Publishing Newsletter for Independent Authors

December, 2014 - Vol 4, Issue 5
In This Issue
Fall/Winter Catalogs
Recent Events and Promotions
Upcoming Events
New Books
Upcoming Classes
Animals and Authors
For MAP/BWP Members Only
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Jane Karker, President
Cheryl McKeary, Managing Editor
David Allen, Art Director
Kelly Brooks-Bay, Events Coordinator
Morgen Benz, Bookkeeper
Genie Dailey, Editorial Consultant
Lindy Gifford, Graphic Designer
Nikki Giglia, Customer Service Rep
Dan Karker, Distribution/Editing Supv.

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Happy New Year 2014
Winter in Maine



The snow has begun, the weather is turning cold (although what is cold to New Englanders?), and our authors are working hard to make it a festive holiday season by greeting their friends, family and potential readers at book signings and events throughout Maine and Massachusetts.



What's Changed?
For those of you who have received our newsletter in the past, you may notice a slight difference in the look of the newsletter. We are pleased to add Boston Writers Publishing logo to our header. We are up and running in our Waltham, MA office although currently most communication is from our Rockland, Maine office. We have many new authors from the Boston area and the reception to bookstores has been very positive. Be sure to check out our website at This newsletter will include information on both companies.
New Fall/Winter Catalogs are Out

With the Fall/Winter season in full swing, our catalogs have been printed and shipped to local bookstores in both Maine and Massachusetts. We think you'll love some of the new books--there is something for everyone. If you haven't seen a copy, you can download the Maine Authors Publishing catalog here and the Boston Writers Publishing catalog here.







Recent Events and Promotions


Marketing and promoting your book at local craft shows, book signings, in newspapers, and on TV is a great way to get in front of your readers. Read about some of the events and promotions our staff and authors have been involved in.


Cheryl Lampshire shows her book,
Heart Hound Stories, while posing with visitors to the Boston Writers Publishing booth at the Boston Book Festival.

  • September 19-21 - Common Ground Fair, Unity Maine. Thirteen authors from Maine Authors Publishing presented their books at this fair.
  • October 25 - Boston Book Festival, Copley Square. Twelve authors from Boston Writers Publishing attended.
  • November 8, Second Annual Self-Publishers Forum at the Falmouth Memorial Library. MAP president, Jane Karker, was one of the panelists.
  • November 16-17 - Maine Library Association Conference, Bangor Maine. Fifteen authors displayed their books at this event.
  • November 21-22 - New England Museum Association Conference attended by Jane Karker.

Great promotion about our authors and their books makes headlines in many areas. Click on the individual link to read the article.
  • News article about Peter Pfeiffer, Hard Chance Portland Press Herald
  • Fly & Rod posted excerpt from Peter Pfeiffer's Hard Chance.
  • TV interview on WAGM TV with David Estey, "Whoop and Drive 'er"
  • Book Review: Gordon Donaldson's From Schoolhouse to Schooling System Portland Press Herald, September 28, 2014. 
  • November 22 - interview with John and Marisue Pickering WVOM, 103.9  Maine - Beyond the Usual.
  • December - Downeast Dog News - article about The Tennis Ball TreesChristopher Lockwood.
  • 2014 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival Honorable Mentions go to Christopher Lockwood (The Tennis Ball Trees) and Betsey Anderson (Maggie Goes to Maine).

Kelly Brooks-Bay, Kathryn Olmstead, Philomena Baker,
Laurel Ames and John Cobb at the MLA/MASL Joint Library Conference in Bangor.

Upcoming Events
  • December 7, Barbara Walsh, Rhoda's Rescue, Winthrop Grade School Craft Fair 9 am-noon

  • December 11 - Carol Manchester, Joseph K. Manchester, Northern Son in the South 1861-1863, program speaker, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 7 pm
  • December 12 - Barbara Walsh, Rhoda's Rescue, Portland Jetport 9 am-2 pm

  • December 12 - Barbara WalshRhoda's Rescue, Sherman's, Freeport 5-8 pm

  • December 13 - Barbara Walsh, Rhoda's Rescue, Sherman's Portland, 10 am-1 pm
  • December 13 - Roberta S. Kuriloff, Everything Special, Living Joy 2 pm at Bookstacks, Bucksport, ME
  • December 13 - Paige Pendleton, Star of Wonder and illustrator Thomas Block, book signing and Art Sale at The Newkirk Inn, Wiscasset 1-4 pm
  • December 13 - David C. Weiss, A Heart on Fire, reading at The Center for Wisdom's Women, Lewiston, 7 pm
  • December 14 - Barbara Walsh, Rhoda's Rescue, Kittery Trading Post 10-2 pm

  • December 15 - Brooke Pacy, Vanishing Act 1-3 pm at Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, ME
  • December 15 (signup date) - One of MAP's authors, award-winning memoirist Katherine Mayfield, will be teaching a six-week online memoir-writing class beginning in January. This class will cover topics like how to choose a theme, how to make your writing more compelling, the importance of reflection, and specific techniques for writing memoir. The class also includes individualized feedback on your writing. By the end of the class, you'll be well on your way to completing your memoir. No driving in snow is necessary!  Cost is $200 for the six weeks, and signup must be completed by December 15th. For more information, visit
  • December 20 Martha Couture, Parker the Pig Series 9:30-12:30 at Bundle Children's Boutique, North Berwick ME.


