    • Blog:
    • Amazon Author Page
    • Submission of notification of publication to Alumni Associations (under grad, graduate, or doctoral)
    • Inclusion within Group Email distribution promotions
    • Contracts with EbscoHost and ProQuest databases included in most university libraries.
    • Contracts with Vital Source

Meet our Managing Editor
Dr. Cheryl Lentz


The Refractive Thinker® Vol XVIII: Project Management Takes Home Bronze 2021 eLIT Awards

Congratulations contributing scholars! Well done!

The Refractive Thinker® Vol XVII: Managing a Cultural Workforce Takes Home Silver: 2020 eLIT Awards

Anthologies Gold
Dark Conjurings: A Short Fiction Horror Anthology
Delia Remington Editor Sarah Read Foreword Jai Lefay A.R. Reinhardt Cassy Crownover Delia Remington Karolyne Cronin Mimi Schweid Authors
The Refractive Thinker® Vol XVII: Managing a Cultural Workforce: The Impact of Global Employees
Managing editor; Dr. Cheryl Lentz
The Coach Exchange
Viki Winterton









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2020 Next Generation Book Awards: Refractive Thinker Takes Home 22nd Award

CONGRATULATIONS! THE REFRACTIVE TAKES HOME its 22nd award for volume XVII: Managing a Culural Workforce.
Congratulations to all authors! BRILLIANT!
• If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings, by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman (Skyhorse Publishing)
#SheWins: Harrowing Stories from Women Who Survived Domestic Abuse, by Alisa Divine (Personal Power Press)
• Misbehaving Nebraskans: An Eclectic Collection of Poetry, Stories, and Art, Compiled by Concierge Marketing Inc. (Concierge Marketing Inc.)
• The Chimpanzee Chronicles: Stories of Heartbreak and Hope from Behind the Bars, by Debra Rosenman (Wild Soul Press)
• This Moment: Bold Voices from WriteGirl, Edited by Keren Taylor (WriteGirl Publications)
• The Refractive Thinker® Vol XVII: Managing a Cultural Workforce: The Impact of Global Employees, by Managing Editor: Dr. Cheryl Lentz (The Refractive Thinker Press)

The Refractive Thinker Vol XVIII: Makes Big Splash!

Congratulations on your book, The Refractive Thinker Vol XVIII: Project Management becoming a #1 International Best Seller!  Your book became a best seller within 4 hours of its launch, a #1 Best Seller within 6 hours of its launch and a #1 International Best Seller within 17 hours of its launch!  Congratulations!

It became a best seller in 5 countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia, and France.  For a total of 28 Best Selling Categories and 12 #1’s!!!  Congratulations.

US: (6 Best Selling Categories, 4 #1’s)

#1 HNR Business Management (Books)

#1 HNR Business Project Management (Kindle)

#1 HNR Education Problem Solving

#8 Business Management (Books)

#2 Business Project Management (Kindle)

#1 Education Problem Solving

Australia: (6 Best Selling Categories, 4 #1’s)

#1 HNR Education Problem Solving

#1 HNR Project Management (Kindle)

#1 HNR Business Project Management

#1 Education Problem Solving

#4 Project Management (Kindle)

#5 Business Project Management

Canada: (4 Best Selling Categories, 4 #1’s)

#1 HNR Decision Making & Problem Solving

#1 HNR Project Management

#1 Decision Making & Problem Solving

#1 Project Management

France: (6 Best Selling Categories, 0 #1’s)

#2 HNR Education Theory

#3 HNR Project Management (Books)

#3 HNR Project Management (Kindle)

#7 Education Theory

#11 Project Management (Books)

#6 Project Management (Kindle)

UK: (6 Best Selling Categories, 0 #1’s)

#2 HNR Change Management

#2 HNR Project Management (Books)

#4 HNR Education Theory

#21 Change Management

#21 Project Management (Books)

The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XV WINS 2019 Global eBook awards: 21st in the series

2019 Global Ebook Award Winners

The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XV Wins Silver Medal

Non-Fiction Categories

Advertising/Marketing/Sales Non-Fiction

  • Gold: The BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing ChallengeRachel Thompson

Anthology Non-Fiction

  • Silver: The Refractive Thinker – Vol XVDr. Cheryl Lentz, Chief Managing Editor


The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XIV WINS FINALIST in Next Gen Indie Awards: 20th Award in the series!

Our book has been named a Finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).







  • A Friend Indeed: Help Those You Love When They Grieve, by Amy Florian; Contribution by Ken Florian (Corgenius, Inc.)


