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August 2012



Custom Museum Publishing (logo) Custom Museum Publishing (logo) We dedicate this newsletter edition to author and artist William "Bill" Bariss Martin. Bill was born in 1923 and passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends on June 29th.  Bill was a renaissance man and we were proud to have helped him publish his book in 2011.


August News from the Home Office


MAP Welcomes New Team Members

Please welcome two new employees to Maine Authors Publishing: Fran Hodgkins, Customer Service Representative and Heather Goss, Customer Service Representative and Publicist.


 Fran grew up in Massachusetts, where she graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism. Soon after graduation, she went to work at the educational publisher Silver Burdett Ginn, a six-week temporary job that lasted four years and served as the basis of a long career in educational publishing. It also inspired her to pursue her interest in writing for children; she has since written 20 books for young readers. Among her books are Andre, the Famous Harbor Seal (Down East), If You Were My Baby (Dawn Publications), and How People Learned to Fly (HarperCollins). She has worked as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin and McDougall Littell and served as an executive editor at the development house in Maryland. Finally, she came home to New England and settled in Rockport, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and four cats. 
Custom Museum Publishing (logo)Heather is a native of Rockport, Maine. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she focused on creative writing. While in college she studied abroad in London for a semester, and interned in the publicity department at Bloomsbury Publishing for one month. Heather has also had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain, and participate in an exchange program to Japan. She was employed at Sherman's Books and Stationery in Camden for many years, and enjoys bringing her hands-on experiences and insight to Maine Authors Publishing. She enjoys listening to indie music, kayaking, skiing, knitting and reading.


Andrew Maxcy Leaves MAP

  On a bittersweet note, we will be losing our wonderful staff member, Andrew Maxcy, from our Rockland home office as he leaves to pursue a Master's in English Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Fortunately, Andrew will be able to work with us remotely, performing Amazon uploads and e-Book formatting. He'll also assist in our new project, Boston Writers Publishing (see below). Andrew has contributed immensely to the organizational and creative growth of Maine Authors Publishing during his time here. We cheer him on in his pursuit of an academic life!


Maine Authors Publishing Joins Booksellers Association

Custom Museum Publishing (logo) Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative is now a member of New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA). This organization connects publishers, bookstores and book reps throughout New England and New York. NEIBA publishes the New England Independent Bestseller list which many stores use, and also sponsors an annual book award for fiction, non-fiction, and children's genres. We will be hosting a trade show table with some of our staff at the NEIBA fall conference in October. This is very exciting for us and our authors. For more information, visit


Just Launched: Boston Writers Publishing

Custom Museum Publishing (logo) Maine Authors Publishing has expanded beyond state lines into Massachusetts, opening a division called Boston Writers Publishing. Our branch office is located at 14 Spring St. in Waltham, MA and is connected to the wonderful Waltham Library there. Boston Writers Publishing will provide the same great design, distribution and printing services to Bostonian authors and we rely on our authors to spread the word as we develop a national brand and to eventually widen retail opportunities for all our authors. The more authors we have within our company, the better able we are to continue to provide all our authors with quality services and to keep them affordable for all.

Check out our developing website at Please spread the word to Massachusetts writers that we are now available in the Boston area!


New Summer Arrivals

Here are titles that arrived throughout July and August.
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Tapestry by Cady Elizabeth Arnold - a fantasy tale involving a battle-scarred huntsman who finds a young girl in the forest, and together they must stop a rebellion against a king, all while navigating the social protocols of palace life.

The Merchant of the Medomak by Mark W. Biscoe - an honest and in-depth history of Waldoboro, Maine, compiled by an active member of the Waldoborough Historical Society.

Here and Away by Deborah Cummins - a gathering of personal essays and lyrical meditations that span the several years during which this summer visitor becomes a cottage renter and finally a homeowner on Deer Isle, Maine. 


