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April 2012

April News from the Home Office


Jane Karker Presenting at Grub Street

MAP president Jane Karker will be presenting at Grub Street's 11th annual "Muse and the Marketplace" literary conference, which will be held May 5-6, 2012 at the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston.


Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States. Jane will be presenting "A Cooperative Model of Self-Publishing: The Real Deal and How We Did It" at a Saturday afternoon "Hour of Power" session. The Muse and the Marketplace is a two-day literary conference designed for authors.


Office Happenings


We have been extremely busy with all the new books for the Spring but we took out time to pose for a staff picture.

Custom Museum Publishing (logo)


Top row: David Allen, Jane Karker, Colleen Conlan, Tom Jordan, Cheryl McKeary; Bottom row: Andrew Maxcy, Lindy Gifford


Here's some of the highlights for the past month:

  • David has totally redesigned our catalog in a larger format. It has been printed and delivered to the hands of book buyers ready to start the book-buying season.
  • We are revamping our online catalog to make it easier for readers to purchase your titles.
  • We've set up appointments to show your books to stores in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to ensure buyers take our catalog--and your books--seriously.
  • What this all means is that your books will be more accessible, something that should greatly increase book sales. Orders are already coming in!


 David Allen's Featured Artwork


Custom Museum Publishing (logo)We're proud to announce that our art director, David Allen, has work featured in Maine Home + Design's Annual Art Issue (April 2012, on newsstands now). The section is entitled "Show Stoppers" and features sixty Maine artists.


Springtime Arrivals

Here are titles that arrived during the late winter and early spring.

Bill Packard
­- Daylight Saving Time, a down-to-earth guide to effective time-management for small businesses.

George Christie - I'm Just Sayin', an outrageous comedy about Maine guaranteed to make readers laugh until they cry.

Tracie Hanson - New World Baby series, available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, these books with their bright colors and big fonts are designed to teach infants and toddlers basic foreign language words.

Alice Ingraham
- Edgar Allan's Murder, an insider's guide to a crow's life written by Edgar Allan Crow himself.
John Cobb
- Judith, a marine adventure where widower Ray Winn must fight his grief while being wary of an alleged sea wraith that preys on the souls of lost and lonely fishermen.*

M. J. Bronstein - Fotoplay!, a unique coloring and activity book for young children.

Jacqueline Davidson
- Nets Through Time, a cross-cultural, in-depth look into netting techniques past and present, with an emphasis on Maine traditions.

Kirsten Transcribes - Being an Account of the Travels Travails and Decent Pleasures Encountered by Harry H. Lebow, 1st Lt. MC, A.V.S Incidental to the Pursuit of His Military Duties, a WWII diary whose title speaks for itself. 

Christa Marden - Silk Pumps & Black Boots, a memoir recalling the horrors of the Nazi regime from a non-Jewish perspective and the chance meeting of a Holocaust survivor. 

Vernon Kelly
- The Art of Intimacy, a book about affect psychology that explores shame and its effects on human relationships.


Susan Van Alsenoy - Learning Without Boundaries, an informative book exposing readers to the conditions that confront individuals who learn differently as they pursue their education.  


Kim Raikes - The Quadrant Volume 1: At the Mother of Waters, the first part of a three-volume narrative about a journey spanning 19th Century New England and the high seas that challenges societal conceptions.*

Jane Harvey Meade - Piper's Song, a poetical memoir about struggling with over twenty-five years of spousal abuse.


*Also available as e-books for Kindle and/or Smashwords.


Darcy Scott received a favorable review in Kirkus for her upcoming crime mystery Matinicus. It reads, in part, "Scott's prose crackles with energy, and her sense of place is superb...The kind of book readers will tear through, only to find themselves hungry for more."


Whitewater Opera: Death Comes to the Allagash by Jack O'Mara got a nice mention and cover shot in the IMPERAT�FS section of Portland magazine (April edition).


Bill Bushnell wrote a great review for Jane Harvey Meade's book, The Summer of the Disco King, calling it "a well-written, light-hearted mystery that successfully combines suspense with romance and humor." The review appeared in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

Self-publishing for Maine Writers

Adult Ed/Library courses throughout Maine 







Mt. Desert



Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library

(call 207-324-4714 to register)



Brunswick High School Adult Ed



Rangeley Library

Amazon Information

We recommend that authors place their books on Amazon. Our Amazon sales have more than doubled in the last quarter. Once your book appears there, it can be beneficial for you to set up an Author Page to help promote your book. You can check out the program and sign up through Author Central. If you need help with this, we can set up your Author Page for you for a nominal fee. Contact Cheryl for further details.


Upcoming Events


Poets Speak

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time: 4:30 - 8:00 pm

Place: In the Bangor Public Library's Lecture Hall


More than twenty-five well-known and emerging poets, along with University of Maine students and community members, will join voices at the ninth annual POETS/SPEAK! on Thursday, April 21 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library. The annual reading is sponsored by the library in celebration of National Poetry Month.Three of our poets are featured: Kendall Merriam, Kathleen Ellis, and Carol Bachofner. Click here for more information.


If you have an upcoming event, speaking engagement or news about your book, please email Andrew so we can include you in our next enewsletter.


Find us on FacebookJoin the conversation!

Have you joined our Author Pod Group? This is a closed group, for co-op authors only. Our co-op members are using this group to organize book signings and other author events. Social networking at its best! To join the group, first send a friend request to Cheryl McKeary. She will invite you to join the group. Feel free to post your own events and ideas here--it's your group!


Do you have questions or knowledge you'd like to share? 
 Become a fan and join the conversation!


About Maine Authors Publishing
Maine Authors Publishing, located in Rockland, produces and markets books for self-publishing authors. Maine Authors Cooperative is a program within the company that offers catalog and fulfillment services to get self-published books into Maine bookstores.

Please contact me today if you'd like to learn more about self-publishing your own book.


Jane Karker, Owner
Maine Authors Publishing and Custom Museum Publishing
(207) 594-0091
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Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative
& Custom Museum Publishing Inc.

558 Main St. Rockland, ME 04841
Fax 207-226-2015


Contact us today to learn how you can self-publish your own book! 


Jane Karker, President


David Allen, Art Director


Colleen Conlan, Publicity and Co-op Coordinator


Genie Dailey, Editor/Consultant

Lindy Gifford
Graphic Designer

Tom Jordan, Business Manager

Andrew Maxcy
Distribution Supervisor

Cheryl McKeary, Marketing & Media Specialist