Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of FDR And The Dime: The Defeat Of Polio

“My Author Representative was terrific.”

Jo D. Tanenbaum grew up at the time of the polio scare and remembers the 1955 announcement of the success of the Salk vaccine. She is a retired French teacher, and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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The only four-term president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, led the U.S. to victory in World War II, led the country in the Depression, and conquered polio with the March of Dimes. Americans defeated polio by sending nickels, pennies, and dimes to Washington for research in the fight against polio. ‘Polio’ was the scare word in the early 1900s just as ‘cancer’ is the scare word today. This book tells the story of why and how Roosevelt founded the Society for Infantile Paralysis and the world-renowned Roosevelt Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia.

Introducing Fred and Cheryl Lowman, author of An Inky Summer

“We contacted many publishers for printing our book, but were very impressed with all the positive comments other authors shared about Outskirts Press. Being new comers at this whole publishing thing, we were walked through the process by very friendly and helpful representatives from Outskirts Press. We were delighted by the professionally produced book when finished. Top quality all the way! A good friend, Judy Byrne, saw our book, questioned us about our experience, and also chose Outskirts Press to publish her book, The Adventures of Fireman Frank.​”

Fred and Cheryl Lowman are residents of northwestern Connecticut. Fred, a retired school teacher, enjoys carving Santa Claus figures, woodworking, reading, gardening and the wildlife of Connecticut. Cheryl, a native Vermonter, finds joy in writing and is inspired by nature, people, and the endless beauty of scenic New England. Fred and Cheryl are active in their local church and in the lives of their children and grandchildren. Dan Carsten – Illustrator For as long as he can remember, Dan knew he wanted to be an artist. Influenced by Saturday morning cartoons, he would spend hours drawing the silly stories and characters of his imagination. Today, Dan continues to bring stories and characters of all kinds to life but, he has traded in his crayons and markers for paint brushes and a graphics tablet. When not sketching and painting, Dan enjoys doing home improvement projects, skiing and watching the Boston Red Sox. Dan, a native New Englander, lives in central Connecticut with his wife, Martha, and two sons, Bennett and Eli.

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A Talking Crow!! When 12 year old Freddie discovers Inky, an American crow, sitting on the fence near the back steps of his house, it is the beginning of An Inky Summer. Read this true story and laugh as this crafty and intelligent corvid upsets neighbors and relatives with his antics.

Introducing Rodney D. Brooks with Breanne E. Brooks, author of What If I Want to Be a Christian? Just A.S.K.

“Lisa performed outstanding as usual for me. She kept me abreast throughout the process and guided me. This was my second book with Outskirts Press and I plan to have two more published.”

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If? Just A.S.K., is the president of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC. He has been a church officer for over 15 years and a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years. In the private sector, Rodney has more than 30 years of Human Resources and Operations leadership experience in various Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Breanne E. Brooks, co-founder of What If? Just A.S.K., is an active church member in the areas of Sunday school, usher ministry, youth choir (president), missionary society, and praise dancing. Breanne is one of the key spokespersons for the What If? Just A.S.K. program, where she is constantly speaking to various youths, encouraging them to be the best they can be while chasing and realizing their dreams.

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There are some facets of Christianity that are hard for young people to fully grasp! This fun, easy-to-follow guide uses the A.S.K. process to help our youth discover what it means to be Christian and to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior: Ask the question, Seek the answer within yourself first and then use your resources, Know and believe in your abilities. “What If I Want to Be a Christian?” offers a simple yet compelling way to answer this question and others, along with resources for greater understanding of young people’s roles in Christianity. It all starts with A.S.K.!

Introducing Dorothy Sweet Calhoun, author of Six Bees for Children

“I have a beautiful, fantastic book as a result of the dynamic team at Outskirts Press! I’m sure they will be the choice of publishers for my next book.”

Dorothy Sweet Calhoun was born and raised in Zwolle, Louisiana. Attended Grambling College in Louisiana and received her B.S. Degree in Art Education; Having resided in Grand Prairie, TX for 42 years, she received her Master’s Degree in Art Education and a minor in Supervision from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She received Mid-Management certification at Texas Women’s University; taught high school, junior high, and elementary for a total of 32 years; she also served as an Elementary Assistant Principal. She’s named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; a recognized Unsung Hero by the GPISD and The NAACP; awarded All American Scholar. She has received many other awards and recognition. After retirement, Dorothy decided to write children’s books after having so many years of experience with children. Her books share positive, educational messages for children to be successful. She is the author of Why Dinosaurs Are Extinct and The Princesses of Arvallay.

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Educational Wisdoms for All Children. This book is a collection of “Educational Wisdoms” and guiding principles for all children in grades K – 5. Over the years, as parents and teachers, we have made great efforts to teach our children these wisdoms and principles. With some we have been successful and with others not as much so. This hands-on treasure will be a valuable tool to any parent, grandparent, teacher in the classroom, and especially home school parents who foster great one-on-one learning. In addition, young children as well as older children can learn much from this terrific book, which might help to inspire success, build personal development and more self-esteem at the childrens’ various levels of maturity. Still, this book can serve the older children as a self-help guide that can remind them to make good choices, inspire self-discipline, and reinforce their images of what success looks like. Finally, with parents helping to guide younger children to study this book of instructional wisdoms each day, and with each BEE character leading the way, they will quickly gain an understanding of the helpful concepts it shares. Success is imminent if these educational wisdoms are nurtured and practiced.

