Introducing David H. Leebrick, author of 900 Years

“Jerry provided constructive feedback in the manuscript preparation process. He let me work at my own pace as I met the publishing requirements. He was flexible in providing work-arounds to allow me to complete my manuscript. Laura worked with me through the editing process, tactfully informing me of what could and could not be accommodated. I never felt any pressure to complete my book from either Jerry or Laura, which I really appreciated. Add-on options were explained to me so that I could pick and choose between them. Overall, I am pleased with the Outskirts experience, and have already recommended them to others who are evaluating their publishing options. The workmanship and look and feel of my final product is excellent, even better than I had hoped for. Thank you, Jerry and Laura for making this project a success.”

David H. Leebrick has been researching the Liebrich/Leebrick family for greater than 30 years. His engineering career informs the thoroughly documented style of this book. He maintains a web site of over 12,000 people who are connected to this family in some way. He and his wife are the parents of 5 children and grandparents of 7, at last count.

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This is the story of the Liebrich family, who left a well established reputation in Butzbach, Germany to begin anew in the American colonies. This thoroughly researched book goes beyond the usual recitation of vital statistics to reveal what the lives of each generation of the family were like. Relying on church records and published German research, nearly 600 years of German history is reviewed, including the family’s role in the Protestant Reformation, its travels around central Germany, and its political and guild leadership in Butzbach. Beginning with its arrival in Philadelphia in 1754 and settlement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the family’s success in re-establishing itself in the colonies is documented. After several generations of life in Pennsylvania, the family’s pioneering moves from central Pennsylvania to Indiana in 1837, and on to Kansas in 1872 are detailed. The successes and failures of four generations of Leebricks who still live in Kansas vividly demonstrate the strength of the human spirit and the respect that comes from living lives of integrity. While the author emphasizes his own paternal line, families of siblings and the women they married are also documented.

Introducing David Webb, author of Behind the Swinging Doors

” As a first time author I was overwhelmed with the number of self publishers available. Each had glowing reviews and also some not so glowing. After discussing this problem with a good friend who had just published a book I narrowed my search and found Outskirts Press. Their packages started at a lower cost and offered many options. After contacting them, I chose the Diamond Package and began receiving support for finishing my book. The responses from the various representatives were timely and helpful. I am still a bit uncomfortable with things like “formatting” and “extensions” but these folks walked me through the steps. The whole process went rather smooth and I now have “Behind the Swinging Doors” published and selling. If you are considering a self publisher look no further than Outskirts Press.”

About David Webb: 50 years ago I began my food service career with no intention of staying in it. I needed money to buy my first car. After a few different jobs I was asked to begin cooking. I found I enjoyed it and the social trappings that went with it. I was trained by skilled chefs and good managers yet never went to culinary school. I have talked people into hiring me for nearly a half century and have never once been fired from a job although I have had many. I still cook for a living and still enjoy going to work. I’d say my career path was a good one.

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You are sitting at your table in a fine dining restaurant and suddenly a muffled crash is heard. The waiter assures you it is nothing. You notice groups of employees gathered around the edge of the dining room chatting about something. There is a faint smell of smoke in the air. Your server returns to take your order stating all is well. Two firemen in full gear walk through the dining room and into the unseen back. Just a funny made up story? No because I watched it happen. This is only one example of the misadventures, disasters, and downright comical behavior that goes on without the public knowing. Food service bands together some of the most unlikely crews and somehow manages to get the job done. This book explains the victories and failures that followed me through my career. Take a trip with me Behind the Swinging Doors.

Introducing Karen A. Cooper, author of A Light Shining in the Darkness

“Outskirts was so helpful with my first experience in self-publishing. Their kindness in answering all my questions and guiding me through this made me a believer in being able to finish the process and hold this precious book in my hands! Thank you for being there.”

Karen A. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Ephesians Life Ministries in Maryland and The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home in Savannah, as well as holding numerous church leadership positions. Upon retiring after 40 years, she obtained a B.A. degree in English and graduated summa cum laude at age 65.

