Introducing Mary Ellen James, author of The Rose: A Life Between Petals and Thorns

“My Author Representative was wonderful! This is the first time for me and she always answered my questions.”

Mary Ellen James is a Technical Writer by profession and produces documentation mainly for the Internet Technology industry. She lives in the southern part of New Jersey in Little Egg Harbor, a quaint and quiet community close to the shore. Her passions have always included the arts and sciences: sewing, refinishing and upcycling furniture, gardening, orchid propagation, and digital photography.

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When I decided to write a memoir of my incredible mother, I thought about all the random and disconnected stories that she told me over the years and figured that would be a good place to start. As I put down words to describe her stories, I found that I was subconsciously blending them into my own vivid memories and recollections. I felt compelled to describe what I knew about the life she lived for over 100 years in ways that most people would not know, or never know. It wasn’t until I had conversations with my children about their grandmother’s life that the desire to actually write this memoir was realized. The seed was planted, though, when my youngest son, Nathan, came home during a college semester break and brought with him a professional recorder and microphone to record his grandmother’s stories. As we sat in the living room and Nathan began to give her queues to start speaking, it was apparent that she was not eager to speak into the microphone. Even though many years have gone by after that failed endeavor, I always had the desire to complete what my children wanted me to accomplish but didn’t know when-until now. It is my hope that this memoir will inspire someone to tell their own story of a loved one’s journey. For me, it was not only cathartic but my most satisfying and rewarding endeavor ever.

Introducing Mark Davies, author of 101 DYSSIMILES

“I have been very pleased with my experience publishing my book 101 Dyssimiles with Outskirts Press from beginning to end. My Author Representative kept me well informed of progress and answered all my questions. This book required unusual formatting for the cover and for its individual pages. My suggestions and choices were clearly understood and carefully followed by the editors who also contributed creatively to the cover in ways that met my enthusiastic approval. I will enthusiastically recommend Outskirts Press to other authors and expect to publish another book with Outskirts Press within a year. Many thanks for such a fine production!”

Idiosyncratic. Urging him to retire early from his noted career as an Adjunct Professor of Remedial English as a Third Language, his colleagues said he should go far. He is on his way, recently sighted in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attempting to apply Grassmann’s Law of the Dissimilation of Aspirates to dyssimiles. The author preserved and is proud to display on the cover of this book blatant evidence of how his early creative writing was often undervalued by his teachers, to encourage students to persevere against closed minds. The photograph of the author included here is said to be a likeness, a facsimile of uncertain source.

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A SIMILE AMISS IS GOOD FOR A SMILE. In an age of virtual reality, alternative reality, and unreality, similes can deepen our awareness of the tensions between similitude, verisimilitude, and dissimilitude. If this is confusing, you need exposure to the treasures in this book. Dyssimilitude is defined here by example, since the word doesn’t appear (yet) in any dictionary. Each dyssimile in this book merits its own page, like a facial mole that draws attention and merits focused concentration and admiration. That was a bonus dyssimile, in case you missed it. Dyssimiles can take your mind where it’s never been, as well as where it doesn’t usually want to be. They are best appreciated slowly and in moderation. No trigger warnings are provided, and readers who experience dysphoria should explore the reasons with a good therapist. Attempts to illustrate these dyssimiles failed. Those expecting visual diversion should realize that this is, after all, a unique work of literature for serious writers and readers.

Introducing Theresa A. Bailey, MA, HS-BCP, author of A Reflection on Life Through Poetry: Mindful Moments Journal

“It was great working with my Author Representative. She always responded quickly to my requests and concerns. Her recommendation for my book cover was perfect! I will work with Outskirts Press again and recommend to others.”

Theresa A. Bailey, MA, HS-BCP, is a mother of three adult children, a wife, and business owner. She and her husband Rahn K. Bailey, MD, work together at Bailey Psychiatric Associates. Theresa is a Life Coach, Mental Health Educator, and forensic behavioral science consultant. Email address: theresa@baileypsych.com

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Change your mind, change your behavior, change your life. Theresa’s insightful and thoughtful recommendations for life’s difficult and simple challenges have kept me on the road of peace and harmony. I value her both as a coach and friend. Her poetic observations on life and living reflect her deep Christian faith, the process of living mindfully, and on purpose. It is a book/journal that you will return to time and time again for insight and reflection.
~ Daphne Brazile, MD

Introducing Charles Reilly, author of Man of Letters: The very best of Reilly’s letters published in the L.A. Times

“My Author Representative did a fine job and I had absolutely no problems during the publishing process.”

