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December 2012

December News from the Home Office 

MAP Fall Author Conference held in Rockland on November 3rd


As with our previous conferences, this year's Fall Author Conference was a great success. Feedback from our authors includes: "Congratulations to all of you on a great conference Saturday. I think you are creating a new model for the future of book publishing and should be very proud of your growth in only four years. The sense of community and mutual support among writers is energizing. I am so pleased to be part of it. Thank you." (Kathryn J. Olmstead)


George Christie said, "I want to thank you all for putting on a wonderful, informative and motivating forum yesterday. It was just great and I believe all who attended were very pleased and most impressed. I heard nothing but well deserved praise. It was certainly well worth the journey to get to Rockland and I enjoyed the day. I've attended many functions with the state through my work and found your first venture in the field to surpass any of my past experiences. I even wore a name tag. Goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks. I'm proud to a be associated with such a fine company as MAPs. Again, thank you all for a job well done."


The day started with a fantastic presentation from Shannon Kinney of Dream Local Digital--have you started your business Facebook page yet?--and ended with an equally interesting presentation from Jen Blood on Amazon and e-book marketing. In between we had informative sessions including "Effective Author Readings" from Katherine Mayfield, "The Top 10 Ideas for Marketing Your Book on the Internet" by Cheryl McKeary and Heather Goss, and "Selling to Stores" by Jeff Foltz, Fred Fruehan, and Jane Karker. Thank you to everyone who came and shared ideas and advice at our New Author Marketing Conference. Thanks also to the Granite Inn for the use of their space and delicious cooking. We hope you can join us in the spring for our next conference. 


New England Independent Booksellers Conference

   We had a great time at the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) conference this year! The conference was held in Providence, RI in early October, where many New England bookstores and publishers gathered. Maine Authors Publishing was proud to be a part of the trade show. We brought positive attention to self-published books, and we were pleased to find that bookstore buyers were interested and excited by our model. We hope to be a part of this yearly conference again.



Thanks to Local Bookstores

To thank and support our customers, local Maine bookstores, MAP took out an advertisement this week in The Bangor Daily News, The Portland Press Herald and The Free Press. Buy local at the following stores and support Maine authors!




Past Summer/Fall Events

This summer/fall has been the most active season by far for
MAP author events, trade show booths and book launchings. They are too numerous to mention them all, but among them are: Jeff Foltz launched his new book Two Men Ten Suns at the USM bookstore, The Community Table was launched at David Crowley Gallery. MAP held tables with many authors at The Common Ground Fair (September), Artfull Gifts tradeshow (November), The Rockland Festival of Lights at The Reading Corner (November) and a multi showing at the new Percy's Burrow grand opening in Topsham (December). Tom Dowd, Denise Moran, Kathleen Fox, Kathleen Ellis, Patrisha McLean, and many others have done signings around the state.



Upcoming Events


Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative will be hosting a table on Saturday, December 22nd at the Bangor Mall from 10 AM to 9 PM. Participating authors are John Cobb, Judith; Cedric Berry, The Hired Man; Jane Harvey Meade, Pipers Song, The Disco King and Glimpses; Jacqueline Davidson, Nets Through Time; Chris Fahy, Branching Out; Rachel O'Laughlin, Coldness of Marek; and Patricia Goodspeed, Pieces of the Dream. They will be in front of Macy's. Jeff Foltz, Birkebeiner and Two Men Ten Suns; and Tom Dowd, Transformation of a Doubting Thomas and From Fear to Success will be holding a separate table. 


There are still three time slots open! Cost $25 each. People are shopping like crazy on this last Saturday before Christmas so please contact us to sign up. MAP staff will offer free gift-wrapping of any book purchased!


Author Event: Cheryl Lampshire - Heart Hound Stories, Sunday, December 9 from 10 AM-Noon at Tatnuck Bookseller Gift Gallery & Caf´┐Ż, Westborough Shopping Center, MA


MAP authors be sure and email us your events so we can include you in our newsletter.


