Debbie Elicksen is the author of Inside the NHL Dream and the bestselling Self-Publishing 101. Her traditionally published books are still available through Amazon or Self-Counsel Press, which include Publishing and Marketing in the Digital Age and Business Cyberbullies and How to Fight Back. Below are her books currently available. 

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My Locker Room Life


My Locker Room Life is a collection of personal sports stories from behind the scenes. The reader will have a guest seat on the bus, in the press box, on the field, in the training room, and on the player’s bench.

These stories include the National Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, Canadian Football League, Canadian Junior Football League, and more. You’ll hear from people like Steve Yzerman, Alondra Johnson, Kris Draper, Daniel Briere, Ken-Yon Rambo, Cassie Campbell, Kelly Kisio, Dave Dickenson, Shirley Fischler, and Sergei Fedorov.

These personal anecdotes provide an inside look at life in a locker room. You’ll also hear how one woman fought for access to the press box, paving the way for future generations of female reporters.


Future Prospects: An Inside Look at Major Junior Hockey


Future Prospects gives you a birds-eye view as to what it was like to work and play in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

This book gives you a birds-eye view as to what it was like to work and play in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Ron Robison, who was Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, wrote the Foreword. For this book, personal interviews were conducted with Fred Brathwaite, Patrice Brisebois, Valeri Bure, Tim Connolly, Nigel Dawes, Shean Donovan, Andrew Ference, Jiri Fisher, Ryan Getzlaf, Jarome Iginla, Jacques Lemaire, Doug MacLean, Mike Modano, Bob Nicholson, Mike Ricci, Richard Zednik, Radoslav Suchy, and more. 

Inside the NHL Dream


Inside the NHL Dream puts a human face on those who work inside the league.

While most of the players and other personnel in this book may have retired or moved into other positions, the book still gives you a realistic peek at what life looks like behind the scenes of the National Hockey League. It goes deep into areas other books have never gone.

What happens in the general manager’s office right before he makes a trade? Who takes care of a player’s household after he reports to his new team? What does an agent do?

For this book, Jarome Iginla, Paul Kariya, Kelly Hrudey, Dwayne Roloson, Grant Fuhr, Mike Modano, Igor Kravchuk, Anson Carter, Dominik Hasek, Darius Kasparitis, Peter Maher, Mike Modano, Rob Niedermayer, James Patrick, Michael Peca, Dwayne Roloson, Teemu Selanne, and many more were personally interviewed.

Positive Sports: Professional Athletes and Mentoring Youth


Positive Sports was highlighted as a “must read” at the Admissions Conference in Toronto in the Fall of 2003.

The point of this book is to show that while we may only hear about the bad and criminal behavior of many of today’s players, the majority are like the people featured in this book.

Yes, there are some who have no idea of how good they have it, who do not appreciate the gift they have received in the ability to play the game they love. You have that in every job, every industry, every society. But the majority of the players, because drama doesn’t follow their lives, their philanthropic efforts are not usually seen. It’s a much sexier headline to talk about a player dragging his unconscious wife into an elevator than to acknowledge his teammate might have started a foundation that provides food and clothing to inner city communities.

Loyalty, Intensity, and Passion


Loyalty, Intensity and Passion is a must read for those who love the fastest game in the world played on two feet.” Bob Poole, Calgary Roughnecks, 2005 NLL Public Relations

Interviews with the professional players and staff about the mechanics, behind the scenes, and all things lacrosse.

Create a Thriving Internet Presence Out Of Nothing But An Idea

Create a Thriving Internet Presence Out Of Nothing But An Idea: People do not feel a human connection to a logo. Find the right type of connection to bring new people into your digital community. A profile picture makes a difference.

Your audience has an audience. Every user on a platform has a following, whether it is large or small. Success breeds imitation. When a user shares your content, or adds positive commentary, this equates to the same as earned public relations. Some of your audiences’ followers may become your preferred customers.

This book is available in both Kindle and Print. 

Take Back the Internet


Take Back the Internet is a collection of posts to help you reclaim your Internet power and to kick the trolls to the curb where they belong.



Letters from servicemen from all over the world about military and war-time mascots. Anonymous is a small piece of their legacy.

Researching military mascots has not been easy. When I first started on this book (well before the
Internet was a sparkle in Bill Gates’ eye), except for a few blurbs in rare publications, the concept was virtually unrecorded. I came across one American book but the stories included only United States and British mascots. I had exhausted all my resources after a half page of notes.

The last place I looked was at the servicemen themselves. Given their reluctance to describe their
conditions, I wasn’t sure how well they would respond. As it turned out it was my best source of research.

I received letters from all over the world. Some sent photographs, some sent leads to other sources. Stories varied in detail, ranging from half page to five pages to personally published books. Some stories were vague and some included graphic details. In most of the stories, the elements of war in which these servicemen were reluctant to share had resurfaced. Those elements were a key to describing how mascots adapted to certain situations.

To remember a mascot in such detail after more than 50 years says a lot about the bond these men had shared. It’s true that some of those details may be sketchy and even a bit mixed up due to the aging of the veteran. I left their descriptions intact because it is how these men perceived their experiences. Please forgive any errors they may have used in their letters.

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