Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Anne Toole

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Anne Toole, who has published three successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about Anne Toole, her teaching background and how that inspired her to write her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

author (5)About the Author:

Ms. Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina and the University of Georgia with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in a first-grade classroom in Augusta, Georgia for 30 years. As a child, she loved to listen to nursery rhymes and stories written in rhyme. When she became a teacher, she used nursery rhymes and simple poems in her class to enhance the regular Language Arts curriculum. After retiring, Anne worked part-time for three years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. She is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has also traveled in Northern Africa and the Middle East. She presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

cover (39)The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird

Anne Toole’s first published book, The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be a Bird follows Little Bird as he wanted something else to be, instead of a bird in a tree. He knew what he had to do, so off he flew, to search for another kind of animal he would rather be. Read the story and you shall see, which animal he chose to be.

Product details…
Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 31 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478756373
ISBN13: 9781478756378
Genre: ARCHITECTURE / Adaptive Reuse & Renovation

cover (40)The Frog That Lost His Croak

A little frog that loved to croak night and day, was very sad when his croak suddenly went away. While waiting and hoping for his croak to return, what valuable lessons did the little frog learn? Anne’s second book is a fun children’s story with a great message.

Product details…
Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 25 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 24, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478764139
ISBN13: 9781478764137
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Frogs & Toads

cover (42)A Dog Named Cat

A little dog named Cat Wondered how he got a name like that! From other animals, he had found that cats weren’t very nice to be around. Another name he wished he had, because being named Cat made him mad! What did the little dog do to change his name to something new?

Product details…
Format: 7 x 10 color paperback, 25 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 20, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478773391
ISBN13: 9781478773399
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Kathie Brown

This holiday season, we continue to feature authors who have taken advantage of the 2015 Holiday Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Edition ad. Co-op ads offer authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of motivated book lovers!

The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Kathie Brown. When writing a children’s book that focuses on cancer, Brown combines empathy and knowledge to bring a new light to the subject and help children understand and cope with the disease in her book Stuffles B. Snippet Joins the Fight. 

About the Author

Kathie Brown, a military wife, taught 40 years in the primary grades and at the university level. While battling cancer herself, she saw a need for children to better understand the disease. Kathie and her husband Mike reside in Stafford, Virginia. They have two children and six grandchildren. She is also the author of The Diary of Stuffles B. Snippet.

Stuffles B. Snippet Joins the Fight

cover (1)In Brown’s book Stuffles B. Snippet Joins the Fight, children follow Emily’s battle through the eyes of her best friend. Emily’s best friend is her serious-looking brown teddy bear, Stuffles B. Snippet. When Emily is diagnosed with cancer, Stuffles is with her every step of the way—from doctors’ appointments, medical tests, treatments and even a hospital stay—helping her through some tough times. Along the way, they meet new friends who spread cheer throughout the hospital. These include two therapy dogs, Batdog Archie and Goldie, and the special people who care for cancer patients.

Stuffles learns about CAT scans, biopsies and chemotherapy. He writes notes in his red diary to bring smiles and laughter to Emily. But why is this silly bear wearing a ridiculous long blond wig and a green gown? Why does he have some of his stuffing taken out? Find out in Stuffles B. Snippet Joins the Fight, a book that helps children dealing with cancer better understand the disease and its treatment in a fun and comforting way.



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New Illustration Styles for Self-Publishing Children’s Book Authors

Outskirts Press is proud to introduce 16 new illustration styles to our ever-expanding custom illustration packages. This brings the available styles to choose from to almost 40!

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VOTE NOW: Self Publishing Book Cover Contest – October 2010

Have you been told you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?  You can here!  This Book Cover Contest is hosted by Outskirts Press, America’s fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company.

The following six select books were published last month with the Pearl or Diamond package.  View all of the covers in alphabetical order below and vote for your favorite book cover.  The author of the winning book cover will win a free Book Teaser, courtesy of Outskirts Press.

Voting begins now!  Votes will be tracked through the end of the month and the winner will be announced in the first week of November.




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New Children’s Book Illustration Package for Self Publishing Authors

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing and book marketing company, adds a new style to its growing supply of original illustration packages for children’s book authors, bringing the total choices to 25.

With twenty-five different artistic styles to choose from, one of the major obstacles to children’s publishing is now gone. Divided between two different pricing tiers for both the budget-conscious and the value-focused, Outskirts Press removes all the guesswork from full-color self-publishing.

“Finally, it is economically feasible to publish a full-color children’s book,” says Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson. “The prices are affordable,  the artwork is extraordinary and the value is out of this world.”

The best part? The author does not have to split their royalty earnings with the artist, which they would usually have to do with other publishers and independent children’s illustrators. 

In addition to the full-color Pearl publishing package and the twenty-five total illustration styles, Outskirts Press offers a wide variety of other publishing and marketing packages for just about any publishing need. Visit to see samples and pricing of the illustration styles now available. 

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Self Publishing a Children’s Book Just Got Easier, with 24 Illustration Packages Available from Outskirts Press

August 10, 2010, Denver, CO –Outskirts Press, Inc. (, the fastest-growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced the addition of three brand new full-color illustration packages for self-publishing children’s book authors seeking affordable, award-winning illustration services. This brings the total available styles to 24.

 “Even with advances in POD publishing, self-publishing an illustrated children’s book has been challenging for authors because of the artwork,” Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson states.  “Finding the right artistic style, negotiating rights with the artist, absorbing the expense, praying the artist delivers the artwork in a reasonable time  – these were among the most daunting facets of children’s publishing. No longer!  Outskirts Press now offers an amazingly simple solution for all children’s book writers, regardless of where they plan to publish — 24 custom illustration packages.”

One of the major obstacles to children’s publishing is now gone. Divided between two different pricing tiers for both the budget-conscious and the value-focused, Outskirts Press removes all the guesswork and frustration from self-publishing an illustrated children’s story.   Perhaps most newsworthy, authors do not have to split their royalty earnings with the artist, which they would usually have to do with other publishers and independent children’s illustrators.

“Finally, it is economically feasible to publish a full-color children’s book with award-winning artwork,” Sampson continues. “The prices are affordable, the artwork is extraordinary, and the value is out of this world. And you don’t even have to publish with Outskirts Press to order these illustration packages, although we’ll give you a 15% discount on your illustrations if you do.”

Once the illustrations are complete, authors choosing to publish with Outskirts Pres can take advantage of the full-color Pearl book publishing package at Outskirts Press, which pays 100% royalties while offering high-quality color publishing in both paperback and hardback formats.

In addition to the full-color book publishing package and 24 illustration packages, Outskirts Press offers a wide variety of writing, black-and-white publishing, and marketing services for any writer’s needs. Visit the all-new Outskirts Press at to learn more.

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