  • An Unlikely Intervention: A Startup Company’s Quest to Conquer the World’s Second Leading Killer of Children, by Thomas Washing (Leather Apron Media)
  • Legacies from the Living Room: A Love-Grief Equation, by Debra Parker Oliver (Outskirts Press)
  • My Parent’s Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving, by Jody Gastfriend (Yale University Press: Health & Wellness)
  • The Refractive Thinker: Vol XIV: Health Care: The Impact on Leadership, Business, and Education, by Managing Editor Dr. Cheryl Lentz (The Refractive Thinker Press)
  • Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health with Whole Foods, Not Drugs, by Judy Morgan DVM and Hue Grant (36 Paws Press)

The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XV WINS FINALIST in Next Gen Indie Awards: 19th in the series

Our book has been named a Finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).








  • The Music of the Soul Lives On, by Henry Mackaman (David Strand)


  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)
  • 12 High Crime Adventures of Dr. Christian Maier, by Glenn Haas (Author House)
  • About Face: Essays on Recovery, Therapies, and Controversies of Addictions in Canada, Edited by Douglas Gosse (Breakwater Books Ltd.)
  • Mae West Between the Covers, by Michael Gregg Michaud (BearManor Media)
  • The Refractive Thinker Vol XV: NONPROFITS: Strategies for Effective Management, by Managing Editor, Dr. Cheryl Lentz (The Refractive Thinker Press)

The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XIV Wins Gold & Silver Medals





The Refractive Thinker® Vol XIV: Health Care: The Impact on Leadership, Business, and Education

2019: Gold Medal Winner:  Category: Anthologies

2019 Silver Medal Winner:  Category: Health / Medicine / Nutrition

Congratulations contributing scholars!

Congratulations! The Refractive Thinker®: Vol XVI: Generation hits #1 Amazon Best Seller in Education Leadership! International Best Seller in UK!!!


Congratulations Contributing Scholars! 

We celebrate becoming Amazon Best Sellers in 6 U.S. Categories including:  #1 in Education Leadership and #2 in Hot New Releases . . .   overall, we hit the top 10 in 4 categories! 


#1 in Education Leadership

#39 in Business Management (Kindle)

#72 in Education Theory

#1 in HNR Education Leadership

#5 in HNR Business Management (Kindle)

#23 in HNR Business Management (Books)

#9 in HNR Education Theory


7 pm Update: The Refractive Thinker hits International Best Seller in the UK in 4 categories!


#91 in Educational Theory

#10 in HNR Educational Theory

#27 in HNR Biz Management and Leadership

#36 in HNR Business Leadership Skills


Congratulations again on your books powerful success!

The Refractive Thinker is going to The University of Chicago

Chicago, IL., February 27, 2019The University of Chicago, Barnes and Noble College, is hosting a book-signing event with scholars from the #1 Amazon Best Selling doctoral series The Refractive Thinker® on Saturday, April 6th from 11:30 am to 5:00 p.m. The University of Chicago Barnes and Noble Bookstore is located in Streeterville, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Scholars attending include: Dr. Ada E. Crosby, Dr. Ivan Salaberrios, Dr. Julee H. Hafner, Dr. Frank Musmar, Dr. Barbara J. Yancy-Tooks, Dr. Evelyn Hollis, and Dr. Cheryl Lentz.

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Released on August 16th, 2018, The Refractive Thinker® Vol XIV: HEALTHCARE: The Impact on Leadership, Business, and Education features Foreword writer, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey and contributing scholars as they discuss current research regarding health care and the impact on leadership, business, and education. This volume will continue to shape the conversation regarding the future success of the economy as part of leading the business and educational landscape as society navigates these turbulent waters. The authors will be available to sign books that will be available for purchase, as well as available for Q & A. Admission is free.




Released on November 1st, 2018, The Refractive Thinker® Vol XV: NONPROFITS: Strategies for Effective Management features Foreword writer, Frank Shankwitz – co founder of the Make a Wish Foundation and contributing doctoral scholars as they discuss research focused on nonprofit organizations and their specific needs regarding strategies for effective management. This volume will continue to shape the conversation of their future success and the latest best practices and proven strategies for success. The authors will be available to sign books that will be available for purchase, as well as available for Q & A. Admission is free.

According to Dr. Cheryl Lentz, Managing Editor, “To position yourself as an industry expert, a scholar can build a bridge from academia to the business world with a publishing solution. This is why we created the award winning and bestselling series called The Refractive Thinker®, where we bring doctoral research to the business market place.”

University of Chicago Bookstore Download Press Release Here

As host of the event, Store Manager Kevin Bendle says hosting a book signing the first week of classes “Is a great way to connect scholars/authors to students and the community.” This event will bring different people together for a unique event to celebrate the success of one of our local community members. And why the Chicago area is such a great place to attend college.

For more information, contact Kevin Bendle, Store Manager The University of Chicago BookstoreGleacher Center. Phone: 312.464.8650,
Fax: 312.464.8651. Web:






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About The Refractive Thinker®

The Refractive Thinker® Press is an award winning premier publishing solution providing the opportunity for doctoral scholars from around the globe to publish their research since 2008.

Managing Editor
: Dr. Cheryl Lentz
Phone: 702.719.9214 (CST)