K. Raymond Zabielski, author of The Cantrill Book One

“Let’s face it. Getting a literary agent is extremely difficult. Luckily I came across Outskirts Press and after digging deeper as to how they work and what they offer, I decided it was exactly what I was looking for. All questions were answered right up front. My Author Representative was always there to help guide me. This gave me the freedom to continue writing, while they took care of the nuts and bolts of getting a book out into the market. I presently have my first book published, the second manuscript being edited now with a third in queue. I look forward to having all six books in this series published by Outskirts Press and I couldn’t be happier.”

K. Raymond Zabielski is a native of Long Island New York, where he spent time hiking and camping in the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, reinforcing his deep love of nature. He started writing The Cantrill series there. In addition to his passion for storytelling, he loves animals. After a stint in Florida, Zabielski moved to Colorado, back to the mountains, which continue to inspire him as a writer.”

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When eleven-year-old Etob Sheerbain starts learning about the legendary history of his homeland, little does he know that the stories he will hear are about to change his life forever. As the pageant of good and evil, brave men and women, shared values and family lore comes to life, a cloud is darkening on the horizon. As Etob comes to understand his calling as scribe and historian for his people, events are unfolding that will test him as never before. Warm, beautifully imaginative, rich with detail, this is both a sensitive, insightful coming-of-age story and the first installment in a gorgeously woven epic fantasy.

Introducing Joan Haddix Chisley, author of The Family Table, Too: Letters to My Granddaughter

“I can’t believe the ease with which my Author Representative was able to work with my complete lack of computer skills!”

JOAN HADDIX CHISLEY is a genealogist and collector of family lore. By sharing her family’s history, Mrs. Chisley documents part of the African American experience. She enjoyed a 39-year career as an elementary teacher, a school psychologist, and a college professor. Mrs. Chisley is a proud grandmother, and she and her husband currently reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Our people were kidnapped from their Native land, their extended families, and their God and brought to America by force. Their lineage or pedigree goes back to creation. The reality of my genealogy, however, goes back only a few generations. I have endeavored to record and describe as many branches of our family tree as possible using the facts of limited records augmented by family lore or oral history. Each branch represents a real-live person who lived, loved, worked, passed down genetic code— and passed away. Each branch (person) left behind and passed on a lifetime of experiences and colorful stories. The Family Table, Too: Letters To My Granddaughter is an amalgamation of those branches, those wonderful stories. In retelling those stories, the American story is enhanced by adding the African American portion as an important adjunct rather than a marginally inconvenient and scarcely reported history. We need to continue recording stories from previous generations and complete all possible branches, and we need the younger branches to expand the visions that they must pass on to future generations.

Introducing Eric B, author of Realm of the Invader

“The Outskirts Press team was helpful, attentive, prompt and detail oriented during the publishing process. It really felt like a team effort, and everyone worked hard to create an awesome final product that was my fully published book!”

Eric B is an enthusiast of action, adventure and superhero drama, and considers himself observant of human nature. Aside from episode one of this series, he has published two books, about volunteerism and public transportation. Eric B lives in the Midwest, loves to travel and experiments with passions and hobbies.

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Here is a story of devastation and anguish and slavery…and the ensuing triumph and celebration. Lord Draegahn descends upon Earth, under the guise of a friend, but with aspirations of total world domination. He brings havoc and despondency to an unsuspecting world from where he is a stranger. Yet somehow, out of this iniquity, a curious friendship emerges between Siris — one of the wrongly convicted aliens — and four likewise incarcerated Earthlings. Hopeless and discouraged, Siris does not realize that though he is a little guy, he has a big destiny. This story is Siris’s journey as a detainee of injustice, a fugitive, an abated former soldier, a military prisoner and a military commander. All the while, Siris finds himself a mentor to his four Earthling friends who are destined to rise from the ashes of the alien invasion to become Earth’s most famous third-millennium superheroes: the Night Crusaders. Yet Siris has his own personal demons against which to struggle; his own insecurities haunting him night and day. But the moment of truth seizes Siris when he finally comes face-to-face with Lord Draegahn. Can Siris stand against his greatest fears, advancing toward him all at once? Siris will have to master his morality, conquer his insecurities and rediscover his great determination and strength if he will have any hope of leading the campaign to end the alien invasion on Earth once and for all!

Introducing Sujal Das, author of The Media Midas

“My Author Representative was patient with my requests and prompt and professional from start to finish.”

Sujal Das is a technocrat, business leader and social entrepreneur, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, he is an executive at a large software company. As a supplier of data center technology, he has worked extensively with giant social media companies. His deep technology background and penchant for comprehending dramatically changing human behavior as a result of social media use give him a unique foundation to explore the pursuits of Donald Trump in a different light.

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When Trump’s net worth – his sole life mission – begins to stagnate, he decides to recreate his star status by running for the highest office in the planet.  He utilizes the pervasive influence of social media a step ahead of the pundits to win the election.  With increased scrutiny, his true financial status begins to unfold. He needs a recourse.  Emboldened by his power to fracture societies at will, he devises a plan that could turn the world’s most powerful financial system upside down.  But then, can he collect the haul?

Introducing Tanja Nayak, author of Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld

“Thanks so much for making my dream of becoming a published author a reality. Everyone was really professional and publishing was a breeze. I am really grateful for the super team who helped me and especially want to thank my Cover Designer for supplying the most perfect illustrations for my children’s book. You are all awesome!”