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Charles Reilly is a Combat Vietnam Veteran and a former union official for the United Steelworkers of America (USWA). He is the author of two novels, “Shenanigan” (1998) and “Through a Dark Passage” (2001). This is his third published work. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California.

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“Charles Reilly’s ‘Man of Letters’ is an outstanding collection of his published submissions to the ‘Los Angeles Times’. Timely, reflective, the good, the bad and the ugly. No quarter given, no quarter asked. A great read.”
-Gary Linderer – Author of “Eyes Behind the Lines” and “Phantom Warriors.”

“Charles Reilly might not want to be called a scholar, but he is one-and a good one. He is an excellent writer and fearlessly writes what he thinks. Though I may sometimes disagree with some part of what he writes, he always makes me think and often helps me change my mind. He not only writes what he thinks, but he always knows well the things he writes about.”
-Kenn Miller – Author of “Six Silent Men: Book Two” and “Tiger the Lurp Dog.”

Charles Reilly, the most prolific published letter writer in the history of the “Los Angeles Times” newspaper, has compiled the best of his letters along with commentary and essays into this collection of his work. He covers the gamut of politics, sports and the arts with his unique insight and analysis.

Introducing Gail Banter, author of The Cloistered Oyster and Other Poems

“The journey toward publishing my book was amazing. My Author Representative knew every facet and she lead me forward in a most professional way. The copy writing was first class and so was creating the cover and interior formatting, which resulted in the birth of a beautiful, elegant book.”

Israeli-born Gail Banter came to the USA via Canada, where she raised a family, taught, was a public speaker, and graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Now a resident of Lauderhill, Florida, she much prefers the endless summers to the ice-glazed Canadian winters. The Cloistered Oyster and Other Poems is her debut poetry collage.

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Dive into a unique collection of poems and vignettes with The Cloistered Oyster and Other Poems. Some poems are controversial, unorthodox-even taboo-while others are tender love poems, both breakups and makeups, or quirky observations of the otherwise mundane. Laced with wit, humor, and good intentions, this delectable collection makes a perfect gift for someone special-or simply indulge for your own pleasure!

Introducing William (Bill) Funnemark, author of Last Lunch

“Expecting the publishing process to take 10-13 weeks, I was shocked when I got an email in less than a month from when I first contacted Outskirts Press that my book was ready to go. Wow. What are great surprise. Someone exceeding their promises. Thank you for launching my writing career.”

William (Bill) Funnemark is a Christian, father, grandfather, Air Force veteran, former corn breeder, retired science teacher, marathoner and avid motorcycle rider. He still works part-time as a substitute teacher in between road trips to watch his grandkids participate in many activities. “Last Lunch” is his first attempt at writing a book.

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“My head is spinning. I think I’m going to be sick. I think I need to go to the hospital, but I’m so dizzy I don’t think I can walk.” The last words my wife spoke to me before she slipped into a coma, never to wake up. It began as a wonderful vacation with friends but turned into a nightmare. A nightmare that changed my life in a way no one could have foreseen. Death has a way doing that. The experts try to help you in the aftermath but each of us go through the grieving process in our own way. My path to recovery is unique to me. Your path will be unique to you. No one can prepare you for this kind of journey, you must make your own path. I have read what some of the experts have to say and some of their advice was helpful. Some of their advice just didn’t help at all. “Last Lunch” is my story of what it is like to lose your best friend, your wife, your lover, the mother of your children, and then pick up the pieces and go on living. It is a story of my faith in God and the love of family and friends. It’s a story that has no ending. One day, I just stopped writing.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Sloths Are So Stubborn!

“I am exceptionally pleased with my Author Representative and all her help on my books. I want to publish more books with her help.”

Carol Creager is an experienced wildlife photographer, author, and Spanish teacher, who travels extensively in Costa Rica.

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As a slow-moving, slow-thinking, slow-acting sloth, I have to decide what is worth my limited energy. Once I have decided what I plan to do, I do it. When I am determined, I act. Neither Carol nor anyone else can stop me. Carol could not stop me from trying to cross a busy highway. Why was I so stubborn? How did I survive? This is my story. Stubby Sloth