Introducing Carol Creager, author of Are My Eyes Bigger than My Stomach: Juvenile Anhinga

“I am very pleased with the publishing process.”

What do I know about wildlife? I have watched and photographed it since I was a small child. I have visited most Spanish-speaking countries during my vacations from teaching Spanish. My first trip to Costa Rica was in 1970. My goals in life are to entertain as well as to educate others and to promote conservation. I want everyone to be able to see and to appreciate nature and wildlife; therefore, I write photographic books. Most books describe animals and birds. I want you to see what I see while I travel so that you can understand as much as possible how creatures live, what they eat, how they move, and what they do where they are visible. I tire of studying books talking about ecology and wildlife; I want you to see what each creature looks like and how they act. I chose Spanish-speaking countries for two reasons. First, I speak the language and have photographed everything I could for many years for my students to see as they learned the language. To communicate successfully with people of other countries, you need to understand their customs and culture as well as their language. Second, people are familiar with huge African and Asian animals. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to the wealth of Latin American wildlife; I am trying to do my bit to help remedy the lack. While most of my books are written primarily for children, I hope adults too will enjoy the photographs and humor as well as learn more about the wildlife.

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A veces creemos que podemos tragar un pez muy grande, pero ¿sí o no? ¿Es posible? At times we believe that we can swallow a very large fish, but can we really? Andy Anhinga

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Rescued By a Boy: Salvado Por Un Chico

“My Representative was so helpful. I was pleased with her publishing advice. Thank you!”

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

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Mischief, McGuffy and Nolan visit the Talamanca Nature Reserve. We are so thankful to the good friends we made while we were exploring the extensive gardens of Talamanca Nature Reserve. Young Jérico heroically climbed the tree where we were stranded and brought each of us safely down, where Abuela (Grandma) comforted us until we were over our fear of falling. Nolan was so happy because she and Noé liked him so much. Muchas gracias a los buenos amigos del Hotel Talamanca. Jérico subió el árbol donde estábamos y nos llevó al suelo, donde Abuela nos consoló y nos abrazó. Nolan estaba tan alegre porque ella y Noé lo querían tanto. Mischief, McGuffey, and Nolan

Introducing Joan Cogan, author of Anchored in Perseverance

“Kudos to the entire team of Outskirts Press. My Author Representative has guided and so willingly directed me through the process of my book publication.”

THEN: “Blessed is he who has found his work.” Joan Cogan enjoyed life as a teacher, counselor and Character Counts coordinator. She led the way to the district’s first anti-bullying program, Steps to Respect. Joan created a safe place for three generations of students at Northwest Local Schools. “Proud to be part of the Clinton/Canal Fulton community for thirty-five years.” NOW: “Blessed is he who connects with nature.” Death forced Joan into a solo flight with little direction. With the help of GEs, gentle encouragers, the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, gave her purpose. By writing and sitting on a rock, Joan continues to discover herself. “Just like jeans and a tee shirt, humans and nature go together.”

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Anchored in Perseverance is a written reminder to anyone searching for renewed purpose. Choosing to persevere is a life skill you learned as a toddler. It is not a character trait. Calvin the cardinal travels with you until you regain that childlike determination. “I’m going to reach that toy no matter what!” Abe the ape demands that you get back to the basics. Those building blocks will provide you the strength you need to endure any circumstance. A – Absorb and accept exactly what is in front of you. B – Believe and begin to realize you are capable of moving forward. C – Commit and connect to the present no matter how bleak it appears. Calvin and Abe realize life is not a vacation on a love boat. They don’t hand out ribbons, but you have to keep moving. That is a choice only you can make. Minor setbacks are very real but so are major comebacks. You decide!

Introducing Shirley Posey, author of Posey Tales

“This was my first time getting a book published and my Author Representative was very patient in helping me. My book is very nice and has sold many copies in just a few days. Thank you so much!”

Shirley Posey has worked with children her whole life in one capacity or another. She operated a Day-care in her home and volunteered for many children’s programs in the community, church, and school. It is because of her love for children and the encouragement of her husband that she decided to write and publish the true humorous stories about her five children when they were small. She has been telling these stories to her children, grandchildren, and to the children in her Day-care for many years. She wants to make them available to children everywhere so they may also enjoy them. It is because of her great interest in children and listening to the humorous things they say and do spontaneously that she has the ability to write in a style and fashion they can easily relate to and understand. Each book has an intended message or lesson to help children learn the difference in making right or wrong decisions. She believes if children are told the correct way each time they make a wrong decision, they will definitely learn something good from each experience.

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Posey Tales will help children of all ages re-think decision-making. Posey Tales are true stories about my five children when they were young, between the late 1960s and early 1970s. The illustration décor reflects that time period. I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to the stories about the “Posey” children, in some way or other, perhaps with your own children, or even your own self as a young child. I hope you enjoy them as much as my children and grandchildren have.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of What is a Tamandua: My story as told to my friend

“Outskirts Press has always been fabulous! I can recommend them highly if you want to publish a book.”

Carol Creager chose Spanish-speaking countries for two reasons. First, she speaks the language and photographed everything she could for many years for my students to see as they learned the language. To communicate successfully with people of other countries, a person needs to understand their customs and culture as well as their language. Second, people are familiar with huge African and Asian animals. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to the wealth of Latin American wildlife. While this book has been written for children, adults will enjoy the photographs and humor, too.

