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.

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Paperback
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.

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Paperback
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?

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Paperback
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!

Can you imagine YOUR children’s book with original, affordable full-color illustrations?  Have you been looking high and low for professional, full-color illustrations that are affordable and where you do not have to split your royalties with the artist? Look no further. Outskirts Press can help. Our illustration services are available to all authors, regardless of where your book was published.

To view all the illustration styles and pricing, visit our art page at http://outskirtspress.com/p/art

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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 www.outskirtspress.com/art 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. (www.outskirtspress.com), 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 http://outskirtspress.com to learn more.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company, offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and children’s book authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Leading Self-Publishing Company Introduces Nine New Illustration Styles to the Delight of Children’s Storybook Authors Everywhere

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing self-publishing and book marketing company, adds nine new styles to its growing supply of original illustration packages for children’s book authors, bringing the total choices to 23, all available for a 23% discount during a limited time introductory promotion.

March 2, 2010, Denver, CO – Solidifying its position as the leading self-publisher of choice for black/white books and now full-color children’s books, Outskirts Press, Inc. (www.outskirtspress.com), the fastest-growing self-publishing and book marketing company, today announced a new suite of nine full-color illustration styles, bringing the total available styles to twenty-three.

For a limited time, all twenty-three styles are available for an instant 23% discount during an introductory promotion period.  Visit www.outskirtspress.com/monthly_promotion.html for the promotion code and deadline.

“Up until now, self-publishing an illustrated children’s book has been very difficult, even with the advances in print-on-demand publishing,” 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 parts of children’s publishing. It shouldn’t be that way, and now Outskirts Press offers children’s authors an amazingly simple solution.”

With twenty-three different artistic styles to choose from, twenty-one of them in full-color, 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,” Sampson continues. “The prices are affordable,  the artwork is extraordinary and the value is out of this world.”

Perhaps most newsworthy, 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-three total illustration styles, Outskirts Press offers a wide variety of other publishing and marketing packages for just about any publishing need. Visit www.outskirtspress.com/art to see samples and pricing of the illustration styles now available.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, an Inc. 500 company, offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and children’s book authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

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Self Publishing Book Spotlight: Bailey’s Day

Robert Haggerty’s first juvenile fiction, Bailey’s Day, entertainingly answers the question: what does your dog do all day when you go to work, and prompts dog owning children to imagine the possibilities of what really goes on with their pets when they’re not looking.

In Bailey’s Day, published by Outskirts Press, first time author Robert Haggerty speculates for his beginning readers about what actually happens when Bailey’s owner sets off to work. Hardly one to sleep all day, Bailey, a black and white pointer, sets off herself for a day of child pleasing adventures.Haggerty’s age appropriate text is accompanied by delightful, full color illustrations as well as photographs of the real life Bailey as it tells the tale of Bailey hooking up with her best friend, the wiener dog Frankie. All goes well with their visit to the swimming pool, their romp through the park, and their feast of tacos with Pete, The Taco Man, until Bailey suddenly runs into her owner, the mailman, out on his rounds.

Written for parents or teachers of children just beginning to read, author Haggerty takes careful measure with vocabulary building and with the pace and length of his sentences while still encouraging young readers’ imaginations to take off in flight about what their dogs do when they’re off at school for the day.

Bailey’s Day will be a hit, as well, with any parents or teachers who themselves have ever loved a dog.

About the Author:
 
Robert Haggerty lives in Tucson, Arizona, and has been a mailman for more than twenty years. Bailey’s Day is his first children’s book.

For more information or to contact the author, please visit www.outskirtspress.com/bailey.

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair for Self-Publishing Writers

Is your book right for Bologna?

Considerations:

Attending international book fairs personally is often cost-prohibitive for self-publishing writers when you factor in expenses such as airfare, hotel, food, and transportation. And those are just the costs of going international. Then there are the costs of the exhibit itself, like the exhibition fees, the exhibition stand, and the “giveaways” (often called “freebies” or “schwag.”)

Advantages:

But book fairs are also the place where self-published authors can “be discovered.”  Outskirts Press helps its authors place their books at 5 international book fairs for a reasonable cost. We’ll discuss each of them in detail this week.

The first is the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and is the world’s leading book fair focusing solely on children’s publishing with a focus on the sale of rights and international co-productions.  Outskirts Press first offered this opportunity to 5 select authors last year as a pilot program to see the results. 4 out of 5 of the authors received an impressive number of leads from international/domestic publishers, editors, and agents.

We were so encouraged by the results that this year, we are offering the Bologna Children’s Book Fair as a marketing option for all our published children’s book writers.   To increase your chances for success, your book must have full color illustrations inside the book to participate.  Therefore, only our Pearl Full Color books are eligible.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair occurs in March in Italy and hosts over 1400 international exhibitors and may be instrumental in forging industry connections or negotiating agreements or licenses for your work.

When you order the Bologna Children’s Book Fair from the Marketing Options Screen of your Author’s Center your book will receive valuable, face-out exposure on an exclusive shelf with 4 other Outskirts Press titles and a representative will be on-hand to personally answer questions about your book. Outskirts Press will provide the necessary copies of the book and all the necessary contact information for both the author and publisher, so interested parties can make further contact, during or after the fair. All inquiries Outskirts Press receives about your book will be forwarded directly to you for personal follow-up.

If you are a published Children’s book author with Outskirts Press and interested in exhibiting your book with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, you can register for this event conveniently from your author’s center Marketing Options screen. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first served basis.  Due to the specific requirements of Bologna, this event is not a part of our Global Marketing Tour package and must be registered for separately if you are interested.