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These were the words Karen Cooper grew up with. While classmates took college prep courses, Karen carefully chose a skill that would allow her to escape her abusive father and her hometown in upstate New York. But despite surviving a childhood of fear, pain, and shame, Karen’s low self-esteem brought a multitude of problems, mirroring the terrors of her past, and at 19 she found herself pregnant and on her own. Rejected by the father, Karen entered a home for unwed mothers and then placed the infant up for adoption; two years later she was pregnant again by the same man and looking for an illegal abortion. Failing and feeling worthless, she married the child’s father, but the baby died of SIDS at nine weeks. This double trauma led to years of upheaval and secrets…until she finally married the man God had chosen for her. Through hard work and counseling, Karen fought her demons and overcame her past. She enjoyed professional success, found the peace of God’s unconditional love, and even earned a college degree. A Light Shining in the Darkness is a painfully honest yet eloquent account of a life that seemed predestined for failure. But with God’s love in her life, Karen was able to find beauty in ashes and light where there was only darkness before. Her memoir will inspire others who are struggling to hold on to hope and find the healing and restoration God has in store for us all.

Introducing CA Coffey, author of A Farming Family in the New World

“Lisa was very helpful and very patient with me. She quickly responded by e-mail to all my questions. She made a process new to me very painless.”

CA Coffey has combined her twin passions of genealogy and writing in A Farming Family in the New World.

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An historical account beginning in the Colonial Period (1600-1775) of nine generations of farming and family and five wars.

Introducing Jacques Lapointe, author of A Bird in a Cage

“If I can write a book like I did with Outskirts Press, I am telling you that anyone can. Once Colleen got involved in helping me, everything went very well. Thank You”

Jacques Lapointe was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and moved with his family at age seven to a city west of Boston, Massachusetts. Jacques was reunited with his childhood sweetheart after thirty-five years, and he and his wife live happily in Florida.

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A child is like a bird in a cage-he knows no other life. A bird in a cage appreciates anything that comes its way. When the door of the cage opens, it’s for food, water, or cleaning time. Then the door of the cage closes, the bird can’t get out, and the cat can’t get in to hurt the bird. As a child it was the same for me-my family was the cage…and the cat. A Bird in a Cage is based on the true story of Jacques Lapointe, who likens his life to a war zone. It’s a story of love, hate, child abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder-an insider’s view of a family torn apart by a lack of love and respect. Written with heartbreaking honesty, this memoir is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Introducing Vickie McGillis, author of Detours To The Good Stuff

“I was very impressed with the speed in which my first book was published (just 8-1/2 weeks from submission to publication). The additional charge for expedited service was a sound investment. Even more amazing was the quality of the books themselves and the imaginative custom cover design! I will definitely choose Outskirts Press to publish my second book this spring.”

Vickie McGillis is a native of Winona, Minnesota. Although this is her debut novel, she is a seasoned, award-winning published poet, as well as a longtime supporter of animal rights groups. Vickie and her wonderfully-supportive husband still reside in the Winona area, along with their rescued four-legged companions.

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Katie Munson was a struggling, poor young mother with four small children. At just 22 years of age, and freshly divorced, Katie had relocated her young family to their new home in a small rural town in southeastern Minnesota. In the comfort of her new surroundings, Katie presumed that she, along with her son and three baby girls, were safe from harm’s way. She believed they had escaped the iniquity from her past and were free to begin a renewed and happy life together. December 2, 1967, was a very special day for Katie Munson. Keith, her oldest, was turning four today, but while Katie prepared for the toddler’s birthday party, nothing could have prepared her for the unforeseeable winter storm that was blowing in her direction, or the unspeakable terror that accompanied it! This particular day would prove to be just the beginning of a perpetual, formidable journey for Katie and her young family in their pursuit of peace and happiness. The road ahead was littered with obstacles that oftentimes appeared impossible to avert. Despite the many unavoidable detours that changed the course of their lives, Katie never lost sight of the potential rewards at the end of their relentless expedition. This is the first installment in the extraordinary Munson family saga—the epic and gripping true story of a young single mother and her four children as they navigate the river of life, in search of “the good stuff.”

Introducing Dave VanBuskirk, author of My Life with Death

“I was amazed at the simplicity of the publishing process, and grateful for the unlimited knowledge offered from everyone I came in contact with. I like the idea that every word printed is my own. The help with the custom cover was of extreme importance to me, as well as the enhanced interior. I could not have published my book without the help of Outskirts Press, and the follow up emails from the Marketing Coach are invaluable. Rest assured that my next book will also be published by Outskirts Press.”