Tanja Nayak was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and enjoyed winter safaris in the Kruger National Park. She can count the number of times she has seen honey badgers on her trips spanning many years on one hand – but each memory has stayed fresh in her mind despite the distance of years. She believes that the honey badger was the appropriate choice to finish writing about and publish a book about during a pandemic year as honey badgers are energetic, courageous, and determined. We all could use a little honey badger energy in our lives to see us through persevering through challenging times. A honey badger never gives up and they certainly never fail to do what they have set their mind’s upon achieving! Today, Tanja lives in Colorado and travels to South Africa with her husband and daughter. Her dreams are to see a tiger in the wild in India and to travel to Kenya to see the “Big Five.” A video of the author reading a condensed version of the story is available on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mycED1AC0Ks

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Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld” is a delightful full-colour illustrated story about a plucky honey badger as he navigates his way through the African bushveld at night with his mother on the search for honey. The beautiful, whimsical illustrations, and captivating story should appeal to children in the 3 to 12 age group. The pair of honey badgers meet a number of unique nocturnal animals on their nightly travels, including Africa’s elusive “Secret Seven;” comprised of the fascinating aardvark, African civet, African wild cat, genet, pangolin, porcupine, and serval. They also meet energetic springhares, lions on the move, hippopotamuses, adorable bushbabies, elegant caracals, and many more wonderful animals in the African savannah. The book also includes full-colour photographs of the animals, as well as interesting facts to whet the appetite of those who want to find out more about the incredible wildlife of Africa. This story and its associated educational facts will be sure to enthrall and captivate the attention of any child who loves animals. Children (and even adults) of any age should also enjoy reading the factual section, as well.

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 Bob Benson, Josie Safir, and Nathan Safir, authors of A Special Gift

“My Author Representative was courteous, positive and east to communicate with — both to me and an 18-year-old co-author.”

When Bob’s grandchildren, Josie and Nathan, finished learning how to read, they realized most introductory reading materials lacked an interesting story and developed characters. At the ages of seven and nine, Josie and Nathan worked with their grandfather to write a book young children would be excited to read.

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When a boy learns his dog has special powers …. On a cold rainy day, Max finds a dog on his front porch and names her Rosie. They soon form a strong bond, and Max becomes aware of Rosie’s mysterious power. He struggles to convince his parents and friends to believe him. But, as Rosie continues to use her special gift, something incredible happens. Read this book to find out how Max and Rosie’s extraordinary relationship impacts those around them and deepens friendships.

Introducing Jack Darrell Crowder, author of Abby’s Secret: The Story of a Young Girl’s Courage and Determination During the American Revolution

“Everyone I communicated with were friendly, professional, and very helpful. The entire publishing process was quick and easy. I look forward to working with the team again.”

Jack Darrell Crowder is a retired teacher and administrator with 40 plus years in the classroom. He has a B.A. and Masters from Texas Christian University. Mr. Crowder gives lectures on the Revolutionary War at the university, schools, historical societies, and D.A.R. Chapters. He has the following books published: Underage Warriors, Chaplains of the Revolutionary War, African Americans and American Indians in the Revolutionary War, Women Patriots in the American Revolution, Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happen during the Revolutionary War, and The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution.

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Abby must put her courage to the test. In 1766 at the age of five Abby is sent away to live with various people. After a few years she finds a home as a servant girl with the Thomas family. Being a young female among ten boys quickly proves to be a physical and mental challenge for Abby. However, she refuses to let others define who she will be, as she fights to overcome prejudice and gain equality. In 1775, she is caught up in the American Revolution and finds that her courage, faith, and character will be tested to the limit. When the war reaches her doorstep, she learns firsthand the sadness of losing loved ones and the horrors of war. As the Revolution draws to a close, Abby makes a decision, and if her secret is discovered she will face disgrace and possibly jail.

Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Pete the Parakeet

“I highly recommend Outskirts Press. The whole team was outstanding. My Author Representative was quick to respond, helpful with my technology challenges, encouraging and just plain easy to work with! This is my second book and I already have a third book in the works. Thank you team!”

Sarah Sebring Binder, a longtime resident of Ames, Iowa, and former resident of Tucson, Arizona, has been an educator for more than 40 years. She continues to engage and play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Join in the fun and the grand adventure of a truly remarkable pet bird, Pete the Parakeet! When Mr. Sebring travels south for the winter, just like the snowbirds, he leaves his daughter and granddaughter in charge of Pipsqueak and Pumpkin. But Pipsqueak, the parakeet, escapes. And when Judith Ann and Alma see a few green feathers on the floor, they worry that Pumpkin, the cat, may have eaten the bird. Elsewhere in Mr. Sebring’s hometown, Sally and Brad spy a lime-green parakeet in their backyard. The parakeet stays for several days, along with the hummingbirds, orioles, finches, and other local birds. Sally and Brad love having the parakeet they fondly call Pete, but when the cold begins to set in and the other birds leave, so does Pete. Sally and Brad reach out to try to find Pete and his owner using posters and social media, and their excitement grows with each new sighting. Mr. Sebring, Judith Ann, and Alma join the hunt as Pete makes his way across the country through all sorts of weather. But will they ever be reunited with the adventurous little bird?

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.