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I am a tamandua or lesser anteater. I search trees for termites and ants, which I catch with my long, sticky tongue. That benefits YOU! I greet my friends when they visit Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica. Carol has photographed me and written my story & my hopes. Why? She is a dedicated wildlife photographer and writer of wildlife stories for children & adults who like our humor & photos, mostly of Costa Rica. She has spent 30 years searching for and photographing every species she can find in my country. – Tammy Tamandua

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Mischief and McGuffey in Ireland with Paul Byrom

“I feel very comfortable with Outskirts Press because my Author Representative is so very helpful and thorough. When I have a problem, she always manages to solve it efficiently and quickly.”

Carol Creager has spent more than fifty years communicating with her dogs, so she found it easy to understand Seeley’s connections with his master Nick and what they do to enjoy their lives together.

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We were so excited about traveling through Ireland with our favorite singer. What fun! Ireland has so many diverse places to see and explore: Belleek pottery, Waterford glass, & wool factories, dogs herding sheep; the Cliffs of Moher; historic sites, such as bridges & castles; castle hotels; thatched cottages; the National Stud with its famous horses; flowers everywhere; so much to see & do. We hope you will enjoy our adventures as much as we did, in green Ireland.
~ Mischief & McGuffey

Introducing Nancy Peek Youngdahl, author of My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid

“Outskirts Press is the way to go if you want to publish a book after getting so many rejections from the Big publishers. They only want the experienced authors who have published lots of books in the past. Outskirts helped me with the whole process and I am very pleased with the result.”

Nancy Peek Youngdahl is an artist, crafter of jewelry, a soapmaker, writer, and avid golfer. She loves to travel with her husband, Skip, and between them, they have six adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Nancy has been a schoolboard chairman and an art teacher, and she has a passion for genealogy, tracing her ancestors back thirteen generations to the late 1600s when they lived in Virginia. My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid is her second book; the first is an autobiography of Nancy’s family history.

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My Nana was an Outrageously Mischievous kid. In the 1940s and ’50s, children were allowed to run free, play outside, and use their imaginations-without parents constantly hovering over them and fearing for their safety. In her own small town in North Carolina-with very little traffic, and neighbors who actually knew each other-Nana was no exception to the free-range kid phenomenon. But as an outrageously mischievous child that was left to her own devices, she sure got into some amazing and hilarious adventures.It was a glorious time to be a child! Both of Nana’s parents worked, so she and her brother were often unsupervised. They wreaked havoc most of the time, thus living an exciting childhood. Nana’s stories-told to her great-grandchildren-are all true. She relates how her family and neighbors survived in spite of her and is quick to let her great-grandchildren know what not to do. As she says, if she had lived as a child today, she’d probably be locked up in a juvenile home!

Introducing Joan Cogan, author of Anchored in Love

“My Author Representative was absolutely delightful along with all the team members. Kudos to the entire crew at Outskirts Press. Keep doing what you are doing. Well done, indeed! Thank you!”

“Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.” Fresh out of college Joan joined the Northwest Local School District in Canal Fulton, Ohio. She taught second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth graders. After 22 years in the classroom her role changed from teacher to first elementary guidance counselor in the school system. Twelve hundred students, kindergarten through sixth grade in three buildings, became her norm for the following 13 years. Her ability to create a kind, welcoming, and forgiving place surpasses many others. Her focus and hope as an educator remains the same. Every child, every day, is the Curriculum. The rest is just stuff.

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This is a simple story for anyone searching for a way to feel better, even a little bit better. The story is told in nine segments. Start reading anywhere, just start. Be willing to walk with author, Joan Cogan. She and B.J., your imaginary land anchor, will take you places you never thought possible.
– A – Acknowledge and accept yourself. You are the best you that you have. You are under construction, not a finished product.
– C – Create your personal ID card. Make it truly your own. Your internal dialogue is a reflection of what you see when you look in the mirror. It is what you repeatedly tell yourself. Whether it is true or false those words often become your reality.
– T – Trust in yourself. You are stronger than you think. Trust in others too. One of the most basic human needs is connection. Trust that each day, every day, is a fresh 24 hours. Our walk will take us from a closed door to a door that is now open. Each stepping stone will move you forward. Each question you answer honestly will give you an opportunity to examine yourself. The detour will empower you to move from Point A to Point B. Knowing you are ANCHORED IN LOVE, believe you are capable and willing to do the work. You now have the tools to feel better, even a little bit better, one day at a time.

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

Introducing Peggy Callender Clyne, author of My Mind is a Garden

“I was quite pleased and my Publishing Consultant was excellent.”

Peggy Callender Clyne is a retired church administrator. She attended the former Barrington College in Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree (BRE) from the former Northeastern Bible Institute, Essex Fells, NJ. Peggy resides in the British Virgin Islands with her husband, Freddie, and their family.

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What you plant will grow; what you grow will show! Jaide’s grandparents believe that the better we think, the better we live. They are convinced that confident, creative and purposeful lives are the result of corresponding thoughts. In “My Mind is a Garden”, Pop-Pop and Granny refer to Jaide’s mind as a “garden,” and her thoughts as “seeds.” Consequently, they encourage young Jaide to plant Bible-based “thought-seeds” in her “mind-garden” promising their granddaughter: “What you plant will grow; what you grow will show.” With an air of sophistication, coupled with child-like trust, Jaide plants God’s words in her “mind-garden.” When God’s words are the “seeds” planted in their minds, our children will have the benefit of a purposeful life, plus the privilege of a personal relationship with their Creator.