New Book Arrivals August - November 2014 by Authors in our  MAP Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website or from your local bookstore.

The Besieged, Christopher W. Morin, fiction. A short story about the struggle between man, beast, and nature.


Destination Unknown, Gay M. Grant, biography. The account of a child evacuee during the Second World War in England.


Everything Special, Living Joy, Roberta S. Kuriloff, poetry. Inspiring poetry and prose about how we look at life.


Granny Peaches Teaches, Jenny Brown, children's. Granny Peaches teaches her grandchildren how to handle tough life situations using bible lessons.




Hard Chance, Peter Pfeiffer, nonfiction. A memoir about an independent tree farmer in northern Maine.


The Maine Review, Katherine Mayfield, editor, periodical. A literary magazine, publishing short fiction, poetry, essays, and creative.


The Muffin Recipes Revealed!, Susan A. Starr, cookbook. A muffin cookbook and memoir about the challenges of running an inn.


Parker Plays Dress-up, Martha Couture, children's. The third book in the Parker the Pig series.



The Perfect Christmas Tree, Robert Bartles, children's. A heartwarming story of one man's search for the perfect tree.


Rhoda's Rescue, Barbara Walsh, children's. Rhoda is an unusual owl who uses her gifts to help her fellow forest animals.


Santa and the Little Yellow Mouse, Robert Bartles, children's. The story of how a special little mouse learns about the true meaning of Christmas.




Tapestry II: Entwined by the Beast, Cady Elizabeth Arnold, fiction. Discover what a knight will risk when his wife and daughter are abducted for revenge in this sequel to Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue.


Vanishing Act, Brook Pacy, fiction. A photographer on the brink of celebrity suddenly disappears from Nantucket Island.


Voting Down the Rose, Anne B. Gass, nonfiction. A lively account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse's fight for woman's suffrage.


"Whoop and Drive 'er", David Estey, memoir. A humorous and affectionate memoir about growing up in northern Maine.


New Book Arrivals August - November 2014 by Authors in our  BWP Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website or from your local bookstore.

A+ Demonstrations, Matt Sheridan nonfiction: A guide for sales engineers to present outstanding software demonstrations.


A Principal's Journey, Irene Hannigan, nonfiction. Essays written by a principal who views the school through the eyes of a teacher.


A Season of Locusts, Karen H. Dacey, fiction: Two young sleuths yearn for one last adventure before the onset of junior high school.


Uncommon Heroes, Carey V. Azzara, fiction: An inspiring short story collection highlighting unsung heroes.



New Book Arrivals August - November  2014 by Authors in Indie Author Warehouse Plan


Available on Amazon or on Indie Author Warehouse website.


An Unruly Pawn, A.D. Morel, fiction. Maxine exercises her Maine gumption to untangle relationships that put her world at risk. Sequel to A Skeptic's Luck


Dimensional Dualities, C.E. Robichaud, fiction. A doctor uses his new dream analysis program to see Wylanisa Parks's dreams but he gets more than he bargained for. First book in a sci-fi/fantasy series. 


Exodus, Phillip Turner, historical fiction. The story follows three brothers as they leave Scotland and their lives afterwards. 


Native American Flute Tutor, Laura Lee Perkins, music. A flute music book that teaches a unique and easy to understand finger-numbering system. 


Native American Songs for Flute, Laura Lee Perkins, music. A music book that includes 53 authentic Native American songs. 


One Season at a Time, Frank Chamberlin and Matt Curry, nonfiction. Adventures and excursions from two outdoorsmen's journals.


Rosie the Elephant of Hope, Tess Kilgour, children's. The captivating story of the elephant, Rosie, from Hope, Maine.


Upcoming Classes

Independent Publishing for Maine Writers Adult Ed classes by Jane Karker being offered for January and February 2015 include:

  • January 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00 - Damariscotta
  • February 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00 - Brunswick
  • February 12, 2015, 6:00-8:15 - Camden High School
  • February 26, 2015, 6:00-8:15 - Bangor High School

To sign up for classes, go to and search for the class.


In 2015, Maine Authors Publishing will be offering marketing classes at our Rockland office. Stay tuned for more information.


Animals and Authors


Animals love to make appearances at books signings. Send us a picture of you with your special animal friend and we may publish it on our Facebook page or newsletter. 


Francine McEwen (Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully) poses
with Miracle who jumped right up on her signing table
at the Sunset Greenhouse.








Kelly Brooks-Bay (The Rainbow Pants) poses
with a pig at the MLA/MASL Joint Library Conference.





For MAP/BWP Members Only 



For MAP and BWP Authors that are currently in the Cooperative or Indie Author Warehouse plans, we offer two private author forums. We have recently set up a new PRIVATE Facebook page available by invitation only. The other author forum is also a private forum but is for authors who may or may not use Facebook. It includes information on upcoming awards you can apply for and book sales for the previous month along with questions you can ask other authors.


If you haven't joined the forum or the private Facebook page, email Nikki at for information on how to join.     


Holiday Wishes 

On behalf of the entire staff at Maine Authors Publishing and Boston Writers Publishing we wish you all a happy holiday season and may all your publishing dreams of success come true.    


Rockland Harbor, Maine



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


Boston Writers Publishing, located in Waltham, MA offers the same services as Maine Authors Publishing for authors and bookstores in Massachusetts. 

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

Jane Karker, owner
Maine Authors Publishing
Boston Writers Publishing