During his thirty-two years as an Undertaker, Dave VanBuskirk has been involved with thousands of dead humans, including some of the most gruesome and grotesque looking bodies imaginable. Dave has been married to his best friend for over thirty-three years and lives in Southern California. Four men and two women call him Dad, and nine youngsters call him Grandpa. Dave is a graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, Class of September, 1973. Dave has published as a freelance writer for the Leatherneck Magazine.

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The young man had a two by six board splinter sticking through his head, temple to temple.

Introducing Lawrence T. Francis, author of The Family Guide

“Outskirts Press was the best publisher for my book, The Family Guide: Deliverance from the Pits of Death, which I have been searching for a publisher for a couple of years. Now I know to choose the best publisher, Outskirts Press; they helped me throughout my publication.”

About Lawrence T. Francis: “My experience made me to shout to the World that the Liberian Civil War killed more than 200,000 people; because Liberia could not do data collection of those that got killed during the civil war. Many people got killed in the rural areas in Liberia during the civil war. As the public has been led to believe…”

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Speaking is Lawrence T. Francis, the Francis’s family son that worked with the other family to write our stories that we heard for from our Father, grandfather, mother, and grandmother. Now each family member gave the testimony of what our father experienced and our own experiences before and during the Liberian Civil War; which killed ten of our family members, brothers, grandmother, aunties, and other relatives. The Francis’s family described the detail of how our father’s working agency declined him when he walked to Guinea and went to Ivory Coast for some help; he requested some help to the agency, for the vehicle that always bring items or food to Liberia to get his family out of Liberia during the civil war. The Agency denied him the help, as the results he lost many of his family during the civil war. When our father came from Ivory Coast, he told us to continue to pray to God for His Help. Before, I (Lawrence Francis) came to the United States, my father told me not to return to Liberia when he gets killed or when he died during the civil war. Now I have been in the United States for about 13 years. Who shall take the blame?

Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

“I really had no idea what to expect after signing on with you. Never having experienced getting a book published, after she had steered me through the pre-publication process, Dana came on board and again a patient, knowledgeable, pleasant, and encouraging person directed me. In much faster time than I had expected, my book “Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie” went to press. When my next book is ready for submission (it’s undergoing editing), I’ll be back with Outskirts Press. No question about that! I could easily go on and on with praise (the stunning cover design, the interior formatting, the marketing tips, etc.). But I think you get my point: Outskirts Press has me over the moon!”

A retired teacher of writing and literature, Harry Anderson lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.

Introducing Yuketha Polk, author of Mama, Where Art Thou?

“My experience with Outskirts Press was absolutely more than I initially expected. I have to admit I was very skeptical in the beginning but that quickly changed as I began conversing back and forth with the staff. Each of them were so very professional, informative, patient and kind. A great big thank you to all of your staff especially Tinamarie and Dana for displaying professionalism at it’s best. For anyone who may be considering publishing their work elsewhere, I strongly and confidently recommend Outskirts Press. My end results were rewarding and I couldn’t have asked for better. For every question that I had, they expedited an answer to me in return. Thank you Outskirts Press for making my first publishing experience one that will not easily be forgotten and I look forward to doing business with you all in the future.”

Yuketha Polk uses writing as a vehicle to reach those who are facing tough situations, and she credits her strength to Christ, who strengthens her daily. Mama, Where Art Thou? is her first novel.

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Have you ever wondered why life seems to take away more than it gives? Have you ever felt pushed aside, invisible, lost, or alone? Have you ever lost a loved one and felt as if the grief would go on forever? You are not alone. Mama, Where Art Thou? is the true story of a woman fighting to overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds in her life. As a single young mother whose own mother was shot and killed before her eyes, Yuketha Polk survived by keeping God close and allowing Him to lead her through the many twists and turns she encountered. Eventually, she was able to come out on the other side. Yuketha’s story will encourage those who are suffering to keep pressing forward, to take a closer look at their own issues and perhaps make better choices for their lives. Mama, Where Art Thou? will inspire people from all walks of life and remind us that quitting is not an option, no matter how difficult the struggle.