Introducing Paul E. Kotz, author of Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership

“My Author Representative served as an exemplar in helping to make my work come to life. She was professional to work with! Communication, recommendations and suggestions truly helped in the publishing process.”

Paul E. Kotz wrote the CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018), featuring stories of mentorship, advocating keeping eyes and ears open to the present and the positive. It addresses seeing the good each day – facing difficulties and adversity with hope and compassion. Dr. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. Teaching Ethics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategies for Adult Learning Theory, and Statistical Research Methods, Kotz brings practical decision tools and discussion to assist in creating opportunities, facing situations that arise in our own lives and organizations. Some of his work in leadership practice includes – Teaching Examples of Extraordinary Leadership – Influence and Inspiration – An Ethnographic Study; Women Who Have Run for President – An Examination of Leadership Qualities; and Reaching Millennials in the Classroom. In addition, he continues to give motivational talks on examples of influence and inspiration. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives. Feel free to contact Paul at pkotz@smumn.edu or paulekotz@yahoo.com

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Leadership. You know it when you see it. Those who make an impact – leave a mark on us. Hopefully, it is a positive one, grounded in those who bring us joy, and those who inspire us. They give us examples of how we can live our own lives, and also push us to be better. You have so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often it comes on unexpectedly. You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance. I am not going to tell anyone in this collection of stories of servant leadership, combining unexpected surprises, and lessons learned exactly what to do. I am going to give you examples of those who do make an impact, observations of people who can help us to realize our gifts and those who assist us in consciously or unknowingly changing for the better. CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018)

Introducing Cindy North, author of Little Markie

“I wanted to let you know what a great experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press! I’m in the final days of publishing my children’s book, Little Markie, and every step of the way, your talented staff and organization have been terrific to work with. I would like to especially recognize the following people: Elaine, Cheri, Richa and Lisa. They were always so friendly, helpful and above all patient with my many changes and questions. Publishing a book can be overwhelming, but they walked me through each step and helped turn my dream into a reality. I hope to keep writing/publishing and will definitely recommend Outskirts Press to my fellow writers.”

Cindy North’s passion for writing children’s books is inspired by her children, Chris and Katie, and the second-grade students she taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She loves reading to children and watching their faces light up as they become immersed in the stories. Mrs. North and her husband, Kevin, live in Virginia with their children and pets, Emmie and Lily.


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“No one wants a little pencil that’s all used up!” jeered the new pencils. Little Markie sadly wonders if the new pencils are right. Are my adventures over? he worries. Do I belong in the trash can? Little Markie is the smallest pencil in the classroom. He’s been sharpened many, many times, and he’s so small, he can hardly be seen so far down in the pencil cup. Students always seem to choose the brand-new pencils, looking tall and proud with nice fresh erasers. Standing as tall as possible, Little Markie gathers his courage and confronts the bullies. This lovable little pencil may be short, but he’s still full of BIG ideas!

Introducing Bobbie Himes Hadfield, author of Sometimes I Laugh Sometimes I Cry

“The physical appearance of my book is absolutely beautiful! Everyone thinks it’s lovely. The cover designers were great. Everyone I was in contact with was congenial and tried to be helpful. The book was printed on good quality paper, I liked the design at the page numbers and I loved the idea of capitalizing the first few words of each beginning paragraph of each new chapter. Overall it was a great experience. I thank everyone for being so pleasant.”

Bobbie Himes Hadfield and her husband, Fred, of fifty two years, live in Gastonia, North Carolina. Fred unknowingly plucked Bobbie from self destruction when he met her. He has always taken care of her and stands beside her when she needs someone to lean on. Their three adult children live nearby. Bobbie and Fred also have three adult grandchildren and one new great granddaughter.


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Born into meager means, a very shy little girl was raised in southwest New Mexico. She met adversity at seemingly every turn but her inner determination and sense of survival against odds led her on an uphill struggle. She and her husband began raising a family at a very young age. Bobbie developed a sense of self worth early in life when she excelled rapidly in her piano lessons. Her music lessons brought about a sense that she had something of value to offer. A professional who has known Bobbie for several years says her story is no less than a miraculous sequence of events. He would say, “You will never believe this, but it’s all true!”

When Bobbie was in her early thirties, a wife and mother of three teenagers, a friend coerced her into a business course at a community college. It was the factor that eventually led her into nurse training, her lifelong dream. With her strong will and tenacity she continued forth and became a Registered Nurse all the while wondering if she could actually perform at par; her insecurities were still ingrained in her persona. Her training was a very wise commitment of several years. She graduated at age thirty seven. Bobbie enjoyed a very successful nursing career rising to top management. Her passion for quality patient care and empathy for staff members were instrumental in bringing about a very diverse tenure in her professional field. Unfortunately Bobbie experienced a life changing injury while on the job in 2002 which ended her nursing career.

Bobbie continues her study of music in the form of voice lessons. She sings in her church and performs elsewhere when able. She is a loyal friend to those who know her and is active in her community in numerous arenas. Bobbie is a story of survival and success and she is to be commended. Bobbie’s story is well written, very funny and at times surprisingly sad. It demonstrates the strong will she possesses in the very depths of her soul. Today you will find Bobbie and her husband, Fred, of fifty two years, living in Gastonia, North Carolina. Fred unknowingly plucked Bobbie from self destruction when he met her. He has always taken care of her and stands beside her when she needs someone to lean on. Their three adult children live nearby. Bobbie and Fred also have three adult grandchildren and one new great granddaughter.