Harry Stump: Maine's Psychic Sculptor by Lloyd Ferriss with Rita Harper Stump - a detailed journey into the life of one of Maine's biggest secrets written by an experienced journalist. 



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Beowulf of Maine by Kathleen Fox - a children's book that introduces the story of the Old English epic poem with the unique flair of Newfoundland dog Beowulf.


Reaching for Quiet by Roland Labrie - a collection of poems at once sensitive and evocative that emphasizes the contrast between presence and absence.


The Light Relaxes into Evening by Kendall Merriam - a poetry book that beautifully captures the human condition. 






Additional books from authors in our Independent Plan and Print Plan include:


All Fall Down, The Brandon deWilde Story by Patrisha McLean - a stunning biography of the little boy who was called "King of the Child Stars" before the age of 12.

Camping at Balsam Cove by Jeanette Gray - a children's book chronicling a boy's summer fun at a Maine campground.

Confessions of a Maine Brat by Bill Randall - one man's recollections about growing up a Maine "brat".

Inside Poland Springs by Mel and Cindi Robbins - the story of bringing new life to the Poland Springs Resort.

Sunlit Thoughts by Linden O'Ryan - a compilation of original watercolor post cards.

Southeast to Panama by Robert Devine - a man gets more than he bargains for when he agrees to help a friend deliver an aged catamaran via the Panama Canal.



Jean Ann Pollard, author and illustrator of The New Maine Cooking, reports: "On August 17, a showing of my Gaia Series paintings will open at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, also in Belfast on Main Street." Jean Ann's book is available at the gallery for purchase.

Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show - Hot on the heels of the Lobster Festival the 10th annual Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors Show, was held August 10-12 at Rockland's Harbor Park. 
Authors who scheduled signings included: Darcy Scott, Matinicus: An Island Mystery; Christina Montano, The Yellow Coat ; Jo Ann Simon, Beloved Captain; John W. Bradford, The 1607 Popham Colony's Pinnace Virginia;  Kevin Mills, Breakwater and Sons and Daughters of the Ocean; Betsy Bowen, Spring Bear: a novella;
Eleanor Motley Richardson, North Haven Summers: An Oral History and Mechanic Street: Uncovering the History of a Maine Neighborhood; Kendall Merriam, The Illustrated Dictionary of Lobstering and The Maritime Poems; John R. Cobb, Judith: A Quoddy Tale; Jack O'Mara, Whitewater Opera: Death Comes to the Allagash; Kathleen Fox, Beowulf of Maine.


For other events, see our website. Be sure to let us know of your events so we can post them to our calendar.

Book Awards with Upcoming Deadlines
Entry deadline: August 31, 2012
Entry fee: $95/book per category


Hints and Tips


Facebook Tips

If you don't have a "Professional" Facebook page (different from your personal page), you may want to think about doing one. This can have the picture of your book and you can have friends "Like" your page. This provides a more professional look for you as an author. You can post events and exciting news about your book. To keep it interesting, post information about other authors or tips about how you self-published your book. Remember self promotion is important, but it is also good to talk about more than just your book.


Do you know how to tag people on Facebook? Using the status-tagging tool will let the person or company know when they are being mentioned. This provides interaction with more friends. Use the @ symbol in front of the name such as @maineauthorspublishing.




If you are a member of LinkedIn, a group to join is This is a group for writers who have independently published their own books or who are interested in doing so.


Self-publishing for Maine Writers

Adult Ed/Library courses throughout Maine 

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Coming Soon!

We will soon have a new community forum on our website strictly for our authors to share stories, ask questions and more. This will take the place of our Author Pod on Facebook and allow authors not a part of Facebook to join in on 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


Genie Dailey, Editor/Consultant

Lindy Gifford
Graphic Designer
Heather Goss
Customer Service Representative
Fran Hodgkins
Customer Service Representative 

Tom Jordan, Business Manager

Andrew Maxcy
Distribution Supervisor

Cheryl McKeary, Marketing & Media Specialist