You Are Just Right: Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity

“Though I knew the subject matter of my book, I had no idea how to put it together. My Author Representative patiently walked me through the steps and answered my tedious, and sometimes repetitive, questions. She was absolutely life saving as the conduit to my illustrator. Her advice was flawless, and I am so grateful.”

Joni Crimmins has an MBA in finance and has pursued a fulfilling career in business. Yet it was her role as mother, that inspired her to return to school for a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy to understand the psychology around bullying, depression and anxiety, rampant among today’s youth and to try to make a difference. One of seven children, Joni understands the unique circumstances that make each of us special. This book was inspired by real events that happened involving Joni’s children. She was so saddened by them, that she wanted to bring a hopeful message to those that don’t feel they fall within society’s acceptable norms. Actually, she acknowledges, this could apply to most of us.

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Growing up can be tough when you feel you don’t “fit in” the way others think you should: he’s too old for the shopping cart, too tall for the ride. A mother shares a story with her struggling son to demonstrate that we all truly do fit in a piece of the bigger picture, and what’s more important is following his own heart, rather than how others see him. The story helps the young boy to understand that differences can be strengths and that he really is “just right.” This little book is a gentle reminder to children and adults that thoughtless comments are hurtful and unhelpful, that everyone is unique and that within each person is a special gift or talent. The array of options presented creates an opportunity for parent/child dialogue on my topics from accepting others to exploring a child’s aspirations and dreams. Perhaps you don’t have a pianist’s nimble fingers, but you have strong hands to build bridges and repair roads? Are you slow and methodical like a scientist in a lab, or are you small and quick like a jockey on a racehorse? This loving exchange between a mother and son is an assurance, not only to this little boy, but to all children and grown-ups, that each of us is uniquely special, born to bring a one-of-a-kind gift to this world.

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 Melissa Brown, author of Country Zoo

“Enjoyed this journey!”

Melissa Brown is a six-time award winning Maestro Kindermusik educator. She teaches music to over one hundred students a week. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their beautiful daughter. Writing children’s books has been a hobby since she was twelve. A portion of her royalties from this book will be donated to The Pacer Center, a bullying prevention center for children and teens.

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In the heart of Kentucky, where the grass is blue, there is a country zoo. In this zoo is a runt of a giraffe named Gretchen. Gretchen doesn’t like being so small. She can’t reach the tastiest leaves to eat or play games that the big animals play. When she grows bigger than the other giraffes, new sets of problems arise and she wishes she were small again. Gretchen tries to shrink her neck with a rock, but it only gives her a headache. Growing up is hard and children will laugh watching Gretchen grow accustomed to her new size. Gretchen learns to love herself just the way she is, and we can’t help but fall in love with her as well in this adorable picture book.

Introducing Karen Lee Snyder, author of Loony Lori

“My book Loony Lori was a top item on my bucket list. I am in my late sixties and so I wanted to publish this story. My husband did all the illustrations so it was indeed very special to me. I was amazed at how easy it was and fast with the help of Outskirts Press! I hope to publish a second book within another year. It, too, will deal with the bullying issue. I had reviewed another self-publishing company and felt there was so much more offered through Outskirts Press. Thank you for checking off a big item on my bucket list. My Loony Lori book was a finished product of quality. I have no complaints and believe me… I’m very picky!”

Karen Lee Snyder lives in Lake Elsinore, California with her husband and three small dogs. She has been active in community service for many years, receiving awards for her work with various organizations. She has chaired several boards, including being elected to serve in a public office. She is listed in Marquis’ 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the West. She and her husband collaborated on Loony Lori as author and illustrator. This is their first book.

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Lori is a little different from the other girls in her new third-grade class. She dresses differently, and likes to play with the boys at recess. It’s wonderful when Marsha, one of the popular girls, asks her where she got her beautiful cowboy jacket. They immediately bond, making a cross-your-heart-and-hope-to-die promise to walk home together every day. The next day, Marsha confronts the other girls for calling her new friend “Loony Lori.” But the girls turn against her, and Marsha has to pick a side. Confused, she decides she doesn’t want to be included in the teasing, and avoids Lori. Heartbroken, Lori walks home alone, not understanding why her friend has changed her mind. But Lori has a valuable lesson to learn about the meaning of true friendship. Set in the 1950s, Loony Lori explains the concept of a fair-weather friend in language that children can relate to. Although the clothes and games have changed, children will see that the problems kids face in school and growing up haven’t changed…and that the adults in their lives now were once kids, just like they are. Loony Lori’s accessible and powerful story is brought to life by colorful illustrations that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Introducing Doug Fratianne, Ph.D., author of Being Different

“I was very pleasantly surprised by the rapid and professional way my questions were addressed and solved. This was my first self-published book so I was learning as we proceeded. Even changes that were not part of the normal original plan were allowed, and every step was not completed until I was completely satisfied. I posed a number of questions and every one was addressed to my satisfaction. Every step of the publishing plan seemed logical and well defined. I went from an original contact with Outskirts Press to a finished copy of my book delivered to my address in less than 2 months.”

Doug Fratianne, Ph.D. is retired from a career that spanned thirty years as an educator at the university level. That background did not prepare him for the stories told to him by some of his grandchildren regarding the bullying that goes on in their schools on a daily basis. Learning of the frequency and extent of such situations was something of a revelation. Hearing these stories of bullying, then, formed the motivation to write this book, although the story lines are fictional. While bullying might be considered to be a negative basis for a story, the major emphasis in this book is on personal determination and friendship.

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Being Different follows Trudy through her three years of middle school. She is faced with serious speech difficulties, and she must cope with teasing and bullying from classmates. She befriends a girl who was her most abusive bully with a selfless gesture of good will that converts this girl to a friend. Later, when this new friend faces a serious challenge of her own, the two girls form a closer bond as each play a significant role in helping the other overcome the reason that they are different than their classmates. Both girls show a great deal of courage in overcoming their respective difficulties, which produces an uplifting story of determination and extraordinary friendship. Perhaps Being Different can give hope to other youngsters who face challenges and who are bullied themselves.

Introducing Marcia W. Spilman, author of Holidays in Heaven

“Special thanks to all of you for your guidance in making my first book come to fruition!”

About Marcia W. Spilman: Many holidays are observed throughout the year. With hopes those I have chosen to express in my book truly help comfort someone special in your life.

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Offering comfort during the holidays to children who miss someone special no longer here on earth. They expect us to have answers and a brighter outlook on their loss. That is what inspired me to write “Holidays in Heaven.”