Introducing Brooke Lewis, author of Ms. Vampy’s Teen Tawk: There’s A Lotta Power In Ya Choices

“As an actress and life coach in Hollywood, I love when situations present themselves where I can authentically share that I am absolutely thrilled. I had some frustrations with the old Outskirts’ publishing system and process while publishing my first book. I chose to return, due to the support of Tina and Gwen and could not have had a better and more efficient experience my second time around! The best part was that I was able to work directly with one producer, Gwen, throughout the entire process! Communication and clarity improved 100%! I realize we are living in a cyber world, but having Gwen to email with, made all the difference in the process. We were able to skip many of the technical problems I had the first book experience. Thank you to Outskirts Press for making me a very happy author.”

Brooke Lewis is a multi-award-winning Actress, Producer, Author, Board Certified Life Coach and Dating Expert. She has done writing, speaking and TV segments in media such as CBS2 KCAL9 Los Angeles, San Diego Living CW6, CBS 8 Las Vegas Now, Fox 5 Vegas, AM Buffalo, FOX 29 Philadelphia, John Kerwin Live, AfterBuzz TV, Pop Trigger TV, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, Huffington Post, She Knows, Your Tango, Her Campus, Girls Life, Woman’s Day, Female First and Meet Mindful. She was the Creator and Host of the award-winning talk show and web series Ms. Vampy’s Tween Tawk, Teen Tawk & In Between Tawk. Brooke is also known as the sassy Co-host on the dating talk show Breaking Dating. She has empowered teens, women and men around the world, giving them knowledge they can use in their everyday lives and giving them the confidence they need to go after their dreams. Her motto is…Be Fearless!

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Stories from Ms. Vampy to empower teen girls to make powerful choices! I am a Vampiress from Brooklyn with a mission! Do you know how many teen girls struggle with the courage to make the right choices and find their own voice? My mission is to empower teen girls to be courageous, so they can make the right choices and find their own voice. I may be over 100 years old now, but, remember, Vampires never grow up! I still feel like a teenager at heart and I still struggle with the same issues and challenges I did 85 years ago. I’ve also been through over 100 years of challenges and experiences, so I think that qualifies me as a freakin’ “expert,” don’t you? I mean, there ain’t nothin’ I haven’t seen or heard, so I am inspired to share both my mistakes and successes with you. I will also tell ya that some of my biggest successes and lessons have come from making mistakes and the wrong choices. You just gotta pick yourself up, start over and make different choices the next time. At any time, you have the power to create a “do-ova” and feel differently, think differently, dress differently and be different. I, and this book, are here to support you, guide you and honor you in areas where you are feeling stuck, confused, fearful, insecure or simply needing help. I may have only tawked to them a few times, but I know your role models like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift would also tell you to “Be You…And, Be Fearless” and in Ms. Vampy words, “VAMP IT OUT!”

Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of GET to the POINT: A History of the Pencil

“My rep, Jamie, was kind, efficient, prompt and knowledgeable.”

Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years. She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California.. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio and Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond.

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We have a big selection of writing instruments today—3D pens, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, watercolor pencils, rollerball pens, and gel ink pens. Technology never stops. Fads come and go. But through thick and thin, there’s one writing instrument that’s still around—the pencil. This book relates the journey of this humble survivor. And what a journey it has been—Egypt, Rome, Athens, Siberia, England, Germany, the United States. The reader will discover that it takes a world of resources to produce the simple pencil.

Introducing Trisha K.M. Szto, author of Hapa Babies, Happy Blessings

“I’d like to thank each one of you for helping me along my Outskirts Press journey in publishing my book “Hapa Babies, Happy Blessings.” You made each stage of the process a very positive experience. I really appreciate your patience. Getting my book going took longer than I had initially thought and that was my doing. I also had to incorporate my dream of publishing this book into everyday living. Everything fell into place in good time. I hope my book is read and seen as a testimony of my faith in God and a gift my children will one day appreciate.”

Trisha K. M. Szto is the mother of three loving and energetic little boys. She was baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. Trisha was born to a Chinese-Jamaican mother and an American born Scotch-Irish father. She currently resides in Southern California with her American born Chinese husband and their Hapa sons. She has a B.S. in Human Development with a minor in Psychology and a M.A. in Organizational Management. She is a full-time working mom.

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This is a story of a mommy’s heartfelt prayers for her unborn babies that really did come true. All expecting mommies hope that their babies are healthy in every shape, way, and form. This mommy wasn’t any different. However, with her deep faith in God she prayed every night before each baby was born to ask for His blessings on her babies. Knowing that each baby would have a unique look because of his mixed Asian ethnicity, the mommy so graciously asked in the silence of her heart a little something different and special for each one. By the grace of God her prayers were answered.