Color The Bard

Journey to the world elsewhere with the colorful, quotable, and timeless words of the bard himself, William Shakespeare. Enjoy coloring thirty-two pages of illustrations that include memorable lines from his sonnets and plays, scenes inspired by the Elizabethan era, and landmarks important to the Bard’s life, like The Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

No artistic skill necessary, because fair is foul, and foul is fair.

The Power of Story Working For You

We help authors create stories that Educate, Inspire, and Inform.

Z Girls Press

Be Inspired

Z Girls Press is the creative fiction imprint of M.K.Z. Books, Inc. and the sister imprint to Calling Card Books.


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Congrats to Our 2019 Independent Press Awards Winners

The Passage at Moose Beach
By Michael Foster

Distinguished Favorite

All About Water:
As Told By The Plumber Who’s Seen It All

By Greg Chick

Distinguished Favorite

About Calling Card Books and Z Girls Press

Calling Card Books is a small hybrid publisher whose Mission is to help authors create stories that enlighten, inspire, and informZ Girls Press  is our fiction imprint that aims to inspire and delight our readers. Our Vision is that books we publish help the general welfare of the reading public by working with authors whose message can transform lives. Our authors are experts who can teach, preach, and inform. Or people whose life story is inspiring and will make a difference in the lives of others when shared. We have an ever-growing list of exciting and informative titles.

We are committed to helping authors create good books and get them to market. If your project is right for either one of our imprints, Calling Card Books for non-fiction and Z Girls Press for creative works, after reviewing your submission we’ll tell you. Then we work very closely with you to make sure your manuscript is the absolute best it can be for your target audience.

We will create a beautiful cover, design the book interior and ebook, announce your project via a press release and publish your print or ebook through Small Press United, the small press division of Independent Publishers Group for distribution to booksellers and others who seek good books.

If your title is not right for CCB, but you like our style, use our A-La-Carte menu of services to see how we can help improve your manuscript so the right publisher will say “yes” or design a beautiful book for those who choose to be an author-publisher.

Our authors get hands-on guidance every step of the way from book idea to editing to final publication. We help authors turn their passion, expertise or idea into an engaging book that doubles as an informative calling card about them. 

Hybrid publishers behave just like traditional publishing companies in all respects, except that we publish books using an author-subsidized business model, as opposed to financing all costs ourselves. In exchange, we return a higher-than-industry-standard share of sales proceeds to the author and produce books that shine in the marketplace.

In other words, a hybrid publisher makes income from a combination of publishing services and book sales.
When your book sells is when we make a profit, it is truly a win/win business model.

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Titles From Calling Card Books

The Billion Dollar Branding Blueprint

By Bernt Ullmann, Chief Brand Accelerator

Often referred to as “The Man Behind the Brands,” Ullmann has been the business acceleration expert trusted by top fashion moguls and CEOs such as Daymond John, Eddie Lampert, and Tommy Hilfiger. His client list includes such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez, The Rolling Stones, Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj, and Steven Tyler.

His debut book will show you everything you need to build a brand that creates lasting wealth.

All About Water

By Greg Chick, LEED AP

This fun illustrated book tells the complete story of water use, re-use, plumbing design and much more. Quit throwing away your money! This book can teach you how to save money, energy, and have cleaner water while doing so. The author is a water expert and advocate, this book as a growing number of 5 star reviews.

Calling Card Books | Tips From A Water Advocate and Plumbing Expert

Titles from Z Girls Press

Color the Bard:

A Coloring Book Featuring the Sonnets, Sound, and Fury of William Shakespeare

By Kate Zarrella

Perfect holiday gift for Shakespeare lovers, Anglophiles, and bookworms!

Journey to the world elsewhere with the colorful, quotable, and timeless words of the bard himself, William Shakespeare. Enjoy coloring thirty-two pages of illustrations that include memorable lines from his sonnets and plays, scenes inspired by the Elizabethan era, and landmarks important to the Bard’s life, like The Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

No artistic skill necessary, because fair is foul, and foul is fair.

What Goes Unseen & Other Tales From Afar

By Sean Minster

From everyday to ethereal, the seven stories in What Goes Unseen & Other Tales From Afar peer into the cracks of life, asking what lurks in the liminal spaces between the known and unknown. Creating a collection of short stories for adults in the vein of Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark, debut author Sean Minster captures the fear, fun, mystery, and murder of campfire tall tales mixed with the intelligence, angst, and nostalgia of his unique perspective.

Z Girls Press | Short Stories for Adult Fans of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Finding The Lost:
Moose Beach Trilogy Book Two

By Michael Foster

Return to the magical world of the Wild Side.

Fourteen-year-old Alicia hears a mysterious voice calling her—or was it a dream? The next day she ventures outside her family’s cabin but is stunned and confused when she finds her parents frozen inside an amber bubble totally unresponsive when she bangs on the barrier and yells to them. Alicia has a gut wrenching feeling that the Wild Side, a magical and dangerous realm, is behind this. She must find mystical Ancients in the magical realm or her parents may be doomed, but can she succeed?

Z Girls Press | Sequel to The Middle Grade Adventure Novel The Passage At Moose Beach

The Passage At Moose Beach

By Michael Foster

Eleven-year-old Alicia encounters unusual, surprising friends and terrifying enemies as she embarks on an unexpected and magical journey in nature. While enjoying the lake with her father, as they do every year, Alicia gets lost during a rainstorm and ends up transported to a different and unfamiliar place with no idea where she is or how she got there

Alicia sets out on a difficult journey to discover a way home, finding compassion and friendship along the way. Though Alicia and her friends work together to overcome challenges and crippling fear, can they find a way to stop “The Drying” which threatens them all?

2019 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite in Teen Fiction

  Z Girls Press | Middle-Grade Adventure Book

A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings

 By Kate Zarrella

 Do you dream of dancing the night away at a ball, strolling through the British countryside, or cuddling up with a warm drink? This is the coloring book for you. With everything from cozy quotes about tea and musings on love to salty insults, you can color or paint your way to sassy serenity with the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen!

This beautiful adult coloring book features 31 pages of scenes, patterns, quotes, and themed line art inspired by Jane Austen’s letters and her beloved books


Z Girls Press | Coloring Book for grownups!

Clyde: The Cat That Came In

From The Cold

By Daphne Stammer

Clyde is the true story of author/illustrator Daphne Stammer’s adopted cat.  Through beautiful narrated illustrations it tells the sweet story of their happy life together. Twenty-five years ago Daphne took in a homeless cat that became her perfect pet. Daphne wanted to share Clyde’s legacy — if you work hard, your dreams can come true! 

Z Girls Press | Illustrated Children’s Book

More From Our Team

The Road To Success

To take a road trip to Success, we will need a destination as well as a GPS. Success is described here as the achievement of a goal. The goals we adopt may be the result of experience, vision or desire. They crystallize our desire to get to a better place.

 Our Founder, Contributor to Jack Canfield’s Entrepreneurship Anthology

A Tangeled Web

The novel is a dystopia that examines a future world where animals and ornamental planting are against the law. It has been descibed as the prelude to George Orwell’s 1984.

Speculative Fiction by Our Founder

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Current Projects for Calling Card Books and Z Girls Press

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