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March, 2014 - Vol 4, Issue 2
In This Issue
New Spring Catalog
Author Events
New Book Arrivals
Adult Ed Classes
Office News
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Jane Karker, President
Cheryl McKeary, Managing Editor
David Allen, Art Director
Morgen Benz, Bookkeeper
Genie Dailey, Editorial Consultant
Lindy Gifford, Graphic Designer
Nikki Giglia, Customer Service Rep
Molly Lesher, Distribution Supv.

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Happy New Year 2014

Spring is just around the corner.



Happy Spring! At least we think Spring will be here soon. Unless you have been lucky enough to find a nice warm place to vacation, this winter has been a challenge to say the least. We had to dig deep into our archives to find a picture that might lift your spirits and allow us to dream of things to come. 

Spring Catalog

Our new spring catalog is out with many new and previously featured books including Maine mysteries, adventures, cookbooks, children's books and much, much more.

Download a copy here.


Author Events

Our authors love to travel to bookstores, libraries and other locations to talk about their books and journey into independent publishing. If you would like to host an author event, let us know. Here is just a sampling of where the authors have been. 


Ellen Goldsmith, Where to Look spoke at the Thomaston Pubic Library on March 18.


Deborah Freedman was interviewed on WCSH6's 207 March 21 about her book, Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt-Stories from Maine.

Lindy Gifford, Doodle-ography Journal, held a workshop on March 22 showing the benefits of doodling as a spiritual practice.


Mark Hathaway, World Locked In gave a talk at the Gardiner Public Library on March 22.


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


Dear Emily - E.H. Gerard, Young Adult, Letters, recipes and thoughts on poetry are shared between fourth graders and Emily Dickinson through a secret time machine.

Doodle-ography Journal - Lindy Gifford, Spirituality, A journal that allows focused doodling to access the inner wisdom and creativity that is in all of us.

From Schoolhouse to School System - Gordon Donaldson, Maine Education/History, Traces Maine's efforts to educate its children and youth through the twentieth century. A story of high ambitions, changing economic fortunes, and the struggle to shape widespread community schools into a coherent system.

Guilt by Association - Jean Martin, Mystery, Complications arise when a forensic psychologist helps the Maine State Police in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of a woman.




Harry and Maude Take It On - David Morse, Short stories, Harry and Maude give a unique depiction of their life in retirement and marriage.

A Heart on Fire - David C. Weiss, Poetry, Poems that express warmth, playfulness, a heart open to love and others that convey loss, grief, and healing.

Lonely Specks - Shellie Leger, Adult Fiction, Dufy rushes in to save her homeless lover, almost getting herself killed. Repeat behavior comprises her integrity and safety and she has to take control.

Maggie Goes to Maine - Betsey Anderson, Children Ages 3-6, A short story written in verse about a city dog's adventures the first time she explores the fields, woods and lake at her family's summer camp in Maine.

Boxed notecards - Lynn Debbs, A collection of fun and funky art notecards. Three different series depicting Fish, Safari Animals or Barn Yard Animals. Each kit includes 8 different notecards.

Parker's Busy Day - Martha Couture, Children, First book in the Parker the Pig series about a pig that is dressed up and taken on adventures!  


Stellarella Seashells on the Seashore - Deborah Dykes, Children, Stellarella and Tank are off to the beach and discover a hidden mystery held inside a conch shell.

The Four Doctors - Bob Gause, Mystery, Set in Baltimore 1893, the world's four most famous physicians try to solve a series of grizzly killings by a Jack-the-Ripper type character.

The Stele and the Amulet - Herb Short, Suspense, In the late 6th century, a seafaring band of Celts contacts a party of Wabanaki Indians and together, with the help of a mysterious amulet and the creature, confront their mutual enemy, the Iroquois.  


New Book Arrivals January - March 2014 by Authors in our Independent Plan
Champlain in Maine - Philip Turner, A glimpse into the travels of French Explorer and "Father of New France" Samuel de Champlain and his exploration of Maine and its early settlers. English with French translation. Available on Amazon.



For MAP Members Only



As part of the MAP Membership, authors are invited to attend an author conference and marketing workshop in Rockland. Some of the highlights of our next conference on May 3rd include:  Working with a PR firm with Katherine Mayfield; Success Stories in Social Media with Paige Pendleton; How to update your wordpress website with Cheryl McKeary; Keynote Speaker Josh Bodwell from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will discuss "Perception vs. reality issues in the book and publishing world."  




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
4/3/2014self publishing6:00-8:15Gibbs Library
4/10/2014self publishing5:00-7:00Skidompha Library
4/23/2014self publishing6:00-8:00Porter Memorial Library
5/1/2014self publishing6:30-8:00Blue Hill Public Library
5/7/2014self publishing6:00-8:00Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
6/5/2014self publishing6:00-8:15Portland


For additional information check our website


MAP Office News 

We are sorry to announce that Molly Lesher, our Distribution Supervisor, is leaving the company and moving to Portland. Molly has been with the company for over a year and will certainly be missed. We wish her well in her new endeavors. Leo, our office dog and Molly's special companion, will also be leaving us as well. You can see Leo in all his glory in the current spring catalog.






May your crocuses be blooming soon.




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.

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


Jane Karker, owner
Maine Authors Publishing