Home Office Happenings

We are sorry to be losing Fred Fruehan who has served as our cooperative coordinator and salesman. We are, however, very happy for Fred who is following a career in writing. He will be assuming a position as a technical writer for MTI Solutions and Consulting in Charlotte, NC starting in January. We have all enjoyed working with Fred and will miss him. 


MAP Fall Catalog Available Online

If you haven't seen our new Fall catalog with over 100 books listed you can download it at



Author News


Katherine Mayfield has created a fundraising campaign for her next book, a support resource for teens who have been bullied. The book will be titled Hope Will Set You Free. Please click here to visit the project and comment, donate, share. Katherine says she hopes that the book will save some young people's lives. Katherine is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Box of Daughter:  Healing the Authentic Self, which was published by MAP earlier this year. She won the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Reader's Favorite Awards-memoir category.


New Fall Arrivals

Here are titles that arrived from September to November.


A Maine Outdoorsman by Matt Curry - Sit in the comfort of your own home and join Matt as he relives his happy adventures in the woods.


Birthday Calendar by Kathleen Fox - A perpetual calendar featuring watercolors of people and places around the St. George peninsula.


Can Elephants Hear Our Secrets by Erika Lewis and Jane Lewis - A charming book about zoo animals and their secret talents, by three generations of the Lewis family: Jane, Erika and Riley.


From Fear to Success: A Practical Public Speaking Guide by Thomas B. Dowd III - Public speakers of all levels will resonate with the concise methods found in this easy to read guide.



Heart Hound Stories by Cheryl Anne Lampshire - A joyous reflection of life with five large breed dogs - one Great Dane and four Irish Wolfhounds.


Hector: The Adventure of a Little Bird Who Needs Glasses by Angela Nickerson, illustrated by Robert Magnus - Hector, a young songbird gets help from chipmunks and other forest animals while he eagerly awaits his new spectacles.


Mutato Nomine by Russell Buker - A collection of poetry depicting mythic hidden within the obvious, and universal within the personal.



The Case Book of Jim Jesson by Jim Jesson - An entertaining, incisive read for those who enjoy law enforcement stories, based on the author's experiences as a policeman.


The Community Table Cookbook by MCH - A collection of recipes and stories from local restaurants, chefs, celebrities and neighbors, with beautiful photography by Patrisha McLean.


The Gr"Attitude" Challenge Workbook by Dr. Joanne Chapman - A companion to Dr. Chapman's CD collection, this workbook allows the reader to reflect while creating a supportive and stimulating environment.


The Rangeley Lakes: Twenty Photo Essays on Love of Land by George Adams - A gifted artist and naturalist combines his photography with short essays, writing about the land he loves.



The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas by Thomas B. Dowd III - Lessons and advice from a businessman on working harder, not smarter, in a corporate environment.


The Yellow Coat by Christina Montano - A boy loves his yellow coat so much that he only takes it off while he sleeps.


Two Men Ten Suns by Jeff Foltz - Two young men, an American and a Japanese, battle their obsessions and flaws to win the first nuclear arms race in this fictional account of a WWII episode. 





Additional books from authors in our Independent Plan include:


A Minnesota Kid by David Butwin - A portrait of a city and culture, this memoir of life in post-war St. Paul depicts the people and events which shaped the author's childhood.


Fear No Evil by Michael H. Cunningham - This 'good vs. evil' novel depicts the pride and ambition Americans have and the lengths they will go to save their country.


Love, Me - The Life of Therese Giroux Deary, a memoir written by her children with Pete McDonald.



Book Awards with Upcoming Deadlines 

2013 New York Book Festival

Deadline: May 25, 2013


Nautilus Book Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2013


If you need assistance with submitting your book for awards, contact Heather (



Happy Holidays


Everyone at Custom Museum Publishing and Maine Authors Publishing wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.



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
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