Publishing, submissions, Writing

Call for 2018 Publications

Yes, that says 2018, and the list keeps growing.  We welcome all ideas and manuscripts.  Unfortunately, we cannot publish them all at once, but we do think ahead for the next year. #crystalpubs2014

Currently, we are looking for children’s books that explore and celebrate diversity; YA books on current topics; adult fiction and non-fiction.  Children’s historical non-fiction is gaining popularity, so if you have an idea, pitch it to us.

If you are thinking of writing a novel or have one underway, please check our style guide posted on our website  The cleaner the original copy the faster we can process and publish.  Our style guide is supplemented by the OCC Style Guide which more closely represents what we are looking for in the editing process.



back to school, bully, changing schools, children's humor, Corbin Hillam, friendly mushrooms, Halloween, Halloween Fair, illness, Jo Fontana, magic wand, moving, school, Trick or treating, turtle monkey, unfriendly mushrooms

Where is Turtle Monkey This Weekend?

The Ross-University Hills Branch Library is hosting a Jo Fontana Turtle Monkey Book Release.

When?  October 15 1-3pm

Where? 4310 E Amherst Avenue, Denver, CO


Books in the series include:

Turtle Monkey and the Big Move

Turtle Monkey and the Unfriendly Mushrooms

AND just in time for Halloween, the hilarious tale of

A Turtle Monkey Halloween.

Brenda Hodnett, Lotus Design, Romance

Hodnett to Launch New Romance

Brenda Hodnett is releasing her latest romance, Blemished Beauty.  Get your copy now at  Signed copies will be available at the launch.  Help support local talent!

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More Romance in Your World?

Please welcome Keri Bjorklund De Deo, author of the forthcoming romance, Nothing but a Song.


Keri De Deo is a writer, editor, and online educational designer for teaching writing, grammar, and research. She loves technology and finding innovative teaching methods. In 2012, she won the Master Distance Educator Award for NWCCD in Wyoming. Keri De Deo also teaches on-line and traditional English classes at Sheridan College at Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD). She earned her MA in English from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and her BA in English at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has taught courses in composition, drama, developmental writing, and English as a second language. Before working on her MA degree, she was an editor at an advertising agency in Lincoln, Nebraska and ran her own tutoring business. Keri spends her free time writing, playing various instruments, and as much time as possible outdoors. Keri is also a writer, E-learning Consultant, ESL and Composition instructor,  and an accomplished musician. She is the owner/operator of Keri’s Consulting.


back to school, Children's literature, Corbin Hillam, ecology, Education, empathy, entertainment, environment, exploration, Osbornes, recycle, school, science

Jake Saves the World!

Jake the Happy Trash Truck has a very important job. He picks up the trash in his neighborhood to help keep his town clean and safe. Jake is very good at his job and takes pride in helping those around him.

What makes trash fun?  Jake the Happy Trash Truck, of course.  Follow Jake as he takes on trash troubles and recycles them to perfection.

This is the perfect book to teach recycling and the value of our environment.  Appropriate for all ages, superhero included.

Follow the adventures of Jake at

Now on sale at  Also available in Spanish.

adventure, animal lovers, Animals, Ashley Young, bully, children's humor, Deanna Estes, Ellen, Ellen Raine, empathy, peacocks, young writers

Time to Shine!

Once upon a time, in a dry brown desert…

Lucas tries and tries, but he just can’t fit in.  Until…Splat! changes his life.

Forthcoming from Crystal Publishing, LLC.

ecology, landfill, nature, Osbournes, recycle, trash

Got Trash? You Need Jake

Jake is the happiest trash truck around.  He will gladly take your trash and recycle it.  How better to teach your children the value of recycling?

On sale now at