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January, 2014 - Vol 4, Issue 1
In This Issue
Author Awards
New Book Arrivals
For MAP Members Only
Adult Ed Classes
Happy Reading
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Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014 to all our readers.

Ice Storm in Maine

It has been quite a year with over 65 book titles being published by Maine Authors Publishing in 2013. We feel very fortunate to publish books for so many wonderful writers in our area. It is very evident of the success of our authors when you turn on your TV to watch 207 Magazine and see Paige Pendleton and Tom Block (Star of Wonder) or Katherine Mayfield (Bullied) or see Francine McEwen (Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully) on Good Day Maine. Even the number of booksignings and events where you will find our authors is a great credit to our authors' success.


Thank you to our readers and authors for contributing to our growth over the past five years and we look forward to providing you with more exciting books in 2014.


Authors Awards

Many of our authors have received nominations and awards in the past few months. Congratulations to the following authors:


2013 National Dragonfly Book Award: First Place: Stellarella - Deborah Dykes


2013 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival:

Farm Category Winner: Duck Says Moo - Thomas Cashell

Biography/Memoir, Honorable Mention: Heart Hound Stories - Cheryl Lampshire


2013 London Book Festival: Grand Prize Winner: Beyond - Popham Colony: The First English Settlement in New England - R. deVillers Seymour


2013 New England Book Festival: Honorable Mentions:



Young Marine Engineer's Coloring Book - Peter Zimmerman

Hector - Angela Nickerson/illustrated by Robert Magnus



Harry Stump - Maine's Psychic Sculptor - Lloyd Ferriss

The Quiet Triumph of the Heart - Deborah Eve Freedman



Reese's Leap - Darcy Scott

Beyond - Popham Colony - R. deVillers Seymour

Journey from San Rocco - Rosalind A. Cuschera



Trust But Verify: Reagan, Russia and Me - Suzanne Massie 



Katherine Elizabeth, Full of Grace - Laurel Ericson

Hold On There, Sadie Coggins! - Susan Wuorinen

Vern & Me - H. Coval Conant

Downwind from Pemaquid - Sarah Jane Woolf-Wade



Reaching for Quiet - Roland Labrie

Mirror Staged - Casey Hayes



Maine Beyond the Usual - Marisue Pickering/John W. Pickering

Not One Thing - Carolyn Locke




Kelly Brooks-Bay (Rainbow Pants) organized an author event in Orrington on December 14th. Pictured above is Steve Powell (Patch Scratching), Laurel Ericson (Katherine Elizabeth, Full of Grace, John and Marisue Pickering (Maine Beyond the Usual) and Heidi Cobb (Tales of the Cemetery Trees by John Cobb).



New Book Arrivals November - December, 2013 by Authors in our Cooperative Plan
All books in the cooperative plan are available for purchase on our website.


Becoming Hallie - Sherry Bunin, Young Adult, At fifteen, what Hallie thought she knew is turned on its head. Cherished plans to search for her birth parents with her Mom are betrayed. She feels her world crumbling. Impulsively, she boards a bus to Maine.


The Tennis Ball Trees - Christopher Lockwood, Children's, A chocolate Labrador Retriever's love of tennis balls.


The Season in Between - Jane Harvey Meade, Adult Fiction, Kate knows it's time to leave her abusive husband. She soon learns that escaping from the abusive home is only the first leg of an agonizing journey.




Beyond the Cross - James Andrew Mitchell, Religion, Discover evidence of many claims such as, "Jesus survived his four hours on the cross."


Star of Wonder - Paige Pendleton, illustrated by Thomas Block, Children's, A Belted Galloway calf is born on Christmas Eve at Aldermere Farm.


Lighting Your Spiritual Passion - Laura Perkins, Spiritual, A collection of twenty-two spiritual essays that encourages deeper spiritual connections and inspires trust in the process of life. 



New Book Arrivals November - December 2013 by Authors in our Independent Plan

Injury - Jonathan Aldrich, Poetry, A collection of short poems and a collection of fictional story-poems that lightly recalls actual people.  


The Quadrant: Landfall Volume III - Kimberly Ridenour Raikes, Historical fiction, Third in a three-volume narrative journey set in 19th century New England and on the high seas. Available on Amazon.



MAP Author Forum for Members Only

For MAP Authors that are currently in the Cooperative, Independent, or Memoir Plans a new forum has been set up. This forum is for our authors, to ask questions of other authors who have "been there, done that," share successes with the marketing of their book and build a more "cooperative style" communication. If you haven't received information about this forum and how to register, email


Adult Ed Classes 

In 2014, we will again be teaching classes at adult ed locations for "Editing and Self-Publishing for Independent Authors (Genie Dailey and Jane Karker), Writing and Publishing Your Memoir (Katherine Mayfield and Jane Karker) and Independent Publishing for Maine Writers (Jane Karker).  Classes currently scheduled include:


2/13/2014self publishing6:00-8:15Bangor
3/27/2014Memoir6:00-8:15Gorham Adult Ed
4/3/2014self publishing6:00-8:15SAD 40 - Gibbs Library
4/10/2014self publishing5:00-7:00Skidompha
4/16/2014Editing6:00-8:15Mount Desert Island


For additional information check our website


Happy Reading and Stay Warm! 

The entire country including Maine has certainly experienced all that winter has to offer. And to think we still have until March 20th before the start of spring! This is a great time to set your writing goals for the new year, get your finished manuscript in print, or read that novel you keep putting off.


May you meet all your goals and have many successes in 2014.



Maine Authors Publishing, located in Rockland, ME 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